As our name suggests, we believe that life – and especially our spiritual life – is a journey. Some among us have more recently begun that journey, while others are experienced travelers. Regardless of the history of your journey, we believe that none of us have completed it. We continue to be an imperfect community of believers who want to grow in our faith, and more fully experience the life that God has called us into.
 
 
Our Mission Statement
“Faithfully connecting and serving together as we grow deeper in Christ.”
 
Our mission statement has three priorities: Community, Service, and a deepening relationship with Christ.
 
1)  Community: We believe in encouraging and facilitating an authentic community life. Scripture bears witness that we are designed to be in relationship and that we bear witness through our unity. We may come from different theological, economic, or political perspectives, but we strive to be unified in our love for Christ and in service of his kingdom.
2) Service: We believe that, as Christ’s own ministry bears witness, God sends us out to heal and restore. Christ came as a servant, and he extends that same life and ministry to his church. This healing and restoring service may come in a variety of forms, but we strive to bring God’s Shalom to the world that he loves.
3) Relationship with Christ: Not only do we want to facilitate authentic relationships among us, our mission is centered on growing in an authentic relationship with Christ. As we draw nearer to Christ, we draw nearer to understanding his heart for his world.
 
Our Denomination
 

The Journey is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), a denomination based in Chicago, Illinois. The ECC is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

The Evangelical Covenant Church has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran State Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century. These three influences have in large measure shaped its development and are to be borne in mind in seeking to understand its distinctive spirit.

Covenant churches are:

Evangelical, but not exclusive, Biblical, but not doctrinaire, Traditional, but not rigid, and Congregational, but not independent.

The unique character of the Covenant is expressed in the design of the Covenant logo (left) – – people united in Christ, people serving people in God’s name, and people bringing people to Christ. The basis of the design is symbolic of four people facing north, south, east, and west. Note that each one’s arms are outstretched, indicating the church’s outreach in mission and service to the world. The four are part of the whole, yet their hands do not touch, symbolizing their unity in the freedom and evangelical warmth that characterizes the Covenant. The geometric arrangement of the four figures results in a crosslike pattern, representative of the center of our faith. The center circle symbolizes the unity and the bond of fellowship which we call “the Covenant.”
 
For more information, please visit the denomination’s website.
 
 
[The Covenant logo is a registered trademark of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information, please visit Covchurch.org]