THE NEED for spiritual maturity gripped the Apostle Paul more than 2,000 years ago. It was urgent work then – it is urgent work now. A quick glance around our communities reveals that people’s lives are more often a reflection of our culture’s superficiality than of the depth of the gospel. J. I. Packer has captured it this way,
“The church in North America is
3,000 miles wide and half an inch deep.”
We cannot afford to procrastinate this work of helping others grow up into Christ because our flourishing depends upon men and women maturing in their relationship with God and with one another. So many of us have been preaching Ephesians 4 for years, but we want more – we want to live it out more fully in our communities.
For more than 11,000 individuals from over 300 churches, The Journey has served as a catalyst to a deeper commitment to Christ and to the work of their local church.
God is using it to transform lives.
The Journey is a meaningful walk with a group of adults guided by three primary questions: Who is God? Who am I? What does God desire to do through me?
The Journey group (usually 6-12 people) meets together weekly, guided by a trained facilitator who encourages accountability, safe relationships, thoughtful reflection, honest conversation, and prayer. The facilitator’s role is not to be the “subject matter expert,” but to guide the group through a set of reflections, relationships, and experiences. The Journey is a commitment and the rewards can be significant.
• Small group gatherings (two hours a week)
• Walking together for six to eight months
• Regular study, reflection, Bible reading, and prayer (two to four hours a week)
• A spiritual mentoring relationship with a mature believer (twice a month)
The group will walk through three stages of learning:
Take a peek at The Journey manuals:
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