What denomination is this church?

Journey Christian Church is an independent congregation—not part of any denomination. The church itself is responsible for the functions that many come to expect from a denomination—establishing church doctrine, ordaining ministers, sending missionaries, church discipline, and so on. Journey Christian Church networks and cooperates in joint ministry projects and missions endeavors with the churches of the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, an association of similarly-minded independent churches.

Why is your worship style different?

People worship in a variety of ways, but what is even more important is what goes on in our hearts when we worship God. The worship God desires is the kind that comes from the inside—honest and sincere worship. Worship should never be just words we mouth or the way we sit, stand, clap and sing. Rather, worship should reflect our love for God, and a willingness to do what he says. That’s the kind of worship we aim for at Journey Christian Church.

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).

Why do some people raise their hands during the song service?

Lifting hands to God pictures a life surrendered to him. It’s a way to give honor to the Lord. Like bowing or kneeling before a king, extending hands to God is a posture of prayer and worship.

  “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Ps. 63:4).

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD” (Ps. 134.2).

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing” (1 Tim. 2:8).

Why do many clap their hands?

Clapping is a universal expression of joy and appreciation. Giving applause and clapping to exuberant music are ways to celebrate God’s goodness to us.

  “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy” (Ps. 47:1).

   “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isa. 55:12).

Why do some stand for worship while others sit?

Standing is a way of honoring God, much the same way as people stand when a dignitary enters a room. Standing is not required in our church, but most people do stand as long as they remain comfortable.

   “I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9).

   “Then some…stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with very loud voice” (2 Chr. 20:19).

Why don’t you use hymnals or prayer books?

We have nothing against prayer books, and we sing hymns on occasion. However, we find it inspiring to worship with music that is fresh and contemporary. Come to think of it, singing new songs is as old as the Bible itself!

    “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…” (Ps. 40:3).

   “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…” (Ps. 98:1).

   “Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth…” (Isa. 42:10).

Why do you anoint the sick with oil?

God has the power to heal bodies, minds, and souls—with or without oil. When we place a bit of oil on the forehead of someone praying for healing, we’re simply following the example and instruction of the New Testament. It’s a point of contact for our faith to respond in obedience to God.

“They…anointed may sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark 6:13).

   “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14-15).

Why does someone occasionally interrupt the worship service with a short talk?

This is called a “word of prophecy” or a “word of exhortation.” It’s an ability given by the Holy Spirit as a means to encourage or challenge the church.

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit… prophecy” (1 Cor 12:7-10).

   “…eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy” (1 Cor. 14:1).

   “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. …he who prophesies edifies the church” (1 Cor. 14:3-4).

   “…he who exhorts, in his exhortation…” (Rom. 12:8).

   “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thess. 5:19-21).

Why do you use guitars and drums in your worship, but no organ?

Musical preferences and styles change over the years and from one society to the next. Ram’s horns and lyres, for example, are no longer as popular as they were during the days of the Old Testament. All instruments can express creative worship to God, so our focus is not so much on what instruments we use as why we sing. Since we want to connect with God in today’s culture, we use contemporary instruments.

   “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Ps. 150:3-6).

   “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).

Why do you have a playland?

We value families and children—not only because healthy homes help us deal with our culture’s secular and material influences, but also because God emphasizes the foundational role of the family in society. Marriages and families can succeed with biblical teaching and God’s help. Our playland is just one of many tools we use to accomplish that goal. Other tools include parenting classes, young mothers groups, as well as various youth group activities.

“He said to them, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.’ Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them” (Mark 10:14-16).

What’s the reason Journey Christian Church is here?

Our purpose is to help people take the next step on their spiritual journey with Christ. We’re here to serve you—and each other. We want to grow spiritually, moving closer to God’s plan for our lives. None of us has yet arrived, so we celebrate progress wherever we find it—whether you are just starting out your journey or have traveled it for years. We aim to help each other grow deeper in our faith.

   “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:18).

    “I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Phil 3:13-14, NLT).