Thank you for taking some time to check out our church community in more detail. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers. We know this is not an exhaustive list, so if you have a question that we haven’t addressed here contact us here.
Questions & Answers
Where did the name "Journey" come from?
Well...it's kind of simple. This is how we view faith. Not a destination...but a journey. This is why our vision is lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. That's how "Journey" came to be.
What's the story behind the logo?
The logo shows the path most of experience in life...a path that leads to a fork in the road and we have a decision which way will we go. Plus, it's a J. So...
What can I expect if I come to Journey?
You can expect a friendly, welcoming environment. Our commitment is simple: to inspire anyone, with or without faith, to follow Jesus.
What is the worship service like?
Our worship service includes a time of live music and a practical message. Our commitment is to help you connect with Jesus and with others.
Do you have baptism and communion at your service?
Yes and no. We have baptism as part of our services throughout the year. We believe that baptism is one of the best ways to tell how Jesus changed our lives. Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is usually done in homes, in community groups, in volunteer team huddles, and nights of worship. Although we believe communion is best done within a group of followers of Jesus on a regular basis, we do celebrate communion together as part of our services throughout the year.
Is there an altar call at the end of the service?
Not typically. However, we do have our pastor or our host invite anyone with questions about Jesus or the teaching from that morning to a conversation at the end of the service. We believe that the greatest decision anyone could ever make is trusting in Jesus alone for salvation. With that belief, we offer the end of the service invitation to talk with someone and we offer Starting Point, which is an 8 week conversation with a group of people investigating Jesus. It's too important of a decision not to fully understand what someone is committing to.
How do I take my next step?
We would love for you to stop by Guest Services before or after each service.
Where do my children go?
Kids are always welcome in our adult services; however, we do provide fun, engaging, and age appropriate environments for all our children from 6 weeks through 12th grade.
What is the relationship between Journey and North Point Community Church?
North Point Ministries is the parent organization of which North Point Community Church and several other Atlanta, GA area churches. Journey is a network partner with North Point Ministries. That means that we have the same mission, strategy, values and beliefs as North Point Ministries, but we exist as a separate entity. You can find out more about North Point Ministries here.
As a partner with North Point, does your Lead Pastor teach live?
Our Lead Pastor does teach live. With the responsibilities of leading a growing church plant, our lead pastor may need to shift his focus for several weeks to provide intentional leadership and vision for our church. During those weeks, other leaders from Journey will teach live. Sometimes, if the message is that good, we will stream a video message so we can all learn and grow together.
I heard that Journey is a non-denominational church. What does that mean?
In organizing this church, our foremost desire was to be an attractive environment for those who do not regularly attend church. For the most part, our feeling is that denominational titles mean more to people already involved in church than it does to others in our culture. For this reason, we have chosen to be an independent church. We have chosen to affiliate ourselves with one local network BCNE and two global networks: NAMB and North Point.
What is the leadership structure?
The phrase we use to describe the function of government at Journey is that we are elder-guarded, staff-led, and volunteer-driven. However, in more specific terms, the leadership of Journey is built around the Lead Pastor, Elders, and Staff:
The Lead Pastor primarily serves to provide leadership and vision for our church. He is accountable to the Elder Team. He willingly serves the staff and volunteers through collaborative efforts, but is given the point leadership position to make executive decisions. As the leader of the Elder Team, he must meet the qualifications of Elders/Overseers outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9.
Elders function primarily as shepherds who discern and serve as the guardians of the church. Their role is to evaluate everything going on in the church in light of three things: our mission, our resources, and our doctrinal statement. The Lead Pastor is a permanent member of the team. The Elder Team consists of men who serve three-year terms and meet the qualifications of Elders/Overseers outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9.
The Staff consists of men and women selected by the Lead Pastor. The purpose of this group is to determine programming, give vision to the various ministries of the church, and to oversee day-to-day operations. All operational decisions for Journey are entrusted to this team. The Staff are accountable to the Lead Pastor.
We also have governing documents that go into more details of our beliefs and structure. Click here to find our Constitution.