My hope is that you will enjoy our newly redesigned website. We wanted a website that not only was informational as so many church websites are, but served our main purpose of connecting, growing, and serving!
Through our Twitter and Facebook links, you can get all the information from our church. But connecting is so much more than that. Through our news and church updates you will be able to truly connect with fellow members and the church!
One of the first things you should do is take our spiritual gifts survey. We will send you your results and you can use that to plug into where your gifts are! We are also in the process of putting our world class faith development system online so that intentional faith development will be available to our partners wherever they may be.
Through events listing and our online communities, we are going to be able to serve our community better.
Thank you for visiting us online and thank you for making our church what it is today!
Pastor Bruce Philippi
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
Although there are Biblical concepts, commands and principles that are common to all churches and denominations, each local church must realize that it has its own distinct calling and ministry in the world. We have recognized ours as a Ministry of Reconciliation.
In its basic definition, reconciliation means to bring two or more alienated parties back together which assumes an attitude of change and repentance between one or more of the parties. It is then our goal to restore backsliders, people who are hurting and persons living in sin to full fellowship with God and His church.
This restoration through reconciliation was born out of our goal in 1982 to reconcile members who had been hurt or disillusioned and had left the church. This desire has blossomed into a style of ministry that has influence everything we do and are at Journey Life Center. Its foundational statement is that our purpose is to worship God thus reconciling the world to God and member to member of His body. This ministry can be identified now in three distinct divisions of ministry which actually take on a Trinitarian form of expression.
First of all, we are reconciled to worship the Father. We believe worship to be our first priority and that we are indeed created to worship God. The reason for worship is to be at one with God. To worship Him brings His presence filling the soul and the sanctuary. God living in us and in our church brings spiritual, psychological and physical healing. When we worship we find ourselves in the overlap of two aeons – this present world and the one to come. Whenever and wherever these two intersect the miraculous presence of God is possible. Worship, then, changes us and we become more Christ-Like. It reconciles us to truss humanity and to the true God and restores us to His image. Worship invites the transforming power of God into our midst.
Secondly, reconciliation restores us to the body of Christ. Once empowered through worship we can carry our task that has been assigned to us. We are reconciled for a purpose. Every part of the body should be functional and operational. While worship gives us identity, bring reconciled to the body gives us position and responsibility. There are gifts and talents given to the whole and that this is in reality the only way the whole can effectively contribute to the member. Body life includes everything from teaching to witnessing to community work to stewardship and administration. Everyone should be involved!
Thirdly, through the Spirit we have relationship. Although reconciliation immediately bridges our isolation and unites us to God, there still remains a measure of alienation towards God-likeness. We must grow to trust God and each other. Perfect love casts our fear! This is expressed by one on one caring, developing friendships, support groups and various fellowship groups. We believe that it is important for each member to not only worship and work but to be part of the web of loving relationships that knit us together and provide opportunity for mutual support, exhortation, discipline, and friendship.
Although, there is much overlap between these three divisions of ministry, they could best be described in terms of temple, body and family. We worship in the temple and are indeed ourselves a temple as God lives in us. As members of His body, we are reconciled to His work and to His mission in the world.
Finally, we are reconciled to each other as we work through ”family” relationships. Someone once said, “You can choose your friends, but not your family.” This is true in the church. We can get along only so long as we accept each other just the way we are – just because we’re family!
Our Ministry of Reconciliation is therefore a healing of relationships among ourselves and between us and our God. This healing assumes repentance and change on our part. It is affected during worship and because of intercessory prayer. It is realized in our day-to-day relationship with each other as we involve ourselves in Kingdom work. Reconciliation is both instantaneous and ongoing. We believe we have been given power for the service!
ESSENTIAL CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
There is one God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one. He is perfect in His many attributes of holiness, love, power, knowledge, justice, and mercy.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Peter 1:2
Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is co-equal with the Father. He is both God and man. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of His people by dying on a cross. He died to become a substitutionary atonement for the sins of His people. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven?s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, 14:16-17
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor. He is present in the world to make man aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
John 16:7-13; 14:16-27
1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
The Bible is God?s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible is inspired by God, and is the truth without any mixture of error. It is the sole authority for life.
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16
2 Peter 1:20-21
Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6
Human beings are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. As the supreme object of God?s creation, we were designed for dignity. However, Adam?s sin catapulted the creation into a fallen state, and plunged all his descendants into depravity. Thus, all of us are marred by rebellion and disobedience toward God, which is called “sin.” Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2
Salvation is God?s free gift to us. We receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance means turning away from our sin and turning towards Christ. Faith means trusting in Christ alone for the remission of our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect obedience is credited to us so that God sees us as the righteousness of Christ. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.
John 14:6; 1:12
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Seeing Our Past Clearly Helps Map Our Future
In February 1986 phase one of our facility was built and dedicated. Attendance had risen to 175.
In February 1995, phase two was completed which is the classroom/fellowship hall addition. Then in September 1996, phase three began. This 14,000 square foot, multi-purpose facility houses our new sanctuary, gymnasium and six classrooms.
We are currently averaging 300-400 in attendance. Most importantly, we are in the middle of an awesome move of God’s Spirit in these last days.
Journey Life Center changed its name from Springmill Church of God in April 2005, but was originally organized as the Roseland Church of God on Belmont Avenue in June 1953. When Pastor Philippi came in 1982, the church was averaging 70 in attendance and had 90 members.
Our Vision (Mandate)
We see Journey Life Center as a worshipping family of believers, serving God and Community.
Our Values (Motives)
- We were made to worship by our Creator and will only know true joy and peace by discovering worship. It is the 1st Great Commandment
- Worship at Journey Life should always be passionate and spirit filled. We believe all believers should be baptized in the Spirit.
- Worship is transformational and liberating to people’s lives as we confess our sins and invite Jesus into our lives.
- All partners at Journey Life should develop a personal and daily prayer life.
- To touch this world, we must love them. Love is demonstrated through Radical Hospitality. It is the 2nd Great Commandment.
- Caring relationships are essential to building God’s Kingdom.
Intentional Faith Development
- We are commissioned to make disciples. This is done primarily through life coaching and small groups.
- We deeply value the sacred covenant of marriage and the importance of training our children to know Christ.
- The church is prepared to equip the body for service to the community as the Spirit gives gifts.
- Multiplication and reproduction is expected of all partners for Kingdom growth and maturity.
- We are created for a purpose and will not know lasting joy or peace until we discover it.
- We are called to bear fruit, to produce and give of ourselves. We are prepared to give guidance on this journey of discovering and service.
- Biblical prosperity, generosity, and integrity are essential to Kingdom expansion.
Second Mile Service
- Every partner is a missionary to this society and our community.
- We will touch this world when we live and serve it. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do it.
We want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of Journey Life Center. We know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions. Here is a quick look at what you can expect.
When are your services?
We have Sunday morning service at 10:30am Sunday Night at 6:00pm and Wednesday at 7:00pm.
How do I get there?
You can get directions right here from our website. Click here
Can I wear jeans?
We don’t worry about what you’re wearing; we’re just glad you’re here.
If I fill out a registration card at a service, will I receive junk mail?
All information is kept private.
What’s available for my kids?
We have an awesome children’s ministry with tons of activities and events happening during our Sunday morning service. Nursery and preschool programming are available during all services. When you arrive, someone will direct you towards the nursery and children’s rooms. Our children’s environment is safe and secure.
Will there be relevant programs for my teenager?
Our student ministry combines relevant messages with modern media to make an exciting experience for your teenager(s). Ages 11-18 meet at 6:00pm on Sunday evening for their own worship experience and small group activities. Our youth also meet on Wednesday’s at 7:00pm.
Our church mission is based on our map and marks. Our map is how and why we do what we do. Our marks are the measurements by which we can tell whether we are being successful or not as a church in our community.
To fill the earth with the light and warmth of the hospitality of God.
Our Mission (Map)
With God, each other, and community.
What would Jesus do?
God and community
The Measure of Our Mission (Marks)
- Exalting Christ and transforming lives.
- Quality relationships in church, home, and community
- Understand discipleship as life coaching
- Improving personal journey of service
- Presenting the Gospel through friendship and service.