The Journey is designed to speak to a person who has no prior spiritual and/or church experience. It is a place to explore new ideas and grow in your own space and time. It will introduce the traveler to the core Christian practices and beliefs that have been shared by the largest scope of Christians over the past two thousand years, as expressed in The Apostles’ Creed. It will lead the traveler to understand and seriously consider entering into baptism and becoming part of God’s work in the world through a local church.
However, the content of The Journey would be helpful for anyone who seeks to deepen their faith, no matter how far along your own journey you may be.
The Journey has three major sections, each built around the three basic questions of any journey: Where am I? Where am I going? How will I get there? Each section is divided into modules, and each module has a series of lessons. You can take the journey at your own pace, but it is recommended to think of each module as a month’s worth of lessons.
Here you will take a spiritual GPS and each module will explore a different aspect of who you are. We call this section The ME God is Creating.
The answer to that question is generally the same for everyone who is seeking to grow spiritually. We are going and growing deeper into the love of God. This section will look at God in three parts as God is described in The Apostles’ Creed. We call this section The GOD Who is Creating Me.
You will spend one module bringing everything together and set goals for how to keep the fires of your spiritual growth burning for the rest of your lives.
There are four basic things to have in place before you begin the Journey:
Finally, it takes commitment. The Journey does not contain difficult content, or require large amounts of time in any single lesson. However, it is a slow, steady walk for eight months. Like anything worth doing, The Journey requires dedication and perseverance. That is why you cannot do it alone.
Each lesson is online and can be accessed through any type of device. Log on to the website, open the lesson, watch the video, access the scripture, reflect on the questions—all in the comfort of your own time and space. Once you complete the lesson, click the “complete lesson” button and the site will track your progress for you.
A core value of The Journey, and of the spiritual life, is that we don’t do this alone. The Journey functions at four levels of connection.
where you cultivate your personal relationship with yourself and with God.
This person should be someone who you trust and are willing to share your thoughts and experiences along the Journey. You will meet at least one time during each module with your traveling companion.
Gather a group of 6-12 people. Ideally, you will be able to gather at least once per module with your cohort to share a meal and collaborate over the lessons of that module.
You should take the Journey under the umbrella of a local church. There will be three moments throughout the Journey in which your cohort will be publicly recognized and blessed by the congregation in a worship service to support you as you travel.