Eliminate and Create

These two values direct our weekend preparation.

If you stick around Journey for any amount of time at all, you will hear us identify two priorities for our weekend gatherings: 1) Eliminate Distractions, and 2) Create Environments. These two values are essential as we plan and execute the weekend environments at Journey. Let’s unpack them briefly:

1. Eliminate Distractions

Why are the lights so low? Why is the music so loud? Why can’t my crying baby sit in the service with me?

These are common questions that we often get asked. We don’t do these things just because we thought they were cool ideas.  They are intentional.

The lights are low during corporate worship because we do not want people to worry about others around them, who is looking at them, or what so-and-so is wearing. We want people to have undistracted attention on Jesus.

The music is loud because we want people singing loud, not worrying about whether or not they can carry a tune, and not annoyed by the woman on the third row with the boisterous vibrato, or the elderly man (bless his heart) who can’t hear his own tone-deafness. Now, we do understand that some people have very sensitive ears, so we provide earplugs in the lobby. Also, it may help to know that we do abide by OSHA standards for noise exposure. Feel free to email me if you would like more information on those standards at You can also visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/noisehearingconservation.

The crying baby, well, he certainly IS the cutest thing in the world. BUT chances are he is distracting those around him who are trying to listen to the Word of God being preached. Besides, we have an amazing children’s ministry and amazing volunteers who would love to cuddle that little guy and teach him all about the love of Jesus.

2. Create Environments

Our volunteers are our greatest commodity at Journey. Our volunteers are the ones that “get it”–the ones on mission with us to make Jesus famous in our city, nation and world. Our volunteers are really what make the environments what they are–the most life-transforming, memorable environments they can be. From the friendly face in the parking lot, to the high-energy worship leaders and story-tellers in the kids areas, to the raucous beats of our worship team, to the cleaning team that sneaks in and out of the building undetected every week, all of our volunteers help create an environment conducive for a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, everything centers around Jesus and making Him famous. If we have done that, then we have succeeded.

The building itself is nothing to write home about. It’s a warehouse that serves a greater purpose–to make Jesus famous. But it’s the environment created every week by those who have bought into the mission of Journey and the mission of Jesus (to make disciples) that makes it something special. If you’re not on mission with us, consider jumping in on one of our ministry teams at Journey. Check out our ministries page for more information: takeajourney.org/ministries

Henry Blackaby says, “Find out where God is at work, and join Him there.” Why not consider being a part of what God is doing here at Journey? He’s already at work. Come and join Him.



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