The Journey Church is in a new season. We have experienced incredible growth over the previous years. Our vision is clear: By 2022, we are asking God for 3,000 baptized, self-feeding, disciple-making followers of Jesus who are letting the gospel shape every sphere of their lives. We are making incredible strides towards this vision. Lost people are coming to faith. Large numbers of unchurched and dechurched are finding a home – some after decades of absence from churches – at TJC. Discipleship and spiritual growth is the focal point of our ministries. New leaders are being developed and stepping into significant roles as teachers, ministry leaders, deacons, gospel community leaders, and more. It is an exciting time in our church. A new phase of accomplishing our vision has arrived. We are going multisite. Since this is not a familiar concept for many, we compiled a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help explain and answer questions that could arise.
- Biblically and Theologically Sound: The essence of a New Testament church isa covenanted body that covenants to follow Jesus, practice the ordinances (baptism and communion), exercise discipline, and assemble. TJC, whether inone location in 5 services, or two locations in 7 services, is a covenanted body committed to those practices.
- Accomplishing the Great Commission: The Great Commission is to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them. Planting a new campus is a Great Commission decision because it helps us reach the lost and unchurched in that location, bring them to faith, baptize them, teach them, and reorient their entire lives to Christ.
- Fulfilling TJC’s Vision: In order to see 3,000 baptized, self-feeding, disciple-making disciples by 2022, we will need to multiply our efforts into new areas where we are already reaching people. Planting a campus helps us to accomplish this.
- Wise: Planting a campus is much cheaper than building a new worship space. It provides us a greater reaching capacity by moving us into another city and increases the total number of seats available during optimal worship times.
212 Leeville Pike
Saturday 4:00 & 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00am
All services are identical and offer kids ministry
Mt. Juliet Campus
West Wilson Middle School
935 North Mt. Juliet Rd
Sunday 9:30 & 11:00am
Both services are identical and offer kids ministry
- Bigger Core Group: Our first attempt at planting campuses was done with very small core groups. Both campuses had less than 30 people as the core group. This makes it incredibly difficult for the campus to succeed. We plan to start our new campuses in the future with no less than 150 people, and ideally with 300 people, as the core group.
- Sunday Morning Services: When we started the first Mt Juliet campus years ago, we did not have a good Sunday morning gathering space. We met on Sunday nights in another church building. This is not ideal. We will launch this time with a place on Sunday mornings. We will begin portably and transition to a permanent building. One, because it is much wiser financially. Two, because you can too quickly outgrow a building. We would rather wait and see what the need becomes as we grow, then find a space that meets that need.
- Financial Resources: We attempted to start campuses before with very little resources. We did not invest a lot of resources into the startup or the ongoing ministries of the campuses. This made it very difficult for the campuses to be effective. This time, we will invest in making our campuses the same experience as our Lebanon campus and have the budget to minister to and reach their city.
- More Leadership Preparation: We previously jumped into multisite before knowing what we were doing. We were not ready to manage a church at multiple locations. Multisite was a new phenomena at the time. This time we are prepared for how we are going to shepherd and lead the church at multiple locations. The elders, staff, and volunteer leadership functions are more fleshed out and a blueprint for success is in place.