2018 in review
Engaged people, engage people! When people are engaging with God and others, we see prominent life-change. We've literally seen hundreds of people taking Next Steps, and as we move into 2019, I want us to take a look at some of the incredible things God did in our church in 2018. We have celebrated, mourned, dreamed, given generously, and taken many Next Steps together. He is in the business of changing lives, and all of us who call this place home play a role in seeing people come to know Jesus. God continually does exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or imagine, and we want to celebrate a small part of that in this Impact Report.
This report highlights some great numbers and figures from the past year, but even more meaningful are the stories of life-change you’ll see that show the true impact behind those numbers. I wish we could tell every story, because every story is important. The stories inside put on display the “why” behind what we do week in and week out. Our prayer is that these will impact you in a major way and that you’ll understand the role you can play in seeing people come to know Jesus in 2019.
What you're about to read is another example of the favor of God in our church and I can't wait to see what He's going to do next. We are excited about the changes coming in the next few months that will allow us to share the dangerous message of Jesus Christ with more people and take care of our volunteers. It's going to be another year of great change as we continue to engage people! I pray we never lose focus of the most important thing – the gospel. Thanks for all you do!
Engaging people in the process of knowing Jesus Christ.
What we Learned
Life-change happens when people encounter Jesus Christ.
At Journey, we take pride in the policies we have set in place to ensure the highest standard of stewardship with our finances. We set an annual budget from which we maintain day-to-day business expenses and ministry opportunities within the areas we believe God has called us to reach. From our in-house staff to our finance team and core leaders, we are constantly striving to maintain a level of excellence and become even better stewards of the funds with which we’ve been entrusted.
2018 was an absolutely incredible year! We watched life-change take place as we baptized over 100 people, we launched our very own Beautiful Feet Mobile Dream Center, and we continued our partnership with the orphanage, Trouforban, in Haiti. With your help we currently sponsor over 100 children in Trouforban, allowing them the opportunity to get daily meals and an education.
God has proven himself faithful and continuously shows up opportunities where we, as a church, can take our Next Steps. As we move into 2019, we are currently using 17% of our annual budget to support missions, exceeding our 5-year goal of 10% in less than three years!! We are so excited to watch God continue to move and use Journey in the process!