Take the journey

December 4, 2006

Helen was itching to know about our new church home. Drum roll…

It’s The Journey. Some of you may be surprised that we ended up in an “organized church” again—I am! I honestly did not think we would find a group that would keep our whole family happy, especially me. But here we are, among a group of crazy people who are hungry to continue reinventing themselves. I mean, for most churches, once you’ve been around for 5 years, you’ve found your “groove” and you don’t mess with it. The Journey isn’t like that. Having found their groove, I am hearing clear rumblings about deliberately messing with it, to launch “Journey 2.0”!

One strange aspect of this stage of our lives is that, for the first time since we moved to the States 15 years ago, we are no longer in a Vineyard church. So what are we doing at The Journey? Is this a long-term commitment, or a way-station to something else? What are we there to teach, and to learn? We shall see, we shall see.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

8 responses to Take the journey

  1. Jon,
    Really happy for you guys. Where were you guys originally from if you don’t mind me asking?

  2. John, we both grew up in Japan as missionary kids. After meeting, marrying, and completing school in the States, we went to Japan as missionaries ourselves for three years.
    Japan is a tough, tough place for mission. During those three years, we reached a point of despair and met with a small group of missionaries from a variety of organizations who were praying desperately for God to do anything. The group started reading “Third Wave” books and trying to do it ourselves. We saw amazing miracles and heartbreaking tragedy. But those books introduced us to the Vineyard movement before we ever set foot in a Vineyard church.

  3. Thanks for naming the church, Jon. I had a good time browsing their website. We are still trying to decide on our home church here. Ten places tried so far, some two or three or four times since July…and not quite peaceful about any of them yet. The Journey looks neat – but it would be QUITE a journey for us to get to it from the UK.

  4. Katherine,
    Hang in there! Yeah, I would probably rule out The Journey. 🙂

  5. Congrats John! I remember visiting The Journey a long time ago, we went together, remember? I know what you mean about not being in a Vineyard. Our church is so much like the Vineyard that every once in awhile they do things and I remember oh yeah, we are not in a Vineyard.

  6. Jon,
    I’m glad that you’ve found a place to fit…

  7. Helen,
    I had forgotten we did that visit was with you guys. Funny, I remember being unimpressed that day. But as Kay says, it wasn’t time for us to connect with them at that time — but now we’re supposed to be there.

  8. Roy,
    Thanks for keeping an eye on me! 🙂