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Welcome to Journey Evangelical Church and thanks for your interest in learning more about us. Journey was founded in 1980 as Chinese Presbyterian Church of Orange County to minister to English-speaking Chinese Americans. Reverend Wayland Wong lead a small group of families from True Light Presbyterian Church at Circle View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. This new church emphasized a welcoming, community-oriented atmosphere and from just a handful of people, Journey has now grown to a congregation of nearly 300.
In 1994, the church moved to Westminster and purchasing its current campus. Reverend Wong retired in 2007 and Chinese Presbyterian changed its name to Journey Evangelical Church. Today the congregation has grown to reach beyond its original congregation to other cultures and ethnicities in our community. Led by Senior Pastor Richard Pfeil, Journey’s vision is to be a Gospel-centered Church that preaches the basic Gospel message that when received by the power of the Holy Spirit, will transform a person’s very nature. Transformation is immediate and at the same time, gradual. The Christian life is a process whereby the Spirit takes the grace of God expressed in the cross of Jesus, and works it into every area of our lives so that we are not only saved by grace spiritually but live by grace personally.
To help every person become a fully-committed follower of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the church and its members do not set the church’s vision. The Church’s vision has already been given to us by Jesus. He is the Head of the Church and the one from whom we take our cues. The simplest definition of a believer is “a follower of Jesus.” (Mark 1:17) By this, The Church is a body of believers who together follow Jesus. Our vision comes from the teachings of Jesus. We want to go where Jesus already is.
The basic message and the core focus of the Church is the Gospel. Jesus came to bring us the “good news.” (Mark 1:15) Being a Gospel-centered Church is the primary mission and unique focus of the Church. In lieu of this our vision as a church is to be an authentic community of faith that is saved and shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What this means practically for us is:
At Journey Evangelical Church we focus on being:
• Welcoming – What divides people in the world and makes them distinct may be important out there but they mean nothing to a community of faith If you know Jesus or seek him, you automatically become part of the family and with you we experience a connection that is deeper than blood, color, economic status, education, ethnicity, gender, age, etc. We are connected spirit-to spirit and have experienced a death-to-life transformation through Jesus. Nothing else matters. And nothing else should matter!
• Compassionate – We prize a relationship with God and with others above all other human values. People matter to God. Because of that and because we have experienced the gracious compassion of God, we are called to extend it to others, to one another and their good above our own good. In practical terms it means we value people over wealth, status, power, position and all human means used as a basis for self-worth, significance, and security. All of these things which are idols in the hearts of unbelievers are transformed into means by which we support the ministry of the Gospel and care for the needs of others who are in need. We are not created to be consumers but to make a contribution in this world by impacting people’s lives.
• Missional – Our mission is not only to show the Gospel (Which often comes first, to prepare the way) but to share the Gospel with those closest to us and those farthest from us. There is no greater act of compassion than to share the good news of Jesus with others so they too can share in this life transforming relationship with God.
• Disciple-Making – Once we reach people for Jesus we need to follow up to teach them what a “fully committed follower of Jesus Christ” is (Our Mission Statement). That entails that we do life together in community authentically, not self-righteously or harshly, but with grace. This is where our name comes from. We are journey because God calls us as a community of faith to journey together and help one another through life until we all celebrate the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the Kingdom of God.
To help remember our vision, this phrase is helpful: We Can Make Disciples – (Welcoming, Compassionate, Missional, Disciple-Making)