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 isthe Head of the Church and the one we are to take our cues from. The most basic definition of a believer is: a follower of Jesus. (Mark 1:17) The Church then is a body of believers who collectively follow Jesus. Our vision is derived 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 with them and 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.
An easy way to remember what our vision is to memorize the phrase: We Can Make Disciples: Welcoming, Compassionate, Missional, Disciple-Making.
JourneyEC is a part of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. To find out more about this group, click on the following links:
- ECO Essential Tenets
- ECO Vision & Values
- ECO Polity
- Introduction to ECO Polity
- ECO History
- What We Are For What Drives Us Forward
- Pastoral Covenant Groups
- Six Videos Introducing ECO
Videos shown on Sunday, September 13, 2015:
ECO’s History & Culture
Important Shifts for the Future
The Theology of ECO
The Polity of ECO
Accountability and Encouragement
Statement of Faith
Why Do We Exist?
We were created by God to worship and enjoy Him forever. However, because of sin, we became separated from God.
Who is God?
God is the creator, redeemer and sustainer of all things, including humanity. He is the only true God, manifest as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
What is the Bible?
The Bible is the uniquely inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God. It proclaims the saving gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ and teaches all that is necessary for faith and life.
What has God Done?
Because humanity, after being created by God, chose to sin, we all became separated from him. God, however, because of His great love for us, chose to send His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin.
What is our Relationship with God?
By accepting Christ as our Savior, we are adopted into the family of God. Within the covenant community of the church, God’s grace is extended through the preaching of the Word, the administration of the Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), mutual ministry to one another, and tangible expressions of grace to our community.
What are We to Do?
We affirm that every Christian is called to proclaim the good news of salvation through Christ and to live lives that demonstrate His love, compassion and care for others while growing closer to Him.
We believe there is no part of human life that is off limits to the sanctifying claims of God. We are to yield every aspect of our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Because of this, we confess the following in response to contemporary challenges:
- All human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
- We believe that God established marriage for humanity as a lifelong covenant between a (biologic) man and a (biologic) woman.
- We believe that God lovingly reserves sexual intimacy for marriage. Any sexual act outside of marriage is considered a sin against God and our own body. It is contrary to God’s design for us and therefore harmful to us.
- Further, we believe that every person, no matter what choices they make in their lives, are to be treated with compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity so that through our witness they too may experience the forgiveness and redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
*This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Journey Evangelical Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our congregation, led by its pastors and elders and in alignment with the historic teachings, confessions, beliefs and practices of the Church Universal, is this church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Welcome to Journey Evangelical Church (JourneyEC)! We’re so glad that your are interested in learning a little more about us. JourneyEC was originally founded as Chinese Presbyterian Church of Orange County in 1980 to minister to English-speaking Chinese Americans. A small group of families from True Light Presbyterian Church lead by Reverend Wayland Wong started meeting in rented facilites, primarily at Circle View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. The church emphasized a welcoming, family and community oriented atmosphere and from just a handful of people, JourneyEC has now grown into a congregation of nearly 300.
In 1994, the church moved from Huntington Beach to Westminster and purchased it current campus. In 2007, Wayland Wong retired and Chinese Presbyterian changed its name to Journey Evangelical Church. The congregation now, not only includes English-speaking Chinese Americans, but also a diverse array of other cultures and ethnicities. Currently led by our Senior Pastor Richard Pfeil, our vision is to be a Gospel-centered Church – a Church that preaches the basic Gospel message that, when received by the power of the Holy Spirit, will change a person’s very nature. That change is immediate and also gradual. The Christian live 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.
The path for this transformation in involves four things, which if we put into practices, we grow us into a Church flavored by the Gospel. We will become a Gospel-centered church. We will be a church saved grace and shaped by grace! These four practices are:
- Welcome – God calls us to accept one another as Christ has accepted us, regardless of human distinctions. Romans 15:7) The natural result of being a welcoming congregation will be diversity, with faith in Jesus being our unifier.
- Compassion – Compassion is grace expressed in tangible ways, i.e. care for the poor, aid to new immigrants, counseling for those in crisis, practical service to the community out of love. (Colossians 3:12)
- Missional – The greatest act of compassion a believer or a church can bestow on another person is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Being a missional church means the focus of our ministry is not Sunday but Monday – Saturday, the time what the majority of the church’s ministry occurs through its people. (Matthew 28:20)
- Discipleship – Once a person hears and receives the Gospel message their walk with Him begins and it’s our role as a church and as believers to journey with each other and aid in their walk with God by being an authentic community of faith that points people back to Jesus and His Word.
A little more about JourneyEC
Bible Hour is Journey’s church-wide Sunday School for ages Preschool to Adult that runs from 9:15a – 10:20a. Sunday Worship Service: 10:30a.m. Journey Evangelical has several ministries for everyone that attends our church. Find more information about our ministries the Connect section of this website.