Journey Church Bloomington Normal
April 16, 2024
Jeff Miller

Journey Church 


The members of Godspeed Church had the privilege of worshiping at Journey Church in Normal, IL this week. Journey is on College Avenue and is a wonderful Christian fellowship led by Pastor Jason Damkoehler. Pastor Jason is on sabbatical this month so I was blessed to be asked to preach. We loved being with the good people at Journey and we’re thrilled to be serving the Body of Christ together in Bloomington Normal. Here is some info about Journey from their website:

Their Mission

We exist to know God and make Him known to individuals, to families, to our community, and throughout the world.


Their Vision:


To be a kingdom-minded, Christ-exalting, multi-generational community of faith.

Their Method:


At Journey Family Fellowship, we strive to create an environment in which every man, woman, and child can develop an active relationship with the living God through his son, Jesus Christ. Individuals and families covenant to passionately pursue God through daily worship, Bible study, prayer, and Scripture memorization. Families worship, learn, fellowship, and serve together. We equip parents to train and disciple their children. We reach out to the community and the world with the hope of Jesus.

Here are their Beliefs & Values

Core beliefs:

  • God: There is one God, and He exists forever in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Father: God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things.

  • Mankind: We were made in the image of God and although we have a tremendous potential for good, we are marred by sin, which separates us from God.

  • Son: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who humbled himself, became a man, lived a sinless life, died to pay the penalty for our sins, and rose again to conquer sin and death forever.

  • Salvation: Salvation is a free gift, which we receive when we recognize and repent from our sin, believe in Jesus Christ and his complete work on the cross, receive Him as Savior, and follow Him as Lord.

  • Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, draws us to faith in Christ, transforms to the image of Jesus, and empowers us with gifts to accomplish God’s purposes.

  • Bible: The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments were written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Because it was inspired by God it is completely true and serves as the final authority in faith and life.

  • Baptism: Baptism is an outward sign of the inner work of salvation that God has already accomplished in a believer.

  • Communion: The Lord’s Supper reminds of Christ’s sacrifice until His return.


Core values:

  • Worship: We worship God in our homes through daily worship, Bible study, and prayer.  We embrace Spirit-led worship of God together as a multi-generational family.  Children are encouraged to worship alongside their parents.

  • Truth: We study and teach God’s Word with an emphasis on applying truth in our daily lives.

  • Discipleship: We equip believers and encourage them to use their gifts for serving others.  We equip parents to disciple their children.*

  • Prayer: We fervently pray for each other, for our community, and for God’s greater purposes in the world.

  • Missions: We support those whom God has called to share the gospel in other places through financial gifts and prayer.

We currently meet Sundays in various homes of our members in this prelaunch stage of church planting. If you'd like to attend a Sunday morning gathering or talk to the pastor about being part of the new church, feel free to connect on the form. We'd love to meet you!
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