When and where are services held?
We meet on Sundays at 11 AM. The building is located at 2090 S Clinton Ave in Brighton, just south of the Tops Plaza.
What do you mean by “reinvent church”?
Certainly the church as Jesus intended it has no design flaws. The problem, of course, is that no group of people has ever executed his vision perfectly (and we don’t expect to be the first!) So the question is, “What was the church intended to do?” and a follow-up to that is, “How can we do it better?”
At its core, the church was designed for one purpose: to reach lost people with the love of Jesus. We were not meant to be a social club of the saved and he never intended the church to be a place of refuge from the world. In fact, we’re not supposed to be finding shelter from the world; we’re supposed to be an invading force that changes it! With that as our principal objective, how are we doing? Are we reaching the current generation? That must always be the metric by which we measure success.
Today, the vast majority of people under the age of 40 feel like church culture is foreign to them and unappealing. That’s a problem. We are here to share the life-changing power of Jesus, but if the way we package that message makes people who are actually hungry for God not open to us, we need to make some changes.
We do not have the liberty to change the message – nor would we ever want to! But how church is done should constantly be re-evaluated to make sure we haven’t gotten stuck in a style that is actually counter-productive to our mission.
We say we’re going to “reinvent” it because people’s impression of what church is like (boring, judgmental, religious, out-of-touch) has nothing to do with what the church is really all about. We want to change those things and we want people who have written off the church to give it another look.
What is the music style like?
While we respect the fact that musical style is a reflection of personal preference – and no style of music is inherently spiritual or unspiritual, for us, Bethel Music is the gold standard of what we want to be. It is fresh but it is passionate and unashamedly in love with Jesus.
That’s not to say that there won’t be opportunities for other styles of music to be incorporated in our weekend worship events (aka, “church services”). We’d love to find ways for rap, gospel, and maybe even an occasional hymn to be a part of the service.
What are the messages like?
The messages are 30-40 minutes in length, practical, life-giving and most of all, thoroughly grounded in the Word of God. Just because you have a contemporary service that appeals to the sight and sound generation doesn’t mean you have to be shallow in the messages. We never will be.
What makes this church different than others?
Every church is different. Each has a unique assignment, flavor and emphasis. What might make us different are four things we’re very passionate about – two that involve our weekend worship experience and two that involve our focus in general.
In our services, the two things we might be considered to be unusually passionate about are worship and the word. In both, you can sum it up in three words: let’s go deeper! In these areas, we do not believe you have to sacrifice depth for style.
In worship, we believe that you can appeal to the unchurched but still passionately worship Jesus. For us, if we do not get deep into the presence of the Lord, what’s the point? In regards to the messages, teaching the Word of God is what we’re all about. We’re not satisfied with shallow messages that appeal only to those who don’t know Jesus. The messages must go deep so that seasoned believers feel well fed.
In terms of the overall focus, two things stand out above everything else: First, we want to help create a church where everyone has the heart of the Father to reach lost people. We believe that it’s our primary mandate and we also believe that it’s far easier than we’ve thought. It is possible to be effective without shoving the gospel down people’s throats. In fact, we believe we’re going to be a part of a very great harvest of souls coming to Jesus in Rochester. Secondly, we believe that every believer has a unique calling. Each of us has unique gifts, a unique personality, and unique passions – things the Holy Spirit has stirred our hearts about. These three things together help point us to our individual assignment, our unique calling. And here’s the kicker: no calling that comes from God is less important than any other.
We will always have, as one of our principal focusses helping people discover their place, their purpose – to bring them to the point where they can see clearly, “This is what I was made for!” Being involved in making a difference, doing what you are passionate about, doing what you were born to do - there is nothing more fulfilling than that!
Who is welcome to this church?
Jesus loved everyone so everyone is welcome. It is sad that anyone would feel that they are not welcome in church. We will make sure that everyone feels accepted and knows what it feels like to experience the presence of God and the love of Jesus in a judgement-free zone.
Are there children’s services?
Only the best ever! This is a big priority to us. We have a first-class children’s area that is safe, clean, well-organized, well-staffed, and fun! Click here for more info.
Do you believe in the gifts of the Spirit?
We will unapologetically be a Spirit-filled church. We believe the supernatural gifts of the Spirit were given by God to meet the needs of people. People still have needs and God has not retracted his gifts (but that doesn’t mean we have to be weird about it).
Do you believe in the message of grace – are you “hyper grace”?
Everything about grace is hyper! God poured out his abundant grace on undeserving sinners. There was absolutely nothing we could do to earn his grace in the first place and there is absolutely nothing we are required to do to continue experiencing it.
One of our favorite scriptures on this subject is, For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Heb 10:14). Our standing before God is based completely on what Jesus did for us. There is nothing we could add to it. He made us perfect. Being a better person cannot make you any more “perfect” in the Father’s sight than what you already are. (If it could, then “perfect” isn’t perfect).
At the same time, we are in a life-transformative process. We are growing and every area of our lives, for the believer, ought to be being conformed to the likeness of Jesus. But that process is founded on this one simple, unalterable fact: Jesus loves you and there is nothing you could do that could possibly make him love you more. Grace isn’t grace if it’s not radical, undeserved and free. If you are religious or legalistic, let me save you some time: You won’t like this.
How are finances handled?
We believe in good stewardship – in the wise use of the resources that are made available and that leaders will be held accountable for every penny. Yeah, that’s a little scary.
We believe in total transparency. Everyone who is a member at Journey will receive an annual financial statement.
Pastor Tim & Christine do not receive a salary from the church. They own a successful business and won’t ever need one.
Generosity is a core value to us. As a church, we will give generously to missions and other local ministries.
We believe that a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed (Prov 11:25). We have learned that we cannot beat God in giving. But we will never ask for money.