As Journey of Faith celebrates its centennial anniversary as a church body in 2011, here is a look back to our humble beginnings of our ministry and how far we have come in one hundred years.
Starting in 1911 as a traveling school bus, offering Sunday school classes to the children in the Hermosa Beach area - where open fields and goats grazing were the norm. Quickly the popularity of Community Baptist Church led to its first worship center and church on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. There the church body grew so big, the founders needed to find a larger location to house its followers.
The foundation of our church ministry has always been in mobilizing and making mature followers of our Lord – with the guidance and perseverance of many in our growing congregation the purchase of the 4-mile property in Manhattan Beach we now call our Journey of Faith church home became a reality in 1957.
In the past fifty years, since calling Manhattan Beach our home location, we have seen two worship centers built, the E-Building go up in 1999 to house our preschool program for Journey School and provide much needed space for adult Bible classes and events. In 2009 we unveiled a new 18,000 square foot educational building we now call The Harbor – which within the past 24 months has almost reached capacity for Sunday classes. And, in 2005 Journey under took a vast remold of our sanctuary and Student Center, to better serve our growing congregation. That is a lot of construction and activity for one campus. And, in 2009 we added Journey's first satellite site in Bellflower.
For a select few you have called Journey your church home since the Hermosa days, for many of us you have been a part of the dynamic growth our current campus has experienced, and for others who are new to Journey you are learning of our churchs history for the first time. It has taken all of you to make Journey of Faith the church it is today – 2,000 worshipers serving the body of Christ for his Kingdom.
As a community of worshipers, we have been sent into the world to make, mature, and mobilize disciples who love the Lord our God above all else, and who touch others with the reality of Jesus Christ.
CELEBRATING JESUs christ
We believe that passion for the Lord should undergird everything we do, for we are, first and foremost, "a community of worshipers." (Matthew 22:36–40; John 4:23; Philippians 3:7–11 and 4:4; 1 Peter 2:9)
LEADING WITH INTEGRITY
We believe that our leaders must be "full of the Spirit and wisdom" (Acts 6:3) if our church is to faithfully carry out its mission to the world. (Hebrews 13:7 and 17; 1 Peter 5:2–3; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 4:15–16)
BALANCING OUR COMMITMENTS
We believe that effective disciple-making requires a balance of biblical faithfulness, cultural relevance, and total dependence upon God. (Acts 14:21–23; John 8:31; 1 Corinthians 9:19–23; Proverbs 3:5–6)
TARGETING THE UNCHURCHED
We believe that lost people matter to God, and so we do everything we can to reach them with the good news about Jesus Christ. (Luke 5:30–32, 15, and 19:10; John 3:16–17; 1 Timothy 2:3–4; 2 Peter 3:9)
RENEWING OUR MINDS
We believe that people are transformed by understanding and applying God's Word, and so we encourage and provide for biblical learning. (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:22–24; 2 Timothy 3:16–17 and 4:1–5)
CONNECTING WITH OTHERS
We believe that disciples can only grow in a context of loving relationships, and so we urge everyone to be active in a smaller group. (Acts 2:42–47; Hebrews 10:24–25; John 13:34–35; Galatians 6:2)
EQUIPPING FOR SERVICE
We believe that every disciple is gifted to serve others in love, and so we encourage and train people for compassionate service. (Ephesians 4:11–16; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:4–8; Galatians 6:9–10)
SHARING OUR FAITH
We believe that every disciple is empowered to share Jesus Christ with others, and so we encourage and train people for bold witness. (Acts 1:8; Acts 8:14; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 5:17–21; Matthew 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:7–8)