Multisite Update

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to start another campus?

Yes. We want to reach more people for Jesus and our current services are very full. God is doing something special at Journey of Faith and we must respond. We believe starting a new campus is the best way to reach new people for Jesus.

Will this be a new campus be different than the Manhattan Beach campus?

No. One way to think of this is that we are starting another Journey of Faith worship service, but at a different location! Our Campus Constants serve as a guide to help us remain one church at more than one location. The Torrance campus will have the same feel and “DNA” as the Manhattan Beach location, while giving people the opportunity to have Journey in their neighborhood. 

Where will this new campus be?

Torrance High School. We looked at many different possibilities, but Torrance High School best fit our needs. They have fantastic facilities and have been incredibly open to working with us on this project. The location is a 15-20 minute drive from the Manhattan Beach campus, which will allow a core of our current congregation to start attending at Torrance, while opening us up to the possibility of many new people attending from the community. We hope to be a portable church at Torrance High School for 2-3 years as we search for a more permanent location.

Will the worship service (music and message) be the same?

Yes, and we will launch with one service at 9:30am. The new campus will have a live band, a live host for announcements and prayer, and a video-delivered sermon from the Manhattan Beach campus.

Will the new campus have ministries for children and students? 

Yes. We will offer children’s ministry and some form of student ministry on Sunday mornings to go along with our worship service. We’re still prayerfully exploring the possibilities of other mid-week gatherings for students and kids. 

What other ministries and programs will the Torrance campus offer?

We’ll start with Sunday services, programming for children and students, and hospitality teams. Other programs, as they’re brought on, will flow through our small group ministry, so that Torrance attenders can get connected in community. We’ll share local and global outreach initiatives with Manhattan Beach, as well as participating in combined church gatherings, such as Easter services and 'A Christmas Journey' at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

When will the Torrance campus start?

Our official launch weekend is February 25, 2018, and we’ll kick off the first Sunday with a special celebration. However, any current Journey of Faith attender is welcome to be part of our “soft launch” which will take place February 4, 2018.

Who will be the Torrance campus staff?

Alex Grahmann will be the Torrance Campus Pastor. Dani Holt (previously our Elementary Director) will be the Children’s Director at Torrance. Sarah Gabel Seifert will be the Hospitality and Volunteer Coordinator. Michael Seifert will be our primary worship leader. Nick Williamson will run Student Ministries. Jackson Bush will head up the Torrance Tech. This team will work very closely with many of our other current staff and pastors to develop and run the Torrance programs.

How can I get involved?

We’ll need many, many great volunteers to help us launch and run the campus well. Whether you’ve volunteered in the past, or just want to jump in with this project, we need you to be an owner at Torrance. We’ll have volunteer needs in children’s and student programs, tech, hospitality, small group leadership, and set-up/tear-down. We’re also praying for 200-250 families to commit to attending the Torrance campus, so that we can begin to grow a healthy church family at that location.

Is this the same thing we’ve tried to do in the past with other churches?

No. Our other off-campus church ministries (Bellflower, Venice, Lennox) were hybrids of church plants, church rescues, and church turn-arounds. The Torrance campus, on the other hand, represents a new paradigm for our church as we become a true multisite ministry. Journey of Faith will continue its mission as one church in more than one location.

Campus Constants

Campus Constants

For over 100 years, Journey of Faith has offered relevant worship and teaching, vibrant ministries for young people, and opportunities to serve others. With a desire to glorify God and expand His work, we envision our church as multi- generational, multicultural, and multisite. To remain one church in more than one location, the following are “constants” for our current and future campuses:

1. ONE CHURCH: All campuses will flow from shared vision, mission, values, core beliefs, governance, budget, and strategy with campus pastors serving under a centralized directional leadership structure.

2. ONE MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY: All ministry environments (children, students, adults) will be consistent through a centrally approved strategy for programming, curriculum, methodology, and communications based on our core values:

Welcome: shared processes for new visitors, guest services, assimilation, and membership

Transform: shared processes for spiritual growth, care ministry, and leadership development

Serve: shared processes for volunteering, service projects, and ministry partnerships

3. ONE WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY: Our worship leaders, under the direction of the Worship Arts Pastor, will design worship for all campuses, balancing common style with some freedom to locally contextualize.

4. ONE MESSAGE: Our teaching team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, will be the primary source for weekly preaching at all campuses in person or through video delivery. 

5. ONE MISSIONS STRATEGY: Each campus will operate under a centralized missions strategy for global and local outreach and missionary support.

6. ONE OPERATIONS SYSTEM: All campuses will share centralized support for accounting, information technology, human resources, property management, safety, and communications strategy including logo, branding, graphics, website, print materials, and social media. 

7. ONE FINANCIAL PLAN: All campuses will share a common budget, financial strategy, accountability, and will be designed for financial sustainability.

Timeline

Timeline

October 2017 

Pastor Jason and Pastor Alex give a vision message on Sunday, October 15 sharing our Torrance location, launch date, the opportunity to fill out the ‘next steps’ card, and attend one of our home meetings in the Torrance area.

September 2017

Identified Torrance High School as the best location for a site. The plan became to be at Torrance High for 18-24 months. Connected with Portable Church Industries to help transform the school facilities into a fully-functioning campus of Journey.

August 2017

Hired Multisite Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann. 

April 2017 

Journey launches a full worship venue with live worship and live hosting for our 9:30am and 11:00am worship services on the Manhattan Beach campus.

March 2017

Pastor Jason hosts two multisite Q&A sessions to answer questions and discuss progress for a future South Bay location with our congregation.

February 2017

Journey recruits an additional worship leader to assist with developing worship leaders for multiple venues.

January 2017

Journey leadership enlists the help of Slingshot, an executive search firm, to locate and interview potential candidates for the new campus pastor position at the future multisite location.

December 2016

Multisite survey given to entire congregation to obtain important information for our multisite planning.

November 2016

Pastor Jason introduces multisite vision to the congregation through two sermons that pertain to Journey's mission and core values.

August 2016

Pastor Jason, elders and ministry leaders share initial ministry-specific plans for multisite with Jim Tomberlin and the entire team.

June 2016

Began planning meetings with ministry leaders of children, students, young adults, small groups, worship and hospitality to discuss ministry alignment and multisite ministry. Search begins for potential locations in the South Bay.

May 2016

Multisite team creates our 7 Campus Constants to guide and help develop and keep us a unified church in more than one location.

April 2016

Jim Tomberlin speaks to a selected group of ministry leaders and congregation members about multisite vision and ministry.

February 2016

Elders and Pastors prayerfully agree to proceed with multisite planning. A Multisite Directional Team is formed to oversee planning and development.

January 2016

Pastors, Elders, and Ministry Leaders meet with Jim Tomberlin for vision casting, discussion, and prayer about potential multisite ministry at Journey.

October 2015

Journey leadership connects with Jim Tomberlin of Multisite Solutions to discuss options for beginning worship services in locations other than our current main campus.

Torrance Home Meetings

Torrance Home Meetings

As we move toward the launch of the Torrance campus, we know there are many congregation members who want to hear more about Journey’s multisite vision and learn how to be part of this exciting new season. If that describes you, you’re invited to a Torrance Home Meeting!  

At the Home Meeting you will hear the latest details on the new campus, meet the Journey staff who are part of the project, and enjoy the company of other Journey attenders who are thinking about diving in at the Torrance campus. These meetings will be informal, fun, and include plenty of refreshments. Sorry, childcare is not available for these meetings.

Home Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be from 7–8:30pm. Exact locations will be emailed after you RSVP. 

Tuesday, October 24 (Old Town)

Wednesday, October 25 (South)

Thursday, October 26 (West)

Friday, October 27 (South)

Tuesday, November 7 (West)

Wednesday, November 8 (South)

Thursday, November 9 (South)

Friday, November 10 (Old Town)

Let us know which Home Meeting you’d like to attend by emailing .

Campus Pastor

Meet Torrance Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann

Alex Grahmann has been in pastoral ministry for 17 years. He has spent the last eight years on staff at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, a church of over 25,000 across six campuses. As student ministries pastor, Alex has been integral in growing a solid, vibrant ministry with over 2,000 students each week. 

Alex grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of missionary parents. He became a follower of Jesus as a freshman in high school. He received his bachelors degree in English at the University of Minnesota, which is where he met his wife, Erin. After graduating, Alex started his first youth ministry job at a church plant in the Twin Cities. From there he accepted an associate pastor position at a rural church outside the area, and began his master’s program at Bethel Seminary, graduating with an MDiv in 2008. 

Alex and Erin have two sons, Martin (11) and Charlie (6). Alex enjoys Star Wars, cereal, and tech, and unwinds by going to the movie theater, by himself, once a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to start another campus?

Yes. We want to reach more people for Jesus and our current services are very full. God is doing something special at Journey of Faith and we must respond. We believe starting a new campus is the best way to reach new people for Jesus.

Will this be a new campus be different than the Manhattan Beach campus?

No. One way to think of this is that we are starting another Journey of Faith worship service, but at a different location! Our Campus Constants serve as a guide to help us remain one church at more than one location. The Torrance campus will have the same feel and “DNA” as the Manhattan Beach location, while giving people the opportunity to have Journey in their neighborhood. 

Where will this new campus be?

Torrance High School. We looked at many different possibilities, but Torrance High School best fit our needs. They have fantastic facilities and have been incredibly open to working with us on this project. The location is a 15-20 minute drive from the Manhattan Beach campus, which will allow a core of our current congregation to start attending at Torrance, while opening us up to the possibility of many new people attending from the community. We hope to be a portable church at Torrance High School for 2-3 years as we search for a more permanent location.

Will the worship service (music and message) be the same?

Yes, and we will launch with one service at 9:30am. The new campus will have a live band, a live host for announcements and prayer, and a video-delivered sermon from the Manhattan Beach campus.

Will the new campus have ministries for children and students? 

Yes. We will offer children’s ministry and some form of student ministry on Sunday mornings to go along with our worship service. We’re still prayerfully exploring the possibilities of other mid-week gatherings for students and kids. 

What other ministries and programs will the Torrance campus offer?

We’ll start with Sunday services, programming for children and students, and hospitality teams. Other programs, as they’re brought on, will flow through our small group ministry, so that Torrance attenders can get connected in community. We’ll share local and global outreach initiatives with Manhattan Beach, as well as participating in combined church gatherings, such as Easter services and 'A Christmas Journey' at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

When will the Torrance campus start?

Our official launch weekend is February 25, 2018, and we’ll kick off the first Sunday with a special celebration. However, any current Journey of Faith attender is welcome to be part of our “soft launch” which will take place February 4, 2018.

Who will be the Torrance campus staff?

Alex Grahmann will be the Torrance Campus Pastor. Dani Holt (previously our Elementary Director) will be the Children’s Director at Torrance. Sarah Gabel Seifert will be the Hospitality and Volunteer Coordinator. Michael Seifert will be our primary worship leader. Nick Williamson will run Student Ministries. Jackson Bush will head up the Torrance Tech. This team will work very closely with many of our other current staff and pastors to develop and run the Torrance programs.

How can I get involved?

We’ll need many, many great volunteers to help us launch and run the campus well. Whether you’ve volunteered in the past, or just want to jump in with this project, we need you to be an owner at Torrance. We’ll have volunteer needs in children’s and student programs, tech, hospitality, small group leadership, and set-up/tear-down. We’re also praying for 200-250 families to commit to attending the Torrance campus, so that we can begin to grow a healthy church family at that location.

Is this the same thing we’ve tried to do in the past with other churches?

No. Our other off-campus church ministries (Bellflower, Venice, Lennox) were hybrids of church plants, church rescues, and church turn-arounds. The Torrance campus, on the other hand, represents a new paradigm for our church as we become a true multisite ministry. Journey of Faith will continue its mission as one church in more than one location.

Campus Constants

For over 100 years, Journey of Faith has offered relevant worship and teaching, vibrant ministries for young people, and opportunities to serve others. With a desire to glorify God and expand His work, we envision our church as multi- generational, multicultural, and multisite. To remain one church in more than one location, the following are “constants” for our current and future campuses:

1. ONE CHURCH: All campuses will flow from shared vision, mission, values, core beliefs, governance, budget, and strategy with campus pastors serving under a centralized directional leadership structure.

2. ONE MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY: All ministry environments (children, students, adults) will be consistent through a centrally approved strategy for programming, curriculum, methodology, and communications based on our core values:

Welcome: shared processes for new visitors, guest services, assimilation, and membership

Transform: shared processes for spiritual growth, care ministry, and leadership development

Serve: shared processes for volunteering, service projects, and ministry partnerships

3. ONE WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY: Our worship leaders, under the direction of the Worship Arts Pastor, will design worship for all campuses, balancing common style with some freedom to locally contextualize.

4. ONE MESSAGE: Our teaching team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, will be the primary source for weekly preaching at all campuses in person or through video delivery. 

5. ONE MISSIONS STRATEGY: Each campus will operate under a centralized missions strategy for global and local outreach and missionary support.

6. ONE OPERATIONS SYSTEM: All campuses will share centralized support for accounting, information technology, human resources, property management, safety, and communications strategy including logo, branding, graphics, website, print materials, and social media. 

7. ONE FINANCIAL PLAN: All campuses will share a common budget, financial strategy, accountability, and will be designed for financial sustainability.

Timeline

October 2017 

Pastor Jason and Pastor Alex give a vision message on Sunday, October 15 sharing our Torrance location, launch date, the opportunity to fill out the ‘next steps’ card, and attend one of our home meetings in the Torrance area.

September 2017

Identified Torrance High School as the best location for a site. The plan became to be at Torrance High for 18-24 months. Connected with Portable Church Industries to help transform the school facilities into a fully-functioning campus of Journey.

August 2017

Hired Multisite Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann. 

April 2017 

Journey launches a full worship venue with live worship and live hosting for our 9:30am and 11:00am worship services on the Manhattan Beach campus.

March 2017

Pastor Jason hosts two multisite Q&A sessions to answer questions and discuss progress for a future South Bay location with our congregation.

February 2017

Journey recruits an additional worship leader to assist with developing worship leaders for multiple venues.

January 2017

Journey leadership enlists the help of Slingshot, an executive search firm, to locate and interview potential candidates for the new campus pastor position at the future multisite location.

December 2016

Multisite survey given to entire congregation to obtain important information for our multisite planning.

November 2016

Pastor Jason introduces multisite vision to the congregation through two sermons that pertain to Journey's mission and core values.

August 2016

Pastor Jason, elders and ministry leaders share initial ministry-specific plans for multisite with Jim Tomberlin and the entire team.

June 2016

Began planning meetings with ministry leaders of children, students, young adults, small groups, worship and hospitality to discuss ministry alignment and multisite ministry. Search begins for potential locations in the South Bay.

May 2016

Multisite team creates our 7 Campus Constants to guide and help develop and keep us a unified church in more than one location.

April 2016

Jim Tomberlin speaks to a selected group of ministry leaders and congregation members about multisite vision and ministry.

February 2016

Elders and Pastors prayerfully agree to proceed with multisite planning. A Multisite Directional Team is formed to oversee planning and development.

January 2016

Pastors, Elders, and Ministry Leaders meet with Jim Tomberlin for vision casting, discussion, and prayer about potential multisite ministry at Journey.

October 2015

Journey leadership connects with Jim Tomberlin of Multisite Solutions to discuss options for beginning worship services in locations other than our current main campus.

Torrance Home Meetings

As we move toward the launch of the Torrance campus, we know there are many congregation members who want to hear more about Journey’s multisite vision and learn how to be part of this exciting new season. If that describes you, you’re invited to a Torrance Home Meeting!  

At the Home Meeting you will hear the latest details on the new campus, meet the Journey staff who are part of the project, and enjoy the company of other Journey attenders who are thinking about diving in at the Torrance campus. These meetings will be informal, fun, and include plenty of refreshments. Sorry, childcare is not available for these meetings.

Home Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be from 7–8:30pm. Exact locations will be emailed after you RSVP. 

Tuesday, October 24 (Old Town)

Wednesday, October 25 (South)

Thursday, October 26 (West)

Friday, October 27 (South)

Tuesday, November 7 (West)

Wednesday, November 8 (South)

Thursday, November 9 (South)

Friday, November 10 (Old Town)

Let us know which Home Meeting you’d like to attend by emailing .

Meet Torrance Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann

Alex Grahmann has been in pastoral ministry for 17 years. He has spent the last eight years on staff at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, a church of over 25,000 across six campuses. As student ministries pastor, Alex has been integral in growing a solid, vibrant ministry with over 2,000 students each week. 

Alex grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of missionary parents. He became a follower of Jesus as a freshman in high school. He received his bachelors degree in English at the University of Minnesota, which is where he met his wife, Erin. After graduating, Alex started his first youth ministry job at a church plant in the Twin Cities. From there he accepted an associate pastor position at a rural church outside the area, and began his master’s program at Bethel Seminary, graduating with an MDiv in 2008. 

Alex and Erin have two sons, Martin (11) and Charlie (6). Alex enjoys Star Wars, cereal, and tech, and unwinds by going to the movie theater, by himself, once a week.

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