What we believe

We believe that any Church needs to be as different and special as the people who make it up. We emphasise things like fairtrade and environmentalism because we believe these are good things to do. We are currently in the process to be the second Church in Birmingham to be accredited with eco-congregation status.

We like to live in theological ambiguity. You won’t hear one way of viewing or seeing God. We believe God shows himself/herself to each of us in a slightly different way- and that that is a good thing. There is no “party line” in Journey…. only broad areas of agreement. These areas of agreement are ………

1. We have found an approach to Spirituality that works for us within accounts of the ministry of Jesus. We want to take those accounts and make them real and relevant in our lives.

2. We recognize that others have different traditions and paths that are equally valid and should also be honoured as paths to God. We believe we do not have the right to impose our beliefs on others in the mistaken belief that it will make them more acceptable to God or ourselves.

3. We invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us. We welcome all people including: believers and those who are not sure what they believe, conventional Christians and spiritual searchers, women and men, all sexual orientations and gender identities, all races and cultures and those of differing physical and learning abilities.

4. We know the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the real proof of what we believe.

5. We think it is a good thing to question and to make up our own minds about our own faith. It is only through struggling with faith that we can be really sure what we believe.

6. We believe Churches should be addressing real life issues locally, nationally and internationally. The Church should be the voice of conscience in the world and not just part of the status quo.

7. That all people are called to their own spiritual paths. These paths help us all to find relevance and meaning as we journey together side by side.


7 thoughts on “What we believe

  1. I would like to know more about your church such as whether you have a minister or are the leaders all lay people?
    Are there any children at your Church ? If so, what ages ?
    I found you via the PCN website

  2. I like to know more about your church and if alright to be gay & christian as got told I cannot have both and like to join a church that understands about this and not be told that going to hell all the time. I like Telford Shropshire.

    • Hi

      Sorry I missed this. Many of us here are both gay and Christian and everyone who attends is affirming of this stance. We have put more information up on the “What we believe” page which I hope will help, but please do drop in a see us some time which will give us the best understanding of what we are like as a church.

  3. Where to begin? I became a Christian in 1988 in Derby Community Church . It’s a modern church I made great relationships there, but all the time I was trying to keep my thoughts of my identity and gender struggles to my self. It’s only when I moved away to study at University that I was facing with my raw emotion on my gender. Now I have come back to Derby in 2003 I went to church twice as male all the while struggling inside. I’ve been through the gender clinic for years now and I am suffering inside as I need a church to go back to. Can you please help me? Ive tried to contact my church but they don’t have a protocol for me, I don’t feel welcome any more it’s making me miserable and frustrated. Yours sincerely Rachel Adkins (Rod is my old name)

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