The Journey Story
The Journey Church Hartsville was a church plant from a church in Lebanon Tennessee, The Journey Church Lebanon, which started on Easter Sunday 2010. While the worship by praise and always been live, at first the sermons was pre-recorded and shown using a projector. As time went one a pastor was found to lead the Journey Church Hartsville, with the guidance form the Elder team form The Journey Church Lebanon. As time went one two men from our congregation were selected to God’s leading and guidance to be elders for the Hartsville campus, this brought our church leadership to three. A second church plant was started from The Journey Church Lebanon in Mt. Juliet Tennessee. With this new church plant it became more clear that the church plants would need to eventually be able to stand independent from the Lebanon campus, so the elders from all three locations started praying and working on what direction God was leading them for the church to no longer be one church with multiple locations but three separate churches. After about a year, the two church plants was independent from the Lebanon Campus. The elders at what was once the known as the Hartsville Campus of The Journey Church, decided to keep the name The Journey Church Hartsville.
We still have a very similar setup as to when the church was originally planted that Easter Sunday… We have live worship by singing praises to God, Communion is taken each week, and the sermon is delivered by an elder or pastor. Also while church is going on, we have an area where the kids have their own time to learn about God and the Bible. We have only one way in and out of this area, also the children are signed in and out by either a parent or a guardian while at the same time restricting access to this area by everyone that is not a children’s ministry worker.
Culture of The Journey
The Journey is a place where people from all backgrounds, races, and religious experiences are welcome. First-time visitors usually find that this eclectic mix of people is friendly and open to newcomers. For people who are exploring faith, The Journey is a safe place to ask questions. However, these questions can lead you down a path toward God that will change your life forever. Come join us on the journey!
Structure and Leadership
The Journey Church is an elder-led church. We believe the Scriptures are clear on elder leadership being the primary governing body of the local church. These are to be people who are qualified in line with Scriptures (1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9).
The Journey is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Bledsoe Baptist Association. For more information about each organization, please click on their name.