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Journey Center for Learning defines a DISCIPLE as an apprentice investing one’s whole life into becoming ever more like Jesus in character, attitude, purpose and action.

We define DISCIPLESHIP as thoughtful, open hearted, humble, life-encompassing, interdependent apprenticeship.

Thoughtful – Thinking theologically, critically and responsibly about life

Open hearted – Desiring self-awareness, transformation, and union with Christ

Humble – Being willing to admit how much we don’t know and interact with God and each other accordingly

Life-encompassing – Seeking faith that addresses, alters, and aligns every aspect of life and being

Interdependent – Embracing, whole heartedly, our interrelatedness to the Triune God, each other, and creation

We seek to offer a variety of opportunities which can create space for transformation in the lives of individuals, communities, and the world.

Journey Groups

JOURNEY GROUPS are self-directed, self-determined peer learning communities. Each group is guided by a facilitator who is a co-learner with passion and experience in the area of the particular theme.


Journey Groups consist of 6-9 leaders and a facilitator gathered around common learning themes. The group journeys together for two years, offering each other mutual encouragement, support, challenge and accountability. Each group gathers five times for 3-4 days, on dates determined by the group. Together, each group develops a focus and a learning plan within their general theme. They then explore their focus in depth, via a wide variety of learning approaches and locations. Travel is a significant piece of the experience. Journey Group members invite a cohort of persons in their ministry context to learn concurrently with them. Two members of each participant’s cohort are included in the fourth gathering. At the final gathering, the group will creatively share their learning with an audience they deem could greatly benefit from what they have learned over the preceding two year journey.

Learn more by downloading a grid of the two year process.


Cost includes all travel, lodging, meals, resources and events for the five gatherings.

The fee for each Journey Group participant is $2500 OR $1250/year for two years. Each ministry context also contributes $850 to help with the expenses of the cohort.

Journey groups are generously subsidized by contributors who believe in the power and effectiveness of this learning model.


Currently, Violence and the City, facilitated by Rev. Chris Dorsey is meeting.

Learn more about the History of Journey Groups.

Theme Groups

Theme Group.jpgTHEME GROUPS developed out of the Journey Group model. For some, a two year commitment that involves extended periods of time for learning is not feasible for their lifestyle or their congregational life.  Theme Groups allow for a learning community to form around a common theme for an eight month period.  The group begins in October with an overnight retreat and ends in May with an overnight retreat.  Monthly one-day gatherings occur between these bookend retreats.  Past theme groups focused on Youth Ministry and Worship and the Arts.  Currently a group is learning about Leadership at the Intersection of the Word and World.

If you have an idea and group in your location, let us know.  We would invite a discussion about facilitating this learning process in your area.

Focus Groups

Focus Groups explore specific topics in a variety of on-going learning formats. 


To see our entire list of Journey Learning Opportunities, visit the Learning Opportunities page or click here.

Other Offerings

These opportunities vary from the Journey learning model.  They may include conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops and other events.  To see our entire list of Journey Learning Opportunities, visit the Learning Opportunities page or click here.

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