THE INFO PACK
This pack is designed to help you understand how the Journeys Initiatives have worked in
other communities and how your church can get involved.
In this pack you will find:
The Run Down
Here you’ll be able to find out what a Journeys Initiative is, what it aims to do and what it
involves both for the team at Great Journeys Resources and for you out in your community.
The Count Down
This time line will show you how a Journeys Initiative unfolds and what some of the key
dates are for you and your team.
These excerpts will help you to get a feel for the Sunday talks that are available when you
sign up to be part of a Journeys Initiative.
This section provides an overview of the discounted materials available to initiative
These little gems are from a man who has run more Journeys courses with a wider range of
people than anyone we know. These tips are worth noting for anyone who is considering
embarking on a Journeys adventure.
The Feed Back
Hear from people who have already been on this Journey. What do they have to say about
We’ve been thrilled with the response to the Journeys Initiative, and
during our most recent event in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui more
than twenty churches participated with over two hundred small groups
all over the region using Journeys to share their faith with their friends,
colleagues, neighbours and families.
THE RUN DOWN
THE RUN DOWN
THE BIG IDEA
Let us outline the broad sweep of what a Journeys Initiative is.
A Journeys Initiative involves inviting as many local area churches as possible, to
simultaneously run the five-week Journeys programme through their home groups.
The key idea is that if we can get a number of churches running the course at the same time,
we can get people in your area talking about God, get some genuine synergy occurring, and
spur each other on!
WHAT IS JOURNEYS?
Journeys is a 100% Kiwi-made course, designed to introduce “spectators” to the Christian
faith. It’s fronted by investigative TV journalist Rob Harley. Since being launched three years
ago, Journeys has been run in more than 1000 New Zealand churches.
Some of you will have already used Journeys, and will have the basic kit in your church. If
you decide to become part of an initiative we will assist you by making extra resources
available to you at a discounted rate, to help you run as many courses as possible in your
During the five weeks that a Journeys Initiative runs, we provide Sunday talk outlines –
including PowerPoint slides – and suggested video/DVD clips crafted by Rob Harley. These
five powerful weekend messages have been built on five key elements of the Life Stories
course. Life Stories is a great new discipleship programme we have put together, that
follows on nicely from where Journeys leaves off.
There is more information on these talks included in a later section.
THE REALLY IMPORTANT THING!
The Initiatives are OUTREACH events. In other words, it’s primarily about the people in
your church inviting their friends, relatives, neighbours, acquaintances and workmates, to
come to a home group with them, and participate in the Journeys course.
So, the more you can promote the initiative in the weeks before it begins the more successful
your initiative is likely to be.
We will help you to get people talking by providing press releases and interview opportunities
to local media. The plan is that this will give your initiative media coverage closer to the start
of the initiative.
For each Journeys Initiative we like to appoint a regional coordinator. This is our “person on
the ground”. They are a local contact point for you and will be more than happy to answer
any of your questions as time goes by. This means that there is always somebody just
around the corner for you to help organize trainings, sort out resources or just provide
THE RUN DOWN
GETTING PEOPLE ON BOARD
Before a Journeys Initiative begins your regional coordinator will send you a great
promotional DVD [about three minutes long] in which Rob Harley gives the whole concept a
really enthusiastic plug. We suggest that you show this video a few times to help get your
congregation both excited and onboard in the lead up to their initiative.
In the DVD, Rob explains what the initiative is all about and encourages people to use the
holidays to start inviting friends to their home group.
Clearly, as with the 40 Days of Purpose event, it’s important to get as many people from the
church hooked into a home group as possible, and encouraged to bring others along.
The additional “hook” for the course will be the Sunday talks many of the churches will be
giving at the same time – great talks using clips that will broadly relate to what the home
groups are doing. So, if you’ve got motivated seekers, see if they’d like to join you for the
Sundays as well.
TRAINING YOUR LEADERS
We’ve learned a great deal in the last couple of years about what can maximize the
effectiveness of Journeys courses in your church, and we’re keen to pass on those tips to
those who are preparing to take part in an initiative.
In order to do this we run informative and helpful 90-minute workshops for you and your home
group leaders. At these workshops we’ll cover the following:
• Quick guide to what’s in Journeys
• Ten top tips for making your course more effective
• Testimonies and ideas from people who’ve run Journeys and stories from people
who have come to faith through Journeys courses
• What’s in the Life Stories course
• Overview of the five Sunday talks using Life Stories material during the campaign
These are highly useful workshops, and we strongly encourage people to come to one of
them. Training sessions are available for any of your small group leaders who would
appreciate a quick and useful 75-minute training session on how to run a great home group
using Journeys. These sessions teach small group leaders the most effective ways to utilise
the course materials, drawing on the experience of Kiwis who have run the most successful
FINAL LAUNCH EVENT
Because we believe prayer and the power of agreement are vital, before anything officially
begins we hold a great night of inspiration and worship to kick off the initiative. This is a great
night for small group leaders and hosts, in fact anyone involved, to get a final burst of spiritual
adrenaline, and to hear some really inspirational stuff.
In the past we have heard from Jon McKenzie, a policeman from Whakatane, who has run
many successful Journeys courses, and has seen dozens come to faith. Jon and his wife
Jenny have witnessed amazing conversions through Journeys – including a man who went
from growing cannabis in the local hills, to a new life at Lifeway Bible College!
THE COUNT DOWN
So, with all of that in mind, here is the essential breakdown for any Church involved in a
Three months out:
Promote the initiative vigorously in your church and make sure you have home
group leaders well on board. Share words of encouragement with your church from
people who have done Journeys and liked it!
Three Months Out [approximately]:
Your three minute promotional DVD should arrive in the next few days. We suggest
you screen it at least a couple of times before Christmas.
Two Months Out:
At this stage you should be ordering the resources you think you will need [orders
can still be made right up to and during the initiative]
Two Months Out:
You’ll receive by email; full sermon notes, PowerPoint slides and DVD clip
suggestions for the five Sunday talks that can be used during the initiative. Signs
will arrive well before the one-month mark, as will any resources ordered in time.
Suggested date for getting your signs up outside your building
Three Weeks Out:
Last training sessions for small group leaders on how to run great Journeys courses.
Final launch night
Home groups begin Week One of Journeys, which continues for five weeks.
First Sunday after Week One:
Week One of the special Sunday talks to tie into the Journeys initiative [also
continues for five weeks]
As we mentioned earlier throughout the Journeys Initiative, we provide Sunday talk outlines
crafted by Rob Harley. These five powerful weekend messages have been built on five key
elements of the Life Stories course - a great new discipleship programme we have put
together, that follows on nicely from where Journeys leaves off.
The aim of the five Sunday messages is to tie in with the home group sessions of Journeys
that your people would have undertaken that week. This means that if visitors to your home
groups get sufficiently motivated to come along on Sundays as well, they will hear a message
that will tie in nicely with what they saw on their Journeys night at the home group.
Of course, you’re completely free to pursue your own programme on the Sundays while the
campaign is on, but we really believe these weekend messages [which could be run either
Sunday morning or evening] will enhance what your home groups are doing.
The added advantage is, that the Life Stories course purchased for the five-week initiative,
will then have added appeal to your entire church as a discipleship resource, which they will
have “tasted” during the Journeys campaign.
The following text is an example of the sermon notes taken from Week One of the Journeys
The Journeys Initiative
Sunday Talk Week One
Materials you’ll need:
1. These talk notes
2. Disc One of The Life Stories Course – you’ll be using a clip from
Week Two [see relevant time markers further on in this talk]
3. PowerPoint slides for Week One of the Initiative
Pastor’s introductory note
This week’s talk is designed to follow on from Week One of the
In Week One of Journeys, home groups will have addressed the
question: Is there A Spiritual Side to me?
They’ll have watched three quite captivating stories – the first about
Ian McCormack, whose “heaven and hell” experience in the Indian
Ocean in 1982, launched a pretty amazing ministry for a one-time
atheist. The second story is about a young violinist, Sarah McCracken,
whose ruined hand was restored through prayer, re-igniting her
The final story in Week One of Journeys concerns the Holmes family
from South Auckland. At the time Journeys picks up their story, Mark
Holmes, aged 32, has been diagnosed as having only months to live,
with a serious brain tumour.
Week One of Journeys looks at the dilemma facing this Christian
couple, confronted with a fearsome disease and the task of telling their
four daughters that Mark will soon be leaving the family.
Suzanne Holmes – Mark’s wife – speaks boldly and confidently about
God’s promises and the family’s expectations of Heaven. Many people
wonder, after watching their story – whatever happened to that guy?
Well, as some may be aware, Mark is still alive! But it’s a classic good
news/bad news story. Mark – it turns out – has had his tumour placed
into remission by the radiation treatment he received – but that very
same treatment has afflicted him with something just as deadly, and in
its own way, even more grievous than the cancer: a horrible condition
called radiation necrosis.
In the TV3 documentary Rob Harley produced on the Holmes family,
viewers see Suzanne Holmes’ raw anger and frustration at this
development. Many watching her in the documentary, wondered if her
faith would survive.
Well, it did survive, and the lessons Suzanne teaches us about working
through pain – even when God’s ways seem mysterious, are a powerful
part of the Life Stories course.
This week, we invite you to show a portion of Suzanne and Mark’s
journey from Life Stories and to address the question “Where is God
when it Hurts?”
For those who have seen Mark and Suzanne earlier this week in
Journeys, this will be a powerful and insightful update.
WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS?
A few years ago a man by the name of Stephen Covey started
something of a revolution. He wrote a book called the Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People.
Covey was really addressing his remarks to those of us who go through
life in a kind of disorganized fog.
He contends that by organizing our lives better … we’ll become more
productive, happier people.
Covey, in this and other books, uses illustrations like the challenge of
putting a mixture of rocks, small stones and sand into a big jar. If you
tried to jam rocks into a jar already filled with sand, you’d be in for a
Covey says if you put the big rocks in first, then small stones can be
fitted in spaces around the rocks, and finally, in goes the sand.
The lesson? It’s a bit like Life. If we organize ourselves around getting
the really important jobs sorted out first [rocks in the jar] then the less
urgent stuff can follow [the little stones] and finally, in goes the sand,
around the rocks and stones.
The sand represents the stuff that can wait till the bigger, more
pressing matters have been dealt with.
Sounds wonderfully logical doesn’t it! And there are probably those of
us for whom Covey’s illustration would be quite valuable.
If you’ve ever struggled through the sheer overcrowded panic of last
minute Christmas shopping, if you’ve ever said unchristian words
under your breath as you picked that $200 parking ticket from under
your car’s wiper because you’d failed to reregister your vehicle, or
maybe it was discovering after your puncture on a dark road late at
night that the car’s spare tyre is also flat … leaving you stranded and
And yet the trouble is, no matter how organized you make your life,
you’ll still never get it perfectly right.
Stuff happens … stuff that’s right outside of our ability to control or
More than two and half thousand years ago a guy called Solomon …
writing in a book that’s become something on a classic on the
dilemmas of life wrote this:
It’s from a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes
“The race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, nor does food
come to the wise, or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no man knows
when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are
taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall suddenly
Ecclesiastes 9: 11-12
I wonder what kind of a conversation Solomon and Steven Covey
might have, if we got them together? Each a best-selling writer, one
of the view that an organized life will be more successful, the other –
probably prepared to agree up to a point – but Solomon would likely
urge Steven Covey to remember that the best laid plans are just as
likely to be overturned by unexpected events.
Solomon’s asking us to remember that no matter how much we think
we’re prepared for the twists and turns in life’s road, there’s a fair bit
of life that we have little control over.
And it’s often split second decisions we make … that determine
whether we end up on the right or the wrong side of a disaster.
Ponder this. After September 11th, a company previously
based at the World Trade Centre, invited the remaining members of
other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin
Towers to share their available office space. At a morning meeting,
the head of security from this firm told stories of why these people
The head of the company got in late that day because his son
started kindergarten. Another fellow was alive because it was his turn
to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't
go off in time. One was late because of she’d been stuck on the New
Jersey Turnpike due to an auto accident.
One of them missed his bus. One spilled food on her clothes and
had to take time to change. One's car wouldn't start. One went back
to answer the telephone. One had a child that dawdled and didn't get
ready as soon as he should have. One couldn't get a taxi.
How about this one: the man who put on a new pair of shoes
that morning, but before he got to work, he developed a blister on his
foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is
The person who collated these stories writes this:
“Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to
answer a ringing telephone - all the little things that annoy me - I think
to myself, this is exactly where I'm supposed to be at this very
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children
are slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit
every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; someone is watching
May that someone continue to bless you with all those annoying
little things and may you remember their possible purpose.”
Now … in some ways stories about being in the right place at the
right time … are helpful … other times they can be of cold comfort.
I would guess that for every story about people just missing out on
being hurt or killed … you could find just as many people … really
good, Godly, organized people … who made critical decisions that put
themselves in exactly the wrong place when tragedy strikes.
A few days after the events of September 11th all sorts of stories
started emerging of this kind of thing.
Two women from Boston... best friends … had both had babies earlier
in 2001 and both decided to travel to California for a holiday with their
babies. Each wanted to get the best possible deal on their frequent
flier programmes and so one took an American Airlines flight out of
Boston, the other took the United flight.
Each perished, with their child. One woman’s flight hit the North
Tower of the World Trade Centre; the other’s plane hit the South
Tower. By one other bizarre twist – which became known about a
week after the terrible events of September 11th – the brother of the
woman whose plane crashed into the North Tower was actually
entering the World Trade Centre for a business meeting at the exact
moment his sister’s plane was colliding with the Tower 75 floors above
So as we can see … Solomon was right … time and chance happen to
Right at the moment, many of you in our church … and some friends
we’ve invited from outside the church are going through the “Journeys”
course in our small groups and home groups.
Journeys is pretty thought provoking isn’t it?
If you’ve just completed the first week you’ll have been exposed to
that rather intriguing question: Is there a spiritual side to me?
You’ll have watched the story of Ian McCormack … the Kiwi guy
[actually a Bay of Plenty resident these days] who had that amazing
experience off the Island of Mauritius … being stung to death by box
jellyfish, seeing both Hell and Heaven … and then coming back from
the dead into a brand new life as a one-time atheist with a new take on
You’ll also maybe have seen the story of Sarah McCracken, the young
violinist whose musical career seemed to be over, when her hand was
mangled in an accident … and how that hand was restored by prayer …
something even her own doctor admits was miraculous.
Two stories which … even though Solomon’s words about time and
chance happening to us all, seem to be so powerfully true … there’s an
equally powerful truth at work in those two stories, isn’t there?
The truth that God can be present and active and doing something
restorative, right in the midst of crisis.
And that very last story in Week One of Journeys has lots to teach us
in another way … that story about the young couple from South
Auckland with the four little girls … the Dad, Mark is dying of a brain
The story in Journeys takes us into Mark and Suzanne’s world, and
Suzanne speaks quite compellingly about how she’s preparing their
four daughters for Mark’s death.
Suzanne speaks about how she tells her four girls that heaven is real,
that Jesus is there … that when Mark gets to heaven he’ll be able to
run and play the guitar, and that within what’ll seem to Mark like only
the blink of an eye, they’ll all be re-united in Heaven.
It’s such a faith-filled moment isn’t it!
A family facing the unthinkable … a 33-year-old Dad about to be taken
away from them.
But what a confident outlook on a future: a future for their family that
they are sure goes on beyond this life.
Well … as some of you may be aware … things didn’t turn out exactly
the way Mark and Suzanne Holmes had been expecting.
Mark outlived the doctor’s predictions on how long he’d survive for …
but he was becoming much less mobile, in lots of pain …And Suzanne
was having to do more and more for him.
Eventually a new brain scan gave the Holmes family a classic good
news/bad news scenario.
The radiotherapy treatment on Mark Holmes in the early stages of his
illness had done two things the doctors weren’t expecting. It had put
Mark’s tumour into a temporary remission … but it had also afflicted
him with a rare condition called radiation necrosis … in effect a scarring
of the membrane around the brain.
This condition … said the doctors … would now subject Mark to a slower
death … with pain and disability constant companions over the next
Well … here’s the thing …
Suzanne … the woman we see boldly in Week One of Journeys …
talking confidently about Mark going to heaven … now has a whole new
challenge to deal with.
It seems Mark may not go to heaven for a while yet … and the
remainder of his life is going to be very tough indeed.
If you’ve seen the TV documentary Rob Harley made about the
struggles of the Holmes family … maybe you’ll recall the scene where
Suzanne gets very angry and tearful with the doctor at Auckland
In sheer exhaustion … she wonders aloud what kind of future her
family is facing … this trial of caring for Mark is really taking its toll.
You find yourself watching Suzanne … almost holding your breath
really … thinking … is she going to make it? Is this marriage going to
Let me show you how this story plays out … watch this clip from the
new Life Stories series that follows on from Journeys.
It’s an interview done with Suzanne about nine months after she and
Mark have been given the verdict that this radiation necrosis is going
to be a very tough Journey indeed.
I think you’ll find it illuminating.
TAKE DVD CLIP: INTERVIEW WITH SUZANNE HOLMES
STARTS AT 25.00 INTO WEEK TWO OF LIFE STORIES [DVD 1]
FIRST WORDS: “BY THE MIDDLE
FADE OUT OF VIDEO/DVD AT
LAST WORDS: “ … HELPING US THROUGH THIS.”
CLIP LASTS 6’. 01”
Suzanne Holmes is a woman of unadorned honesty isn’t she?
And the Holmes family provides a classic example of what we started
talking about at the very beginning today.
You can make as many plans as you like, make whatever preparations
you like … and still you are likely to be surprised by an unexpected
turn of events … something that throws your whole life plan into
I think what we find in Suzanne’s response to what she and Mark and
the girls have been enduring, are three really important principles.
Number 1. Suzanne got mad at God.
She was pretty raw about all that wasn’t she! Suzanne knew there had
to be a plan in it somewhere, but she told God his plan really stunk!
I wonder if there’s a part of us that feels rather awkward about that?
Telling the Creator we think his plan’s a stink plan.
Want to know something?
The Bible does not discourage us from getting mad at God when we’re
frustrated and we can’t figure out what’s going on.
People right throughout history, right through the Bible in fact, have
told God they reckon he’s got the plan all wrong.
Some of the most faithful people in all of scripture seem to vacillate
back and forwards between telling God they trust him one moment …
then the next, they’re really letting God have it with both barrels.
The prophet Jeremiah was a classic.
He was called by God to tell the truth to his generation, but Jeremiah
… like most prophets … got a mixed reception … and was consistently
in trouble. He got thrown in jail, had his precious writings ripped up …
had people laugh at him and abuse him.
One day it all got too much for Jeremiah … and listen to how he lets rip
at God over his woes:
O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me
and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.
The word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day
long. Cursed be the day I was born!
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and
to end my days in shame?
Now … in between those verses, Jeremiah expresses his confidence in
God … but even his huge respect God and his overall sense that God is
in control can’t disguise the fact that Jeremiah is having a hard time of
Or how about this from another Old Testament guy called Habakkuk.
How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.
Isn’t it interesting the nature of the answer Suzanne felt she got from
God saying … It’s OK to run to me and hit me … I am exactly the
person to hit … because this isn’t easy.
Number 2: God brought some others alongside Suzanne at a critical
moment in her crisis. You may recall her talking of that phone call she
received right at the moment she was about to get in the car and drive
away from her problems.
In the original interview, which wasn’t shown for time reasons … she
said there were another two calls over the next 48 hours, with people
ringing, apparently out of the blue, with hugely encouraging messages
for her … people whose words just laser-beamed into
Suzanne’s heart and gave her precisely the encouragement she
Now … God won’t always work this way … but sometimes he’ll answer a
heartfelt prayer with a person. The key idea for all of us is to be
awake and alert to God’s promptings … when you sense Him saying …
“Make that phone call,” he might be about to use you to make a huge
difference in the life of a hurting person.
The Christian faith was never meant to be practiced alone.
Number 3: Suzanne admits she still didn’t get the complete answer …
but she has learned to trust God in a much deeper way, even while she
is waiting for some of the mystery to be revealed.
Here’s the truth … sometimes we never will get to understand
everything about God’s plan until we meet him in heaven.
It’s nice to able to figure out all the why’s and wherefore’s of life … but
some things are probably destined to remain hidden.
Paul the apostle writes in the New Testament about the “mysteries” of
God’s nature. He talks of how some of God’s judgments are
unsearchable and his paths are beyond searching out [Rom 12: 33].
Does that mean we shouldn’t go in search of answers? By no means …
just be aware that sometimes answers don’t always come inside the
kind of neat timetable that suits us.
Philip Yancey … in writing about some of the really gritty issues that
Christians face … dilemmas like … why do bad things happen to good
people? … Came up with what you may find to be a helpful take on
Yancey writes …Faith sometimes means believing in advance what may
only make sense in reverse.
Yancey cites the Easter story as a classic example.
Listen to what he says … [this actually comes from the Life Stories
series from which today’s interview with Suzanne Holmes is taken]
The day Jesus died is not a day we call tragic Friday, dark
Friday, or terrible Friday. No, it's a day we call Good Friday.
Now how can this terrible tragedy that Mel Gibson portrayed in
all of its brutality how can this be called good? Well, it's
because Easter Sunday followed it, and in that sequence, Friday
Saturday Sunday, we have a little picture of what God plans for
the whole planet. This planet is a messed up. Polluted brutal,
unjust place, just like Friday was a brutal unjust day. But God
had the power and he demonstrated this is what I'm going to
do with the whole planet; I'm going to take the worst thing that
could happen, the murder of my own son, and turn it into a day
we now call Good Friday. That’s just a little picture of what I'm
going to do with the whole planet, and I do believe that one day
we will look back and it will make sense. My faith is to believe
this in advance, while it still doesn’t seem to be making sense.
You know, in many ways we could devote a ten weeks series to this
issue of “Where is God when it hurts?” couldn’t we?
And even then, we would probably only scratch the surface.
Here’s another thing: I think we’re living in a world that doesn’t buy
trite answers any more.
People are inherently suspicious of those who would say there are
neat, convenient solutions to life’s problems.
And so they should be … because the Bible doesn’t promise us a rose
garden! Even those of us who decide to walk with Jesus.
In fact Jesus promised trouble!
But he also said … that in a world of trouble … we need to keep one
thing in mind above everything else …
That Jesus is Lord of the storm.
[At this point … we suggest you frame some closing remarks that seem
appropriate to you, bearing in mind that you may want to invite
hurting people to receive prayer and comfort.
Remember to encourage them to get to the home group Journeys
study in the coming week].
Throughout the Journeys Initiative there are a number of resources available to small
groups and their churches. We will secure these for you at good discounts.
Sets of the five-week Journeys course on video or DVD
One set needed for each home group, or you could share between
groups if they meet on different nights.
Journeys course participant’s guides
We recommend one for each of the people coming to a course.
Journeys course leader’s guides
We recommend every small group leader has one of these.
Full colour invite cards Pack of 60
These are made up as three cards to an A4 page, and are
You may also wish to make up your own invites and we’re happy
to provide you with a FREE sample you can photocopy or adapt.
A3 Journeys Posters
These Journeys posters have space on the bottom for you to write
details of our courses.
Life Stories Kit
This is the visual material you will need for your Sunday talks
during the five weeks your home groups are running Journeys.
Remember: You’ll be receiving five FREE full sermon transcripts
which will include suggestions on which clips from Life Stories you
The full kit includes the five-week course, a promotional clip, and
18-minute DVD guide on running the course, five participant’s
guides and a leader’s guide.
Also remember: Purchasing this kit will mean you have a complete
Life Stories kit ready to run with as soon as the Journeys initiative
The banner is big, eye-catching and will tell your neighbourhood and passers-by that
something special is about to happen at your church.
The full colour corflute banner is 1.8 metres by 1.2 metres and is the same size and
construction as a large “Alpha” sign.
HOW TO ORDER
Once you’ve decided what you need, it’s simple:
Just email details of your order, stating how much of each product you require, to
If you want to pay by credit card, please add relevant details including card number,
type of card, name on card, and expiry date.
We will enclose a relevant tax invoice/receipt with your shipment.
Please enclose an actual street address, contact name and phone number for the
These little gems are from Jon McKenzie, a policeman from Whakatane, who has run many
successful Journeys courses, and has seen dozens come to faith. Jon and his wife Jenny
have witnessed amazing conversions through Journeys – including a man who went from
growing cannabis in the local hills, to a new life at Lifeway Bible College!
THE BEST ADVICE:
• No pressure…this is a free course about a free gift…. don’t screw it up by getting
heavy, manipulative, preachy or demeaning to another’s views (simply offer
alternatives for them to consider and trial…if it’s the truth it will withstand scrutiny and
• Be flexible
• Do what ever it takes to overcome excuses and facilitate attendance of invited
persons (i.e. change dates, do separate nights or catch up sessions, or take it to
them)…. this probably will mean a sacrifice of time…are you prepared for that? … .
The rewards will follow if you are.
• Make sure Christians who are on the course don’t try to give neat, pat answers to the
• The person who said ‘no’ when invited this time will probably say ‘yes’ the next
time…or the time after (etc)…. have had some great results with people who initially
• Be patient, gracious and respectful with people who say ‘no’, but also be persistent
and persuasive (over the long haul.)
• The best inviters for your next Journeys Course are the people who did your last
• Don’t wait till you’ve got enough people to run a course…. step out in faith and set a
date...God will bring the right people and it will force you to take action, get out of
your comfort zone, and start popping the invites
• Every person you deal with in life is a potential Journey’s attendee
• Numbers at a course aren’t the measure of success
• Have fun (at your own expense)
• Create a relaxed, fun, family orientated, casual, warm, food orientated atmosphere….
you get the drift
• People did not come to be preached at or convinced…they came because they’re
searching…respect that. … Therefore it’s OK for them to criticise or challenge
Christianity…again, the truth will always stand scrutiny and testing.
• Stick to the programme…. i.e. on night one you want to establish that there’s a
spiritual side to life…. do that and finish. Don’t get sucked into the other million
questions that come up…hungry people will come back for more…don’t try and do
everything on the first night (or for that matter 2nd and 3rd etc)
• Stick to one and a half hours and finish on the dot. Honour people’s outside
commitments and they’ll come back next week. Christians have a habit of taking
permission to speak as permission to preach until converted…. don’t make that
mistake…. ask God to help you govern how much you say and what you say
• Journeys (particularly in the early stages) is a course for people to air their views,
concerns, questions and experiences. When we let them do that they feel ownership
in the group…when we preach at them we confirm people’s fears, phobias and
• Keep the atmosphere relaxed
• Stick to time as best you can
• Any questions are valid
• Don’t let the Christians in the group dominate the discussion
I have shared with a lot more people about my faith because I have had this available to use.
Many thanks and blessings. – Gail, Faithway Christian Centre
We are now using Journeys as the first 5 weeks for a new home group because it is so non-
threatening and open and encourages people to contribute without having to feel they may
say the "wrong" things. – Jim, Bethlehem Community Church
Momentum was definitely building by the 5th Sunday. We were just starting to touch some in
our community. That will continue. Some of our church family rose to the challenge and also
'caught the vision' of reaching out and inviting seeker friends to the small groups and/or to the
seeker services. We are now appointing a Journeys coordinator. There are a good number
of seekers who have started the Journey to the line of faith. Thanks for including us in this
initiative. It’s been really really great. We have loved serving God in this way at this time and
we look forward to meeting people in eternity as a result of this initiative. May God continue
to give you heaps of vision and boldness. – The Team at Welcome Bay Baptist
The Journeys stories are awesome. We have a number of people now going to use them on
a one to one basis. - Tauranga Worship Centre
It helped to make people in the congregation aware of the importance of reaching out to the
unchurched. It broke down fear barriers for some people. Some people are now prepared to
show the Journeys videos in their own homes to the unchurched. Some are telling others in
different parts of NZ about the videos, and recommending that they use this wonderful
resource. – Gail, Faithway Christian Centre
People were interested and impacted by stories that confirmed similar testimonies they had
previously heard or experienced themselves. It stimulated great conversation, enabling
discernment of where people were at spiritually. The established Christians in groups were
enthused to show the Journeys series to others. – Lorraine, Abundant Life Church
The feed back from the small groups involved it was very good. The ones that had no
seekers in found that that there was a lot to talk about. Journeys inspired them and
encouraged to reach out into the community. The youth also went through Journeys and in
their small groups found it to be useful, relevant and engaging. – Simon and Rob, St Peter’s
In The City
A couple from the UK were really touched by the Holmes night. It really brought up the issue
of faith for them. It was worth it just to see how they opened up to the possibility of something
beyond them. (They were very emotional) – Jim, Bethlehem Community Church
When a 19-year-old girl missed a Journeys night, a leader suggested the video being shown
in girl's own flat. When she arrived, the leader discovered 7 girls in their late teens and a
boyfriend waiting to watch the Journeys video. The group has continued through and is
currently watching the Life Stories series. – Lorraine, Abundant Life
Thank you Rob for all your work and commitment to the Journey's Initiative. It really did
creative excellent discussions and awareness (and many tears) and seeds to be watered. -
Lyn, Grace Community Church
We’re thrilled that you want to know more about Journeys Initiatives! These initiatives have
the potential give great momentum to New Zealand’s churches and home groups.
We are here to assist you in any way we can. We would love to help you launch a successful
event for both you and your community.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if I can answer any questions or address any concerns.
The Great Journeys Team
PO Box 74 140
Ph: 09 520 6401