Our church began in 1995 under the name “Countryside Christian Church” with a dream to have a positive impact in our community. For the first 10 years we met in various school facilities in the Midlothian area. We began construction on a new campus in 2003 and moved into a new facility by July 2005. In 2007 we went through a “rebirth” of sorts and adopted a new name: Journey Christian Church. As a part of that process, we re-evaluated the focus and direction of our church and began the work of transitioning into a church whose primary objective was inviting and leading people who normally don’t go to church into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We wanted to create environments that were effective at helping people discover and develop their faith. As a result, Journey has continued to grow each year and has twice been named (2011 & 2017) one of the 100 fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine. Beyond all of the growth, what we’re most excited about are the hundreds of changed lives, marriages, and families we’ve witnessed over these years. Through it all, our focus remains on our mission of inviting and leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
By 2010, our leaders were faced with a challenge: in just five years, we had outgrown our (new) campus! As we explored our various options, a decision was made in late 2010 to relocate. As an intermediate step in that relocation, in August 2011 we moved our Sunday services to Clover Hill High School. A search for a new permanent campus location led us to the former Costco Warehouse located near the intersection of Courthouse Road and Hull Street Road in Chesterfield, VA. Renovations to the old warehouse began in April 2016 and the grand opening of our new campus was celebrated on February 5, 2017.
During the transition which began in 2007, we adapted a model of ministry made popular by North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA). After four years of sharpening and focusing our efforts in this model (2007-2010), we pursued and entered into strategic partnership with North Point Ministries (NPM) in August 2011. The purpose of strategic partnership is to leverage North Point’s experience and network of like-minded churches in order to maximize our effectiveness at leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.