Journeys provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to discover for themselves what God is like and how God wants us to live. 

Based on the work of Roy Moran in Spent Matches, people are invited to participate in seven journeys:

  1. Earner to Heir
  2. Self-hearted to Soft-hearted
  3. Receiver to Giver
  4. Isolation to Community
  5. Consumer to Producer
  6. Charitable to Extravagant
  7. Traveler to Guide

These journeys are well suited for people who know little about Jesus and for those who have been actively following Jesus for many years.

In his church, Roy starts new Journey Bible Studies every three months.  He also encourages church members to start groups in their neighbourhood with non-Christians whenever they find people who are interested.  He has found that it is best to give the community groups a name that the non-Christian can better relate to.  He suggests “Discovery Groups”.

Some of the people who join Discovery Groups will eventually come to the church building for the large worship service.  Others will continue only to meet with the other Discovery Group members.  Roy calls this a ‘hybrid church’.  It grows by both Missional and Attractional methods. In Spent Matches, Roy claims that about half of the people in America expect to find God in a big building.  The other half of the people will not come to a church building for any reason. The hybrid church is attractive to both groups.

In this portion  of our website we have modified the questions that are asked at each meeting.  If you want to use Roy’s original questions (found in Appendix A of Spent Matches), or modify the journeys in another manner,  you will need to set up an account at this website.  (Ask how to do this).

Our hope is that God will empower many groups to discover for themselves what God is like and how He wants them to live as they take these journeys.

Here is how Roy would explain the process:

When people visit a Shoal Creek service instead of attempting an assimilation program that connects them to the vision and values of Shoal Creek, we seek to connect them to God … So we tell people that the spiritual journey consists of reading, obeying, and sharing the Bible. We offer them group opportunities and a path through the Bible— 7 Journeys— that will take them through the seven major disciplines of the spiritual journey. They learn how to read, obey, and share the Bible in a Discovery Group (started by a friend, neighbor, or workmate) or a Journey Group (started by Shoal Creek on a semester schedule). In each of these groups, they have the chance to facilitate the discovery process and even host the group in their home or office (see chap. 6).

Both groups, Journey and Discovery, are encouraged to multiply and not to grow. Accomplishing the discovery process in ninety minutes is difficult with more than five people in the group, so adding group members becomes problematic. Starting new groups is the key. Willingness to multiply helps make clear whether or not group members are motivated to grow toward God. The discovery process, which is the operating system of the group, is designed to equip every member of the group to repeat the process. The vision of replication— finding people where they live, learn, work, and play who are spiritually interested and inviting them to join together to read the Bible and discover what God has to say about life— becomes reality when members of groups start their own groups.

Both groups, Journey and Discovery, are encouraged to multiply and not to grow. The genius of what we’ve learned resides in the simplicity. NO other books or curriculum than the Bible. NO other subject-matter experts other than the Bible. Focusing on obedience is the goal of looking at the Bible. Igniting excitement about growing toward God stimulates sharing with others. Replication begins at that point. The genius of discipling pre-believers is found in not having to change the process. There is no two-step evangelism where people are first encouraged to change their belief system and then their behavioral system. They simply begin to obey what God says and allow that truth to penetrate the key areas of their seven spiritual journeys. The seamless and simple moves from earner to heir, self-hearted to soft-hearted, receiver to giver, isolation to community, consumer to producer, charitable to extravagant, and traveler to guide sets a disciple up to be a disciple-maker— it makes disciple-making disciples!

(From Spent Matches pages 150-155)