In January 2020, Walnut Creek launched the Journey Course, a collaborative effort between NorthPoint Church and Valley Church. Journey is a class exploring all about God’s heart for the nations. From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures show that God is all about redeeming people to Himself. And not just one people or nation, but all nations.
“We wanted to provide a class that was manageable for people in nearly every stage of life to take which would lay out the scriptural basis for missions, the history of missions, the current state of Christianity in the world today, aspects of pioneer church plantings in unreached places, and ways for everyone in the church to be involved,” said Pastor Greg Altmaier, who leads our 10/40 Ministry.
The goal of Journey is to help people understand how the local church has a role to play in the gospel going to the ends of the earth and that each of us as members of a local church also have a role to play. Although not every believer is going to be a longterm worker, every believer should ask God how He wants them to be involved in this task.
“It was so encouraging to see so many people from so many different backgrounds come together to learn from God’s Word.”
“Journey is for every Christian. You don’t need to have 30 years of ministry under your belt or a desire to be a missionary,” said Greg. “Since Walnut Creek as a church is heavily involved in sending missionaries, we do value our members take this class so they can better understand how we as a church think about missions and how we are involved.”
Over 130 students participated in the first Journey Class in 2020 from over a dozen different churches in Des Moines. Journey will be hosted again this January in Des Moines on Sundays from 4-6pm at Valley Church. For more information and to register, visit .
“It was so encouraging to see so many people from so many different backgrounds come together to learn from God’s Word and see how they can help their own churches be involved in this task,” said Greg. “It was also encouraging to see people in our church who took the class better support their friends in their path to go overseas and to see them come away motivated for the gospel to go to the ends of the earth.”