Q&A: frequently asked questions
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- What will I find when I attend LifeJourney Church?
- Do you have programs for children?
- We want to have a commitment ceremony or Holy Union. Can we do this at your church?
- What is required for membership?
- I don’t know if I want to get very involved right now. Is that OK?
- Is your church part of a denomination?
- I’m not in Indiana. Is there an MCC (or other affirming church) near me?
Q. I’m thinking about attending LifeJourney Church, but not sure what to expect. What will I find when I attend LifeJourney Church?
- See About Our Worship Services for complete details. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us.
Q. Do you offer programs for children?
- We offer a Nursery for infants and toddlers, and classes for children through age 16. See Kids at LifeJourney Church for details.
Q. My partner and I wish to have a commitment ceremony (or Holy Union). Can we do this at your church? Will your pastor officiate?
- LifeJourney Church does offer Holy Union/wedding ceremonies, but usually only to couples who are part of the church. Note that you don’t have to be a member, but you do need to be a part of the life of our congregation. We’re not trying to be difficult, but keeping up with the demand for these requests would overwhelm our pastoral staff. If we’re not able to provide a ceremony for you, we may be able to recommend someone else who can. Feel free to contact us.
Q. What is required for membership?
At LifeJourney Church, we view membership as a commitment that should not be entered into lightly. Membership is for those who have taken time to get well acquainted with the church, feel excited about what we’re doing together, and are ready to make a deep commitment to our common work and to caring for their souls.
To become familiar with LifeJourney Church before making a membership decision, we encourage (but do not require) you to first take Discipleship 101 and 102 — two SoulShift classes that explore our relationship with God and church.
When you become a member, we ask you to commit yourself to a Soul Care Plan — an intentional, self-crafted plan for spiritual development. An overview of the Soul Care Plan is given in membership class, and it’s covered in depth in Discipleship 101/102.
If you feel ready to make that kind of intentional commitment to growing your soul and to supporting the work of this church, we invite you to register for membership classes, which are offered three times each year. Registration forms are available in the Weekly News for at least three weeks before the class begins. It’s perfectly fine to attend the classes, and then make a final decision about whether you feel ready to become a member.
Q. I’ve been away from church for a while, and I don’t know if I want to get involved right now. Can I just come to worship services, and not join the church?
- Absolutely. Please take whatever time you need to discern the direction God is calling you, whether you need to rediscover God’s love, allow healing to happen, or simply check the church out and see if it’s the right place for you. Feel free to sample the opportunities offered for fellowship, study, and service, but please do not stay away or feel embarrassed if you only wish to come pray and worship with us.
Q. Is LifeJourney Church part of a denomination?
- LifeJourney Church is part of the Metropolitan Community Churches, a denomination founded by the Rev. Troy Perry in 1968 in Los Angeles. It was founded as a place where GLBT people could openly worship and serve God, without prejudice. The MCC now includes over 200 congregations in the U.S. and 15 countries.
Q. I’m not from Indiana. Is there an MCC (or other affirming church) near me?
- For contact info for all Metropolitan Community Churches, please go to the denomination’s web site, and select “Find an MCC Near You” on the main menu.
Another useful website is www.welcomingchurches.org.
Have a question that’s not answered here? Please contact us.