Earn Some Extra $$$

April 1, 2015 • Category: Children/Youth

If you enjoy spending time with babies and elementary-age children and want to earn a few extra dollars at the same time, then consider joining the Wednesday evening nursery team. This position pays $10 an hour, each Wednesday from 6:15-8:15 pm.  Connect with us here for additional details. 

Pastor Jeff’s Spring Break Trip To Florida

March 30, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized

Earlier in March, Pastor Jeff was in Florida. He was invited to meet with 65 other pastors and spiritual leaders from some of the most innovative, cutting-edge churches across the nation. The gathering provided an opportunity to learn from these other congregations and to share what we’re learning at LifeJourney.

Pastor Jeff will have more info to share in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, we just wanted you to know that our church networking with other cutting-edge churches to create a powerful reform movement within American Christianity.

Time is Running Out and Space is Limited…

March 27, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized

Seder MealThis Thursday, our Maundy Thursday Service will offer a truly unique experience as we present a Christian Passover Seder Meal. Participants will receive a plate featuring items the Hebrew people would have eaten and learn the significance of each featured item.

Afterwards, we will partake in a (bit more) substantial meal while enjoying the fellowship of one another on this special evening.

Time is running out to RSVP to this event. Please reserve your spot so that we may compile the final catering count.  Remember, due to the unique characteristics of this service, space is limited, please RSVP by using this electronic form.

New? Been Around? Somewhere In Between?

March 27, 2015 • Category: Resources

Are you new…

to LifeJourney within the past six months? If so, you’re invited to a casual reception in your honor (snacks included) this Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Pastor Jeff Miner will help you get acquainted and answer questions you may have, like, “Is this church the right place for me? How do I fit in and make friends? What resources are available?” Feel free to email Pastor Jeff with questions or call the church office at (317)722-0000. You may also RSVP through this form. See you there!

Have you been around for a while (or even brand new)…

and need to know where to subscribe to the latest news and updates?  Visit the connect page of our website to subscribe the the Weekend Review and other alerts to stay up-to-date with LifeJourney Church.

GenderNexus: Eat at Punch Burger

March 26, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized

gendernexusEat out at Punch Burger and support GenderNexus on March 30 from 4:00-9:00 pm.  During this time 25% of your check will go directly to Gender Nexus.  Click here for more details.

Who Is Gender Nexus: GenderNexus is an emerging organization in Indiana connecting gender-diverse people with resources to lead healthy and holistic lives.

Sunday Fun-Day (of Games)

March 26, 2015 • Category: social events/groups

The Young Adult Oasis hosts the monthly Sunday Fun-Day of Games. All are welcome to join in the fun on Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 pm.  Feel free to bring your favorite games and snacks.

RFRA: What is it?

March 24, 2015 • Category: Justice

You’ve probably heard about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SB101, which recently made its way through the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed into law by our governor. And you’ve probably heard our church’s position on this bill–it is bad policy. The entire purpose of this bill is to sanction discrimination under the safety net of religious freedom. Make no mistake, this bill brings about anything but religious freedom.

So what do we do now? The most important things we can do is continue to pressure our elected officials and to vote every time you have the chance. But we can also take action by supporting groups like OpenforService.org. Encourage businesses you frequent to register with this organization to build a database for business who refuse to discriminate.

In the event, you experience discrimination in the name of misguided religious freedom, contact the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and speak to an attorney. The best place to challenge this ungodly law will be in the courts. If you need information about how to do that, feel free to speak to a member of pastoral staff.  You may also contact us through this form.

Know your rights and stand strong. Together, we will see the day when this is overturned!

RSVP: Maundy Thursday; Christian Seder Meal

March 23, 2015 • Category: Special Events

Seder MealThis year, our Maundy Thursday Service will offer a truly unique experience as we present a Christian Passover Seder Meal. Participants will receive a plate featuring items the Hebrew people would have eaten and learn the significance of each featured item.

Afterwards, we will partake in a (bit more) substantial meal while enjoying the fellowship of one another on this special evening. Due to the unique characteristics of this service, space is limited, please RSVP by using this electronic form.

Holy Week Services & Activities

March 20, 2015 • Category: Children/Youth, events, Worship

The Holy Week is upon us and LifeJourney has services and activities planned for Thursday through Saturday. Share our schedule with a friend this Easter season!

Holy Week 2015

Super Service Saturday

March 19, 2015 • Category: Oasis, Outreach

What better way to celebrate Spring than by giving back to our community! The Oasis small groups of LifeJourney Church are embarking on an experiment to see what we can accomplish together in one day, spread around our city. The Super Service Saturday is SATURDAY, March 19. All are welcome to participate! Then, after the day of service is over, join us at the church for a pizza party celebration at 7 pm.

Want to be a part of giving back? Email Pastor Melody and she’ll help you find the perfect service project…

Register for Summer Camp

March 13, 2015 • Category: Children/Youth

Waycross Camp is ready to host the LJC Kids again this summer for some awesome weeks of camp! There are multiple options to choose this year:

  • Week 1: Ready, Set, Camp! June 14-18 for grades 1-8 completed. Early Bird Pricing $300
  • Week 2: Leaders In Community. June 14-20 for grades 9-12 completed. Early Bird Pricing $390
  • Week 3: Adventure Camp. July 12-18 for ages 8-15. Early Bird Pricing $390

To register your camper, go to WayCrossCenter.org. To request a scholarship for your camper, email Pastor Melody.

“LifeJourney Warriors” Race for the Cure

March 12, 2015 • Category: Outreach, social events/groups

pink_ribbonThe Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure takes place on Saturday, April 18. The LifeJourney Team, “LifeJourney Warriors,” has a collection goal of $1,000! You may donate online. Also, register  and join the “LifeJourney Warriors” team at the race to walk in a unified exhibition of strength and perseverance. Email the Team Captain, Cayla Dyer for more information.

Pastor David Awarded

February 27, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized

As most of you know, at our request Pastor David has served for several years now as Co-Leader of the MCC Network that includes all Churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. The Moderator of MCC has announced that Pastors David and Margret (co-leader) have been given MCC’s 2015 Network Ministry Award for excellence in leadership.

Congratulations to Pastor David, and thank you for projecting excellence that reflects well on LifeJourney Church!

Annual Congregational Meeting

January 30, 2015 • Category: Uncategorized

Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday February 8, at 12:45 pm in the sanctuary, right after 11:00 o’clock worship service. If you’re a voting Member, please be there. Non-members are also welcome!

Pick Up Your Congregational Meeting Packet, at the Info Desk, and bring it with you to our Annual Congregational Meeting.

You may also view the packet and/or download through this link.

Audio Check… One, Two, Three!

January 30, 2015 • Category: Ministry Teams

Do you embrace technology, or at least don’t run the other way? Ever considered how your ear for music could be used in worship? If so, you may be two steps closer to the Media Booth’s audio console than you ever expected!

LJC has openings for audio operators, both at experienced and apprentice levels of expertise. The team invites you to open a dialogue to see where your skills can be put to God’s (good) use. Request more info through email.

Singles Social Events

January 8, 2015 • Category: social events/groups

LJC is looking for some folks who can coordinate singles social events for the singles in our congregation. If you are interested in working to generate event ideas, plan for events, and advertise those events, then consider being a part of the singles social group. Email LifeJourney for more information.

POSTPONED-Leelah Alcorn Candlelight Vigil

January 8, 2015 • Category: Special Events, Uncategorized

As of January 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm, this event has been postponed for one week due to expected weather.


Leelah Alcorn Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
LifeJourney Church

FILLED-Keyboard Accompanist – Position Description

July 30, 2014 • Category: Uncategorized

LifeJourney Church, Indianapolis, is searching for a keyboard accompanist who will report to our new Worship Arts Minister. Start date: September 8, 2014.

Our Church
Our Church is passionate about following Jesus, serious about the Bible, theologically open-minded, and genuinely diverse. In fact, we are one of the most diverse congregations in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Our mission is to follow the teachings of Jesus by developing disciples, doing justice, and helping those in need. We are a teaching church that challenges congregants to a high level of participation. We have an absolute commitment to excellence in multicultural worship. See www.lifejourneychurch.cc for more information. Salary commensurate to experience, education, and credentials.

Our Philosophy of Worship
People come to us each Sunday buffeted by the challenges of life. We have a sacred obligation to refresh them by bringing them into the healing presence of God through worship, so they can find rest and renewal and go back out into life ready to be Jesus to the world. Our goal is to provide excellent blended worship for our multicultural congregation, offering spiritual nourishment by weaving word, song, and other worship arts into uplifting worship experiences, drawing from the whole spectrum of worship styles – from classical to contemporary, from high church to high energy, from sound to silence, from tears to laughter.

Position Responsibilities
1. Accompany our two Sunday morning worship services and occasional special seasonal services and programs, such as Christmas, Christmas Eve, and Good Friday, including warm up for those services.
2. Accompany the following rehearsals: choir, instrumentalists group, and worship singers.
3. Accompany a quarterly Friday Night Praise worship service.
4. Accompany occasional funerals.
5. Accompany occasional weddings (on a separate fee basis).

Position Qualifications
1. A proficient sight reader who is comfortable playing a broad range of musical genres – including classical, gospel, contemporary, hymns, etc.
2. A passion for multicultural worship that draws from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions and musical styles.
3. Comfortable with our church’s “progressive evangelical” approach, as well as our mission and vision, as described on our website.
4. Calm, confident, easy to work with.
5. Ability to play other instruments is a plus, but not essential.

How To Apply
Send a resume to our new Worship Arts Minister, Shellye Bradford.  Click here to email Shellye.

New Worship Arts Minister Selected!

July 22, 2014 • Category: Church News

shellyeAfter a three-month national search, LifeJourney Church has selected its new Worship Arts Minister, Shellye Bradford!  Shellye will begin September 8, after a two-week orientation period with Richard in late August.

In April, we posted our worship minister opening on several national church staffing sites, on our denominational site, with several schools of music, and within our congregation.  Forty-five people requested applications.  Sixteen submitted completed applications.  Our Search Team conducted intensive face-to-face interviews with seven leading candidates.  The Search Team consisted of Pastor Jeff, Todd Cox, and Genese Parker.  Once the Search Team finished gathering information, it presented its data and recommendations to the full Board of Directors for review.  The Board voted unanimously to select Shellye.

Although our search was national in scope and included a number of truly exceptional candidates, we ultimately concluded that the best person to help us grow the beauty and power of our worship was already right here among us.  Many of you know and love Shellye.  For the past five years, she has volunteered as a worship singer, choir member, choir leader, and gifted soloist.  During our last worship minister transition, she was our interim worship leader.

But there’s much more to Shellye than you may know!  Before arriving at LifeJourney, she served as Worship Minister at Westlane Christian Church for 13 years.  Like LifeJourney, Westlane has a deep commitment to multicultural worship.  At Westlane, Shellye built two praise teams, grew their choir to 25 voices, grew a dance troupe to 30, selected and rehearsed soloists and ensembles, and produced many spiritual dramas – all while working with a congregation about half our size.  When Shellye came out, the leadership of Westlane asked her to step down.  That’s when she, her spouse Lynnette, and their children found LifeJourney.

As a young adult, Shellye also wrote and produced several musical dramas.  One of her productions, “This Way? That Way? One Way!!,” toured for almost two years, received national recognition, and was turned into a sound track.

Shellye is deeply committed to helping us enhance the beauty and diversity of our worship, and to growing the number of gifted worship artists who participate.  She loves all styles of music, from high church, to traditional, to gospel, to contemporary, etc.  You’ll hear more about Shellye’s vision in the weeks ahead.  Meanwhile, she’ll be working with Richard to create a smooth transition.

Welcome aboard Shellye!  We can’t wait to see what the future holds…

Quick Facts About Shellye

  • Incredible spiritual depth.
  • 13 years of successful Worship Minister experience at Westlane Christian Church.
  • Has written and produced a nationally-recognized spiritual musical and sound track.
  • Dynamic choir leader.
  • Incredible voice.
  • A heart as big as the ocean!
  • Married to Lynnette Pullen, and has four children.
  • Shellye’s tenure begins September 8, after a two-week orientation period with Richard.

Keyboard Accompanist Posting

In our new worship era, Shellye will lead from the platform, which means we’ll need a gifted pianist to accompany worship – just like Richard did when Mark was here, and Jason did when Julie was here.  Later this week, we will post a part-time accompanist position on our church website.  The person who fills this position must be a gifted keyboardist, proficient sight reader, and comfortable playing a broad range of musical genres – including classical, gospel, contemporary, hymns, etc.  The ability to play multiple instruments is a plus.  If you know someone who might fit the bill, ask them to check out our website later this week.    Help us spread word far and wide!

Latest Update If You’re Getting Married

June 26, 2014 • Category: Uncategorized

If after yesterday’s historical ruling, you’re wanting to get married quickly, before a possible judicial stay is issued, here’s how LifeJourney Church can help!  So far, Pastor Melody has been at the Marion County Clerk’s Office almost continuously, and has officiated at many weddings.  But we can’t keep someone there continuously round the clock.  So here’s how we’ll proceed.

Of course, the process begins with you going to the County Clerk’s Office to get the wedding paperwork.  Here’s a link to instructions for that part of the process:


While you’re at the Clerk’s office, you will have the option of being married by the clerk, then immediately turning in your paperwork.  If instead, you want a LifeJourney Pastor to officiate, you can pick up the paperwork, swing by the church for a pastor to officiate your exchange of vows, then return to the Clerk’s office (and a much shorter line) to turn in your paperwork.  If you want a LifeJourney pastor to officiate, please contact Pastor Vivian to schedule:

317-722-0000 x106


We’re here to help in this historic moment!  By the way, at our worship celebration on Sunday, we’ll say a special prayer of blessing for all newly married couples, as well as those who’ve been married elsewhere.  Don’t miss Sunday’s celebration!