What does Journey UK do?
Journey UK is a pastoral ministry, seeking to help Christians in a life-long journey of growth in our relationship with God, ourselves and others. Through courses, events and support, we offer a safe place where men and women can find hope and connect with God.
Who attends Journey UK?
People come to Journey UK for various reasons, e.g. struggling to relate to God as Father, unable to receive and have needs, anxiety, restlessness, fear, lack of direction, insecurities and sexual purity.
Who is Journey UK?
Journey UK is made up of a board of trustees, three employed part-time staff , and a national team of trained volunteers.
Are your courses a form of counseling?
We do not provide counseling. While drawing on the insights of psychology and child development, our courses are primarily a religious ministry addressing spirituality as it relates to relationships and sexuality. Journey UK is a grass-roots ministry mainly facilitated by trained volunteers. However, we do have counselors we can suggest if needed.
What kind of prayer does Journey UK practice?
We emphasise listening prayer and the belief that God is presently speaking to and transforming His people. Our courses create a safe, confidential, structured space for participants to experience listening prayer in same gender small groups. It is our experience that God regularly uses prayer to speak words of emotional healing and spiritual renewal into the hearts of people. We also use symbols and creative exercises to help us connect and receive from God.
Do you work across the Christian denominations?
Yes, this is a core value of Journey UK.
I am not yet 18 years old. Can I attend one of your courses?
Our courses and events are only open to those who are 18 years old and above.
Can I go through one of your workbooks on my own?
Yes, please see our resources page. However, we strongly advise that, where possible, materials are used with a prayer partner, mentor, pastoral worker, counselor etc.
Do you travel and do conferences or taster days?
Yes. We would love to come and run a taster day at your church or in your local area. It is always best to experience Journey UK than to just read about it. We usually require a minimum of 40 people to attend an event but we can discuss your particular requirements. Please contact the office to discuss this further.
What kind of “healing” does Journey UK promote?
Journey UK aims to facilitate spiritual healing in the lives of participants. We define spiritual healing as, “coming to know God as Father, Jesus as our brother, and the Holy Spirit as our comforter—as the Triune God transforms us by ministering to our areas of need, wounding, and pain.” Spiritual healing involves replacing distorted images of oneself and of God with truthful images, cultivating emotional and voluntary openness towards God, and regaining personal empowerment through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Spiritual healing is foremost about our restored capacity to know and live in relationship with God. This does not guarantee total restoration or freedom from all the effects of wounding or sin in our lives. It does, however, mean we can face our struggles and life challenges from a new place of strength, assurance and hope.
Does Journey UK serve individuals with attractions towards the same sex?
Journey UK works with Christians of all backgrounds facing various relational and sexual experiences. We believe that all of us as human beings are in need of God’s transforming work in our hearts and lives and therefore everyone goes through the same material on our courses, regardless of orientation.
Do Journey UK practice so called ‘conversion therapy’?
As a pastoral discipleship ministry we do not offer counseling or therapy. We do not encourage, practice or support conversion therapy. Our ministry is based on self-directed prayer. If we are approached for counseling we refer only to counselors whose professional code of conduct prohibits conversion therapy.
Journey UK focuses on our lifelong discipleship journey with God which involves sharing all of our lives with Him, including all of our relationships and the experiences we face daily as unique individuals. It is through our relationship with the Trinity and other people that we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ – this is the heart-journey that we seek as a ministry.
What is Journey UK’s view on sexuality?
Our perspectives on sexuality and relationships are rooted in the Christian tradition and turns first to the Christian Scriptures for beliefs, values and ethics. Journey UK follows an orthodox Christian understanding of sexuality, including God’s plan for sexual relations between a man and a woman within marriage.
As a charity, does Journey UK receive public money or government funding?
As a registered UK charity, Journey UK can claim Gift Aid on donations where tax has been paid. However, we do not receive any public money or government funding. Journey UK is funded solely through course and event fees, sale of resources and donations from individuals and churches.