Opening time and space for Christians to simply be with God

Our History

 

JourneyMates, a Christian ministry of soul care and spiritual formation, is designed to open time and space for Christians to simply be with God and to notice and respond to God’s presence and invitation within and around them. JM began with the vision of gathering like-hearted Christians together around the shared desire and intention to be prayerfully present, attentive and authentic with and through the presence of the Triune God in Christ.

That vision, held by founders Jennifer Ennis and Sally Breedlove, led to the first JourneyMates Community of 25 women forming in 2006. They were joined in volunteer leadership by Mary Vandel Young in 2007 and added a second JourneyMates Community of men and women in 2008. Today, JourneyMates comprises six JourneyMates Communities in and around Raleigh, NC, and five JourneyMates Affiliate Ministries in Omaha, NE, Edenton, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Greenwich, CT, and our newest JourneyMates Affiliate in Atlanta, GA. JourneyMates engages with over 400 participants yearly through JourneyMates Communities, JourneyMates Retreats and JourneyMates Facilitator Training.

In January of 2012 the JourneyMates Board of Trustees was named, and JourneyMates became a non-profit, 501C3 entity, with Mary Vandel Young serving as Executive Director. At that time the following Vision, Mission and Core Values were established to guide the ministry of JourneyMates:

  • Vision - To glorify the Triune God and grow in trusting him in all of life by making space for Christians to notice and respond to God’s presence and invitation within and around us.

  • Mission – To provide contemplative settings where spiritual disciplines are modeled and practiced in Christian community.

  • Core Values - Authority of Scripture - Silence and Solitude - Prayerful Presence, Attentiveness and Authenticity - Four Movements of the Soul: Upward, Inward, Among and Outward - Spiritual Friendship - Orthodox Christian Faith -Traditional Spiritual Disciplines – Mystery of God - Whole Person: Mind, Body, Soul - Humbly recognize JourneyMates plays one part in God’s Kingdom plan.

  • JourneyMates Why - Christians need time and space to simply be with Jesus.

JourneyMates Ministry leaders are seeking to listen to God and respond to Him as He leads us in growing other JourneyMates Ministries and Christian spiritual formation resources.

We seek God in being faithful and responsible in passing on what we have received from God through JourneyMates. Most of all we want to be faithful to the Triune God, so that anything he has allowed us to create would be to the praise of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

More about OUR VISION

As JourneyMates we desire To glorify the Triune God and grow in trusting him in all of life by making space for Christians to notice and respond to God’s presence and invitation within and around us.

In this hurried and cluttered world, it is often a challenge to quiet our spirits and draw near to the presence of God through God's Word, silence, prayer, and community. Within each of us lies a deep longing to join with God. When we take time to attend to that longing, we find a still and holy place, our hearts are refreshed, and we are strengthened to continue along the journey.

In JourneyMates we learn to listen and look for signs of God's grace in our lives together and as individuals. As soul friends we seek God's presence with us, notice God's action in and around us, and wait for God's invitation to us. Together, we practice classic spiritual disciplines such as silence, solitude, Lectio Divina and Examen. These disciplines help us grow in our awareness of Christ's presence and to seek His will, grace, hope and mercy. We find the space to notice God in the present moment and listen as Scripture intersects with our lives. We bring the sorted and unsorted pieces of our lives into the presence of God. Through His word and through prayer, in silence and in speaking, we are confronted by the reality of His truth and His presence.


The art of listening and learning to be comfortable with silence has been a major area of growth for me. I am able to be more attentive to God’s presence in my own life and in others’ lives.
— Valerie, director of a mission organization