In recent months there has been an ongoing discussion amongst the members of the Church Board, Pastor Mike Peoples, and District Superintendent Steve Scott regarding the future ministry of Roseville Journey Church. Several Factors have been revised from the past year as well as some which have developed in recent years, including:
- a continuing challenge in the decline of effective leadership and financial support which are critical elements for a healthy, growing, local church ministry;
- a continuing dependence on investment assets from the sale of the Main Street church property in January 2012 in order to provide operating funds for the church;
- the resignation of Pastor Mike Peoples as of Sunday, October 27, 2019.
In light of these factors, it is the unanimous recommendation of the Sacramento District Advisory Board that Roseville Journey Church enter a period in which the church will be officially designated as an “inactive Church.” At some time in the future, consideration will be given to the creation of a new ministry of the Church of the Nazarene in the vicinity of the Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis communities, or elsewhere if deemed appropriate.
The current timeline and arrangement for the inactive status at Foothills Blvd. location includes:
- to continue worship services at Journey Church until November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, to provide the church with a gracious conclusion to their current existence. During this time, the church board will provide all ministry leadership for the church.
- to officially declare the church inactive as of November 25 and to determine the best arrangement for terminating the current property lease.
- to consider the most appropriate manner in which to liquidate the church’s personal property and ministry resources, either through long term storage for future use, donation or sale to district churches.
- to eventually consider a new start church from the assets of Journey Church at a location to be approved by the DAB at the very soonest within the next 2 years.
While this is an unfortunate decision, there is a sense that God is directing us for a future that will be in agreement with His will for this ministry. The prayer and support of the Roseville Journey Church would be greatly appreciated as we move forward with this decision.
We would also greatly appreciate the assistance of the church body in helping us to organize the church’s resources for inventory and storage as we conclude our presence at the Foothills Blvd. location.
For those of you who have called this your church home, you are encouraged to find a new church home amongst the many wonderful fellowships in the greater Roseville area. Please know that you would be warmly welcomed at our closest sister churches:
- Lincoln Emmaus Church Community www.emmauscommunity.org
- Sacramento Liberty Towers Church www.libertytowers.org
- The Crossing Church in Natomas www.thecrossingchurch.info
- Parkside Church in Auburn www.parksideauburn.com
- Rio Linda LifePointe Church www.lifepointenaz.com
- For churches in the greater Sacramento area go to: sacnaz.org/directory/church-list
- Contact Daniel Elliott Jr in regards to the possible launch of an “organic” home church here in Roseville. Call or text (916) 365-6353
Obviously today’s announcement causes grief amongst us, and many questions which we trust God will be able to resolve and answer sufficiently. Roseville Journey Church enters the days ahead as a church that had integrity in this decision. We have many reasons to give thanks to God for His mighty works of love amongst us. Please be assured that the District Advisory Board will give prayerful consideration to a future ministry in this community, and will do so in consultation with other churches in the region that may be able to assist us in the event that this ministry is restarted in the future.
I hope that you will encourage each other in God’s grace, and that as God leads you this community you have shared will continue to provide meaningful relationships for you and your family.
May God bless you with His peace
Res. Steven R. Scott, District Superintendent
Sacramento District Church of the Nazarene.
the peace of Christ rules, where the Word of Christ richly dwells (Colossians 3)