NORMAN — A metro area church with multiple building sites recently made location changes to ultimately expand its area of outreach.
JourneyChurch.tv, led by the church's founder and senior pastor, the Rev. Clark Mitchell, sold its east Norman ministry site at 1330 E Lindsey to Antioch Community Church of Norman in January. JourneyChurch.tv's final Sunday at its east Norman site was Jan. 27.
Mitchell said the sale was made for several reasons. He said the transaction would help improve the church's finances so that it could expand to other areas of the metro area, and it also gave the congregation a chance to help another ministry.
“Journey saw it as an opportunity to help another church and thought it would be a healthy move for the overall church culture in our community,” he said.
Meanwhile, JourneyChurch.tv opened a new southwest Oklahoma City ministry site at 10601 S Western. The first Sunday at the new Oklahoma City site was Feb. 3.
Mitchell said the new campus was launched because the church's elder and senior leadership teams saw an opportunity to serve people living in the southwest Oklahoma City and Moore areas.
“We had a decent size group coming from that area, had an opportunity to expand and took advantage of it to influence more people with the gospel,” he said.
Mitchell said for the time being, JourneyChurch.tv members in the Norman area will worship together at the church's main building at 3801 Journey Parkway. He said the church likely will expand again to other sites over the next 10 years.
The new southwest ministry site is on the southwest corner of SW 104 and Western Avenue.
Rod Conant, leader of the southwest campus, said about 500 JourneyChurch.tv members helped spread the word about the new location.
Conant said the new site includes state-of-the-art technology, a welcoming atmosphere and a core group of people who want to reach out to people living in the surrounding area.