Neighborhoods to Nations

We believe that God has called this church to love the cities of the Metro East and the nations of the world. Jesus instructed us to tell the whole world about Him, but not to do so at the neglect of our neighbors. So our mission at this church is to love and serve the city we live in while simultaneously making efforts to send 100 missionaries across the world where the Gospel has never been proclaimed.

At The Journey Metro East we know that this won’t be done on our efforts, so you’ll find us promoting and partnering with the good work of other churches and ministries in the area. Our primary concern is not to expand our church, but to expand God’s Kingdom.

What is unique about Belleville?

The Metro East is a diverse set of cities, each with their own unique personalities and stories. It houses cities that have been named the best places to live in Illinois as well as some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the country. It is a great honor to serve here. 

Belleville, the city our church is located in, has a vibrant downtown with festivals and parades including chili cook offs, art festivals, a month-long Christmas celebration, and Oktoberfest.

Belleville has all the great things we love about St. Louis like delicious BBQ, proximity to Busch Stadium and the Enterprise Center, and amazing free attractions. Yet this side of the river offers a slower pace of life, more affordable housing, and a tight-knit community. The church is just 20 minutes from Scott Air Force Base so the military is an important part of our church community.
I want to love, learn, and serve this neighborhood. Where should I start? 

Whether it’s serving lunch to the amazing teachers and staff at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, cheering on runners at the Belleville Main Street Marathon, or eating ourselves silly on chili at the Belleville Chili Cook-Off, we are always looking for ways to love our city.

If you want to love our neighborhood we suggest getting coffee at The Abbey in the morning and coming back at night to catch a show. You can get a great meal at Nettie B’s or C and C Food for your soul. At Christmastime, be sure to go see the Christmas light show at Our Lady of the Snows.

Some ways that you’ll find us serving our community is through our partnership with local ministries like The Restore Network, Children’s Home and Aid, and R3 Development. We make our building available for the good of our community, hosting blood drives, counseling sessions, back-to-school drives, and a place to cool down or warm up for the displaced.
I have a heart for the nations. Where should I start?

Learn more about our plan and prayers to Mobilize 100.