The Journey Deepens Background
The Journey Deepens weekend retreats were started by John McVay in 2003 as an extension of the regional Heartland MissionsFest Conferences which were held between 1990 and 2001 in Oklahoma.
Over time it became apparent that conference attendees had a need for more intensive searching and exploration regarding their missions engagement, so The Journey Deepens weekend retreats were birthed to provide worship, prayer, coaching and interaction on a smaller, more personal and intimate level. The objective is to serve the Body of Christ by linking mission explorers with next steps and with sending agencies.
In June 2008 as more and more people were being mobilized and the demand increased for locations and dates, we realized that more than one person would be needed to carry on this vital ministry. Thus, the retreats were positioned under the broader umbrella of MissionNext.
"I believe this website and retreat are an important part of what God is doing that we might become more obedient to the challenge of reaching unreached peoples. It is especially encouraging to see a number of churches and organizations relate and work together with other members of the Body of Christ."
—George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization
"I am delighted to hear of this
initiative to give prospective missionary candidates such an intense weekend.
This will be a special time of exposure to mature missionaries and some of the
realities of working cross-culturally and help many to have their future role
in missions clarified. May God use this vision to impart vision!"
—Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World.
"As I minister throughout the
world I am continually meeting people who sense God's call to missions but are
unsure how to proceed. This retreat is a unique opportunity to receive expert
information and direction in how to respond to God's call"
—Terry Law, founder of World Compassion