Mission, Values & Beliefs

About Us

Who we are, where we're going, and the beliefs that sustain us.

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Our Mission

Sojourn East exists to guide people into the fullness of life Jesus offers.
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

Our Values

Truth

We are committed both to the sufficiency of God’s Word and the power of the gospel to transform lives. These commitments, which we define in our Statement of Beliefs, we uphold by rooting all our practice in the Bible and adopting a posture of dependence on the truth. At the same time, knowing ourselves, and especially knowing our own spiritual need, we are committed to speaking the truth with transparency and vulnerability.

Beauty

As we pray for God's Kingdom to come, we work to reflect its beauty when we gather. Our goal is not merely to change our neighborhoods or express diversity, but to do so with such Christ-centeredness, love, and purpose that people long to join in our mission. And because our churches are outposts of a great Kingdom, we aspire to excellence in all we do—especially in displaying the beauty of lives made fully human.

Goodness

Our journey in this life is a journey to be made new. We learn to bear the fruit of the Spirit, to experience the presence of Christ, and to bring God’s transforming power into the world. Specifically, we are called to form vibrant, relational ministries that bring life to our communities. We hope to show people the goodness of God, who equips all believers for his cause and calls the church to empower them for action. We give to the world as God has given to us—generously sharing our best people and resources.

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Our Beliefs

  • Scripture

    God wrote the Bible through men and without error. (2 Peter 1:21)

  • Trinity

    God exists eternally in a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

  • Jesus

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became a man, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, was buried, rose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven to redeem sinful people. (Hebrews 1:3)

  • Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit is the supernatural agent who applies salvation to sinful people, regenerating, indwelling, sanctifying, and sealing them until the day of Christ’s return. (John 15:26)

  • Humanity

    God creates all people in His image as uniquely male and female. (Genesis 1:27)

  • Salvation

    All people are sinful and in need of salvation. Salvation is a gift of God, given by grace alone, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8)

  • The Church

    The church is both universal and local. (Acts 2:42)

  • Restoration

    Jesus will return to earth to judge all people and to rule and reign with his saints forever. (Matthew 25:46)

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Our Story

Sojourn Church launched in 2000 in Louisville’s Shelby Park neighborhood. From the beginning, the church was committed to preaching the gospel, cultivating beauty through art, and serving the neighborhood they were in. What started as a group of 100 twenty-somethings has grown into six different Sojourn churches around the city.

Sojourn East was planted by the original Sojourn Midtown in 2009. The church rented space in two different school buildings until 2015, when Calvin Presbyterian sold their Windy Hills building to Sojourn East, allowing for the church to have a permanent home. 

Throughout the years, Sojourn East has grown from a small church plant to a faithful presence in the St. Matthews community.

Though in different areas of the city, all six Sojourn churches originated from the same vision: to see the gospel spread throughout our city through beauty, truth, and the faithful witness of those who belong to it. We continue to have a dedicated partnership with each other by supporting, praying, and dreaming about what God is doing through His church in the city of Louisville.

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