a family of Churches
Sojourn Heights is a part of Sojourn Houston, which is a family of churches seeking to share Jesus with our neighbors for the glory of God and the good of our city. The Sojourn Houston family of churches is marked by shared beliefs, a shared mission and vision, shared values and a shared philosophy of ministry (the neighborhood parish).
Our Neighborhood Parishes
As a church, Sojourn Heights is organized into groups called neighborhood parishes, which we often refer to as the "backbone" of all that we do at Sojourn. Historically, the word "parish" has been used to refer to a geographic area with a minister. At Sojourn we believe the bible teaches that all Christians are called to be ministers of reconciliation. The reason we call them Neighborhood Parishes is they are groups of men and women seeking to minister to our neighborhood. The way we aim to do that is to simply live life together, love and serve one another, and love and serve our neighbors.
We believe that God's plan of redemption as achieved through Jesus Christ is the single most important story for the world to hear. We believe that this story of redemption, told clearly and perfectly in the Bible, is accurately summarized in the Nicene Creed, which is a 4th-century, historically-rooted outline of the essentials of the Christian faith. We ask our members to affirm the Nicene Creed as central to what it means to be a Christian. In addition, we ascribe to the Gospel Coalition Confession of Faith, and the doctrinal distinctives of the Acts 29 Network. While we do not require our members to agree on every point, these confessions form the theological identity of Sojourn Heights. To see more about our beliefs, click the button below to read our shared confession of faith.
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission statement is intentionally universal. It is meant to communicate that our “Why” is no different than the church in Dubai or Dallas, Chicago or Singapore. The church throughout time has done one thing: join God in what God is doing in the world.
Joining the Father, Son, and Spirit in the historic work of redemption...
We hope to see the gospel of Jesus Christ spread to the far corners of the earth, establishing local, national, and international ministry partnerships for the glory of God, the growth of the Church, and the good of the nations.
We hope to see a family of churches laboring together to plant new churches in new neighborhoods and new cities, each joining the historic work of redemption in their local context.
We hope to see the people of God united under their identity in Jesus, making disciples of their neighbors by building relationships, exposing them to the Christian community, and sharing the gospel in word and deed.
We hope to see a family of multiplying Neighborhood Parishes equipping the saints, empowering new leaders, and sending new parishes until each neighborhood is saturated with gospel presence.
As a church both in and for our city, we have identified and seek to embrace five contextually important values: Strategic Church Planting, Justice & Mercy, Redeemed Family, Integration of Faith & Work, and Artistic Expression.
Meet our Leaders
At Sojourn, our pastors oversee the doctrine, discipline, and direction of the church. These men may or may not be paid by the church, but they share the responsibility of shepherding our church with wisdom and integrity (Ephesians 4:1-16, 1 Peter 5).
We are committed to providing Sojourn's essential operations with a quiet excellence that reflects the character and nature of our God. The following staff members serve in their positions in either a full-time or part-time capacity:
In addition to our elders and staff, deacons are ordained to serve in additional leadership roles within Sojourn (Acts 6:1-6, 1 Timothy 3:8-13). While our deacons are not listed here by name, they serve in roles such as neighborhood parish leader, ministry team leader, and non-pastoral staff.
Sojourn Heights is a non-denominational church. Given that autonomy is not a value in the Bible, we believe that partnerships in the gospel are essential. To that end, we are affiliated with the following networks: the Acts 29 Network, the Houston Church Planting Network, and Redeemer City-to-City.