For Jonathan and Rebecca Huffman and their two children, their most recent journey began 14 months ago.
Originally from Georgia, the couple spent 10 years as youth pastors for a church there before moving on to Knoxville, Tenn.
After an additional six years leading student ministry in a Knoxville church, they knew their time in that position was coming to an end.
Not knowing what their next step would be, the senior pastor of their church recommended they attend a four-day church planting assessment seminar. The seminar is designed to identify a person's strengths, weaknesses and personality type to determine if they have the make-up to begin a new church.
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"Starting a new church was not at all the direction I thought we would be going," said Jonathan.
"At the end of the four days, we discovered that we both possessed the personalities and necessary qualities and experience to undertake beginning a new church," she said.
The next question for the couple was, "If so, then where?"
Having a love for students and families, the couple knew they wanted to be in a university town. They explored Austin, Texas, Lexington, Ky. and Chapel Hill before coming to Charlotte.
The Huffmans wanted to live where there were good schools for their children and where they had the ability to mesh into the community. Harrisburg met the criteria and became home to the Huffmans in December 2008.
They didn't wait to start what they came here to do, said Jonathan.
Beginning with their immediate neighbors in Bradford Park, they invited people over for dinner, participated in their community events and made it a point to meet as many people as possible.
Relationships and life are most important to the Huffmans.
"I believe the story of God should be displayed in the personal venues of life, not just the public venues of church," said Jonathan. "We are more concerned about displaying on Mondays what we talk about on Sundays."
After 14 months of building relationships, the Huffmans officially launched the Venue Church on Feb. 7.
They meet at the Harrisburg branch of the YMCA, in the Town Hall building in Harrisburg Town Center.