Christmas Spectacular

Pastor Clark —  December 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Journey Family,

I hope you’ve had an incredible week! We are ready for you to join us for Christmas Spectacular starting TONIGHT! It has been amazing to share the simple and most valuable aspects of this season with you throughout the Simply Christmas series and Advent, and I am expecting God to do even greater things as we continue and have over 10,000 people come through our doors this weekend! We have experiences Friday, Saturday and Sunday so that there is plenty of space for everyone to join us.

Continue inviting and praying for those who will attend. Christmas Spectacular is our gift to the community and an opportunity for us to share the Light of the world with thousands of people. All glory to God, I believe the environment He has allowed us to create is the best Christmas environment in Oklahoma! I can’t wait to worship with you, have a blast with you, and see lives transformed! It’s going to be big and I want you, your family and your friends to be there, too!

The next few days are going to be simply spectacular! See you soon!

Pastor Clark

Fall Update

Pastor Clark —  October 24, 2013 — 3 Comments

Journey Family,

I feel like I am always saying, “it’s been a crazy few weeks,” and it has been! I am so excited about God’s work through the Elephant series and loved having elephants at our Norman Campus a few weekends ago. It was amazing to see the community that took place before and after discussions about a tough subject.

I appreciate your grace and understanding as I spent time with my family OU/TX weekend. Pastor Adam delivered an incredible, God-breathed message about war, and then again about Ephesians 3 when I unexpectedly caught pneumonia. We will finish up the Elephants series this Sunday. I am going to teach about the God of our pain and how to make sense of the pain we go through .

I’ve been blown away by God’s faithfulness so far this semester as He guides us through JC 1360 and other incredible conversations about being healthy and stewarding His blessings to transform cities. I am privileged to serve a body of believers who appreciate my transparency about the health challenges I walk through. Please remember, I am healthy, but susceptible to sickness just like all of you! My body needs extra rest to heal and I try to steer clear of people who are sick so that I don’t complicate things for my immune system. Although Robin and I have had a tough week of pneumonia and bronchitis, we are on the mend, and trusting in the healing power of God who is providing energy and vision for His Kingdom each and every day.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Go to the doctor and rest when you’re feeling ill. It wouldn’t hurt to keep a can of lysol at your fingertips also!


See you Sunday,
Pastor Clark

First, I want to thank all of you who have so faithfully cared for, prayed for, encouraged, and served our family as we have walked through hell over the past three years! We could not have done it without you!!!

Second, I want to answer the question, “How are you Pastor Clark?” With 100% candor and honesty I can say that I, and we (my family), are okay. We are emotionally worn out from the past few years and are intentionally focusing on staying filled-up spiritually, emotionally and physically. There is no doubt in our minds that God has allowed, not caused, this season in our lives to help us in our effectiveness in ministering to others and proclaiming the Gospel. God is a good, good God!

Third, I want to answer another frequently asked question, “What can we expect as you return?”

  • You can expect for us to passionately pursue the presence of God in everything we do! We are nothing without God’s presence! With that in mind, we will tweak many of our environments to allow for more intentionality in giving you time to connect with God, versus just consuming what is put in front of you.
  • You can expect us to passionately pursue our future! God has called us to see cities transformed, one life at a time. We have been overwhelmingly blessed with our history! And for that, we give all glory to God! We are equally expectant of our future, so we will find the balance of aggressive pursuit of our future, while keeping healthy lines of margin in all areas of our personal lives and the life of our church.
  • You can expect for us to passionately pursue healthy relationships! All blessings flow through relationship. With that in mind, we want everyone to grow in our relationships with God and others! For healthy relationships to happen, we have to figure out how to be healthy emotionally. We want to help you grow into your God-given potential and dreams, not allowing hurts or things of the past to hold you back.
  • You can expect us to passionately try to make you the best pastored people on planet earth! That doesn’t mean that we’ll always succeed, but that is our heart! Simply put, our heart is for God and you. We are honored that you haven chosen to be part of the Journey family!
  • You can expect us to passionately pursue how to live an e3:20 life and will help you do the same! God is for you! Your future is great, so we want to help you discover it and live it out! All of us doing that is the greatest witness we can ever have.

As I step back into teaching this weekend, I celebrate that God has allowed me to be a part of such a committed, generous, loving church! You are a family, and a good one! While there are always things we can work on, there are far more things to celebrate. Because of your commitment, we are in the middle of a great move of God! That cannot happen without consistent commitment from the thousands of people who make Journey their home! I am so proud of you! I look forward to the great years we have ahead of us!

Blessings, Clark

Happy July everyone! I hope this season is great for you and your family!

Thank you all for your continued prayers as I recover from my latest saga of health challenges. Last week was miserable, but the past 2 days I have started to feel a little better. I think my greatest frustration right now is my desire to run hard after the opportunities the Lord has given us, and at the same time having to pace myself so my body can experience a full recovery. It is pretty remarkable to think about all the things the enemy has thrown my way over the last 3 years! I am extremely blessed by God’s faithfulness through it all!

Don’t miss the coming weekends in July at JourneyChurch! This weekend my long time friend, mentor, and spiritual father, David Smith will be teaching. David is one of the best leaders I have ever encountered in my life. He, and his wife Linda, are the one’s who created the Family Vision process, including vision retreats. David will be sharing this weekend on one of his Biblical Heroes.

Take a moment in the coming days to give thanks to God for this amazing country we live in! We are so blessed to live in the USA. Happy 4th of July!

Pastor Clark

Journey Family,

Your prayers and encouragement are making a huge difference! Pastor Clark is over a week into recovery and is doing great!
As we all know, there are rough days and discomfort experienced during healing. He must wear a neck brace 24 hours a day to support the spine as it heals. Please continue to lift Pastor Clark as he walks through this process.

We were excited to see Pastor Clark around the office a bit at the end of last week and support him as he spends the next few weeks resting, healing, and hearing from God about all the awesome things He has planned to accomplish through you and our church in the coming months!

Pastor Clark is excited for us to hear from some of his friends from around the nation the next several weekends. They will continue our series on Biblical heroes and we hope to connect with you at one of our campuses or online.

Remember, there are a few ways to support the Mitchell’s:

  • Pray
  • Check this site for health updates
  • Share words of encouragement
  • Send gift cards for meals

Thank you again for the pouring of love and support. We are blessed to call our church our family!

Have a great week,
Lead Team

Thank you all, again, for your continued prayers and encouragement for Pastor Clark and his family. After returning home to recover on Saturday afternoon, Pastor Clark is feeling some pain and discomfort, but that is expected.

He is already feeling some relief now that the ruptured discs are repaired, praise God!! He is also able to eat and swallow. His spirits are high and he is happy to be in his home with his family to recover and rest adequately. Continued prayers, words of encouragement, and gift cards for meals are a huge blessing to their family. Let’s continue to show the world what it means to care for one another as we come together, as the body of Christ, to support our Pastor. We are grateful to witness this happening in our house. God is good, all the time!

Have a great week,
Pastor Sam and Journey Church Lead Team

Thank you all for your prayers, words of encouragement and support for Pastor Clark, Robin and the kids! They feel your love and appreciate the goodness that surrounds them.

Pastor Clark was able to go into surgery early this morning. The doctors gave a great progress report throughout the surgery and completed the surgery in about 2 hours.

He is now in recovery with Robin by his side and is tired, but in great spirits. We particularly want to celebrate that Pastor Clark is able to speak, which is a tremendous blessing with the surgery taking place near his vocal chords. Again, we are reminded that God can do anything!

It is awesome to see how the body of Christ unites during a crisis, we also know this is only possible through our Heavenly Father, Pastor Clark and the vision God has given him for the church.

We are blessed to see our church unite to pray on Pastor Clark’s behalf and care for their family. We see God’s work being done everyday through you.

If you would like to support the Mitchell’s, there are several ways to care for them.

  • Pray – Continue to pray for healing and rest in the coming days.
  • Meals – If you would like to send a gift card for meals, please mail them to PO Box 722764 Norman, OK 73070 or leave them with the receptionist at the Norman Campus
  • Words of Encouragement – please mail cards or notes to the address above, email or post them here on the site.


Pastor Sam Wampler

Thanks for taking the time to check on Pastor Clark’s health. Here are a few updates:

Pastor Clark had an MRI on Monday of the new spot on the brain and is waiting for more conclusive information. While there is a possibility of it being another tumor, it is very small and it is in a location that is impossible to get to. While it is possible that it was the cause of the paralyzation experienced a few weeks ago, there is not conclusive evidence that it is the single cause.

What is conclusive is that 2 of the discs in Pastor Clark’s spine are ruptured and putting tremendous pressure on his spinal chord. This could also be the cause of the episode of paralyzation. Due to the tremendous pressure on the spinal chord, the doctors have suggested surgery ASAP to repair the discs before there is any permanent damage. That surgery is scheduled for this Friday, June 21.

Many people have asked how they can help during this time. These are the best way’s to support Pastor Clark and his family:

  • Pray
  • Gift Cards – If you would like to send a gift card for meals, please mail them to PO Box 722764 Norman, OK 73070 or leave them with the receptionist at the Norman Campus.
  • Words of Encouragement – please mail cards or notes to the address above, email, or post here on Pastor Clark’s blog.

We will keep you posted, and at the latest, we will share an update after the surgery on Friday.

While all these things are beyond challenging, please know that there is nothing, at this point, that appears to be immediately life threatening. Pastor Clark is excited to have our pastors and his friends teaching on Heroes over the next few weeks, and as always, Pastor Clark is optimistic and ready to be back ASAP to continue to lead us into our destiny of seeing cities transformed one life at a time!


The Journey Church Lead Team