eighteen inch Journey Campus vision

What would it look like if the world became a more wholehearted place—if the next generation was equipped for wholeness and empowered to walk out a sustainable relationship with Jesus?  This is our mission as the 18 Inch Journey: to see a generation empowered to live full, whole lives with the Trinity. We have fulfilled this mission for the last decade with schools, retreats, and camps for all ages. Over the past 5 years, our staff and schools have nearly doubled in size. Our vision for the 18 Inch Journey Campus Campaign is to develop our campus to support our growth as a ministry. Here you’ll find the first three goals of the 18 Inch Journey Campus Campaign. These goals represent our most immediate needs and will serve as the catalyst for fulfilling our long-term vision. We invite you to partner with us as we expand our campus and continue to grow the Kingdom of God. 


GOal 1

18 Inch Journey classroom

FUNDS NEEDED: $100,000 of $200,000

Our most pressing need at the 18 Inch Journey is a meeting space where we can facilitate classes and teaching sessions.  Currently, the Farmhouse facilitates all of our teaching sessions, meals, administrative offices and housing for our female staff; this is not conducive for a community of 70 people to gather in several times a day. The 18 Inch Journey Classroom will alleviate the need to convert the Farmhouse from dining hall to meeting space and will provide an adequate work environment for our staff. 

In addition to being the central location for teaching sessions, the Classroom will also serve as the new Art Barn, where our students will participate in visual art classes each week. This will free up our current Art Barn to function solely as a leather studio, allowing us to make more leather goods for our online store and provide funding for our schools. Finally, the 18 Inch Journey Classroom will feature two counseling rooms and a loft space for our creative teams to meet year-round.

We have already raised 50% of the funding we need and have broken ground on the 18 Inch Journey Classroom site. We invite you to partner with us to raise the remaining $100,000 and see it through to completion by September 1st, 2017.


The farmhouse that doubles as a dining hall and classroom

the studio that doubles as a art classroom and leather studio



GOal 2

18 inch Journey lodge

FUNDS NEEDED: $250,000
Begins Fall 2017


The second goal of the Campus Campaign is to build a lodge that can accommodate married couples.  As the 18 Inch Journey continues to grow, more and more married couples are requesting to participate, but we do not have proper housing for them.  Our current housing is limited to male and female bunkhouses. 

The Lodge will feature two private bedrooms and a communal living space and kitchen.  This apartment-style living space will allow us to consider couples for the school and will offer more space for married couples to stay together during our retreats. We project construction to begin in early 2018.  


The lodge will host several married couples,
and be built with a similar style to the cabins built in 2015.




FUNDS NEEDED: $500,000

The third goal of the Campus Campaign is to build a space specifically dedicated to worship. Worship has been a foundational pillar in growing the 18 Inch Journey from the beginning and is a powerful way we connect to the body of Christ all over the world. “No Longer Slaves” was born during worship at the 18 Inch Journey in 2012, and we believe that the Father has an endless supply of songs to give on this land! 

The Worship Barn will be the largest building on the 18 Inch Journey Campus. Tucked away in the quiet of the woods, the Worship Barn will allow us to easily gather our growing community during our peak discipleship seasons with the sole purpose of worship.  A space this size will open up countless creative opportunities for our ministry!

The Worship Barn will also be home to our Cageless Birds music studio.  While our current studio has served us in smaller recording projects, it is wedged right in the hub of our other creative studios, making it a loud space to work in and impractical for recording. The studio in the Worship Barn will feature a space specifically for tracking and recording, and is the next exciting step forward for the Cageless Birds music collective.



For more information and questions, contact us at: 18inchjourneycampus@gmail.com

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1) Payable to A Place for the Heart.
2) Sent to:
4228 Beckerdite Road
Sophia, NC 27350