The Way of St. James – 500 Mile Pilgrimage

The Way of St. James – 500 Mile Pilgrimage

I leave in less than a month for Kingdom Journeys.  We are launching from Spain by running a marathon (26.2 miles) in Vitoria then turning right around and doing a 500 mile pilgrimage across northern Spain.

We will be walking on El Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James for 31 days on a trail that has been followed by thousands of pilgrims for many centuries.  It’s incredible to think that I will be building my mission trip off such a base of connection with God.

To James and his brother, Jesus gave the surname Boanerges, a Semitic term meaning “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17)  As I embark on this journey for 7 months, walking the same path that a “Son of Thunder” walked, I can only imagine what God has in store for the leaders on Kingdom Journeys.

It’s also interesting to note that in Mark 1:16 James was among the first to hear Jesus’s call and he was present at certain healings where others were excluded (Luke 8:51).  Daniel Durick pointed this out to me and I found it prophetic that we are the first team launching Kingdom Journeys.  I’m certain that we will be present at healings around the world because of the significance of being the first to hear Jesus’s call to go on this Journey.


This isn’t a pilgrimage for fun or something to tell my grandkids about.  This pilgrimage has purpose.

The first month is preparation. I have been preparing here in Georgia to run the marathon and we will prepare to serve those Nepal/India/South Korea by doing the hard work of preparing ourselves as leaders as we hike the Camino.

Seth Barnes said, “One of the biggest inefficiencies in most projects you’ll see in life is poor leadership. And when you look at the reasons leadership is poor, the top two reasons are that the leader doesn’t know himself or doesn’t know how to lead himself. That is where we’ll be focusing our attentions.”

Our primary focus is to prepare ourselves to lead others well in life.

The vision for the end of the Camino is that, “We should have a very clear understanding about who we are, why we are, and how we can best lead ourselves to live lives that are built around that understanding.”

I’m excited to say we will be blogging and videoing the whole Camino, so you can follow our 500 mile pilgrimage across north Spain, as we prepare ourselves to lead others well.

  • John Traub

    Very inspiring!

  • Seth Barnes Jr.

    Sounds incredible man! Praying for you and the KJ team.

  • colby gardner

    Get it, son! Great learnings in Madagascar I see that will definitely be a help to the KJ team! Keep it up, bro! Proud of you. Keep making muddy knees out there…

  • Vu Mark Nguyen

    hashtag adventure dude