Welcome to NACJW!

kathybornarthGreetings and welcome to The National Association of Christian Journal Writers. I am Kathy Bornarth, founder and president of NACJW.

Since keeping my first journal as a teen, I’ve experienced the fun and the benefits of recording my thoughts and feelings. As an adult, I’ve come to recognize that journaling is more than an enjoyable past time, but offers spiritual and physical benefits as well.

Many of you suggest journaling to clients. For many years, I have done the same in my practice. Not surprisingly, studies completed in the past several years reveal that journaling can be used both in individual sessions and with groups to provide greater support and help promote real life changes. In fact, research continues to show how journaling improves many areas of life, including physical well-being and emotional well-being.

Journaling can also be used to develop our spiritual muscles. Recording prayers, dialoguing with God, and processing scripture are just a few of the many ways we can grow in our faith and strengthen our relationship with God through journaling.  

In this site you will find a wealth of resources that includes research, teleseminars, webinars, and blog posts about using journaling for personal as well as professional growth.

For all of that and more, use the link above to discover the advantages of enrolling in our membership program.

I invite you to join our community as we explore the many applications of journaling in the helping professions. Together, we can use journaling to grow.

You might also want to check out our other sites:  www.journaling4faith.com and www.sheicjournals.com

Who We Are

At NACJW, we teach Christian leaders how to use journaling to grow.

NACJW is a global association of Christian counselors, coaches, speakers, trainers, pastors, teachers, health care providers, ministry leaders, missionaries, small group leaders, and participants who grow spiritually, personally, and professionally through the practice of journaling.

Our Mission

Equip Christians to grow through journaling

Our Vision

Journaling becomes a standard practice in Christian counseling and Christian discipleship.

What We Do

We provide training and resources for the practice of Christian journaling.

Core Values

Learning

We are committed to teaching Christ-followers to use journaling as a spiritual discipline and as a means to live healthy and productive lives.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
(Proverbs 1:5, NIV)

Self-Awareness

The journaling process equips us to examine ourselves, know ourselves, and know Christ more intimately.

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.
(Psalm 26:2, NIV)

Trust

Christ-followers trust God to be in relationship with us and speak to us through journaling. We trust each other to keep journaling information confidential and rely on each other for support, comfort, fellowship, and prayer as we journal.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)
He who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
(Proverbs 11:13, ESV)

Compassion

We demonstrate love and mercy to each other during the journaling process, which stretches and grows us.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
(Ephesians 4:32, NIV)