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Who we

The Cageless Birds is a collective of visual artists, songwriters, musicians, artisans and passionate lovers of Jesus.  We are close friends who live and work together in Sophia, NC and serve as the staff for the 18 Inch Journey.  As friends and artisans, we are constantly encouraging one another to take creative risks and pursue excellence in craft.  We love using our giftings and talents year-round to create quality product as a source of generating income for the ministry and funding our dream of discipleship.  Our goal is that the Gospel message would shine through the excellence and beauty of everything we create.

To learn more about the Cageless Birds staff, click here.

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The Campus Campaign

Our mission as the 18 Inch Journey is 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. The 18 Inch Journey Campus Campaign will allow us to develop our campus so that we can continue to empower future generations towards whole-hearted living. The first goal of this long-term campaign was to build a classroom and was completed in the fall of 2017. Our second goal is to build a third cabin to enable us to accept more students to our schools and host more guests at our camps and retreats. Click here to discover how you can be a part of the 18 Inch Journey mission!

Our Brands & Departments

The Cageless Birds have five creative departments within the collective. Each of these departments and brands are dedicated to quality product that inspires beauty and intentionality in your every day life. Our brands include: Cultivate, a devotional designed to inspire daily connection with God, Maker Coffee, a small-batch roasting company that provides quality, flavorful coffee to fuel creativity, Cageless Birds Music Studio,  dedicated to releasing authentic worship albums, a handcrafted leather goods department that produces one-of-a-kind journals, wallets and handbags, and a pottery studio that creates unique and functional ceramic ware for the home.


"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."

— Isaiah 61:1


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"worship is giving back to God what he first gave to us."

-Jonathan David Helser

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