Author: Michael McCullar

In many ways, Puerto Rico is now old news. There have been two major hurricanes that have hit the U.S. mainland since Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico. The differences in response, however, have been stark. The vast, vast majority of damage incurred across the Southeast, will be attended to by insurance and F.E.M.A. If history is an indicator, many places will be rebuilt and take on new life. Sadly, this is not the case at all on Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are American citizens and hold most of the rights that we hold. That said, due to unique...

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause of death among the ages 10-24? Or, that one person dies by suicide every 16 minutes? Or, there were 1,124,125 suicide attempts in 2016, one every 28 seconds? Or, that two-thirds of people who die by suicide are suffering from depression and that undiagnosed, untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide? Or, that there were more suicides than homicides last year in the U.S.? Or, that the highest suicide rate among adults are persons 45-54? These statistics are facts but it is important to not view this through the lens...

Presidio, Texas, population 3,959, is located on the border along the Rio Grande River and is home to many big fans of Johns Creek Baptist Church. This may seem odd considering one can travel to the planet Jupiter quicker than to Presidio! Despite its distance we have had a presence in Presidio for ten years.  One of our missional teams visits every winter, and every other year, a bus full of students travels to Atlanta for a week of Junior Achievement Training and of course, to have fun. The week of July 8-12 was the week of this year’s visit by...

The hurricane named Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. With sustained winds of 155+ miles per hour the nation’s power grid literally folded up and blew away leaving the entire island in the dark. Darkness was not the only problem, without power the island schools, hospitals, banks, gas stations, stores and emergency services also closed. This led to people going days without food, access to funds and medicine, which led to large-scale hysteria. Suicides reached historic numbers and sadly this was only the beginning. By the turn of the year, there were 60,000 houses without roofs and only...

If our Missional ministry framework was a question on Jeopardy it might sound like this: Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Presidio, Antwerp, Beirut and Istanbul? “Alex, what are the countries and far flung places in which JCBC does missional ministry?” That’s correct for $1000! While we are not likely to be a featured answer/question on Jeopardy, this is the month we highlight and celebrate our various missional activities. So let’s highlight a few: Puerto Rico: Our youth pastor and I are freshly back from a scouting trip to this hurricane-ravaged island. Up to 25% of the population remains without electricity...

Our church has reached a missional milestone. We have been a presence in Presidio, Texas for ten years and we are proud to announce that we are poised to carry on for another decade. Scott Miles and a team of Presidio-focused supporters who provide an annual trip to Texas and host a number of Presidio students every other summer lead our missional ministry. The video above will give you a glimpse of what a Presidio trip entails. If you’d like more information about what we do and how you might become involved feel free to contact Scott or me. You’ll...

I’m proud to share with you about our latest water project and the final results of September’s Annual Missions Offering. Our largest team of all time assisted in the construction of a Water House, which will soon be home to a plant-size, reverse-osmosis water purification system. The village we worked in is named Mella, and you’ll not likely find it on a map. Mella is a small village near the Haitian border that is poor and without access to clean water at an affordable cost. Villagers often must choose between purchasing drinkable water or feeding their children…and you can imagine...

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a new beginning. T.S. Eliot Over the twenty-three years serving this church, I’ve seen many staff ministers come and go. Each brought their own talents, gifts and mindsets to their respective ministry areas and each left us richer for their time with us. Each new minister arrives amidst feelings of renewal and promise for our future. So, this weekend we say farewell to a long interim and warmly welcome our new Children’s Pastor, Annie Sutton. Our new beginning...

Let’s get this out of the way early: March is normally Missions Month. If you remember, during the first quarter we were involved in a capital campaign focused on opening a new worship venue and improvements in the Sanctuary. It didn’t seem fair to the unique campaign or to our Missions Ministry to try do both during March, so we shifted our Annual Missions Offering to September. So it’s time to focus on missional needs and our willingness to address them through our offering. We believe we are called to be people on mission. We agree with John Wesley’s statement: Untold...

I am not prone to hyperbole, so believe me when I say last week's Vacation Bible School was one of the best of all time. Everything clicked and the kids were swept up in the energy of the Hero theme and the dual missional projects. There were hero masks and capes times 600 demonstrating that each child could do heroic and life-altering feats for God. VBS Director, Molly McNeese, did a Super job (did you see what I did there...