The JCBC Staff Blog

At our Pastoral Staff Retreat back in January, something significant dawned on us. In preparation for our multi-venue worship expansion, we reflected upon how the space for the contemporary worship venue is the same space where JCBC worshipped for a number of years prior to the construction of the sanctuary. During that phase in our congregational life, there was no question that it was holy and sacred ground, because of what transpired in that room from week to week. Since the construction of the sanctuary, however, that space has primarily been known as “the gym.” Not untrue. It certainly has (and will continue...

It has been a fun and fabulous summer in the youth group and we aren’t even half way there! This summer the youth group has, is, or will go to two summer camps, a mission trip to Canada, and a summer blow out adventure at the Helen Water Park. Last month our High School students were off to Camp Wafloy in Gatlinburg Tennessee for a wonderful week of camp where we got to experience white water rafting, a wild cave tour, Dollywood and Splash Country theme parks, zip-lining, and  so much more. It was a life-changing week where we were able...

On June 25th, our Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra led us in Celebrate America!  It was a time to both celebrate our great nation and to worship our great Savior.  We remembered and honored those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. We are a free country because of the sacrifice these men and women have made. We also honored the vast volunteer force in our country…those who serve, with no expectation of reward, in so many areas of our culture:  hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s sports leagues, taking care of the elderly, teaching Sunday School and...

You know how to show up. You just do. More than two years ago, (in January of 2015) when I called us together for our first State of the Church Address, to consider what God may be “up to” in us and among us as a church…you showed up. When it became clear that having multiple worship options was emerging as real interest among our people, and we needed trusted leaders to serve on a worship study focus group…you showed up. In January of 2016, when we invited the entire congregation into a season of discernment and conversation through the JCBC Worship Dialogues…you showed...

I know the final score but, truthfully, I didn’t watch much of the game.  Oh, I’d check in on the action from time to time when the crowd got excited over something happening on the field.  Mostly, though, I watched and enjoyed the people.  Our people.  Us. I’m grateful for us. I watched as people visited with each other – in the stadium and in the tailgate areas of the parking lot – during our lovely pre-game fellowship time (some people call it a rain delay).   It’s heartwarming watching people enjoy each other.  Chatting.  Laughing.   Weather predicting. I’m also grateful for the lives…the...

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...

We are thrilled to welcome Adam Courtney to the JCBC team! Last week the church voted unanimously to call Adam as our contemporary worship leader. Adam comes to us with a heart for true worship, and a passion for helping people engage in ways that are meaningful and authentic. He has been leading worship, these recent years, with excellence at North Point Community Church. Interestingly, Adam had the unique opportunity a few years ago of developing, launching, and leading a contemporary service in a traditional church. He led such an initiative in Richmond, Virginia, where that church continues to thrive. But most importantly,...

It is with gladness in my heart that I bring good news. After many months of searching, and countless hours of discernment over breakfasts, lunches, and mid-morning coffee interviews, we are now ready to present a candidate to serve as JCBC’s first contemporary worship leader. As I have shared in a previous blog, our goal has been to seek out the person God has prepared to join us in this exciting new adventure for our church. Over the course of these many months, we have met with numerous individuals whose musical gifts and abilities are remarkable. Truly remarkable. Yet, our deeper desire and loftier...