The JCBC Staff Blog

It’s just plain fun when the JCBC family gets together.  I love it when we intentionally slow the pace of our lives – just for a little while – and simply gather.  We celebrate, delight in and even re-kindle long treasured friendships, and often times, make some new friends in the process.  No time restraints.  No agenda.  Just the joy of each other. Let’s do it again on Sunday, October 1st. On that day, we will gather for [BE] Fed – the 2017 version of Food Truck Sunday.  Immediately after worship, make your way to the back parking lot – near the...

This past Sunday, we began a new sermon series entitled, “Love My Neighbor.” We immersed ourselves deeply into a study of our Lord’s two-fold command: “…love the Lord your God with all our heart, soul, and mind…and…love our neighbor as yourself,”~Matthew 22:37-39 We recognized that while these are two distinct commandments, one is actually an extension of the other: To love God…IS to love our neighbor. Why? Because we love God by loving who God loves. Period. If you missed the message Sunday, I encourage you to watch it sometime this week. It builds a foundation for the rest of the series, and helps frame the...

The table is set. Our Connection, Formation, and Mobilization Ministries– while always evolving and improving – are humming along.  Our Worship Ministry has expanded to include both Blended/Traditional and Contemporary worship opportunities – each excellent in their own way.   Greeters are greeting.  Teachers are teaching.  Singers are singing.  Servants are serving.  Leaders are leading.  Communities are communing. Yes, the table is set.  So, now what? JCBC…it’s time to Go and Tell.  More directly…it’s time for EVERY ONE OF US TO GO AND TELL.  Even more directly…it’s time for YOU to go and tell.  It is up to us to tell others that JCBC...

How well do you know your neighbor? Yes, you know what they drive, where their kids go to school, and how long they leave their unread county paper in the driveway. But do you really know them? When asked what the greatest commandment of all was, Jesus responded with the “right answer.”   He quotes from the Shema: “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” But then, a surprise. An unexpected turn. A curveball. “And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In the mind of Jesus, you cannot love God without...

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...

When you know your “why” anything is possible. When you know your why, then your who, what, when, where, and how become simply a matter of consistent effort and energy over time. When our church voted to expand our worship options for the sake of reaching those who otherwise may not encounter the JCBC experience, we claimed our “why”. We knew (through two years of deliberate dialogue and discernment) that there was (and is) something remarkably unique about who we are as a congregation. We knew that our way of doing community is uncommonly strong among churches. We knew that our theologically progressive message is...

My heart is still overflowing with joy as I think about worship this past weekend. As one unified body, we gathered to marvel at God’s grace, and consecrated our Family Life Center once more as a sacred space devoted to worship. There were countless moments on that special day this pastor will treasure always. Watching the reaction of our people at the beauty of our renovated spaces. The momentum of the worshipful procession of an entire Body, determined. The raw power of voices lifted in song. Beginning with Amazing Grace. “…when we’ve been there 10,000 years…” Ending with 10,000 Reasons. “…10,000 years...

It’s Consecration Day at JCBC! This Sunday, August 6, 2017, we as one unified body of believers will move in one magnificent procession of worship, from the Sanctuary to the Family Life Center to re-dedicate that space as a place of sacred worship, to the glory of God. We will sing. We will pray. We will share in the mystery of the Lord’s Supper. And we will commit our hearts, minds, hands, and feet to the service of our Lord. It’s Consecration Day at JCBC…and we need YOU! We need your faith, your hope, and your love for our celebration to be complete. Not only will this Sunday...

There is something distinct about the JCBC experience. You know it and I know it. But it is high time for us to become deliberate about letting our community know it! As you may already know, a small task force of JCBC members and staff has been working for some time now, with an independent marketing firm out of Nashville to guide us in the development of a short-term and long-term marketing strategy for our church. While you will hear far more in the coming weeks about our long-term strategy, one of our immediate (and most important) goals is to equip every member with...

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...