The JCBC Staff Blog

One of the great freedoms we cherish in Baptist life is the freedom known as local church autonomy. Each local congregation, we believe, is free to practice faith, exercise church polity, interpret sacred scripture and select its own leaders—all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and without the interference or coercion of any outside agency or hierarchy. Each year at JCBC, we have a wonderful opportunity to exercise this freedom when we nominate members to serve in the Deacon Ministry. Deacon (de’ ken): from διάκονος (diakonos) – servant Deacons are spiritual leaders and servants of our Lord’s church. In my experience, JCBC Deacons...

For the longest time, we’ve had a saying among the pastoral staff. “August is the new January.” Why? Simple. It used to be that we thought of January as an opportunity for fresh starts. The turn of the calendar year on New Year’s Day has always provoked the prospect of renewal--complete with resolutions of what that renewed life will look like from day-to-day. On New Year’s Day, we are motivated by the possibility of a clean slate, and we resolve to do new things, like eat healthy, exercise more, spend more time in prayer and Bible study, etc. etc. (Of course, whether we keep...

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...

July 11-14 the rising 4th-6th graders of JCBC took a meaningful and exciting trip to PASSPORTkids! Camp. During those 4 days and 3 nights, we stayed at the beautiful and historic Converse College campus in Spartanburg, SC as we learned what it meant for God to be enough and how to live as chosen creations in Christ Jesus. Every day was packed with activities, energizers, Bible studies, worship and mission experiences. One of the most impactful parts of the week was learning about the Roma people in Eastern Europe. The kids were part of a “night market” where they learned about...

One hot summer week in 2001, Jill Jenkins fearlessly packed a bus full of children to head to Camp Lee in Alabama. It was a great week filled with friendships and memories as we learned what it meant to “Dive into our faith”…. Steven Curtis Chapman’s hit song “Dive” was still considered cool. The most notable moment of the week was when some hooligan named Rhett Shull found a left-behind pile of magazines under a mattress in the boys’ cabin. Roger Williams held his breath for eight whole minutes while we dug them out, only to be relived in the...

JCBC, I am happy to introduce to you Ansley Hall. Ansley joined our staff this Summer as the Weekday Preschool Director. Ansley is originally from the Johns Creek area and recently moved back with her husband and two children after spending her college and early career years in Alabama. She has a master’s degree in education, many years of experience in both public schools and preschool, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a deep love for God and children, and comes highly recommended. I am confident that her professional and personal experience give her what it takes to lead our preschool effectively and...

Sunday, June 24, the Johns Creek Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra joined together to present Celebrate America!110 individuals joined together as with one voice to worship our amazing Lord and to celebrate all He has given us in our great country. It was a powerful time of worship. It was a moving time of remembering and honoring those who put their lives on the line so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.  We sang. We played rousing marches. We waved flags. We bowed in prayer. We worshiped. One of the largest Celebrate America crowds in memory enthusiastically joined in. Our talented...

During the month of July we will be taking a "Sabbath" from Children's Worship (Thrive) at 11:00. Preschool Worship (Backyard) will run as usual, with Newborn - Pre-K classes staying in their routine. Now, before we all start thinking that kids and families don’t have to come to church in July let me explain what I mean by “Sabbath” and what “Sabbath” could mean for your family and our church in the coming month. Sabbath was created by God to keep us rested, full, and holy in the presence of God. Sabbath was created to make space in our hearts, minds,...

Last week, Laura and I attended the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas, Texas. While there were several highlights to this year’s annual gathering, there was one moment I find myself continuing to replay within. During worship on Friday night, Jamison McGregor (Worship & Arts Pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco) sang a powerful cover of “Anthem,” by Leonard Cohen. Take five minutes to listen. As we worshipped in the midst of a week filled with more distressing news nationally, I found myself compelled deeply by the provocative imagery of the chorus: So ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect...

I’m swept away by what a great week VBS was! And as much as I love a good pun, there really was a current of love and joy flowing around our church last week. The children who walked through our doors were truly welcomed with open arms, easily finding adventure, acceptance, joy, peace, and rest among our JCBC Family. From last Sunday morning during Sunday School to Wednesday at 8:00pm, we had close to 400 kids “Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God” at our Rolling River Rampage! These campers were full of energy and love. They made connections with new...