Mobilization

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...

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...

If you allow yourself the time and space to consider, the weight of water could be determined in a myriad of ways. Water can be given a mathematically precise weight: “One liter of water weighs 1 kg, and 1 gallon of water is equal to 3.7854118 liters; therefore, 1 gallon weighs 3.7854118 kg, which is 8.345404487293294 pounds” (Quora). This suggests water is dense and a bit heavy. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has carried a few gallons of water from here to there. Pick up a five-gallon container and you might think, Man, this feels every bit of...

We are now three weeks into our “Show Up…Step Up” commitment emphasis. To date, 264 individuals and/or families have declared their intentions to Be the Body in 2017, by pledging their faithful attendance and financial generosity. As I have shared in recent sermons, Churches across the nation have experienced seismic shifts downward in both of these vital areas. In this ever-changing culture, I am calling on our members to set a higher standard. Our pledge cards reflect a growing desire to raise the bar. Many have made commitments to increase their weekly Sunday School attendance in the coming year. An overwhelming majority of these...

JCBC ON MISSION: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2016 THE WATER PROJECT: CHAPTER FIVE JCBC has worked on the Dominican Republic/Haiti island of Hispaniola for seven years. Our early response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti opened many doors for missional service in the Dominican Republic. We have taught classes for the Dominican Baptist Seminary, established ESL programs across the island, built onto existing churches, sent a youth missions team each Spring Break for five years, and our latest work has centered around the creation of new schools and placing state-of-the-art water purification systems in Third World villages. Placing a clean water system is what our...

As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty, and small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen.  Jose Rizal I have been serving in a new role as a police chaplain-in-training for the past few months. The certification process is almost complete and in November I will be officially official as a law enforcement chaplain, in full-standing with the Georgia Law Enforcement Chaplains Association and the JCPD....

JCBC has made 35+ trips to the Dominican/Haiti island to minister, teach, preach, equip, build, and provide direct aid to churches and people. Our most recent trip featured a group of nine adults assisting on a school build in La Romana, D. R. The school build is pivotal in the region’s plans to impact the Third world economy and health of the residents. When completed, the school will allow for more children to attend school by day, many for the first time, and adults to study English in the evenings. To master English on this island is one’s ticket to...

Once again JCBC has reached a milestone in missional giving. We have surpassed our highest-ever goal of $150,000.00 and are again poised for an amazing and blessed year in missional support, participation and new possibilities. Your giving has allowed the Missions Committee to begin finalizing plans and entertain options for the 2016-2017 Missional calendar which runs from April through March. The large scale/big impact projects we plan to undertake will be placing water wells in Ethiopia and clean water systems in the rural sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic. Clean water meets obvious needs that in many cases both saves...

I love unbelievers. Don’t get me wrong. Believers OK too, I suppose. But I love unbelievers. Especially those who are candid enough to say it. There is something of an endearing openness; a charming innocence about someone who (for any number of reasons) seems to think they are miles away from belief. When maybe they’re not. On Easter Sunday, I had one of the most life-giving conversations with an unbeliever brave enough to tell this Baptist pastor the truth. Every Sunday morning, there is a group of men who gathers at Starbucks. They are friends who simply meet early for coffee and conversation. When I breeze through, the routine...

On any given Sunday, JCBC is host to any number of people who have walked through our doors for the very first time.  Something has happened, or something has changed, or something has stirred which has caused them to make that bold step.  We don’t always know the reason and, really, it doesn’t matter.  Our responsibility is to acknowledge and embrace them.  Our task is to Welcome the Stranger. That’s something we, as a church, will be talking a lot about as the year progresses. Welcoming the proverbial stranger is primarily a function of two things; Attitude and Action.  Clearly, a warm,...