Mobilization

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you haven’t heard, our students recently returned from our annual Spring Break Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Each year students from JCBC give up their spring break to go on mission and serve in the DR, leading VBS, teaching English in local schools, and completing construction projects in the community. This year we served at The Good Shepherd Church in Villa Altagracia, about an hour northwest of Santo Domingo. It was our largest group in over five years, as we brought 35 students and adults to go and be the Lord’s...

There is no marketing strategy more effective than word-of-mouth. Some of today’s most successful companies grew their consumer base primarily on word-of-mouth strategies. According to one HuffingtonPost.com article, Nielsen “found a whopping 92 percent of consumers value referrals from friends or family members more than any other type of marketing.” The same reality applies to first time guests in church. Take a minute to watch this video we shared in worship last Sunday. What if we have made it more complicated than necessary? What if there is someone in your life who is willing to attend, but who has never been asked? What if that person...

As we continue to focus on our missional partnerships in the month of March, and most immediately prepare for a total mission-immersion this Saturday at nine sites in and around the greater metro region, I want to let you know of a special opportunity to encounter one international partner up close and personally. One of JCBC's valued missional partners is Water is Life International (WiLi). David Harding, who has served for many years as CBF Field Coordinator to Ethiopia is also the CEO of WiLi. I had the honor of serving as David's pastor while living in Orlando. David and Merrie Harding are...

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...

It’s been cold. The recent snow has brought its wintery mix of chills and thrills. Teachers and students, grateful for the forced sabbatical, complete their “online learning” assignments in time for some hoped for rest, play, or binge-watching on Netflix. For some JCBC members, however, the mid-week weather provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate what we are all about. One of our greatest missional partners is No Longer Bound. NLB is a 12-month addiction recovery program for men. Their mission is to recruit addicts, regenerate men, and reconcile families that have been shattered by the devastating impact of addiction. Twice per month (every month) various...

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...

Dear JCBC Member, What an amazing year it has been at JCBC. Earlier this year, our Faith2Next campaign was an extraordinary demonstration of our congregational courage, vision and generosity, as we pledged more than 111% of our goal of providing a multi-venue worship experience while accelerating the complete and final payoff of our remaining debt. We have said yes to a bold new way of doing and being the church for generations to come. That’s why the church has approved a courageous, faith-driven ministry budget for 2018. It’s a budget designed to fund the ministries that we know bring life and hope to our...

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...