Monday Ministry Honors

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend Jonathan Watson

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I met Jonathan and Michelle in college at TTU. I remember when these two started dating, got engaged and even their wedding! We had some great times at TTU as Jonathan and I served on the Student Government together. We’ve sat by each other in many classes and have had some great late night conversations. It was evident years ago that God was going to use J-Wat in some mighty ways!

Watching you lead, no matter if it was the Student Body in devotions at chapel, our worship thing we started in the dating parlor in the LRC…”Eleventh Hour Experience” To currently serving as the senior pastor Bible Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia. It’s been incredible to watch from the outside how God is using you!

Thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry and always proclaiming the truth! I’m thankful for the time we all got to spend together. I cherish those memories and enjoy keeping up with yall here on social media! Love ya both. Keep up the great work of pointing people to Jesus!

https://bbcappomattox.org/

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Some Pictures from our Student Government Days!

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Monday Ministry Honor

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is to highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend Aaron Hampton

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He is the Associate/Administrative Pastor at New Covenant Church in Myrtle Beach, SC. https://newcovenantmb.com/

Arron was the Associate Pastor at my home church growing up here in Chattanooga. Every time I have the honor of baptizing someone who’s said yes to Jesus he comes to my mind. It goes back to that Sunday morning in June many years ago that I showed up to the church after driving all night to tell my church family I gave Jesus the steering wheel of my life… Arron was one of the only ones who I felt genuinely celebrated with me that morning. In fact, he was the one who baptized me! Years later, as a pastor, I’ve baptized hundreds of people and every time you and that moment come to mind brother.

It was great to catch up with you and Shantel a few months ago. So excited to see you still being faithful to the calling God has on your life! Keep preaching, administrating and pointing people to Jesus bro!

#MondayMinistryHonor #KingdomWork

JC

Monday Ministry Honors

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is to highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend and fellow Campus Pastor here in Catoosa County. Paul S. Laso

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Paul is the Campus Pastor at Brainerd North Georgia. That launched in August of last year.

I met Paul years ago when he was a Freshmen coming to college at Tennessee Temple University. I knew then that there was something special about this young man and that God was going to use him in a great way.

Paul, It’s been great watching you go from a freshman in college to a Campus Pastor! I love doing ministry in the same county with ya bro. Proud of you and all that yall are doing to reach people here in Catoosa County! Keep up the great work and I pray the best days are yet to come for you and BBC-NG!

#MondayMinistryHonor #KingdomWork

Monday Ministry Honor

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It seems these days we only tend to hear about people in ministry who are “Statistics in ministry” Meaning they are no longer serving in ministry due to an affair, addiction, personal issues or just burnt out, etc…

What I do on Mondays is highlight one of my friends who is/has served the ministry faithfully. And honor the individual/couple who are faithful to the calling. Someone you might never hear about but is doing great things for the kingdom!

Today, I would like to honor a good friend Ronnie Brown

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I met Ronnie years ago when he was my Sunday school teacher & video guy for my home church Temple Baptist.

It’s been an awesome journey watching Ronnie go from a College basketball player who didn’t know Jesus to a fired up a follower of Jesus who’s become a well-published author/podcaster and preacher of the word!

Ronnie has a passion for the Word of God and a desire to communicate the truth of scripture through the spoken and written word.

Ronnie, Thank you for being a faithful follower and preacher of the Gospel! In good or bad seasons of life, you know who you are in Christ and it’s encouraging to watch you go through those times without compromising who you are in Him! From the outside looking in at your life and ministry, it’s very evident God’s got his hand all over you and your ministry!

Honored to call you friend. Keep pointing people to Jesus brother!

Check out the Podcast here – http://forgottenpodcast.com/

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Volunteers – YOU MATTER!

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Easter is the most important week on our calendar. It’s the easiest week to get folks to come to church, that’s why we push invites so hard. It’s also one of the highest attended weekends of the year. However, attendance is not our goal. Granted, it is exciting to run out of seats. This Easter, join me in prayer that we will do more than just attract people to our church and have them walking away saying “that church is great.” We want people to walk away having had an encounter with an almighty God and their life to be forever changed as a result of it! I can promise you this… We aren’t going to post our number of people in attendance on social media or how many prayed a one-time prayer to toot our own horn. We are praying God will change lives for the rest of their lives, not just an emotional moment!

That being said, this is our Super Bowl Sunday. During Super Bowl week everybody is fully engaged. So don’t just invite but as you serve do it remembering this will be the first time or first time in a long time a lot of people will be walking into our doors. Every number has a name and every name has a story. A story of hurt, healing, struggle, need of HOPE that we are offering in the name of Jesus. Remember, even though you shake 500 hands you will only shake theirs once. That cup of coffee you hand out will be the first cup of coffee they get even though you’ve made 8 pots of coffee and handed out 1000 cups. That seat you usher them to will be the first time they are taken to their seat. This will help them feel comfortable. Say a short prayer when you shake their hand, hand them a cup of coffee or take them to their seat.

We are tour guides, not mailmen.

We don’t just give them something we show them!

YOU aren’t just filling a spot, YOU matter! YOU are Living Sent by serving! We can’t connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ without YOU! Thanks for being faithful to serve each and every week.

Come energized, early and ready to connect people to life in Christ this and every weekend because JESUS IS ALIVE every week not just Easter! 

#ReadyBreak #FiredUp #EasterWeekend

 

 

Now Hiring – Student Pastor!

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The Best Is Yet To Come!

January 13th, 2013 Rock Bridge Ringgold had our first service here as a campus.

That night Rock Bridge Student Ministry kicked off. It’s been an incredible 6 years of growth with hundreds of students connecting to life in Christ!

We quickly hired a Student Pastor, however a short time after taking the job he stepped away due to some tragic personal events.  So to fill a gap I stepped into the role of Student Pastor for what was supposed to be a short transitional period.

Fast forward 5 years and I’m still here filling both the role of campus pastor and student pastor. After much prayer and conversations about the growth we are experiencing here at the Ringgold campus we feel now would be the right time to hire a student pastor! I’m excited that we are going to get someone totally dedicated to RBSMRinggold and will take this ministry to a whole nother level! The best really is yet to come!

God alone gets the glory for the tremendous growth in the last 5 years and the one constant is our incredible RBSM Adult leadership team. They are consistent and passionate about students and their relationship with Jesus. These folks give their time, talent and energy week in and week out to invest in the life of your student. On top of a great leadership team, we have a full worship, production, hospitality, and security team. RBSM is in good hands and I’m confident that the best days are yet to come!

I ask that you be in prayer now for our candidates and ultimately the person who will fill the role of Student Pastor and take RBSMRinggold to the next level!

I want to make sure to be real clear here. I am NOT leaving Rock Bridge Community Church! I am still the Campus Pastor and excited to step back into my role as CP only, with more intentionality, focus, and passion as we move into a new chapter here in the life of our campus.

Let’s continue to connect people from all walks of life to life in Christ!

Interested in applying for the Ringgold Student Pastor position? Click Here to Apply 

FIRED UP!

JC

Be Part Of The Movement!

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The growth of any church is determined by the mindset of the people. If we have an attitude of pride, apathy, laziness, negativity or critical attitude, we will never be all that God wants us to be. I believe that’s why God’s favor has been on Rock Bridge Ringgold for the last 6 years, we don’t have this kind of attitude!  Anytime the ask is put out you all respond with amazing understanding and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to connect people to life in Christ!

As I shared in church… In Luke 5 we read of some men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus.. These guys are an incredible example of the right attitude leading to the right action, resulting in a great move of God!

(Encourage you to read Luke 5:17-25)

I believe that in the example of these men, we see a picture of how we as a campus should be. When it comes to connecting people to life in Christ! It’s by taking on a “whatever it takes attitude.”

So,  If we are to have a “Whatever it Takes” attitude, then …

1.       Agree that we as a campus will do whatever it takes to connect people to Christ.
With this man, it took four unified brothers to get him to Jesus. I pray that we as a campus would be so unified that we come together for the purpose of connecting Ringgold to Jesus!

2.       We believe that there is no hope for humanity but Jesus.
We have to share the Gospel – Live Sent everywhere we go!
– Only Jesus has the power to save sinners
– Only Jesus can forgive sinners
– Only Jesus can heal and set people free!
– We don’t make excuses for others or for ourselves. Instead, we do something. (Our Word for the year)

3.   We don’t give up when it is difficult or uncomfortable.
Instead, we go to extreme measures to make an eternal impact on someone’s life.
– Persistent. We keep evaluating ways to make room to connect new folks.
– Creative Means. Think “outside the box”
– Continue to come up with new methods
Bringing the man through the roof was no ordinary means, yet…They did it!

4. We don’t expect someone else to act. We see the need and take action!
Pastors, Worship leaders, and buildings don’t grow churches, God grows churches and He uses US the church to do it! The attitude I am talking about is one where we are all committed to God and to each other. We are all participating, serving, giving, growing, and going.

Here’s why I say all that…

We have a phenomenal “problem” in Ringgold. WE ARE OUT OF ROOM! We can’t add any more chairs in the auditorium.  Because of this, we have made a partnership with a Rock Bridger who owns the yoga studio at the end of the Remco shops. Starting in April we are asking 75 people who attend the 10:30am service (Most full service and most attractive to guest) to commit to attending service in the yoga studio until we move into our new building in 6 to 8 months.

So the ask is for those attending the 10:30 am service to…

1. Move to the 9:00 am service. (75 to 100 available chairs)
2. Move to the 11:59 am service (50 to 75 available chairs)
3. Move to Rock Bridge Ringgold 2.0 “outside of the box”

Cameras are being put up in the auditorium and we’ve purchased a massive TV. So it will feel like you are right there in the auditorium! You won’t miss out on anything that goes on!

If you are willing to “join the movement” and make a move by attending the 9 am or 11:59 am service. Please reply back to me here.

If you are ready to make the move, text the word MOVE to 888.744.0761 

I love you Rock Bridge Ringgold. I love that we keep having to come up with creative ideas to make room. This is a result of you Loving God. Loving Others and Living Sent. Don’t quit! Keep inviting and being a bringer!

See ya this weekend!

JC
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