New Worship Service FAQ

Watch Pastor John introduce our new Central Venue services here:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will leadership look like in the new worship service?
When will this change begin?
Why is this change happening?
What are the specific changes?
Will there be any changes to the Traditional or Southern Gospel services?
Is this a permanent change?
What will this new service be like?
What will the North Venue be used for moving forward?
How will this change advance our mission of caring for people and connecting them to Christ?

 

What will leadership look like in the new worship service?

Worship Leadership
Chris Moseley will continue to serve as our Worship Pastor and will be providing leadership to our teams in each of our adult, student, and kids worship services.

Drew Murfin will be leading the new Central Venue services.

Vocal Leaders
Men and women from both Contemporary and Modern services will continue to assist in leading worship in the Central Venue services.

Choir
Jersey will have one adult choir, under the direction of Richard Anderson, that will serve in the Traditional service as well as our other worship services and special worship events. They will also continue serving off-campus at various ministry opportunities.

Musicians
Men and women from both Contemporary and Modern will continue to assist as musicians in the Central Venue worship services.

Audio/Video/Lighting (AVL)
Men and women from both Contemporary and Modern will continue to assist with technology in the Central Venue worship services.


When will this change begin?

This change will begin on Sunday, April 28, 2019.


Why are we making this change?

Our Executive Staff and Church Council began praying through and discussing potential worship service changes approximately two years ago.

During this time, we were carefully monitoring our worship attendance trends. One sign of a healthy church is a growing church. We observed our Modern worship service as it continued to experience numeric growth. However, while the worship has blessed people in our Contemporary services, we have not experienced the same type of growth.

We have observed that growing churches have a highly dynamic and highly focused approach to worship. As we looked to the future, we realized that a more intentional approach to worship is needed.

The communities around us continue growing, and we want to make sure we are prepared for future growth and positioned well with the resources we have been given.

We are stretched thin in a few areas, and we believe this move will allow us to be better stewards of the resources we have been blessed with at Jersey.

People
We have been blessed with tremendous volunteers across both worship services. At times, we experience a shortage of volunteers in key areas. This move will allow us to be even more effective in moving forward as we have the opportunity to work together in one venue.

Finances
Financially, we can concentrate on important and necessary technology updates and upgrades in one room rather than two rooms. This will result in substantial savings over the next several years.

Facilities
Our North Venue will continue to be used for special events. By opening up this space on Sunday mornings, we will gain the freedom and flexibility to expand current and/or future ministries as needed. We will begin praying about the future use of this space.


The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful, multi-generational church and it has always been a joy to be a part of that. We continue to reach multiple generations, and we believe the move in combining our Contemporary and Modern worship services will lead to a stronger version of our multi-generational church. I love the thought of our mature wisdom linking together with our optimistic and visionary approach to the faith. This link will lead to enrichment and encouragement across all generations.

One of our key initiatives as a church over the past five years has been to Reach and Retain Young Families. Our commitment to all generations remains strong, while we realize that young families are the future of the church. We believe this move will allow us to streamline our resources and advance our mission of caring for and connecting the next generation to Christ.

As we prayed about the future direction of our worship ministries, we also prayed that if changes were to be made, that God would help us to know the right time to make a change.

Due to construction, our Elementary age group needs to relocate for six (6) weeks. After considering several options, it was clear the Elementary Kids using the North Venue was the best option for our church as a whole. In order to accommodate our Kids Ministry, we needed to combine the Contemporary and Modern services for those six weeks.

As we began preparing for Contemporary and Modern to be combined, we wondered if this was the time to make this change permanent. As our Executive Staff continued praying, there was unity in this being the direction for the future of worship at Jersey. Church Council was brought into the discussion and joined us in praying about this change. The more we prayed, the more we sensed God was opening a door for us to move forward with this opportunity.

Our Church Council and Executive staff are unified in this proactive approach and direction of combining Contemporary and Modern worship into a brand-new worship experience.


What are the specific changes?

Services impacted
The Contemporary and Modern services at 9:30AM will be combined in the Central Venue. This same service will take place at the 11:00AM hour in the Central Venue. We will refer to these as our Central Venue Worship Services.

With combining Contemporary and Modern, there will no longer be a service in the North Venue.

Live Streaming
In the short-term, we will continue to only live stream the sermon portion of the worship service. However, we hope to implement some new equipment at a future date that will enable us to again live stream the entire worship service.

Services not impacted
Chapel Services (Traditional and Southern Gospel)
Although no changes are planned for our Chapel services, we are working to give more attention to these services.

Technology
Some of the Audio/Video/Lighting (AVL) technology from the North Venue will be brought over to the Central Venue to enhance the worship experience. The combining of these two venues will save money from upgrades in AVL that were going to be necessary in the near future.


Will there be any changes to the Traditional or Southern Gospel services?

No. Our 8:15AM Traditional service and 9:30AM Southern Gospel service will continue on as usual.


Is this a permanent change? 

Yes, this change will be permanent unless and until God changes our direction again at some point in the future.


What will this new service be like?

This new experience will be a fresh, approachable worship service in a laid-back setting. It will include authentic worship, genuine prayer and reflection, and live, biblical preaching.


What will the North Venue be used for moving forward?

Our North Venue will continue to be used for special events. By opening up this space on Sunday mornings, we will gain the freedom and flexibility to expand current and/or future ministries as needed. We will begin praying about the future use of this space.


How will this change advance our mission of caring for people and connecting them to Christ?

The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful, multi-generational church, and it has always been a joy to be a part of that. We continue to reach multiple generations and we believe the move in combining our Contemporary and Modern worship services will lead to a stronger version of our multi-generational church. I love the thought of our mature wisdom linking together with our optimistic and visionary approach to the faith. This link will lead to enrichment and encouragement across all generations.

One of our key initiatives as a church over the past five years has been to Reach and Retain Young Families. Our commitment to all generations remains strong, while we realize that young families are the future of the church. We believe this move will allow us to streamline our resources and advance our mission of caring for and connecting the next generation to Christ.