Pastor Dennis Culbreth said the contemporary service has gained popularity, especially with younger families.
“It seems like younger families like earlier services — they can go to church and get out early and have the rest of the day,” he said. “That’s why the contemporary service will be early.”
The contemporary service will be held at 8:30 each Sunday morning, Sunday school will begin at 9:50, and the traditional service will start at 11.
“We are going to treat each service equally,” he said. “Some people just worship better with a different style. We are trying to offer something for everyone.”
Culbreth said the contemporary service is more laid back, even to the point that he will have a different wardrobe for it.
“We want it to be comfortable,” he said. “I’ll be wearing dress pants and button up shirt for it. I’ll be in a suit and tie for the traditional service.”
The recent addition of Ken Nuss as JFBC’s minister of music has made the change in schedule possible, Culbreth said.
“Ken is very talented, and he has some talented musicians to work with at the church,” he said.
Nuss said he has led contemporary services at other churches and said songs from artists such as Hillsong, Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin will be normal for that service. He said the traditional service will feature hymns. The contemporary service will be led by a band a praise team, while the traditional service will feature a choir and orchestra.
“We think the contemporary style will help us a reach a demographic that our traditional service wouldn’t reach,” Nuss said. “A large percentage of the population is unchurched, and we want to do what we can to reach those folks.”
For more information, call the church at 205-221-6444 or visit its website at www.jaspersfbc.org.