Common Ground Christian Church was birthed on Sept. 9, 2007 as an urban, multi-ethnic church. Being blessed with the Central Christian Church facility, Common Ground enjoyed an instant presence within their community. They began to leverage that facility for mission trips, community events, and partner with local organizations like Broward Elementary and Tampa's Parks and Recreation Departments.
Common Ground has experienced tremendous growth since it's start. It has also continued it's intentionality to be a diverse church and reflects the demographics of the neighborhood. If you walked through the doors, you would see the reality of a Rev. 7:9 church where every tribe, tongue and nation has gathered.
One of the newest things happening at Common Ground is their Community Garden. They noticed that many shelters seeking to help those in need often offered vital supplies that consisted of unhealthy prepackaged foods and canned goods high in fat and salt. Common Ground’s solution involved using part of their land to build a community garden where every single tomato, pepper, bean, and herb is given away to those in need.
Since moving to Pensacola, Florida this whole church planting thing has been quite the ride. We moved here to reach those far from Jesus and far from the local church. Since then, God has caused our paths to cross many who fall into that category. Specifically, those who have been hurt by the church, by a pastor, by Christians, or those who just don’t feel comfortable trying out a local church because of their presumptions. Because of Florida Church Partners and their financial support, we’ve been given the time and resources to personally invest in our community convincing many of those people to give God and the church one more try.
Pensacola has many churches. Many mainline denominational churches. Baptist churches and Assembly of God churches are predominant. There are only a handful of non-denominational churches. This is a very judgmental community. If you don’t walk the walk and talk the talk and dress the dress, you’ll be cast out of the church. We’re here to change that! In fact, we’re positioning Connection Point Church in the community as “A Church For All People.” That can get messy though. Even before officially launching, we’ve already had to navigate through the LGBT+ discussion as well as those who have made the assumption that we’ll be just like all the rest of the churches. We believe when Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love God and love people that you can’t wholly love God without wholly loving all people. So we will welcome with open, loving arms all people from every race and every lifestyle.
We’ve currently seen $238,200 committed over three years out of our goal of $600,000. We’ll begin Sunday morning Bible study gatherings in February. Preview services in March. Then we’ll officially launch in the AMC Pensacola 18 movie theater on April 7th, two weeks before Easter. If you feel led to help Connection Point Church financially, we would be eternally grateful. Most of all, we would appreciate your prayers.
Crossbridge Christian Church partnered with Florida Church Partners to start a new church in Tallahassee, FL. On February 13, 2005 Crossbridge was born with a dream to plant authentic, mission-oriented churches in the Leon and Wakulla County. Crossbridge exists to build bridges that connect people with Christ and with each other to change lives forever.
- The strategy to accomplish this purpose is to:
- Demonstrate God's love in servant evangelism
- Build authentic community through small groups
- Gather together for passionate worship
- Teach relevant life-lessons
- Establish a dynamic children's ministry
The core values of Crossbridge are:
- Love: We are to be famous for our love of God and our love for others.
- Grow: God loves us enough to meet us where we are, but too much to let us to stay there.
- Serve: Becoming more like Christ, we will follow his example of having a servant's heart.
- Belong: God created us with a need to experience community with Him and each other.
Crossbridge recently moved from their original meeting facility, the Regal Movie Theater, to a brand new YMCA in the Southwood community. Southwood is Tallahassee's newest and fastest growing community. It is amazing to see what God has done in less than two years and exciting to consider what He has in store for this new church.
- The strategy to accomplish this purpose is to:
Crosspoint began in January of 2006. In eleven years God has written some amazing stories in the lives of people including the 338 people who have been baptized. In the Spring of 2017 Crosspoint will break ground on a new 18,000 square foot building that will provide new worship space, large lobby and children’s ministry to meet the needs of the nearly 700 people who attend each weekend. Crosspoint remains committed to reaching as many of the 10,000 people who live within a 1.5 mile radius of their campus as they can.
Christ’s Church Fleming Island Campus began meeting on Saturday nights at the Fleming Island Methodist Church on U.S. Highway 17. On March 23, 2007 they moved to their own property located on U.S. Highway 17 just south of State Road 220. Christ's Church Fleming Island Campus now hosts regular weekly services on Sundays at 9:30am and 11am with full programming for adults and birth through high school. The campus continues to thrive with 1000 average attendees each week and numerous outreach initiatives aimed at impacting those who live in the Fleming Island area and beyond.
For several months those in leadership at Journey have been praying, anticipating, praying some more and waiting for January 5, 2014. That is the day Journey Christian Church officially became a multisite church—one church in multiple locations.
Journey Christian Mount Dora gathered at Mount Dora High School at 10:30AM for worship. 189 were present (130 adults in the auditorium; 59 children and volunteers. As our Mount Dora Campus Pastor Joel Craig summarized his thoughts , “It felt like Journey.” That has been the goal from the beginning: to take the best of Journey and extend it to another area where a growing community of people on a life-changing journey with Jesus can be established.