LifePoint Christian Church was born out of a desire to be a different kind of church, for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of people far from God. Since its opening day on January 27, 2002, LifePoint has been doing just that, connecting with people who had given up on church or had little to no understanding of what it meant to be in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Worship gatherings were first held in an elementary school for a little over one year and then a movie theater for 2 years before settling in at the present location of the J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary in April 2005. A unique partnership with the YMCA has been formed which allows the church to work with the YMCA in shared strategies to influence their 9,000 members toward following Christ.
Since 2002 over 80 people have been baptized, 2 people have entered the ministry, one family now serves on the mission field, 3 elders have been ordained, healthy small groups have been established, the staff has grown to 2 full-time and 3 part-time persons, and a house in downtown Lake Mary has been renovated into much needed office space and a centrally located ministry hub.
LifePoint’s influence for Christ though stretches far beyond its local presence as technologically savvy staff and members use their personal Blogs, podcasts, Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage people worldwide in discussion and teaching about following Jesus.
Florida Church Partners played a key role in planting LifePoint and allowing them the freedom to develop a unique ministry strategy to meet the oft-overlooked needs of those far from God in today’s 21st century culture. LifePoint joyfully gives back 5% of its offerings to Florida Church Partners as part of their commitment to church planting and the evangelization of the lost in our fast growing state.
Greg and Whitney Ingram are moving to Miami to plant a church and to help catalyze a church planting movement in the city. They are excited to begin loving and serving the people there.
Over the past 10 years, Greg had the privilege of serving alongside some of the most inspiring and gifted leaders and pastors in the United States. The last 5 of those years have been spent focusing on equipping believers to reach their neighbors in San Antonio, TX with Randy Frazee and Max Lucado. Prior to their time at Oak Hills Church, Greg served for 5 years at Willow Creek Community Church in greater Chicago.
In January, 4 Neighborhood Teams were launched in distinct Miami neighborhoods. On February 1, 56 people attended the first Neighborhood Teams launch meeting. The launch is currently set for Sunday, March 15, 2015.
With the help of FCP, Oasis Church just relaunched its 23 year old ministry again in May of 2012. After merging with another local church for about a year, it became clear that the most effective path for Oasis was to start fresh with a new direction and new leadership. FCP helped to fund this relaunch to the community of Ormond Beach.
Since the relaunch in May of 2012, Oasis Church has seen growth from roughly 125 in attendance to just over 350 on a weekly average. They have also baptized over 30 new believers. Thanks to the partnership with FCP, Oasis Church is now on a healthy growth track that is making a difference for the Kingdom of God in the Ormond Beach area.
In May 2010, Real Life Christian Church of Clermont launched a new East campus in Orlando. Real Life now meets at a property on the corner of Goldenrod and Curry Ford in east Orlando, former home of The Bridge church. Recently renovated through a massive Real Help outreach project, the 18,000-square-foot facility has been re-vamped to provide ample space for worship gatherings, student and children ministry, as well as community outreach events.
Through its real, relevant and relational approach, Real Life Christian Church seeks to connect individuals, families and the surrounding Orlando community with Christ. Mitch McKinney, lead teaching pastor of Real Life, testified: "I'm continually humbled yet encouraged by the outpouring of love and grace God has lavished on us at the East campus. He's certainly moving and I can't wait to see what He has in store for us!"
Real Life is one church with one vision in multiple locations. Shortly after launching its East Campus in the summer of 2010, Real Life Christian Church received a gift from a struggling church in southern Orlando that was preparing to close its doors. Through this gift and the help of a dedicated team from Real Life's existing campuses, the church launched its South Campus on January 15, 2012, at Regal Cinemas The Loop Stadium 16 Theater in the Hunter's Creek area of Orlando. During the first worship gathering, there were 235 people in attendance.
Real Life seeks to connect individuals, families and the surrounding community with Christ through a real, relevant and relational approach. The vision of the church is simple: changed lives. Mark Flood, South Campus Pastor at Real Life, says, "It has been our desire to be the church in this community through presence, relationship, and service, before we ever invite someone to a church service. We have already seen fruit from this approach as God has granted us unexpected favor and opened doors. We are excited to see what he has in store for southern Orlando and believe the best is yet to come!"
In 2017 we are partnering with Christ's Church in Jacksonville to launch two new campuses. The second is their River City Campus, which is located in an under-served area of Jacksonville. We are excited to partner with one of Florida’s largest churches to reach more people who need Jesus through these exciting new campuses.
River Run Christian Church exists to connect communities to Christ and one another by being Relevant, Real and Relational.
Relevant. To present God’s message of hope and love in a way that is culturally understandable and honors God. Therefore, our messages are practical, our music is current, and our children’s ministry is exciting and educational.
Real. To be real people, living in a real world, dealing with real problems, trying our best to serve a real God.
Relational. To help people develop a personal relationship with God and one another. Therefore, our ministry is Christ-centered and people-oriented so that we can develop relationships with God and one another through worship, education, outreach, service and fellowship.
River Run Church was started by Florida Church Partners in 1999. The main campus is in East Orlando. In October 2005, River Run moved into a new 24,000 sq. ft. facility - which was financed by Christian Financial Resources.
River Run is a strong, externally focused church, driven by making disciples who make disciples. Their multi-site strategy revolves around Neighborhood Ministries and Global Partners. Pastor Mitch Todd is one of the founding pastors and serves as the Senior Pastor and Lead Visionary of River Run. River Run has been responsible for starting multiple congregations, including a church plant in Brevard County, River Run Christian Church Brevard, and River Run Casa di Gracia in the Dominican Republic as well as developing international partners.
On April 4, 2005 Pastor Joe Putting from Tomoka Christian Church and Robbie O’Brien went on a deep-sea fishing excursion. During that trip Pastor Joe mentioned the idea of church planting to Robbie; by June 2005 Robbie was on staff at Tomoka Christian Church paving the way to Salty Church today. The first weekend worship service was held August 14, 2005 at Osceola Elementary with 58 people in attendance. As of early 2017, Salty Church has 3 campuses which average over 1400 in weekly attendance. They are in Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach and New Smyrna Beach. Salty is a unique church designed to specifically reach a beach culture with a vision to launch more "life saving stations" up and down the coast. FCP, CFR and Intentional Churches are key strategic partners working together to further that vision.
In 2017 we partnered with Salty Church in Ormond Beach to launch their third campus which is located in Flagler Beach. For over 10 years, Salty’s unique beach vibe and vision to rescue and empower people has helped it become one of FCP’s most successful plants. It’s exciting to see that vision expand into Flagler Beach.
On February 23, 2014 Brad Zachritz and his wife, Abby, launched Shift Church in Gainesville, FL. The vision was to help the people of Gainesville Shift toward Christ and Shift has been doing just that. Shift Church started in a hotel with 82 people and now utilizes a local middle school for services. Shift has expanded from one to two services each Sunday as the Church attendance continues to grow to now over 154! As Shift Church comes up on its 3rd Birthday there has been over 30 people give their lives to Christ and be baptized!
Every week real people engage and interact with each other. Messages are culturally relevant and practical- supporting success in marriages, families, relationships and professions. Live music is inspiring and energizing! | You can find the people of Shift serving throughout the Gainesville community by popping Kettle Corn at local schools and UF events, putting on events like Family Fest – a free family festival that saw over 1000 people last fall, and mentoring people at House of Hope, a transition home, just to name a few!
God is writing a great story at Shift in Gainesville, as lives continue to Shift towards Christ.
In 2017 we are partnering with Christ's Church in Jacksonville to launch two new campuses. The first is their St. Augustine Campus near World Golf Village, which is situated the fastest growing county in Florida. We are excited to partner with one of Florida’s largest churches to reach more people who need Jesus through these exciting new campuses.
On September 24 2017 Lake Nona's newest church was launched! Thrive Church is being planted in this fast-growing region of Orlando which has emerged as a highly influential community with its globally renowned Medical City. With only one church building serving a community of 58,000 that will triple in population by 2025, there is real need for a new church like Thrive in Lake Nona.