Pensacola Project Update | Jeff Swearingen on "Sending"
Exponential Pre-Conference Workshop | Prayer Needs

FCP News & Updates: August 2018
Pensacola Project Coming Soon

A new church is coming to Pensacola! Having always been an important city in our state due to its large military base, the substantial growth resulting from Navy Federal Credit Union's decision to move its national headquarters to the area makes Pensacola a strategic place for a church plant. Scott Clevenger, a proven church leader with a great deal of experience in working with new churches, will be the lead church planter for Connection Point Church. 

The church plans to launch in the Spring of 2019! FCP is excited to partner with a leader of Scott's caliber who has an exciting vision and is uniquely suited to reach the Pensacola area.
Sending
By Jeff Swearingen,  FCP Church Planter and Advisory Team Member

In 2013 I attended a Round Table event where Greg Nettle challenged those gathered that some of the next church planters might be on our current staff teams. I could not help but wonder as I drove home from Jacksonville if that might be true for us. 

After praying about it, I said to our current Youth Pastor, Brad Zachritz, 'I think you should consider planting a church.' I'm still not sure if he thought I was hinting that it was time for a different job or that I really thought he could plant a church. But over the next few weeks Brad prayed about it and came back and said I think you're right, God might be calling me to plant a church. I guess the rest is history. Brad and his wife, Abby felt called to go to Gainesville and plant Shift church along with two other couples from Crosspoint.
 
It felt risky to send a key staff person and two couples who were highly involved in serving at Crosspoint. It seemed like we would might lose momentum and take a long time to recover what we were losing. Sure, a church would be planted, but what would it do to our young church that wasn't even ten years old? Was it worth the risk?
 
In Crosspoint's twelve year history we have had the privilege of sending more than once. In addition to sending three couples to Gainesville, we have sent one couple as missionaries to a country near the Middle East, two others into mission work at New Mission Systems International and one young man into ministry in the US. Every time we have (to use J.D. Greear's phrase) "gained by losing."
 
This past Easter more than 300 people worshiped at Shift and weekly attendance now averages nearly 200 and they have celebrated 58 baptisms since their beginning. Those are incredible gains for the Kingdom of God.
 
We have also seen gains at Crosspoint when we have sent. Every time we have sent someone God has replaced those people and multiplied our influence locally. We try to regularly celebrate what God is doing through those we have sent. We never talk about it like we lost anything, but rather we focus on what has been gained by the Kingdom. We want people not to think just about what God could do at Crosspoint but what He could do all over as more and more churches are planted.
 
We can't wait to gain by losing again. We want to develop leaders on our staff team and in our church family who have a heart for God's Kingdom whether it is locally or around the globe.

Exponential Pre-Conference Event  

FCP is offering a Pre-Conference Workshop at Exponential 2019: March 4-7 at First Baptist Church in Orlando. For ticket information, contact Andy Glass at ag171819@gmail.com.

Prayer  

Please pray for the Clevengers as they move to Pensacola and the successful launch of Connection Point Church this next Spring. Also, please ask God to raise up church planters and open doors for new churches throughout the state, including these four growing areas of focus:
  • West Palm Beach Area
  • Tampa Area
  • Sarasota's Emergent Growth Area
  • Kissimmee's Emergent Growth Area
Church Planters Needed!

Florida is our nation's 3rd largest state and a destination place for the world. From world-class cities to burgeoning suburbs, there is need for new churches. The Sunshine State needs you to help bring the light! Do you know someone who may be interested in planting a church in Florida? Maybe someone from your church or on your church staff? If so, encourage them to check out our website at www.floridachurchpartners.org .

The Florida Church Partners Vision

Florida Church Partners wants to help our churches reach 1% of Florida's population over the next two decades through church-multiplication. Reaching an estimated quarter-million people is no small challenge. But through the partnership of generous churches and visionary church leaders, we believe this is a challenge God will meet. After all, it's His heart! 
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