Exponential Pre-Conference, Lake Nona Church Launch, Welcome Andy Glass, and more
FCP News & Updates: December 2017
Join Us for FCP's Pre-Conference at Exponential

You are invited to join Florida Church Partners for our first Pre-Conference gathering for the  Exponential Conference in Orlando on Tuesday, February 27! A continental breakfast will be provided at 9:00am with the program beginning at 9:30am. We are excited to have Kenny Funk, Vice President of Retail Planning for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise as our special guest! 
Kenny has drawn from over 20 years of leadership  experience with the Walt Disney Company to develop training for leadership excellence in work and life. As a Christian husband and father, a Johnson University trustee, and a church leader, Kenny is uniquely suited to apply these leadership insights to ministry. 
We will close with an update from two of FCP's leading church planters and finish promptly by 11:30am in plenty of time to register for the Exponential Conference beginning at 1:00pm.  

Click here to RSVP for this free event. The first 10 individuals to RSVP will receive a free ticket to the Exponential Conference!

Thrive Church Celebrates its Grand Opening in Lake Nona

One of the top challenges in church planting is finding the right location. Since Lake Nona is so new and fast growing there are few, if any, venues available for a new church to meet. Lake Nona's first hotel was built just in time for Thrive Church to utilize its small conference room for a first-stage launch last December. 

As the church continued building a launch team and praying for the right venue to come available for the church to fully launch within, God opened the door to the region's newest middle school. This was a huge blessing, but Thrive couldn't begin meeting there until construction was completed over the summer months. 
Finally Thrive's persistence paid off as the new church celebrated its Grand Opening at Innovation Middle School on September 24th with nearly 200 attending! This $34 million facility is not only a beautiful new school but is an incredibly well-suited environment for the church's Sunday ministries. The Lake Nona corridor of Orlando has over 58,000 residents and is expected to triple in population size within the next ten years. There is currently only one church with property to serve this entire region. God's provision of Innovation Middle as Thrive Church's worship facility has strengthened the church's belief that God is up to something big through this new church in Lake Nona!

FCP Welcomes Andy Glass 

We are grateful for Andy's excellent administrative skills and tireless passion for recruiting church planters!  With his rich background in church planting movements, Andy is excited about working with our Executive Director, Greg Marksberry, to help FCP "Reach 1% of Florida's population over the next two decades through the planting of new churches."  

A graduate of Lincoln Christian University and Seminary, Andy has served as a church planter in the Chicago suburbs, the Director of Central Illinois Evangelistic Association (now part of Stadia), and on the staff of a Restoration House Ministries church plant, Rockingham Christian Church in Salem, NH.  Andy and his wife Bea moved to Orlando from Manchester, NH. We are excited to welcome Andy to the FCP team! 

Are You Interested in Planting a Church?  

The year 2018 will be a big year for church planter recruitment at FCP!  Would you pray with us, asking God to raise up 5-10 church planters to help bring the Light to the Sunshine State in 2018-2020?