CITY POINTE CHURCH City Pointe Church began when a small group of friends dreamed of a church that could be more than what they were used to experiencing. Almost four years later they are amazed at what God has done as they gather each week in worship at 503 N. Palmer Street. They will celebrate their fourth anniversary in February of 2020 and are looking ahead to making even more of an impact in the days to come. Affiliated with the Association of Related Churches (arcchurches.com), this growing congregation is led by the missions-minded, fifth-generation Plant City native, Pastor Scott McIntosh. A small but very talented church staff and an army of happy volunteers share in the work of the congregation that desires to significantly impact its community, state, nation and world. “Plant City needed a contemporary interdenominational church that goes after the lost, the prodigal, and the people who love them,” McIntosh explained. “With our emphasis on acceptance and grace, we have an eclectic, sweet spirit of family diversity with a relational approach to helping people know Christ. We want to be a place God’s love and presence can be experienced, where everyone feels at home, loved, comfortable, embraced, and definitely not judged. Ultimately, we love people just as they are, but love them too much to let them stay that way.” The vision of the church is to, “...love the broken, the messed up, and the people the world gives up on. No perfect people are allowed here, but all that come are chasing hard after God. We want to be a church that those who have given up on church flock to, because they begin to hope and dream again. City Pointe Church is a place of honor, care, healing, redemption, training, equipping, and sending. We want to address the needs of the average non-church goer and have already seen lives radically transformed through prayer, worship, and by experiencing God – and we want to see even more!” The pastoral staff, elders, and trustees believe it’s important that the services, discipleship classes and small groups provoke exciting conversations focusing on real life change each week. If numbers tell the story, that mission is being accomplished, with more than 320 decisions for Christ in the last 40 months. In addition to the regular ongoing practical efforts to meet needs and more than $140,000 donated to local causes, the church recently ministered hurricane relief in Panama City and delivered more than 100 backpacks overflowing with school supplies to Marshall Middle School. City Pointe Church believes, “If we see a need, let’s work to meet the need.”
City Focus City Pointe Church focuses particularly on a contemporary model of ministry. Leaders desire the worship experiences and activities to be “awesome for all ages, especially the next generation, where kids love it so much…they bring their parents to experience it.” As an interdenominational church, the goal is that members recognize more of their similarities than their differences and to be a church that gives back to its city. Church guidelines include: In essential beliefs, we have unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6) In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. (Romans 14: 1,2,12,22) In all our beliefs, we show charity. (I Corinthians 13:2) City Pointe Church welcomes everyone with the understanding that “people need to belong before they believe.” All are invited to join the joyful community that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but takes very seriously God’s call to shine His light into a dark world.
FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 18-08 August 2019