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The Church Of Today

“Children are not the church of the future. They are the church of today.” A ministry leader at a summer conference made this comment. How tempting it can be to view children in the church as add-ons to the “real” work of the church! That inclination is not new. Jesus’s disciples tried to prevent young ones from distracting him, thinking that he had more important things to do. Yet Jesus stopped and encouraged the children to get close because they, too, belong to God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:14). Healthy, growing church plants treat youth as indispensable parts of the body, training…

New Year, New Church in Orlando

Thrive Church celebrated its launch Sunday with two services and 162 people. Led by Greg Marksberry, the church is off to a good start. Thrive is meeting in the heart of a growing section of Orlando – Lake Nona. Lake Nona is a planned community and medical hub, and is predicted to triple in population in the next ten years from 50,000 to 150,000. Thrive has recognized the importance of helping families. One of the needs of Lake Nona is a program addressing youth literacy. The area has no library, and has one of the highest rates of ESL (English…

The Orlando Project

Imagine an area bursting with opportunity and growth, attractive to families of diverse backgrounds. Situated in the southeast corner of Orlando, the Lake Nona community is projected triple in population over the next ten years. Churches are continuing to find Florida an important mission field since its growth rate is outpacing most of the country. In fact, Florida has now eclipsed New York as the third largest state in the United States. Also, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of American children under the age of one-year-old belonged to minority groups. Florida reflects this race and ethnicity…