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Elizabeth Butler

January 14, 2008

CrossPointe Church experiencing phenomenal growth

REMERTON — As “Beautiful the Blood” by Steve Fee played in the background, Pastor David Rogers, dressed in his usual Sunday attire of a casual shirt and jeans, sat in his “warehouse” church and contemplated its phenomenal growth.

CrossPointe Church, which began meeting in Rogers’ home with only a dozen members two years ago, now has a congregation of 450 people worshiping in the rented facility at 1708 W. Gordon St. in Remerton.

Of the 102 Georgia Baptist Convention churches started in 2005, CrossPointe is one of the fastest growing in the state.

“It’s unbelievable,” Rogers said. “God is doing an amazing work here. It’s humbling to think we are a part of this.”

So successful is the work that Rogers will be speaking to the Georgia Baptist Convention Church Planting Conference Jan. 25-26 in Oconee as well as at the GBC basic training for church planters Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

“I am part of an impact team that teaches more of the practical aspects of church planting,” he said.

It was while Rogers was in school at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., that he received his calling from God to become a church planter — a pastor who begins new churches.

“God laid it on my heart to come back here,” said Rogers, who met with Benny Woods, former pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Valdosta and Mike Broadwater, associational missionary for the Valdosta Baptist Association.

“It was confirmed through those meetings that this was what God wanted us to do.”

The little congregation quickly outgrew the pastor’s home and began meeting at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Valdosta State University. About 1 1/2 years ago, CrossPointe began worshiping in its current facility, attracting a large number of college-age students with its uniqueness — a contemporary service with a praise band and casual dress, meeting in a very unassuming building.

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