Christ Place Church is making moves.
The South Hall church announced Sunday, Jan. 19, a new “multi-site strategy” and will soon launch a Christ Place campus in North Hall.
The new campus, which will be at the North Hall Community Center, is planning on having its first service on Oct. 4 and will be called Christ Place North Campus. The location in Flowery Branch will be known as Christ Place Central.
The contract with the community center has already been signed and is open-ended.
“I want us to love where we live and go after this, and so I think we’ve got a plan,” the Rev. Jeff Crook, pastor at the church, said to his congregation Sunday. “I think we’ve got a plan. And what I’m leading our church to do is to embrace a multi-site strategy.”
The new campus will not be livestreamed from the central campus. It will have its own campus pastor preaching the same message as the central campus. The campuses will share staff and “have the same DNA, the same culture.”
“We are not planting a church that would be separate from us,” Crook said. “We would be planting a Christ Place Church with our values, with our strategy, with our mission, with our people. So it will be one church in multiple locations.”
He said there are about 400 members at Christ Place who live within 10 minutes of the North Hall Community Center, which is about the capacity of the room the church will be renting every Sunday.
George Thomasson, pastor of mobilization at the church, said the church is in contact with other churches in the North Hall area that are part of the Chattahoochee Baptist Association to see how the churches can “work together to share the gospel and reach families in that area.”
It’s not the first time the North Hall Community Center has been used as a church. The Rev. Tony Elrod said Northside Church, which has its campus just on the other side of Cleveland Highway, held services there “during a time of transition” at the church for two years. They moved out a little more than a year ago.
“It’s an amazing facility, and the folks at the North Hall Community Center are easy to work with,” Elrod, who’s been pastor at Northside for eight years, said. “I truly believe that Christ Place has made a great decision at doing a campus there.”
As was the case with Northside, the North Hall Community Center is likely a temporary spot for Christ Place.
“We're not sure how the Lord is going to lead or how long we'll be here, but the facility is rather large and we feel like we can grow a lot in that one place before we need to secure a permanent building,” Thomasson said.
But in the meantime, while Christ Place meets at the community center, Elrod said Northside will help in whatever way it can.
“It’s always great to have someone else in our community start a church,” Elrod said. “And it’s especially great when an established church comes to town. We’re praying for Christ Place and wish them success.”
While current members at Christ Place and other Christians are welcome to attend the church’s new campus, Thomasson said, “That’s not our focus.”
“We're not trying to reach other church members,” Thomasson said. “We're trying to reach people who still need to know Jesus. So that's our whole purpose.”
There are interest meetings coming up for members to learn more about the new campus and Crook said it’s “not some town hall feel where you're going to debate it. This is what God’s calling us to do.”
“We are praying and we are working and we are living by faith and we are trusting God,” Crook said.