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  • 1. P R O S P E C T U S
  • 2. Table of Contents Our Story! ! ! ! 3 Our Calling!! ! ! 4! Launch Timeline! ! ! 5 Our Beliefs!! ! ! 6 Mission & Values!! ! 7 Strategy & Measures! ! 8 Associations! ! ! 9 Demographic Study! ! 10 Leadership Structure! ! 11 Evangelism Strategy! ! 12 Assimilation Strategy! ! 13 Baptism Process!! ! 14 Annual Calendar!! ! 15 Stewardship & Missions! 16! Funding Strategy!! ! 17 Funding Needs! ! ! 18 Ways to Give! ! ! 19
  • 3. Our Story Over two years ago, our pastor, Frank Bennett, began asking God how he could make the most impact to God’s Kingdom. Frank had been serving as Worship Pastor at Cartersville First Baptist when he started this journey that would ultimately lead him to follow God’s call to pastor and plant a church. The question was where? Frank formed an advisory team of five pastors that would pray and counsel him during this transition. It was time to pray and watch to see where God was working in order to join Him. Frank was introduced to a main developer of a sports complex being build in Bartow County, GA. This gentleman shared his vision for LakePoint Sports and Town Center. But he was even more passionate about reaching families with the Gospel. During this conversation, he asked Frank if he could start a church to meet on the property of this development. Little did he know, that Frank was watching for a clear word from God as to where to plant a church. God made it clear that Frank was to partner with this development and several churches to plant Lake Point Church in Emerson, GA. Frank and his family are not alone during this launch phase. One of the members of Frank’s advisory team received confirmation of God’s call for him and his family to join in launching Lake Point Church. Danny Crocker and his family moved from Houston, TX to join the Lake Point Team as Executive Pastor. Danny brings much experience in church planting and ministry experience. David Coons, another friend of Frank, is on board as a volunteer Connections Pastor to mobilize people for ministry opportunities and connect them into the life of the church. Frank and his team has been trained by The Launch Network, a premier church planting training and assessment organization based out of Westridge Church in Dallas, GA. Over the next several months, they will be organizing teams consisting of friends who have come on board to help launch Lake Point Church. The Bartow Baptist Association, the North American Mission Board, along with several churches, companies and individuals are happy to present this exciting church plant coming to Bartow County, GA. The official launch date is set for Sunday, February 10, 2013 at South Central Middle School. The church will meet there until the LakePoint Sports development is ready to house Lake Point Church. Follow the story. Be a part of the story God is writing…the story of Lake Point Church. 3
  • 4. Our Calling Danny Crocker comes on board as Executive Pastor. Danny is a church planter. He thrives on building teams and empowering people for successful ministry. Danny knows the value of engaging the church to have an impact in the community. Frank and Danny served on a church staff together several years ago. They compliment one another in their ministry roles. Danny and his wife, Lizanne, recently moved to Bartow County all the way from Houston with their three kids Christian (18), Hannah (15) and Micah (13). They have enjoyed getting to know the great people in Emerson and the surrounding area. Bartow County, GA is positioned to be the next home to massive growth. It sits 40 miles northwest of Atlanta. There are several indicators of growth in our area even during these economic times. One such indicator of growth is the development of a massive $1 billion dollar sports complex to be built here in Bartow County. This development estimates to bring in approximately four million people a year with over 26,000 jobs. This development, LakePoint Sports and Town Center is backed by Bobby Cox, former manager of the Atlanta Braves. This will be the premier location for baseball, soccer and lacrosse scouting in the country. It will include hotels, restaurants, entertainment and a movie theater. Check out the site at Over the past two years, Frank and LakePoint Sports have become strategic partners to reach traveling sports families with the Gospel message. We are also partnering with FCA of Georgia, Upward Ministry and other churches. This door has been opened, and it’s time to walk through it. We need your help. Danny Crocker, Executive Pastor Bobby Cox likes Lake Point Church Frank Bennett has been serving the body of Christ for more than 20 years. He grew up in Texas and received a degree in music at LSU in Baton Rouge. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Georgia where he was serving as worship pastor at Cartersville First Baptist. Frank and Suzanne have six children, Madison (14), Landon (11), Logan (8), Lawson (8), Marion (7) and Lincoln (5). The three youngest were recently adopted from Ukraine. Frank and Suzanne have been in a pursuit of God’s will. Over the past couple years, God has been revealing His plan for Frank to start a church. After much prayer, Frank began to see God create opportunities in his own area. Frank has teamed up with Bartow Baptist Association, Cartersville First Baptist and LakePoint Sports to start a new church to reach the lost, the least and the lonely. Frank Bennett, Lead Pastor 4
  • 5. Launch Timeline PHASE ONE: PRE LAUNCH (May 2011 - June 2012) ✓ Establish relationship and plan with LakePoint Sports ✓ Create advisory team ✓ Partnership with Bartow Baptist Association ✓ Develop branding and website ✓ Begin first small group ✓ Attend church planter assessment and training ✓ Establish a beginning site for worship services ✓ Share vision with local churches and community ✓ Develop strategic partners (prayer and financial) ✓Create church purpose, structure, ministry and process ✓Design marketing and evangelism strategy PHASE TWO: LAUNCH (July 2012 - September 2012) ✓Lead pastor and executive pastor officially full-time ✓Official launch team meetings begin ✓Cultivate community connections ✓Host several outreach events and ministry opportunities ✓Launch multiple small groups • (October 2012 - December 2012) ✓Continue core group growth and vision ✓Build teams for worship services ✓Fall Festival outreach events in neighborhoods ✓Preview services in November and Christmas Eve (January / February 2013) ✓Preview services in January • Launch LakePoint Church (February 10) • Continue to build momentum through services and events • Multiply small groups • Establish mission teams PHASE THREE: AFTER LAUNCH (March 2013 - September 2013) • Host first “Egg Launch” event around Easter • Baptize new believers • Continue leadership development • Increase volunteer base • Participate in summer mission trips and community outreach • Assist to plant other churches. SECOND LAUNCH PREPARATION (2013 - 2015) • Establish worship services for construction workers at LakePoint Sports • Establish relationships with merchant owners and workers at LakePoint Sports • Prepare to move into the movie theater at LakePoint Sports • Work with LakePoint Sports, FCA and Upward Ministries to establish outreach plan • Invite church partners to work tournaments at LakePoint Sports to spread the Gospel message. 5
  • 6. Our Beliefs Holy Bible The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26). Trinity There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co- eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11). Jesus Christ Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14,20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5). Salvation We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22). Repentance Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9). Sanctification Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11). Blood of Jesus The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29). The Church The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23). Heaven Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12,20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4). Hell After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48;Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8). Second Coming Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15) 6
  • 7. Our Mission At Lake Point Church, we point people to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Our Values Why we point people to God Through meaningful relationships built through small groups, worship settings and serving opportunities, people will have freedom to trust those who are sharing the message of salvation. Relationships God’s Word We value the words of God to define the boundaries of truth, show the clear path to salvation and provide a light in the darkness surrounding people’s lives. God’s word will be evident in all we do. Prayer Prayer is the action that prepares the hearts to receive God’s gift of salvation. Prayer is integrated in every moment we have to point people to God. Excellence We believe evangelism will best happen in an environment of excellence. If we bring value to all we present and offer, then the very people we are trying to reach will value the message of salvation. Generosity We teach our church family the eternal impact their generosity makes in the lives of people who need to cross the line to follow Jesus. Evangelism can flourish when the church is generous with their time, their talent and their treasure. 7
  • 8. Our Strategy How we point people to God. Belong We want people to belong to small groups, fellowship and worship, in order to come to a point of belief. We want people to believe in Jesus by accepting Him as Savior and begin their journey of who God designed them to be. Believe Become We want people to become the person God intended through discipleship and by serving in their strengths for ministry and sharing Christ with others. Our Measures When we point people to God. Fellowship God wants us to be a member of his family (Eph. 2:19) Worship God wants us to be a magnifier of his name. (Psalm 34:3) Evangelism God wants us to be a minister of his grace (Romans 10:13-15) Discipleship God wants us to be a model of his character (I Peter 2:21) Ministry God wants us to be a messenger of his love. (I Peter 4:10) 8
  • 9. Our Associations Advisory Team David Franklin Director of Missions, Bartow Baptist Association Ike Reighard Senior Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, GA Mark Lunsford Executive Pastor, Hope Fellowship, Frisco, TX Bobby Martin Lead Pastor, Church at Creek’s End, Spring, TX Randall Williams Missionary, Concern for the World Danny Crocker Church planter and Lake Point Church Executive Pastor Strategic Partners LakePoint Sports Community and Town Center Ultimate amateur sports and tourist destination, Emerson, GA The Launch Network Church planting assessment and training, West Ridge Church, Dallas, GA Bartow Baptist Association Association of churches in Bartow County, GA North American Mission Board Mission center for the Southern Baptist Convention, Alpharetta, GA Georgia Baptist Convention Association of Baptist churches in Georgia Cartersville First Baptist Church Our sending church, Cartersville, GA 9
  • 10. Demographics Description 2000 2010 2016 (Projected) Total Population 138,819 195,835 210,564 Total Households 48,792 68,608 74,801 Male Population 68,921 95,884 103,008 Female Population 69,898 99,951 107,556 White 120,269 151,136 161,440 Black 11,462 27,371 30,462 Hispanic 5,909 18,797 24,095 Asian 1,898 4,506 4,801 American Indian 359 721 781 Ages 0 to 4 12,020 14,667 13,781 Ages 5 to 14 22,816 30,155 31,553 Ages 15 to 19 8,724 13,849 15,322 Ages 20 to 24 7,105 12,489 14,472 Ages 25 to 34 24,171 27,531 26,424 Ages 35 to 44 26,889 31,813 31,107 Ages 45 to 54 17,803 27,584 30,345 Ages 55 to 64 9,798 19,111 23,494 Ages 65 to 74 5,643 11,052 14,866 Ages 75 to 84 2,987 5,650 6,810 Ages 85+ 864 1,925 2,380 Average Household Income $65,003 $79,257 $85,502 These figures do not include the impact that LakePoint Sports and Town Center will have on the area. LakePoint will bring over 26,000 jobs by the year 2014. 10
  • 11. Leadership Structure Governing Entities Board of Elders Guarded by the Elders Pastoral Team Guided by the Staff Ministry Team Leaders Gifted through the Membership Lead Pastor Pastoral Team Board of Elders Ministry Team Leaders Executive Pastor Facilities Director Director of Communication Stewardship Director Director of Technology Office Manager Special Events Coordinator Worship Worship Arts Pastor Technical Director Instrumental Director Program Director Graphics Director Fellowship Connections Pastor Director of Guest Follow Up Director of Guest Services Membership Assimilation (NExT) Director Baptism Coordinator Ministry Family Ministry Team Student Minister Director of Children’s Ministry PreSchool Director Evangelism Community Pastor Missions Director Director of Outreach Director of Sports & Recreation Director of Evangelism Discipleship Spiritual Growth Pastor Director of Dugouts (Small Groups) Starting Point Class Director One Way Children’s Class Director Prayer Team Coordinator Pastors & Ministry Team Leaders 11
  • 12. Evangelism Strategy Our evangelism strategy is to bless the community through what we value as a church. The main areas we are called to bless is the family and the community. The specific ways Lake Point Church can spread the Gospel are: Families Marriages / Parenting Provide a child mentor for selected single-parent families. Offer free parenting classes. Offer free seminars and classes to build better marriages. Finances Pay the electric bill of a different family in need once a month. Offer free financial classes on establishing a family budget. Offer free tax services to low-income families. Neighborhood Outreach Opportunities to meet their neighbors and families to play together. Set up various free movie nights in neighborhoods Provide community campfires with s’mores and hot chocolate. Community Education Officially adopt the middle school. Commission people as missionaries to local schools. Schedule various times to feed the teachers at the local schools. Train Christian teachers to reach student and staff in their schools. Offer to counsel with troubled students in schools. Collaboration Reward people for their service to the community. Commission people as missionaries to local businesses. Align our calendar to the community calendar. Partner with churches & businesses to build a community playground. Partner with businesses to establish community events. Offer our facilities to community events and groups. LakePoint Sports Assist LakePoint Sports with ground breaking. Share the message of the Gospel through sports camps. Work with local and state FCA to connect people to local churches. Provide Bible studies for soccer moms. Assist with sports tournaments to pray for teams and build relationships. 12
  • 13. Assimilation Strategy NExTNew | Experienced | Trained Discover Lake Point Class Starting Point Class NewBelievers Baptism Membership Class Experienced Believers Trained Believers Serving Opportunities Leadership Training Leadership Position Worship Services Small Groups Personalized Spiritual Growth Plan 13
  • 14. Baptism Service Timeline Six Weeks Out Promote baptism service on slide during worship. Identify people who have made decisions to follow Christ. Send out initial invites to new believers. Five Weeks Out Promote baptism service in small group Dugouts. Continue to promote on slides during worship. Four Weeks Out Send letter to baptism prospects explaining purpose and instructions of baptism. Show a video testimony of a life-change from someone set to be baptized. Place announcement slide on website. Announce baptism service in worship services. Three Weeks Out Create baptism service sign ups on website and connection corners. Continue promo on website, newsletters, small groups and worship services. Send invite cards for prospects to invite friends and family to baptism service. Two Weeks Out Secure baptism team and supplies for service. Continue sign ups on website and connection corners. Show video testimony on website. One Week Out Send final instruction letters to prospects. Create baptism certificates. One final push for sign ups Preach a sermon on the importance of salvation and baptism. Communicate any final instructions to baptism team. Day of Baptism Service Baptism team sets up the service including pools, towels, T-Shirts, and certificates. Baptism Process 14
  • 15. Family Fitness Family Finances Student Camp Super Bowl Parties Family Finance Class Leadership Retreat Giving Statement Sports Camps Baptism Service Find Your Spot Serving Signup Graduate Sunday Egg Launch February Easter Sermon Series about the Family Giving Statement Promo Online Giving Men’s Sports Retreat Freedom Weekend Leadership Development March AprilJanuary Student Mission Trip May June Baptism Service Annual Church Calendar August September OctoberJuly November December Requested Topics Leadership Retreat Giving Statement Back to School Event Clutter-Free Christianity Sports and Christian Living Real-Life Stories Christmas Giving Statement Splash Bartow Emphasize Dugouts Baptism Service Kids Camp Staff Retreat One Way Class Family Fall Outreach The Gift Offering Marriage Retreat Student Winter Retreat Neighborhood Campfires Sermons Stewardship Leadership Students Small Groups Outreach Children 15
  • 16. Stewardship / Missions Plan Over the next five years, Lake Point Church will do the following to promote giving to spread the Gospel and develop healthy stewardship. Personal Financial Support We will have a financial ministry, not just offer financial classes. We will recruit people for financial ministries. We will connect people’s giving to God’s Word. Digital Giving We will set up and promote digital giving. We automate the important. High Capacity Donor Development We will connect with people who have the ability to build the Kingdom. We will not abuse them, or ignore them. We will honor their love for unique experiences. We will build relationships that value them, and not their money. Vision Campaigns We will connect vision campaigns with a vision for the lives of our church. We will connect campaigns with what God has called us to do. Communications We will send out quarterly contribution statements. We will send vision letters with where we’ve been and where we are going. We will be intentional about our offering talks. Missions We will provide opportunities to give to national offerings in the final quarter of each year through “The Gift” initiative. Through our partnerships in various countries, we will support orphan ministries by giving and sending resources over the next five years. We will play an active role in helping to plant at least two churches in the next five years. We will give to our local association and participate in community missions through SPLASH Bartow. Giving to the Cooperative Program will be a budget item over the next five years. 16
  • 17. Fund Raising Plan January (2012) Create launch plan (prospectus) February Begin casting the vision of Lake Point Church to potential church partners. This is an ongoing process throughout prelaunch and post-launch stages. March Secure non profit 501(c)3 status. Set up online giving through website and CCB (Church Community Builder) Establish a Pray | Promote | Pledge campaign. April Set up initial vision meetings in homes. Establish a prayer team through the website. May Establish financial partnership with sending church. June Set up Mailchimp as a method of communicating to prayer and financial partners. Set up baby registry on July Send a newsletter update to partners. Finalize launch budget and supply lists August Send a video update to partners. Set up online giving category for executive pastor. Begin launch team training and giving. Share personal story of giving to launch team. Finalize first year budget. September Send a video update to partners. Set up online giving category for student pastor. Create a promo card for financial assistance for student pastor. Post church partners and corporate partners on website. October Kick off first prelaunch fundraiser, “60K in 60 Days” with prayer guide. Set up fundraiser on facebook. Send a video update to partners. Send official requests for 2013 funding to church/organization partners. Create “This is Emerson” video for website and potential partners. November Send video update to partners Continue to promote “60K in 60 Days” fundraiser. Continue official requests for 2013 funding from church/organization partners. First preview service (Lunch with Lake Point) December Make final call for end-of-the-year giving opportunities. Send video update to partners Second preview service (Christmas) Launch Year Phase - 2013 January ! Two preview services ! Send thank you letters/videos to official partners in ministry. February ! Official Launch of Lake Point Church ! Communicate with church on the reason we give to God. ! Continue to communicate life-change to partners in ministry. 17
  • 18. Funding Needs Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four Year Five Year Six Ministry (facility rental, equipment, programming & children’s ministry.) $50,000 $55,000 $65,000 $75,000 $90,000 $110,000 Outreach (evangelism, mIssions, marketing) $20,000 $23,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $55,000 Administration (Website, storage, office, accounting, benefits) $50,000 $62,000 $75,000 $85,000 $110,000 $125,000 Staffing (Lead pastor, Executive pastor, Administrative Assistant) $180,000 $210,000 $250,000 $280,000 $375,000 $410,000 TOTAL $300,000 $350,000 $425,000 $480,000 $620,000 $700,000 Budget from outside support 85% 70% 55% 40% 23% 10% Outside Source $258,800 $250,000 $240,000 $200,000 $150,000 $70,000 Church Offerings $44,200 $100,000 $185,000 $280,000 $470,000 $693,000 With every great ministry opportunity comes a price. The reason most church plants do not survive is due to lack of financial support. Our goal at Lake Point Church is to become self-supporting after six years. We commit to assist in planting at least two new churches in our first five years. Start Up CostsStart Up CostsStart Up CostsStart Up CostsStart Up CostsStart Up Costs Worship Services Audio/Video Computers, Software Staging Facilities Storage trailers, Rental fees, Insurance Guest relations Outreach Community event Print supplies Ministries Children Worship Children Supplies Nursery Supplies Office Computers Lease Space Bulk Mail Personnel Total Cost $200,000 18
  • 19. Ways to Give Two Ways to Give Online: Mail: Payable to Lake Point Church 475 E. Main St. #161 Cartersville, GA 30121 For more information contact Frank Bennett | | 770.546.0038 We need partners to financially assist in the planting of Lake Point Church. If you would like to become a financial supporter, please pray about what God desires you to give. Your one-time gift and/or monthly gift will be an investment in the spiritual lives of people yet to know Jesus as their Savior. 19