Becoming Grace Pointe
What has changed?
The Saint Cloud Campus of Celebration Community Church launched in 2019. When COVID-19 hit, we were forced to leave our meeting location at St. Cloud Elementary, regroup, and pray about how to move forward in the calling. In 2020, we relaunched worship services at the St. Cloud lakefront under the moniker Church at the Lakefront. Then, as temperatures rose in Spring 2021, we realized we needed to find an indoor space to meet, leading us to the St. Cloud Community Center.
2021 brought numerous challenges, not the least of which was a moving target for where we should meet each week. But, what God has done since August of 2020 is miraculous. We have experienced innumerable spiritual blessings: salvations, baptisms, new life groups, people set free from addictions, more than 60 people joining the volunteer team when we moved indoors, reconciled marriages—discipleship everywhere you look! The year also brought numerous other blessings, including our financial giving skyrocketing to levels we didn’t expect until 2023! By God’s grace, we became a completely self-sustaining satellite campus of Celebration Community Church. Our leadership team grew and we even had a team of committed expository preachers (which so unique and such a blessing to the church). God poured out immense kindness on us and Celebration Community Church took note, also. The leaders of both campuses agreed that our campus was at an important juncture, with the ability to soar to greater heights. There were so many positive signs that we together decided to transition the St. Cloud campus to operating as an autonomous church, named Grace Pointe Church.
Here are recordings of this announcement, shared at both Celebration Community Church (by Senior Pastor Gregg Heinsch) and Grace Pointe Church (by Senior Pastor Mike Chandler) in 2021:
Did our logo change?
No, we retained our logo for the following reasons:
- The 44 Life is a significant part of our church culture. It represents how we see creation, history, the church, and more. It reminds us of the tenets of our faith we should pursue consistently. Our logo is the ideal representations of the 4 pursuits and the 4 realities.
- Having the same logo as Celebration Community Church will help us maintain some continuity between the two churches and other churches that we plant together.
Where did the name “Grace Pointe” come from?
The name Grace Pointe Church was chosen by our Transition Team with the leadership of our Pastor, Mike Chandler. The name was chosen primarily because it suits our logo.
The logo above depicts the 4 realities as 4 arcs encompassing the world and all of history. The 4 realities represent one way of summarizing the storyline of the Bible. They are called “realities” because each of them is true whether we believe them or not. The fact that they are true shapes our understanding of life, sin, Christ, the future, and ourselves. The logo also depicts the 4 pursuits as 4 arrows directed at the cross at the center. The 4 pursuits represent key disciplines in Christ-centered living. They give definition to our faith, the action and the direction of believing Jesus.
The name Grace Pointe was chosen as a name to describe the center of our logo—the place where grace is offered on the cross, or the “Pointe of Grace.”
Grace Pointe (adjective + noun): the location of grace.
More than anything, we hope this name will represent the gospel to our community of St. Cloud. Jesus has offered grace on the cross, and we pray that our worship services, life groups, prayer gatherings, and all other activities of Grace Pointe Church will serve as opportunities for them to experience that grace.
What is the nature of our relationship to Celebration Community Church now?
We still partner with Celebration Community Church in many ways! Our desire is that Grace Pointe Church would be the first of many that we and our now‑sister church—Celebration—together envision and launch. We desire to launch other churches throughout Central Florida that might result in a whole network of Converge churches that share our distinctives.