Baptist21 is excited to highlight a new church plant in the Tampa, Florida downtown area. The name of the church is Covenant Life Church. The planters are Justin Perry and Drew Tucker. Check out their website to learn more about them and their plant.
Here is why they chose Tampa:
As we set out on the journey of answering the question, “Where should we plant?” we prayed that God would unite our hearts as to the type of city that we would give our lives to for the sake of the gospel. God answered that prayer by uniting our hearts around four characteristics of a perspective city.
Pioneering A Church Planting Movement
While we understand the inherent need in our country’s largest cities for gospel-centered church planting efforts, we recognize that many of these cities already have existing church planting networks. We see an opportunity to, by God’s grace, be on the front end of a church planting movement in and around downtown Tampa for the glory of God.
It is our desire to plant a gospel-centered local church in urban Tampa because currently, we cannot identify a like-minded local church that exists in or close to downtown. We also have the unique opportunity of training future church planters through our partnership with the North Wake Church Planting Residency Program.
In Close Proximity to Universities
It is our desire to plant a gospel-centered local church in a city where college students dwell. We recognize that tomorrow’s fathers, mothers, teachers, coaches, business professionals, world leaders, pastors, doctors, and lawyers attend the universities today. We are confident that, if we can impact university students with the gospel and a healthy understanding of the local church, by God’s grace we will see gospel-renewal begin in Tampa, spreading across our country and our world. The University of Tampa, located in the heart of downtown, is a private institution of over 6,000 students and is considered one of the nation’s top business schools by The Princeton Review. The University of South Florida, located in north Tampa, is the nation’s 9th largest university with over 42,000 students.
Currently, there are over 400,000 residents in the city of Tampa and over 2.5 million in the Tampa Bay metro area. Tampa’s population is estimated to increase 13% over the next few years, while Tampa/St. Pete is one of America’s fasted growing metro areas. While the larger cities tend to garner more attention in the area of church planting, we recognize that the fastest growing cities in this country have potential to be tomorrow’s cities of influence. Downtown Tampa is experiencing growth as the city is building and renovating space for residential living – an initiative aimed at bringing people back into the city. Therefore, we, carried along by the Holy Spirit, have a profound opportunity to bring the gospel to the Tampa Bay area on the cusp of rapid population growth.
Tampa is a city that is rich with diversity. Tampa is the homes of a growing and thriving arts community, several professional sports teams, several universities, and Ybor City, also known as the Latin Quarter. Not only is this diversity seen culturally, it is also evident in the ethnic makeup of the city. We believe that the Tampa area inhales the world and has the potential to exhale the gospel.
Part one of the Interview with Justin Perry and Drew Tucker:
- Begin to identify and pray for another elder (lay or staff) with whom you share the same convictions about the nature of the local church. Also be in prayer for a core group of whom a like-minded philosophy of ministry is shared (so that time is not spent deconstructing various philosophies in order to build up the one for the plant).
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