Referring to his congregation's new home as a "blessing from God," Lead Pastor James Griffin was delighted to celebrate Crosspoint City Church's grand opening Aug. 19.
"Opening the building for the first time was somewhat of a surreal experience," he said. "The renovation process took 16 months — much longer than first anticipated, so at times we wondered if we’d ever get in. Opening the doors on that first Sunday and seeing the building packed with so many people was incredible. We had been out of space in our previous facility for so long that we knew we couldn’t keep growing and reaching people.
"To see such tremendous growth overnight was a great reminder to our entire church of why the move was so necessary. Lastly, I would say it was an emotional day. Our people — myself included — were so excited and overwhelmed by just how kind and good God has been to us. At the end of the day, it’s just a building, but at the same time we see it as a blessing from God that will now allow us to do more ministry and reach more people with the good news of Jesus."
Established in 2006, Crosspoint City Church currently features about 2,500 members.
Previously situated at 245 S. Tennessee St., the Cartersville church has expanded in scope at its new location — 325 Old Mill Road. The site's buildings previously housed Excel Christian Academy, which is operating its first school year at 54 7th St. in Emerson.
"This process started for us back in 2015," Griffin said. "Our team of elders knew that we needed to relocate due to space issues at our previous facility, but every option we explored either didn’t work or was too expensive. In the midst of our searching, Excel approached us and made an offer for us to buy their property. Through a lot of prayer and conversations, it became clear over time that this was the door God was opening for our church.
"In 2015, we did a financial campaign to start raising money to relocate. Our people are so incredible that they started giving without even knowing where we were going. We weren’t sure that we were going to buy the Excel property until about six months into our campaign. We finally closed on the property in January 2017 and renovations got underway in March of 2017. We paid $2 million … for the portion of the property we currently own and budgeted $1.8 million for renovations. We hit some snags along the way, which delayed the project, but finally completed it in July of this year."
Presently operating in the front building facing Old Mill Road, the church has increased its space from about 14,000 square feet to approximately 30,000 square feet, resulting in the kid's ministry area more than doubling and the worship auditorium expanding in capacity from 300 to about 850 seats. Overall, Crosspoint City Church's new home spans around 80,000 square feet.
"First, I’ll say that the location itself has already benefited our church," Griffin said. "Being on Old Mill Road across from the primary and elementary schools has been a game changer. We now have a level of exposure that we didn’t have on Tennessee Street. We’re meeting people every week who didn’t even know we existed in Cartersville before now. In addition, our kid’s ministry space now speaks of the value we place on investing in kids, students and families. We have space in the building for people to congregate and hang out, which we didn’t have before.
"The space in [the] worship auditorium has given us room to reach more people again, and the quality of our new technology has added so much to our worship gatherings. Most importantly, we now have space to serve our community in ways we couldn’t before. That was our prayer throughout ... this whole process. We asked God to give us a space that we could gift back to the community in impactful ways, and he has definitely answered that prayer."
Along with conducting three morning worship gatherings Aug. 19, Crosspoint City Church's grand opening festivities also featured a ribbon cutting and nightly celebration, where 16 individuals were baptized.
"We are excited to see what God has in store for Crosspoint as we move forward," Crosspoint City Church Elder Bruce Mitchell said. "God has really blessed the three short weeks that we have been operating in the new facility.
"We have seen our attendance grow from 1,600 the first week to over 2,000 at the grand opening. Our main goal is to stay centered on our mission. The new facility is just sticks and bricks. The real church is made up of those who come together each week to worship, fellowship and reach others outside the walls of our building."