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Revitalized Church Intentional in Focusing on Unreached

Tennessee church, near extinction after recent foreclosure, is healthy again. Focusing on fathers is a key to revival.

An Assemblies of God church in Tennessee is experiencing rapid growth after it nearly faced foreclosure less than five years ago.

Drawing more than 1,000 congregants, LifePoint Church in Clarksville offers five services on Sundays, including two at a different venue featuring a live video feed of lead pastor Mike Burnette’s sermon.

Burnette began his ministry at LifePoint on Father’s Day in 2010, and that first Sunday had 85 attendees, including children. The church started in 2005 as Cornerstone Worship Center, and the congregation moved into a $2.4 million building four years later.

Burnette, 34, says the church was five months from foreclosure when he came on board.

“When I got here the church was just eager to survive and get healthy again,” Burnette says. In 2011, the church was renamed LifePoint.

In another move to revive the church, Burnette says LifePoint began focusing on the unchurched, as well as men, especially fathers.

“We wanted to be a biblical church and focus on who’s missing in church,” Burnette says. “We wanted to reach the unchurched with the uncompromising gospel.”

Tennessee District AG Superintendent Terry Bailey says LifePoint is intentional in its focus of helping people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Eric Tiansay

Eric Tiansay has been a full-time journalist since 1993, writing articles for Christian media since 2000. He lives in central Florida, where he is an active member of an Assemblies of God church.