Let's do a Cannonball
The past few years have been AMAZING for Community Christian Church! God has poured out His blessings on our church and we believe God has placed in front of us some opportunities that could take us to places we have never been before in our ability to expand the mission of Jesus here in South Florida and beyond!
We’re calling this next season in front of us Cannonball. Why Cannonball? Because a Cannonball isn’t a fancy dive and literally EVERYONE can do one. And the more of us who will go “all in” and do a Cannonball with every area of our lives – our relationships, jobs, time, talent and treasures – the bigger waves we will make. These waves will spread out and ripple to the shore and, literally, change the landscape.
Jump in! Make Waves! Go all in and do a Cannonball for Jesus!!
New Building Fly-Through
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
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Dr. Perry Cook was the founding minister of Community Christian Church. In 1957, he saw the need for a non-denominational church in the southwest area of Ft. Lauderdale. They started with less than 25 members but they bought a building on 31st Avenue near Davie Blvd.
First Service and new Building
The first service in the new building was held on April 7, 1957. They had a lot of faith in a great big God and the church began to grow.
Under the leadership of David Chapman, who served as Senior Minister from 1975 to 1978, Community decided to buy land in an undeveloped area in Plantation Acres for future expansion. Their vision was for a church building that would seat 300 people. It was a big vision for a small group of people!
Move to Plantation
Stepping out in faith, the leadership of Community sold the original building in 1979 to give them the funds needed to start construction on the new building in Plantation. Although they continued meeting in the building for a time, due to construction delays the church met in rented space on the campus of Broward Community College from 1981 through early 1983. Despite the temporary space, Community continued to grow.
First service in Plantation
The first service in the new building in Plantation took place on May 1, 1983.
Community hires Pastor Scott
In January 1993, Community hired Scott Eynon, a Florida native and graduate of Florida Christian College, as our Senior Pastor. The church continued to grow in attendance by around 100 people each year during the 90’s.
Plans to expand in Plantation
In 1997 the leadership of Community made the decision to acquire land adjacent to our Plantation property in order to expand the building. Over a period of 18 months, the church acquired 12 additional acres of land and began the process of attempting to rezone it through the City of Plantation. Despite much effort by the leadership and members of the church, the rezoning request was denied in August 2000. We felt defeated, but we knew God had bigger plans. God’s “no” was really a “YES” to an even better future!!
Move to Tamarac
In 2004 we purchased 15 acres of land in Tamarac and began the design of our current campus.
In 2005 we held a groundbreaking service under a tent on the new property. Throughout 2006 and 2007 we held a number of special events on the land and in the building while under construction.
On December 16, 2007 we celebrated the grand opening of our new building in Tamarac! The church attendance grew rapidly, nearly doubling in attendance in 2008 compared with 2007.
Community continued to grow steadily and in 2016 and 2017 was named among the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine!
60th Anniversary Celebration
In December 2017 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of Community Christian Church and the 10th anniversary of our time in Tamarac! Our favorite statistic of all: during the first 10 years in our building in Tamarac, 2,089 people were baptized into Jesus Christ!!