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12Stone Church breaks ground for new location

DULUTH -- 12Stone Church has multiple locations in the area, including Lawrenceville, Hamilton Mill, Sugarloaf and Flowery Branch.

On Friday at 3 p.m., the mega-church is breaking ground for its newest location at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard.

If you would like to attend the event, RSVP by Monday at maxwell.12stone.com.

The groundbreaking is located 2050 Sugarloaf Circle in Duluth.

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Hangdog 2 years, 7 months ago

Cross-Pointe and 12 Stone right next door to each other? That intersection at Satellite and Sugarloaf will be fun around noon on Sundays.

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LvilleGuy 2 years, 7 months ago

That's what churches do now. Don't reach the unbelievers but try and cannibalize other churches. Dollars, dollars and more dollars. Wish they'd sell that land and do something good....set up a camp for needy kids or something.

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Ashley 2 years, 7 months ago

How is building churches bad? Your post does not make any sense!

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FordGalaxy 2 years, 7 months ago

I wonder how much this new church is going to cost, and how many hungry they could feed and homeless they could shelter instead of building another sancutary? Among the biggest failings in our country are the churches. If the churches would actually live by the words of Christ and assist the poor, then it wouldn't be necessary for government to have such a huge role in welfare and entitlements. But many of the churches would rather build huge new campuses and have fancy interior designs. I truly think the church would be better off if we went back to the first-century ideal of holding church in someone's house or in a small building, and instead spent our money to the betterment of our fellow man.

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roaads1 2 years, 7 months ago

FordGalixy. 12Stone feeds more homeless, and helps more poor than anyone else in Gwinnett. That's in their mission statement. They do that with large numbers buying into Christ's concept of helping the poor and the down trodden. I don't expect anything other than negative back from you but if you notice all of their churches are plain, and less expensive to build. They are not fancy and Gothic looking. Metal and concrete. Nothing audacious at all. That's how they manage to help so many. So when wondering out loud try to at least see both sides. They started small, they do this without debt or almost without debt and they do the work Christ sent them to do.

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FordGalaxy 2 years, 7 months ago

roaads1 - I'll go on and state that I am completely uncomfortable with the idea of megachurches. I've always grown up in a small church where you know everyone and the pastor is connected to all the members. I knew two people who attended the same megachurch for 10 years, and they never met at church. My cousin was baptized at a mega-church, and the pastor had no idea why she was being baptized, but he baptized her anyway, without requiring a profession of faith or anything.

In a megachurch you almost require a "team" of pastors and you know people in your group, or people who attend the same service you attend. The intimacy is seeping out of church. In fact, church is becoming a social status symbol rather than a place for worship. If 12Stone is indeed staying humble then good for them. But all too often you see megachurches build new sanctuaries and they feel the need to fly in marble from Israel, or lumber from Lebanon, because somehow these auspices bring them closer to God.

And I'm glad to know you prejudged my responses, if not me, before I even responded to you. You might consider what I say negative. I consider mega-churches a negative influence to the intent of the Christian church as set forth by Christ and the disciples.

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justaguy 2 years, 7 months ago

It's always dangerous to characterize an entire group of churches based on just one facet. Heard it from many growing up that you couldn't trust this group or that group, just based on a difference in doctrine, or by whether or not they had steeples on their buildings. "Megachurches" are just another such group. But as with any church, it comes down to the individual congregations. To really be able to stand in judgment of a church, you need to do your homework. Go visit it, talk to people who attend there more than twice a year, and check out the ministries.

Having been a member of 12Stone for over 7 years, I have seen unfathomable growth. When we joined it was a mere 1500 or so members, no more than the biggest traditional churches of the region. But they had a vision, and it involved these satellite campus, rather than focusing on one location. In itself that help keeps us focused on mission - "one church, many locations". They have for a very long time been associated with the Wesleyan denomination, and are fully embraced and active within the denomination - it's for accountability. Heavy focus is placed on small group ministry, and I lead one such group. We focus on authentic relationships and accountability, as well as strengthening our relationships with God. Just as with any church, a person can go every Sunday and never engage in anything, and these groups are our way of countering that, and it works for us.

As for outreach and charity, there are several permanent relationships that the church has with local organization, for one the Lawrenceville co-op. And at a recent service the entire offering was given to a charity. The new campus at Sugarloaf is almost fully funded by a single donation. And while I agree that churches need to be involved in taking care of the needy, we are also even more responsible for proclaiming the Good News, and these new campuses are our way of bringing the church into the community. Rather than building a stadium somewhere in Buford or Lawrenceville, we meet in multiple locations, sharing a common bond but also developing individual relationships within the community. It's not for everyone, and we aren't trying to "steal" from Cross Pointe, or any other church. The church primarily reaches out to bring in the unchurched. Ultimately, the important part is again getting the Good News out, and we are just one of many places at which to hear it. Join us in the Great Commission, don't try to add up more un-needed divisions within the Church.

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LvilleGuy 2 years, 7 months ago

So does anyone know if that land was donated to them?

I've heard a few people get turned off by the billboards....getting commercial, but I guess that's a good was to get the name out.

They'll be right behind Chic-fil-a....maybe they can convince them to open that location on Sunday! ;-)

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justaguy 2 years, 7 months ago

The land was the biggest cost, but was paid for by the single donor. I know who it is but I am not sure they really want the publicity about it, but I can say it is the former owner of a prominent Gwinnett business.

The increased visibility for that campus has more to do with the Maxwell leadership center than the congregation there. It is part of the 12Stone's outreach mission, to train up a new generation of leaders for the Church. Not to lay any criticism, but many seminaries and Bible colleges do not have enough focus on leadership training. The Maxwell center is intended to be a supplemental training for these needed abilities to assist growing churches.

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