ConnectPoint Apostolic Church began its journey as a daughter work of the First United Pentecostal Church of Jacksonville (First UPC Jax). As such, we were an extension of worship services under the legal, financial and spiritual oversight of the mother church. Although we were a daughter work, we were treated as our own entity, and ConnectPoint Pastor Michael E. Guerra oversees all operations of the local church.
At that time, we operated under the articles of incorporation and bylaws of First UPC Jax. At this time, however, ConnectPoint has fulfilled the necessary steps to become an autonomous church.Now that we have become solidly established, we are an independent sister church.
Understanding the importance of spiritual authority, Pastor Guerra continues to look to the leaders of First UPC Jax for guidance. First UPC Jax is led by Pastor John F. Hopkins, III and Senior Pastor Lester J. Green. Pastor Guerra served under their combined leadership for the past decade, and leans heavily on their wisdom. You’ll get familiar with their faces, and we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!
1. Unity with other people who believe the same thing we do, inside and outside of our own community and even across the globe. This gives us a network of partners in the Great Commission through prayer, giving, and serving.
2. It gives you peace of mind that the Pastor and ministry team of ConnectPoint are accountable to someone. Submission to Spiritual authority is both Biblical and stabilizing to a local church.
3. We also benefit from the diversity of gifts and ministries in the UPCI, which strengthens our faith and ability to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. You’ll find that throughout the year we’ll have an opportunity to participate in conferences, youth events, children’s services, special offerings, and many other things that strengthen us as a body of believers.
We are Apostolic in doctrine and Pentecostal in experience. So what do these terms mean?
“Apostolic” means “Of the apostles.” Simply stated, we believe and preach the same things the apostles in the early church did. While some churches are founded upon tradition, we seek to be grounded solely in the Word of God.
“Pentecostal” typically refers to the Day of Pentecost. As you can see in Acts 2, on this day, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples of Jesus. It was made freely available to all who would seek it. When His Spirit moves upon us, we are overwhelmed with His presence and respond with expressive worship.