BEFORE ALL THINGS
A Letter from Pastor Joby Martin
As we begin the second year of our two-year Before All Things discipleship journey, it’s time to celebrate what God has done and remain focused on the vision of where we are going. We will once again go before the Lord and ask, ‘Is He truly before all things in my life?’
Before All Things is a holistic discipleship journey; the preeminence of Christ must affect every area of our lives. Over the next three months we will study the book of Colossians and look at putting Him Before All Things…in His church, in our hearts, in our day to day lives, and in our mission.
This site provides a basic outline of the four big initiatives of Before All Things. Our booklet serves as a study guide for the first four weeks of Colossians, during which we will put Him Before All Things in His Church. As we move forward, I want to remind you of two very important things:
• This initiative is first and foremost about Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. He went first. He gave His best. We respond by putting Him before all things in our lives.
• Our number one goal is 100% participation. We want every single person who calls The Church of Eleven22 home to go before the Lord and ask, ‘Is He truly before all things in my life?’
As we move through this study of the book of Colossians, I hope each of you will find the role God has for you in this movement. Regarding the Before All Things initiative, we believe you will fit into one of three categories:
1. NEW: You are new to Eleven22. Welcome to the family! Get on board with what God is calling our church to and make a 12-month commitment.
2. PERSEVERE: You made a commitment in 2015 and you have experienced hard times. My word to you is: persevere. Catch up, keep up, and finish the race strong.
3. GROW: You made a commitment in 2015 and over the last year you grew in your faith or finances…either way you need to pray like crazy to determine if God is calling you to increase your commitment.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
Pastor Joby Martin
THE HISTORY OF
In 2008, under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Sweat, Beach Church started a weekly worship gathering to reach ages 18-35, the ‘lost’ generation – the un-churched, the de-churched. Pastor Jerry asked Pastor Joby Martin to lead this new service held Sundays at 11:22am.
Our first Easter in 2009, showed signs of being more than just a weekly worship service. Over 1,500 people poured in to celebrate the resurrection. We began to be affectionately referred to as Eleven22.
By early 2011, a distinct Eleven22 culture and vibe were firmly established. As God continued to expand the impact of Eleven22, He also began to clarify the vision. Pastor Jerry Sweat challenged Pastor Joby Martin that it was time for him to become the Lead Pastor of a church, and he wanted to help him launch a church. With that, the movement known as The Church of Eleven22 was born to be a place for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Beach Church and Eleven22 kicked off a joint capital campaign called Upon This Rock, the fruit of which built out The Church of Eleven22 facility at Beach and San Pablo in Jacksonville, Florida.
September 23, 2012
The Church of Eleven22 held its first worship gathering in its new facility and over 3,000 people attended the first weekend.
Spring of 2013
In the Spring of 2013, families were being turned away due to lack of space for children. We announced our first expansion - The Restore Project. Rooted in Acts 15, the call was to restore the final 20,000 square feet of the building at Beach and San Pablo so more children and adults could come and discover a relationship with Jesus Christ.
In June 2013, more than 200 people were baptized in the ocean at our first Beach Baptism, while hundreds of friends and family watched from the beach.
January 2014 brought 1,000 new people to experience the Gospel. Our newly 'restored' space opened, including the Sanctuary where 500 people can worship.
By December 2014, almost 5,000 people were worshiping at Eleven22 each weekend. Since opening day in 2012, there were 1,045 people who surrendered their lives to Jesus and 465 people were baptized.
In August 2015 as part of a community transformation effort, Hope’s Closet opened – a thrift store designed to bring dignity to those it serves, and to offer the hope of Jesus to all who enter.
In September 2015, just three short years after launching, we celebrated salvation number 3,000. That's 3,000 lives eternally changed!
October 2015, we launched our biggest initiative to date – the Before All Things generosity initiative – a two-year discipleship journey where we learn and live out the reality that Jesus is Before All Things.
January 10, 2016
January 10, 2016, we launched our second campus, The Church of Eleven22 at Baymeadows, in an old sports bar with more than 1,600 people in attendance.
June 2016, we celebrated 309 people surrendering their lives to Jesus at Beach Baptism.
January 8, 2017
On January 8, 2017, The Church of Eleven22 launches our Mandarin campus, walking out the Before All Things vision of planting the Gospel in local communities.