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Looking to our future, we know we can and must change to continue to minister as God has asked. There is an openness toward change in the congregation which encourages the Pastor search team in seeking a Pastor who has a vision for partnering with us to pursue God’s will in future ministry at Parkview. With that in mind, the Pastor search team has compiled this information to share about our church and our community to those considering a call from God to Parkview.
Our vision is to be an effective mission minded, evangelistic lighthouse to our community in the unique location God has given us.
To accomplish this we know our church must grow younger and much more multi-ethnic, welcoming everyone and reflecting the face of our community, our city, our county and the larger South Florida region.
We believe this vision requires a dynamic Holy Spirit led and filled ministry of Gospel preaching; a broad diversity of musical styles and voices drawing from old and new; intentional engagement with the culture around us; a phased renovation and reconstruction plan for our facilities and site; and the consideration and openness to partner or join at our location with a younger spiritually healthy congregation also seeking reach our community for Christ.
Parkview is ideally located in the central business district of Fort Pierce, a Florida East Coast city on the Treasure Coast. The city has a population of 43,000 people and is located in St. Lucie County (pop. 286,000) 60 miles north of West Palm Beach. Incorporated in 1901, Fort Pierce serves as the seat of government for the county, which also is home to the larger city of Port St. Lucie (pop. 171,000) immediately south of Fort Pierce. Significant numbers of people in the region are not churched.
St. Lucie County Overview
The County has numerous parks, beaches and preserve-areas. In addition, Fort Pierce features a deep-water inlet and port. Driven by significant population growth in Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County continues to have a predicted growth rate of near double the national average. Already reflecting future population trends nationally, St. Lucie County is a uniquely diverse community, with the white population projected to become a plurality within the next few years as growth from South Florida continues to transform the area.
Fort Pierce Overview
As the historic industrial, economic and population hub for the Treasure Coast region, large portions of the city face urban decline, poverty, deep spiritual and addiction issues that are common to much larger older urban areas than the city’s smaller size would indicate. North Fort Pierce and the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Parkview have zero to negative growth rates due to economic and demographic shifts that have significantly changed the area over the last 30 years.
Ethnically, the city of Fort Pierce is nearly equally divided into thirds: Hispanic, African American/Islander and Caucasian residents. There are many churches of varied denominations serving various ethnic groups and languages in the city including Haitian, Korean, Hispanic, white and a handful of multi-ethnic churches.
Over the last 20 years the Historic Downtown district has experienced significant redevelopment and urban renewal efforts including: expansion of a private K-12 school affiliated with St. Andrews Episcopal Church, re-opening the Sunrise Theatre, a 1,200 seat historic performing arts theater, new upscale condominium units, the county court house, city hall, a municipal marina and public facilities and spaces which attract locals and tourists alike on a regular basis.
There are pockets of redevelopment south of the historic downtown where gentrification has begun to stabilize some neighborhoods like Hibiscus Park, Oakland Park, and Sample Oaks. The beach, rural agricultural areas, waterfront communities, outlaying unincorporated suburbs like Lakewood Park, Indian River Estates and the city of Port St. Lucie, including St. Lucie West and Tradition, are home to middle and some upper income families.
Parkview has a long history ministering in our community. Started in 1925, it has continuously operated in the same location for 90 years. Descriptively, Parkview faces Pinewood Park, a large municipal park on U.S. 1 immediately south of the city’s downtown district. The church site consists of about 2 acres of land facing the park between U.S. 1 and Sunrise Boulevard.
The church facilities consist of several stand-alone buildings connected with exterior covered corridors and features approximately 27,000 sf. of education, office and worship space. The buildings are concrete block, built between 1950 and 1970 during Parkview’s greatest time of numerical growth.
In our 90 years we have been involved in many ministries, have grown and declined in membership (now 105), have remained faithful to share the Good News of the Gospel with all, supporting missions locally, regionally, nationally and globally through Southern Baptist and other Biblically sound mission efforts with a continued desire to reach out into the community.
Parkview Core Values
Jesus first in everything we do. (Colossians 1:17-18)
A commitment to sound Biblical teaching in the pulpit and in small groups geared to adults, youth and children of all ages. (Ephesians 4:12)
A long-standing calling to evangelism and community outreach. (Mark 16:15)
A commitment to Biblically based mission work at all levels. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Partnering with other churches in the most effective way to share the Gospel with our community. This would include the possibility of sharing our facilities or some type of joining with another church(es) of like faith. (Ephesians 4:16)
Being engaged with our community at events both inside and outside of the church walls.
Being a loving, caring church with a family feel. (Ephesians 6:7)
Ministerial outreach to those in need in our community. (Matthew 25:37-40)
Attracting families, becoming a more multi-ethnic, younger church open to all people seeking fellowship and a relationship with Jesus. (Isaiah 56:7)
Have the best equipped church facilities in an urban/downtown setting available for worship, discipleship and Gospel ministry in our region. (Haggai 1:7-9)
Worship with music that is Christ-centered and honoring, which reflects various styles ranging from traditional, contemporary, new and old. (Psalm 150)
A Pastor, ministers, staff, deacons, leadership and laity fully submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit in a congregational form of governance that provides a place for all members to find their calling to minister and not just be served. (Galatians 5:13)
Treasure Coast Baptist Association
Missionary Flights International
Mustard Seed Ministries
Treasure Coast Food Bank
Treasure Coast Hospice
St. Lucie County
Port St. Lucie
St. Lucie County Sherriff
Fort Pierce Police
Port St. Lucie Police
Indian River State College
St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
Liberty Baptist Academy
St. James Christian Academy
John Carroll Catholic High School
St. Anastasia Catholic School
Visit St. Lucie
Main Street Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce Authentic Tours
St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce
St. Lucie County Economic Development