The Mayor of Clearwater
speaks about our youth.

The Next Generation Matters.

Our community matters. What we do with the opportunities placed in front of us matters. Countryside is about to fulfill a 27 year-old dream. Much like the faithfulness and generosity modeled by so many before us, we now have the chance to make history. And long after we finish the task in front of us, people, young and old, will be reminded that they matter—to God and us.

In 1986, the ground was about to be laid on our first permanent worship center. The question rose, what to do with the floor. If we slant it, people would have a better view. No. It had to be flat. This is for the youth one day. We see hundreds coming in and out on a weekly basis. We see not just a worship center but a community center—a rec center. A place for banquets and weddings and sports. Where a future school could have a home gymnasium. Where kids being born now in our church could graduate. Where kids can be tutored after school. Where adults could learn life skills. Where people would look back and say, being here was the best time of my life. “But isn’t that just wishful thinking?” No. It’s God’s plan for Countryside. And one day, we’re going to see it unfold right in front of us.

That day has come. 27 years in the making. We’ve built two buildings since then, and now we set out to finish the final piece with a state-of-the-art renovation of our youth center.

Join us as we continue our commission to love God and love others. Our greatest desire is for our community and world to know that they truly do matter.

Why Make Them Matter?

The average young person today doesn’t believe that anyone truly believes in them.

75% of Christian young people graduate high school and leave the church.

Less than 1% of young people 18-23 have a biblical worldview.

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This has to change.
Our future depends on it.

As a church we believe in investing in the next generation. It’s been a priority to us since our beginning. Renovating our facility into our new youth and community center will expand our opportunity to make a lasting impact in our area. We want to be a place where everyone belongs and is valued. A place where genuine community exists. A place where people of all ages can do life together. As you read what follows, we hope it excites you to see what we are currently doing as well as the great potential to do even more when this project is complete.

Ministry Matters

People, young and old, will be reminded that they matter—to God and us.

Youth Group

Wednesday nights see hundreds of middle and high school students walk through our doors. Over half of them come from families whose parents do not attend church. Our heart is to reach the entire family through the student. Our greatest win is when a parent begins attending our church because they have seen such life change in their teen. The night consists of passionate worship, strong biblical teaching, and the opportunity to connect with others.

Breakout Sessions

Our vision moving forward is to get smaller as we get bigger. Here’s what we mean: With hundreds that attend, it’s too easy for students to fall through the cracks. Our renovated facility is designed with the ability to divide into smaller discipleship groups. We want everyone to be known and to feel a part. This also will be used for adult groups on our off days/nights.


The goal is discipleship—developing teens into godly leaders for a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Discipleship is hard work. It takes consistency and perseverance. Our youth pastors and volunteer leaders do such a great job modeling this for our teens.

Education Matters

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders.


Our campus is home to Christian education—preschool up to virtual high school. Countryside Christian Academy carefully selects a variety of Christian based curriculum to enhance the learning process. By using innovative teaching methods and an assortment of activities we strive to engage students in the development of their God given potential. Currently there are over 350 students on our campus everyday.
Many of our students come from families who do not attend church. We see this as a great opportunity to reach the whole family with the love of Jesus.

New Gymnasium

The idea from the beginning of our church was to have a gymnasium. This was even before we knew that we would have an academy. How perfect it is that our academy will be able to have a home gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and P.E. class! This will make our school even more attractive to potential students.

Community Matters

Our greatest desire is for our community and world to know that they truly do matter.

Our church is for our community

If our community doesn’t know why we’re here then we’re missing the mark. With our new facility, we see a place where people who are unchurched can come and feel comfortable.

After School

We see a place where teens can come after school, get tutored, accumulate hours for scholarship applications, and take classes such as karate and music, all in a Christian environment.


In addition to our youth group and bible studies, we are excited about the potential to host sports leagues, life-skills classes for adults, and even family fun nights to provide an alternative for whole families to enjoy.

Weddings, banquets, receptions. You name it!

With a brand new auditorium and breakout rooms, we will be able to host a variety of large events that we currently do not have room for. Our facility is designed to be as multi-purpose as possible, accommodating large banquets and receptions, as well as meeting spaces for company seminars.


This is what we’re thinking.



We have an urgent need for three new 15-passenger vans. We are excited to do this first in the project. This will help transport even more people/students to and from church and offsite.


We will invest in newer, more efficient technology for our entire campus. Improvements will include updating our cameras for broadcast as well as installing new lighting and sound. This will serve to enhance the all-around experience for every person that comes through our doors.

Youth Center Lobby/Entrance/Drop Off

We will move our current entrance and lobby to the east side of the building. This will allow for a safer drop off/pick up area for parents, as well as a larger area to enter and exit the building.


With new flooring, staging, and equipment, our new auditorium will be state-of-the-art, providing an awesome worship experience for our elementary, middle and high school, and college students.



Our academy will have their very own gymnasium for home games, practices and PE. It will also serve as a place for school assemblies, chapels, and before and aftercare.

  • Breakout areas for groups to connect.
  • Expanded restrooms.
  • Relocated offices to make room for expansion.
  • Youth Café to grab a quick drink or snack before or after youth group, or even while you’re waiting to pick up your teen or child.
  • New main office reception area to connect with our new entrance.

Financial Reserves

Money from this project will be set aside to add further stability to our long term goals. We plan to refinance our current worship center at a lower interest rate and a longer term, and provide for future capital expenditures and repairs.


To accomplish our plans, our goal is to raise a total of 3 million dollars.

We believe that if everyone gets involved, from the youngest
to the oldest, we can do that and more!


Project Introduction

Isabelle’s Story

Alex’s Story

Riley’s Story

Kids Matter

Our Leaders

Encouragement from Pastors

Encouragement from Pastors

Books By Destin

Zach’s Story

Zach’s Story

The Spoto’s Story

The Spoto’s Story

Stories from Camp Known 2014

Stories from Camp Known 2014

Summer Recap

Mayor of Clearwater Speaks about our Youth

Mayor of Clearwater Speaks about our Youth

Dylan’s Story

Dylan’s Story

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer’s Story


Help us reach our goal.

Dear Business Leader,
We can’t thank you enough for what you do to add value to our community. By providing a product, service, and employment, you truly make our community a better place to live.

As a church, we also desire to help make our community better. For years we have committed ourselves to investing in our youth and children, striving to help them succeed in whatever the future holds for them. The Make Them Matter Project is the next step in that process.

The average young person today doesn’t believe that anyone truly believes in them. We want them to know that we do. Right now we are raising funds to renovate a state-of-the-art Youth and Community Center. It will provide a safe environment for young people to come, while offering many activities and programs of value. Through sports, tutoring, life skills, mentoring and community events, each person that comes through our doors will know that they truly do matter.

Would you consider partnering with us to help reach our goal? Inside this packet you will find more information and how you can be a part of this exciting project.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Roxanne Kennedy at 727-799-1618 ext. 1808 or Together we truly can make our community an even better place to live.