susanrogersAfter Susan Rogers graduated from seminary, she got a pleasant surprise when she set out as a new church planter near downtown Jacksonville, Fla. “So often we assume that people have their guards up, and I think somewhat they do,” said Rogers, “but I do think people really are interested in talking about spirituality.”

As planning began for The Well At Springfield, she held two focus groups with people from the neighborhood to learn about their worship preferences, their experiences with church and how they envisioned a new church taking shape in their neighborhood.

Since those meetings in the summer of 2010, The Well has become a congregation of approximately 30 people who worship together one Sunday per month in a rented community space. The other three Sundays, they gather for a potluck supper and Scripture exploration. As a strategic church planter with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida, Rogers continues the work of rooting this new church into the community while also settling into her role as pastor.