Pastor Jason Burns

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer
“We tend by secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” – A.W. Tozer

  • If you have a flawed view of God, you will have a flawed life with God.

Matthew 3:16-17 // 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 17:5 // While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

  • Identity
  • Affection
  • Affirmation

“Everyone has 3 fundamental needs, according to science: to feel safe, to feel like we belong, and to feel like we matter.” – Inc. Magazine
6 Types of Fathers:

  • Absent
  • Abusive
  • Performance-based
  • Passive
  • Antagonist
  • Empowering

Psalm 68:4-6 //  Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Matthew 7:7-11 //  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

How does God see us?
1. I am loved.

1 John 3:1 // See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.” – Mother Teresa
2. I am free

Romans 8:14-15 // For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

3. I am a child of God

Romans 8:16-17 // The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Next Steps Class

Sunday, October 2 & 9 at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Next Steps Class will help you get connected at Access, discover your redemptive purpose, and live the life God created for you. During this two-session class, you will:

  • Learn the heart, vision, and values of Access Church
  • Discover the strengths of your purposeful design
  • Use your God-given gifts to make a difference

Sessions one and two can be taken in any order.

Known Conference 2022: Refresh

October 7 – 8

Our annual women’s conference is here! This event is for women to gather to worship, receive biblical teaching, and remember that we’re meant to be known.


Sunday, October 23

Baptism is a public celebration announcing your decision to follow Jesus Christ. As your church, we would love to CELEBRATE with you! Sign up so we can have everything prepared and ready for the big day.

Revival Night 

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 PM

Join us for a powerful evening of worship, praise, and teaching from Pastor Jimmy Rollins! Doors open at 6:00 PM. 

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We are better together.

We believe that real life-change happens in a community. We are not made to do life alone. That’s why we gather in Access Groups where we can get comfortable, share, invest, and grow.

To join an Access Group, browse the groups below, find the right group for you, and apply!

Hearing God's Voice - Lisa & Ian Ang

Thursdays - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

We will be hosting a small group to teach about how to hear God's voice. As a group we will learn practical ways to hear His voice, discerning and will be exercising on what we learn to discern God's promises in our lives. 
This is an adults only group and will be very interactive. 

Prayer - Wanda Wiggs

Wednesday - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Teach intercessory prayer on zoom or via conference call. 7pm
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Wednesday Evening Run - Bryan Soroka

Weekly - 6:00 PM

Runners club. Meet once or twice a week to run Lake Hollingsworth.

Grad School Support - Lisa Goff

Saturdays - 9:00 AM - 1:00pm

A time to check in and support each other on our Grad school journey.

Come when you can and stay as long as you’d like! 

Hockey Group! - Charlie & Tara Jessup


Come watch hockey with us! Group will vary every week based off of when Tampa Bay Lightning games are. Come eat snacks, make friends and cheer on the Bolts!

Outreach Group - Parker Street Ministries - Tara Jessup

Thursdays - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Come serve at Parker Street Ministries after school program! Participants will help with after school tutoring and spending time with the school age kids at Parker Street Ministries. Perfect for high school and college students that need community service hours, people that have free time during the day, or people that want to get connected more with the mission of Parker Street Ministries.

The Bible Project

Wednesdays - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you new to church or ready to learn more about building an up close and personal relationship with Jesus? Maybe you feel like there is something more or something you are missing? Do you enjoy learning and having open discussion? Are you ready to take your relationship with the Lord to the next level? Let's learn together with the Bible Project team!!

Sole Sisters Online Support Group - Clarissa Davis

Thursdays - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In prayer we often ask the lord to bless us "from the crowns of our head, to the soles of our feet" this is a way for women to come together and support and pray with each other through challenging times. Sister-2-Sister. One day a few years back I had to do a live TBN Christmas recording with my Pastor Tye Tribbett. At the end of the recording after long extended hours of re-takes, and singing, dancing, the boots I chose to wear were not made for this type of action. Walking to our cars I remember stumbling bare footed to my car with my "sister in Christ" and saying "The soles of my feet are crying out"! Every since the laughter of that memory has connected my sister and I through some rough times. I wanted to extend this support to others. 

What to expect: One Hour Zoom full of support, prayer, worship, testimonies, support and confidentiality, a safe place to connect.

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Family Play Date - Nikki Miller, Ansley Morris, Tiffany Weaver

Sundays - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for a Sunday afternoon play date. This group is focused for families with kids 2-7.

Evangelism - Tim Stevens

Tuesdays - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

’m looking to put together a team of 5-11 volunteers plus myself to go into a South Lakeland public elementary school and start a new Good News Club. Good News Club is a free, evangelistic after-school program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. It would be held for 90 minutes on the public school campus immediately when students are released. As the Assistant Director for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Florida’s Heartland, I’ve personally seen children on our public school campuses come to faith in Jesus through this ministry and then get plugged (along with their families) into a local church to grow in their relationship with God. We would spend the first few weeks training and helping everyone find their role in the club and then the last six weeks actually sharing the Gospel with kids in the local school.

Women's Book Study - Amy Purifoy & Joanna Sitta

Tuesdays - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Amy and Joanna for a Ladies Enneagram book study at Amy’s house in South Lakeland on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The book is “Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation” and is available on Amazon at this link:
This isn’t a beginner Enneagram group. You will want to come into this with some knowledge of your type, subtype and the Triads.
Here’s a description of the book:
The Enneagram opens a remarkable window into the truth about us, enabling us to see how image, wounds, lies, triggers, and default responses shape us every bit as much as our faith. But simply diagnosing our number doesn't do justice to who we are. Nor does it necessarily change us or our relationships.
Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage and reflect God's image. And relational repair then results as we apply Enneagram insights to the rhythms and grooves of our ordinary daily lives. For those who have learned about the Enneagram and wonder "What's next?"―this handbook is the answer.
Filled with exercises to engage, challenge, encourage, and sustain, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram will help us grow in greater awareness and lead us to spiritual and relational transformation.
Light snacks provided.
No childcare provided.

Grief Share - Kasey Wacaser

Tuesdays - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Losing a loved one is hard but you don't have to feel alone. This Christ-centered support group is for people who have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend through death. Each week there will be a video presentation on topics like comfort, answers, and hope along with a workbook that you will get to take home. The class is designed to help give you the tools you need to walk through your own unique grief journey and not be stuck. Participation is not required, you can simply come, listen, and just be surrounded by people that understand what you are going through.

Women's Book Study - Brigitte Garcia

Mondays - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

We will read and discuss The Power of a Praying Wife

Team AYA - Tyler & Sierra Hilgers


This is an Access group devoted to those who currently or are interested in serving on Team Access Young Adults!

Pickleball - Jason Clayton

Mondays - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

I would like to start a pickleball group that would meet on Monday nights from 5-6pm. Then 6-8 would be open play if you want to stay. I would need some help with the how to run the devotion.

Haines City - Guy & Nikki LeVeille

Tuesdays - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This group will be meeting all the way out in Haines City at our home. We are hearing that there are several people like us now making the journey to Lakeland from the Haines City/Lake Alfred area. But anyone interested in making the journey to our home is welcome for sure! NOTE:: We will be starting late in the semester (Tue, Oct 4th) because we will be gone most of September.
We will be taking a closer look at the previous Sundays message in church to help drive the message deeper into our hearts. We hope you will consider joining us and we look forward to meeting you!

Food & Fellowship - Lee Brooks

Sundays - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Food and Fellowship. Bring your own food or some to share and let's eat, swim in the pool, play some yard games, chat, and/or watch a football game while we get to know each other too. This group is in N Lakeland every other Sunday.

Bulletin Serve Team - Chuck Vincent

Thursdays - 9:00 AM

We will assemble bulletins for Sunday services. Fellowship in a relaxed environment while serving God through our church

Women's Health & Fitness - Jill Smith

Wednesdays - 9:00 AM

Many start the journey to better health with good intentions but end up falling short for a multitude of reasons, self reliance, busy schedules and lack of accountability being just a few. My hope is that this journey will be different as you walk alongside a group of sisters in Christ using prayer and the power of God to help you succeed. We will meet once a week to walk/exercise together and each group member will receive a daily checklist as well as connect in a group chat for support, prayers and accountability. I hope that you will join me in honoring the temples God gave us together so we can use them to better serve His Kingdom.

Sermon Discussion - Drs. Daniel & Amy McNaughton

Tuesdays - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Jesus said those who come to him, hear his words, and put them into practice will have a foundation that will last when the storms of life come (Luke 6:47). This group is designed to help one another do just that. We will discuss the main points of the weekend sermon and then talk about how we can apply the sermon to our lives. Everyone is welcome!

Older Singles (30+) - Lauren Vibbert

Wednesdays - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunset strolls.
Being single doesn’t mean we have to be alone. Lets find new friends, have meaningful conversations and help each other navigate security in our singleness!

Fellowship and Refreshments - Eric & Andrea Chatman

Mondays - 7:00 PM

We meet to do life together and refresh one another with food and connection. Bring a snack to share and a willingness to make new friends

Circle of Wives - Gabrielle Dobson

Tuesdays - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

No husband bashing here. Just wives helping wives become better help mates. Each week we will have a different topic to guide our discussions and share a meal. 

Facilitated by “Understanding Your Man in the Mirror" (Formerly: "What Husbands Wish Their Wives New About Men") by Patrick Morley, Author of “The Man in the Mirror”

Book is optional and available through these links.


Married Couples - Ryan & Michelle Taylor

Tuesdays - 6:00 PM

Married couples join us for a time of fellowship as we explore the book Between Two Trees. Between Two Trees will challenge you to embrace hope, love, and the beauty of reconciliation at the true tree of life: the cross of Calvary.

Women - Annie LeBryk

Tuesdays - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

We’ll be Going through “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer. 

Family & Friends Walking Group - Jaunyce Priester

Saturdays - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Lace up your walking shoes, leash up your four-legged friend, and grab the family for a good ole fashioned walk! Join us Saturday mornings at Lake Hollingsworth!

To assure parking, we will meet at First Presbyterian Church. 

Mother/Daughter ArT Group - Becky, Avery & Haysley Yohe

Mondays - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This semester, my girls and I will be hosting an ArT Group at Art Centric Studio!! Each week, we will set up various supplies on 4-5 tables and offer printed notes from Sundays' message. Our group will meet on Mondays from 7-8:00pm!
Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters all welcome 🙂 You'll want to prepare by getting a art journal with blank pages in it and then plan to bring it and work in it each week (We love Mixed Media or Watercolor books) If you forget, no worries! We will have paper available too.
My heart is to join together each week with our girls ages 8-14(ish) to connect and create.
Hope you can join us!

Date of the Week: Mondays
Time: 7-8:00pm
Location: Art Centric Studio 1035 S Florida Ave St 180
Ages: 8-14ish

*Stay connected* Our group has a facebook group that we'd love to have you join where we share pictures of what we create and I'll pin recommended books and resources for journaling, too!

Young Adult Gals - Ashlyn Herring & Emma Lytle

Saturdays - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us every Saturday morning from 10-11:30 to discuss a different podcast episode each week. As we dive deep into the topics, we will also cultivate fellowship and community!

Managing Finances Wisely - Gary & Laurie Reichard

Tuesdays - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This group runs six-weeks, each semester. Remaining weeks will be open for those group members who may want individual financial coaching.

Our group will focus on learning how to manage money wisely. We will cover topics such as what the Bible says about money, creating/following a budget, tithes and offerings, emergency funds, savings, retirement and best of all - learning to live generously! This information can indeed be a game-changer ….

From Evelyn (past group member): “I just wanted to let others know how wonderful your group was. Thank you so much, Gary and Laurie for taking time to help us learn how to be free of debt. You both were very informative and willing to help us in our financial journey. I learned a lot from your group, and really feel I can truly get out of debt so God can then use me in amazing ways.”

Young Adult Women - Cara Taylor, Christine Wright, Rhonda Flory, Heather Jones, Francie Foster

Sundays 5:30pm

A group for young adult women (ages 18-30) to come, share a home-cooked meal, fellowship together, and be poured into by women who have walked the path before you. Topics will include women of the Bible and what it means to be a woman of God. 

Access Youth Female Leaders - Desiree Board & Kayla Rivenbark

Saturdays - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

This group is for the female leaders of Access Youth!

Teacher Talks - Haley Smith

Sundays - 3:00 PM

Time for educators to gather together and build community. The focus and heart of the group stems from Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Together we will study the Bible, chat, and engage in problem solving sessions.
We will meet bi-weekly.

Bowling - Mitchell Smith

Sundays - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Make new friends and have a great time. No matter if you're a first time Bowler or if you can hang with the best, lets all get together from 2:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Fees Apply to Bowl)

Men's Breakfast and Book Study - Billy Burns

Tuesdays - 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

"The God I Never Knew" (Robert Morris) is one of the best books about knowing and working with the Holy Spirit. While reading and discussing this book is incredible and life-changing, having YOU with us will make this an AMAZING group! I can't think of a better way to start your Tuesday morning each week than to be with men wanting to walk side-by-side with the Holy Spirit. Great food (Chick-fil-A - 4625 Florida Ave S, Lakeland), men (including YOU), book, and time (fellowship and then off to work). 

I’m ready to take my next step!

We consider it an honor and a privilege to help you identify and take your next step here at Access Church. In fact, we believe there’s a next step for every follower of Jesus, no matter if you’re a new believer or if you’ve been doing this for years. Either way, we’re thrilled you’re here!

What is my next step?

If you find yourself unsure of what your next step is, that’s okay! We would love to get in touch with you to help you identify what that next step might be.

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