Do You Want to See God Flex?

Do You Want to See God Flex?

Mike Hanafee planted Restore Detroit, a diverse, missional church, in Detroit.

Mike Hanafee planted Restore Detroit, a diverse, missional church, in Detroit.

Most Christians at one point or another have felt a great desire for God to use them; a longing to see God flex in mighty ways. As well, most of us have a sense of what is broken around us: in our city, in our friends and neighbors, in our schools and on our campuses; and we want to see the glory and grace of Jesus come to bear on these broken places. The saturation of churches on mission, a people who love Jesus and love Fort Worth, is the answer for the Gospel renewal of a city.

Simply, planting a church, or being part of a church planting team, puts you on the front lines to see Jesus flex.

 

The truth is we must plant churches in Fort Worth! Conservative estimates have Fort Worth growing to one million people in ten years (2025). Fort Worth is the second fastest growing big city (cities over 500,000) in the US. It’s growing rapidly—but we also need to notice how it’s growing. Fort Worth is changing. People are moving in from different parts of the country and from different cultural backgrounds, bringing with them new ideas, little church experience, more pluralistic worldviews, increasingly diverse races and religious views—God is bringing all sorts of people here.

Cristiano planted Community Baptist Church in Macae, Brazil. Their mission is being a community of disciples of Jesus Christ in mission to the world, signaling the Kingdom of God through the proclamation of the Gospel and communion with God and with people.

Cristiano planted Community Baptist Church in Macae, Brazil. Their mission is being a community of disciples of Jesus Christ in mission to the world, signaling the Kingdom of God through the proclamation of the Gospel and communion with God and with people.

We need a saturation of the Gospel in both word and deed, in contextualized form, from a host of missionaries, as a family that treasures Jesus together, equipped and sent out throughout the city. Only the continual planting of new churches will offset the population growth of Fort Worth. From 1860 to 1906, U.S. Protestant churches planted one new church for every increase of 350 in the population, bringing the ratio by the start of World War I to just one church for every 430 persons. At that rate we would need to plant over 400 churches in the next ten years! 1200 people per day move to Texas!

“THE VIGOROUS, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city.” —Tim Keller

Simply, planting a church, or being part of a church planting team, puts you on the front lines to see Jesus flex.

The time is now!

It is essential that we strategically and continuously plant new churches in every area of Fort Worth. Ten churches in ten years is a huge goal. We have to pray. This will only happen if the Spirit of God empowers the people of God, to carry out the mission of God for the glory of God in Fort Worth. There is a lot to do. Men have to be trained, teams equipped, finances raised, neighborhoods evangelized, leaders developed—there is a lot to do.

Let’s plant Fort Worth.

Join us for a church planting interest meeting on September 18th. Whether you want to plant a church or be a part of a church planting team, come find out more about our vision for church planting.

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