Our family has exciting news that we want to share with you…this Summer we will be moving to Denton to join the staff of Christ Community Church as a Church Plant Resident. The residency won’t officially start until September but we want to get our family settled and begin building relationships. The goal of this position is to plant a new church with the mission of reaching the southern part of the city. The southern portion of Denton is where the city has grown tremendously.
Like all cities there are existing churches in Denton, even great churches that we love dearly. We initially were not convinced of a need for a new church in Denton. We have spent over a year studying the data, praying, and discussing the endeavor with other leaders and pastors. In the end we have learned that the Denton portion of the 76210 area code (over 20,000 people) needs a conservative evangelical church to focus solely on them. We realized that even though people in 76210 can drive 20 minutes to one of four mega churches, there is a glaring need to build community in south Denton.
Recently I met with a pastor whose ministry it is to strategize on how to serve Denton County. My friend said that there is a need for two churches in south Denton! Then he said that the profile of who should start a church there is a guy in his mid 30′s who is able to relate to professionals. We became convinced of the need then convinced that our family has the right experience to meet that need.
Finally, over the past weeks we have simply developed a heart for the community. Even though Kristen and I grew up in Denton, God began to give us a genuine burden for Denton and desire to love our hometown. God has begun to give us a vision to share the beautiful gospel of grace, serve those in need, and build community in our hometown.
This Sunday will be our last at Christ Community Houston and we plan to move to Denton in mid July. We plan to start the Denton residency in September. Please be in prayer for our family as we transition. Please also pray for this new work.