I am posting from a heart mixed with joy, fear, excitement, and hopeful anticipation about our next season of ministry. In February 2014, we will, by God’s grace, begin the process of planting a church in Denton, Texas. Our desire has been received with enthusiasm by other like-minded, local churches in the area who share our hope that God, in his mercy, would create more and more healthy congregations led by godly men that preach a great gospel while praying for and partnering with other local churches to plant new congregations and rescue dying ones to the glory of God!
Whew! That’s was a mouthful! I can’t even get through the first paragraph without wanting to preach! Below is a brief explanation of how we arrived at our decision. I hope that any questions you have might be answered. More than that, I pray that this news stokes your love for the glory of God manifested through the power of the gospel in his people!
WHY PLANT A CHURCH?
Church-planting is in the very DNA of our Lord’s commission to his disciples and, through the preaching of the gospel, is the primary means by which God is graciously saving sinners and creating a people for Himself, until He returns.
If you’d like a more detailed explanation of these foundational ideas, we encourage you to watch or listen to “The Great Commission and Church Planting” by Dr. Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol HIll Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
WHY PLANT A CHURCH IN DENTON?
1. Anticipated Population Growth. Between 2010 and 2012, Denton was the 9th fastest-growing city in Texas with a population increase of 6.83%. In fact, four of the top 10 cities are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including #5 Frisco (9.56%) and #7 McKinney (9.23%). The entire northern part of the Metroplex has seen explosive growth, and prognosticators anticipate the same to be true for Denton in the coming years (see chart below). In fact, the 2012 census showed Denton with a total population of 121,123 — putting the pace of growth ahead of the 2015 projections! In the next fifteen years, we are looking at the city of Denton doubling in population, with much of the growth coming to the NW part of town: north of Loop 288 and west of I-35 along US380. That’s where we want to be!
|Population Projections 2015-2030|
2. Growing Universities.With more than 50,000 students in the city between the University of North Texas and the Texas Women’s University, local churches in Denton have a unique opportunity to impact not only the Denton area….not only our nation….but the world for the gospel! Many students will leave Denton — and Texas — and take jobs all over the country and beyond. Churches laboring to make disciples on Denton campuses do so with a global vision for the gospel and aim to equip college-aged Christians to be faithful followers of Christ wherever they may end up, be it Denton, Dekalb, or Denmark.
3. Under-Gospeled Region. Grant Retief, writing from South Africa, wrote a wise and timely post at the 9Marks website exclaiming that, “a churched nation is not the same as a gospeled nation.” We believe the exact same statement can be made about the “Bible Belt” south. When comparing the exploding population growth and increased secularization with overall attendance at “religious” congregations, one discovers a growing gap between total population and overall religious commitment. One recent study calculated that only 40% of Denton County residents attended a religious gathering of any kind (not just “Christian”). When those numbers get cross examined with the 2010 data from The Association of Religion Data Archives, one discovers that only 15-18% of Denton County residents have attended a (broadly) evangelical gathering in the past six months. That’s only 1 in 6 residents! A detailed analysis of this data is beyond the scope of this post. Nevertheless, the numbers suggest that the “Bible Belt” is that in name only, especially in larger metropolitan cities. As the North Texas population continues to grow at 6-10% clips per year, the need for more gospel-preaching churches to emerge is undeniable.
4. Local Church Partnerships. A growing number of local churches in Denton are deliberately seeking to partner together in the gospel with the hopes of planting more new churches and recovering dead and/or dying churches. Additionally, there are future opportunities to make theological resources and equipping available to local church leaders and pastors who otherwise may not have the time or resources to attend Bible Colleges or Seminaries. We want to see more and more and more healthy churches being lead by godly pastors preaching a robust gospel to the glory of God and the good of North Texas.
THREE WAYS YOU CAN PARTNER WITH US.
1. Pray. Please ask God to bless our efforts and those of other evangelical churches in the area. Pray for unity in the gospel among the various, diverse congregations in Denton. Pray that God would strengthen us in the face of temptations so that nothing might disqualify our leadership or defame the reputation of our great Lord and Savior. Finally, pray that many would be saved through the preaching of the gospel!
2.Provide. Please consider contributing financially to help us do more and more gospel work in our city! We are registered as a non-profit organization with the great state of Texas, so if you’d like to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation, simply visit our online giving application: North Point Church Giving
3. Plant. Pray about joining us! If you would like more information about what we are doing, when we are doing it, and how you can join, RSVP at the address above or attend our first information meeting on Saturday, January 25th from 7-9pm @ Jono and Hannah Brooks’ house (Address available upon RSVP)! All are welcome! Even if you have no plans to plant with us, we’d still love for you to hear about who we are and what we’ll be doing so that you can pray for us and tell others that live in those parts of town!