Goals for Church Planting


Ultimately our goals in church planting are to develop relationships, cultivate community and participate in a movement of planting and forming new churches beginning in the Burleson and south Fort Worth area.

However, Chris Chappotin and I have already spent a considerable amount of time discussing the how’s and what’s of this dream. Both of us feel strongly that our emphasis is on bringing the good news of Christ’s redemptive and healing presence into the lives of our neighbors…our emphasis is not on programs or market analysis. That doesn’t mean that Christ Journey doesn’t have programs that are meant to assist us in this relational process, or that there are not concrete “things” we intend to do.

Here is the initial set of measurable goals for the next year.

Goals for Spiritual Formation in 2008-09

  • Develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the ministries, teaching and relationships of Christ Journey.
  • Identify key milestones in the process of formation and discipleship.
  • Craft ritual celebrations to recognize such milestones.
  • For any active member of Christ Journey to be able to:
  1. Define spiritual formation and discipleship
  2. Describe a maturing Christian in the context of Christ Journey.
  3. Identify milestones in this process.
  4. Articulate the role of Christ Journey in assisting people in this process
  5. Share stories of their own spiritual formation as well as those of others in the community.

Goals for Church Planting in 2008-09

  • Launch a new worship gathering in 2008
  • Start 3-5 new house churches
  • Start 4-6 formation groups
  • Start 2-3 new leadership development groups
  • Take 25-50 people through the 10 week Foundations course
  • Host 6-8 orientation dinners
  • Host 2-4 Marvelous Light Retreats
  • Host 1-2 City on a Hill Retreats
  • Host, organize or participate in 3-4 gatherings in our home or neighborhood to intentionally get to know our neighbors
  • Identify and equip 20-25 leaders through and for house churches and worship gatherings

If this type of vision is one that you share or would like to see taking root, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us financially? We are pleased to already have individuals and families who’ve committed anywhere from $25 – $350 / per month over the next three years.

We’ve raised about 15% of our goal and will need around 75% before we can relocate. Rachel and I believe strongly that this ministry is worth investing in – we believe so strongly that we’re stepping out in faith with our whole family. Perhaps you can step out in faith by committing $50, $100, $250 or even $500 a month.

If you’re interested in hearing more, please contact me at bret@christjourney.net

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Posted on June 23, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey Bret,

    I just want to tell you that we look forward to being a part of the foundations of your ministry!

    Chris has shared what his feelings were at certain points along the way, and I know that at each point along the way the feelings are usually all encompassing. It can be a bit scary as well as comforting or it can be certain as well as uncertain.

    I have the ability of watching from the sidelines, so I can’t pretend to know all of the emotions (good and bad), or the expectations and struggles of fund-raising. Just know that we are always praying for you and Rachel and the ministry that you give yourself to.

    I think that it is exciting to host church planters before the get rolling like we did with the Kisers.

    I know you guys will get the support you need soon! Can’t wait to see you guys here in Fort Worth.

  2. Oh, and I’m sorry that I have been spelling your name for a month or two now:)

  3. Thanks Steve!

    We’re looking forward to getting to know all you guys better. And don’t worry one bit about misspelling my name…I hadn’t even noticed! When my folks chose to spell my name with 1 “t” they were ensuring that I’d either have an easy-going personality or I’d be a neurotic mess!

  4. You’re a good man, Elder.

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