Stories from Church Starters

Nuggets of Wisdom

Hello everyone. We are Fredricc and Kan’Dace Brock,  lead pastors of The Message Church in San Antonio, Texas. Though recently commissioned, our journey started 4 years ago following a move from an established church in Michigan back to our home state of Texas. After...

Church Start Ruminations

As believers in Christ Jesus, we are called to model our lives after Him by the aid of the Holy Spirit. We are to become disciples of Christ not merely members of a church. There are some who are specially called to engage, nourish, restore, equip and gather together...

Developing a Growing Core Team

There is a certain learning curve to starting a new church. Among the pastoral work that most church starters desire to do, starting a new church requires executing on a bevy of tasks that may lie outside of the starter's wheelhouse of skills. One of these tasks is...

2018 CBF Church Starters

CBF will be commissioning 9 church starters at June's General Assembly. This diverse group of ministers each bring unique giftedness and experience to the church start network and the Fellowship. Their story will be shared during the June 14 Church Start Network...

Theological Imprinting

Theological Imprinting    When I was a Psychology major in College, I learned about imprinting. When a bird, or other animal, is born, the first living thing they see is identified as "mother," and they spend the rest of their lives recognizing and relating to that...

Where There is No Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." The vision to which this verse refers is spiritual vision. Spiritual vision provides direction. It provides challenge and...

Guns in Church?

I read an article on NPR yesterday about a church in Mexico, New York where the church website states that it is “not a gun free zone,” and the pastor, Ron Russell, encourages parishioners to carry guns to church on Sundays. The article states, “Russell, 70, believes...