Christ Fellowship began in early 1993 with 13 adults and 14 children. We met from house to house with a simple desire to be the church of Jesus Christ in simplicity and power. We would get so excited when we would open the Bible to the book of Acts and say, “Why can’t we see church life like we read about here in the Bible?” We still get excited about the simple dream of being the church.
Over the next few years we enjoyed the blessing and favor of God and saw many people become followers of Christ. We were on a journey together. We did not have things figured out, but we found a deep love for God, for God’s people, and for
God’s purposes on the earth. We were learning together. (We still are!) We were learning to treasure Christ, to be whole-hearted worshippers, to share Christ, to be in community, to participate in the mission of God, to pray, to study God’s Word, to demonstrate the Kingdom of God, to see others healed, and to work with God in setting things right in a broken world.
One of the key marks of our history has been enjoying, pursuing, and earnestly seeking life in Christ. We are convinced that really knowing His life leads to more life. We’ve seen that happen as individuals lead others to Christ, as LifeGroups multiply again and again, and even as the church itself multiples. As a result of this basic vision, a key part of our history has been church planting. Down through the years, the church multiplied many different times by starting new churches in different parts of the DFW metroplex, the US, and other parts of the world.
In 2002, a new and distinct phase of our history began as we moved the church from Grapevine, TX to Fort Worth, TX. Some of the reasons for moving included a desire for greater ethnic and economic diversity, access to Texas Christian University, headquarters for our church planting movement, and a strong sense of God’s call and leading to Fort Worth. We challenged our members to be “missionaries to America” and said, “You may never move to Thailand as a missionary, but would you consider keeping your same job and moving to Fort Worth as a missionary?” During the next few years many accepted that challenge, and we all sensed God’s pleasure in our steps of faith.
Since that time, we have continued to develop disciples and raise up leaders through a holistic approach to church life. We are always working to create pathways for people to develop from new believers to mature disciples, and if they are called by God, to become church planters who go with a team to another place to start the process all over again. We have also developed two church-based training schools, Core and Launch, which focus on discipleship and developing missionaries and church planters. Still another key area has been the development of the mission-sending arm of the church, Share Life Now International (SLNI), which focuses on sending and supporting church planting teams across the country and in different parts of the world.
In 2008, after years of serving and partnering with the Antioch Movement in different ways, the leaders of Christ Fellowship and Share Life Now International understood that the Lord was calling them to recognize their “tribe” within the body of Christ and formally connect with the Antioch International Movement of Churches based in Waco, Texas. The Antioch Movement is like a family - sharing resources, life, and love in order to see a wave of churches planted around the world.
After many years of renting office space and various Sunday morning venues, Christ Fellowship was blessed in 2011 with the opportunity to purchase the shopping center where the church currently meets. We anticipated at the time of the purchase that there would be several build-out phases as the church grew and the Lord led. We are excited to develop a base from which we hope to impact our community with the love of Jesus and grow and multiply in order to bring the love of Christ to our nation and the nations!
When we look back, we are grateful for all that God has done and for the many lives
that have been changed and impacted by His grace. Today, as we look forward, we are more excited than ever because we know that God is still wanting to use us and that our best days, our best stories, and our best testimonies are in the future as we trust our great God.