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  • Multisite: TX church's decision spurs talk of trends

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BP) -- The decision of a Dallas megachurch to transition its six campuses into autonomous churches illustrates what some see as a trend in the multisite model.

    Still, those who study multisite ministry say it remains a viable missions and evangelism strategy for healthy churches.

    Matt Chandler, pastor of the Dallas-area Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, announced Sept. 24 that the church's five remaining campuses will all become autonomous churches by 2022 to maximize the "capacity to contextually reach the city of Dallas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The 11,400-attendee Southern Baptist church previously transitioned one campus to an independent congregation in 2015, Christianity Today reported. Read More

  • Lauren Chandler thankful for God's overarching love

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Lauren Chandler had good reason to thank God. "Most of my life was pretty charmed," she says. "I grew up in a home where my parents loved Jesus and each other, loved my brother and me. My life had a natural flow where things just kind of worked out for me."

    In 1999, Lauren married Matt Chandler, a passionate young preacher who would become lead pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in America, The Village Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The willowy, blue-eyed blonde would be a Dove-nominated singer-songwriter and an in-demand speaker at dating and marriage conferences. She and Matt had two beautiful children, and she was pregnant with their third. Read More

  • Public apologies spur church discipline warnings

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Public apologies by two U.S. megachurches for a lack of compassion in the exercise of church discipline have prompted some Baptist pastors to underscore the need for humility and congregational polity during the attempted restoration of wayward members.

    Most American churches have not exercised biblical church discipline for a century, Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, told Baptist Press. Read More