The House Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas
SAVE THE LOST, REVIVE THE FOUND, BUILD THE HOUSE, CHANGE THE WORLD
1. JESUS | OUR MESSAGE
In our songs, in our sermons, in everything we do: Jesus. (Col. 1:28)
2. THE CHURCH | OUR HOME
Jesus is building His church. We will use our gifts, raise our families and find community in the House of God. (Ps. 92:13)
3. FAITH | OUR LIFESTYLE
We choose to lean into all God has for us, honor His Word and believe for more. (2 Cor. 5:7)
4. GENEROSITY | OUR JOY
God is good and has an amazing life for every one of us. This life does not happen by taking, it happens by generously giving. (Prov. 11:24)
5. HONOR | OUR IDENTITY
We highly value the people God has brought into our lives. We never tear people down but lift them up by serving one another with a grateful heart. (Mark 10:44)
6. INTEGRITY | OUR COMMITMENT
Our best life is lived in obedience to God’s word. We give no place to religious ritual but live with a heart after God. (Ps. 19:14)
7. PEOPLE | OUR CALLING
8. GOD’S PRESENCE | OUR PASSION
The Holy Spirit is present and moving in our lives. The presence of God distinguishes us, comforts us and empowers us (2 Cor. 3:18)
Pressure to Impress No One
We put a pressure upon ourselves to impress people who are not watching; instead we should live from God’s affirmation and care.
Contagious Love: The House Fort Worth
At The House Fort Worth, the Welcome Begins in the Parking Lot
What Does Retirement Look Like for Pastors?
Almost half of retirement age pastors and missionaries are concerned about the financial stability of their family.
How Churches Can Respond to the Persecution of Christians
There are many ways we can stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Rural America: A Divided Perception
Thoughts about small-town living vary widely depending on whom you talk to.
Seeking a Healthy Private Life That Sustains a Healthy Public Life
Your public and private lives are inseparable.
Outreach 100 Consortium: What I’m Learning
Outreach 100 pastors share their thoughts on church growth, discipleship, outreach and faithful ministry.
Why We Need Others in the Body of Christ
We were made for community, as this story from Robert Caro’s ‘Working’ illustrates.
Why You Might Want to Reconsider Your Short-Term Trips
Make sure your short-term trips are helping, not hurting, the communities and missionaries they are sent to serve.
Taking the Fear Out of Talking About Money in Church
The people who object most to talking about money are the people giving the least.
Invitations and God Encounters: RockFish Church
RockFish Church’s Welcoming Culture Is Worth the Intentional Effort
Why I Stopped Asking God to Use Me
Are we willing to celebrate when God chooses to use others rather than us?
The Case for Pre-Evangelism
In our post-Christian society, preliminary groundwork often must be laid before a full gospel presentation is made.
The Church Inside: A New Movement in America’s Prisons
Tracking the powerful innovations that are changing the landscape of prison ministry today
When You Feel Like You’re in the Belly of a Big Fish
How do you respond when you’re in a difficult situation, crisis or pain?
How to Get the Most Out of Conferences
Follow these suggestions and you’ll make the most out of the conferences you and your team attend.
Christmas in the Park With Our Homeless Friends
Each year we host an enormous Christmas celebration in the park that has showed us how much people want to serve.
Pastorpedia: Raising Funds for Special Projects
Proven advice for raising funds for kingdom expansion.
7 Ways a Pastor Leaving Affects the Church Staff
When a pastor leaves or is terminated, it can pose significant challenges for the staff he leaves behind.
3 Steps to Heal Divisions in Your Church’s Leadership
How do you break through discord to get to unity?
Soulfires: A Pro-Life Vision on Wheels
How Joe Baker, founder of Save the Storks, learned that winning hearts is more important than winning debates in advocacy.
A Divine Conspiracy in the Same Direction
An imagined dialogue between Eugene Peterson and Dallas Willard based on their written works.
A Beautifully Wasted Life
My mentor Manley Christopher Beasley passed away with many things left unaccomplished, but he left a lasting impression on me.
5 Common Myths of Depression
Dispelling these lies is key in beginning the journey toward recovery from depression.
8 Types of Christians Whose Online Behavior Hurts Their Witness
Do you recognize one of your favorite thought leaders—or yourself—in any of these descriptions?
3 Ways to Show Up—and Speak Up—to Non-Christians
Our faith is a faith of going—to reach those who are lost, we must go.
Nurturing Young People
The ways we think about and encourage youth should be aimed at empowering them.
The Surprising Ministry of Susannah Spurgeon
Susannah Spurgeon left a remarkable legacy in her own right, even as she supported her husband’s ministry.
A New Way to Think About Short Term Missions
Our typical way of thinking about short term mission trips can be unhelpful. Here’s another way.
A Letter to the Church on Moral Failure and Misconduct
Now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand or to flee; now is the time to lean into the hope of the gospel and seek the truth.
Jesus Is Weirder Than You Remember
Jesus was not the placid messiah he is so often portrayed to be, so we should get comfortable with being weird.
How I Became More Loving and Compassionate
Each of us has things that drive us crazy about other people; here are steps we can take to be more loving.
7 Keys for Persevering in Ministry
Hebrews 12:1–3 provides both stunning reasons to keep running our race and some ways to do that.
Understanding the Role Core Beliefs Play in Recovery
Core beliefs play a pivotal role in determining how shame, blame and guilt are internalized, strengthening either addiction or recovery.
What Is the Key to Lasting Social Change?
How do we serve the poor without creating dependence? What does serving those in distress do to us?
What Sustains Missions in the Hardest Places?
If we try to sustain missions in our own strength, our strength will fail; the worship of a great God is what truly sustains us.
Reconciling True Religion
The difference between good and bad religion is fleshed out by the interactions between Jesus and the Pharisees and Sadducees. Here’s what we must learn from it.
In Atlanta: A Blueprint for Urban Discipleship
Dhati Lewis has an aspiration: to create a blueprint of urban discipleship so that this generation will be the last that has to leave the city to get trained for ministry.
The Surprising Reward of ‘Risk’
God can use your earnest desires to take risks in faith to accomplish his will for you.
Pursuing Diversity: 3 Advantages of Doing Ministry ‘With,’ Not ‘To’
“Paul found ways to strategically connect to every segment of society in order to share the gospel with all people.”
A Note to Young Pastors: Stay Humble
God is forever at work refining us, defining us, confining us, maturing us, preparing us for more strategic service.
John Ortberg: We Were Made for Intimacy
“Vulnerability. Attachment. Courage. Risk. Fear. Repeat. We can’t survive without intimacy.”
Bracing for Hurricane Irma: Florida Megachurch Stands Ready to Meet Critical Needs
Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, readies its nine locations for hurricane relief.
3 New Outreach Realities That Many Churches Still Don’t Get
“Strategies must be continually evaluated in light of our rapidly changing and increasingly settled post-Christian culture.”
Why You Don’t Need to ‘Start’ Another Church
“The divine call to ‘come and see’ invites us to engage wholeheartedly in everything God intends.”
Hurricane Response: ‘When the Waters Recede, the Love Will Rise’
Houston’s First Baptist Church offers physical and spiritual aid in the wake of the historic natural disaster.