Church Starting

Sharing God’s word in Texas by planting new churches.

Our mandate is to share God’s Word in Texas by planting new churches of all different sizes and ministry styles. The heart of our ministry is to connect people to a church where God is present, because when God shows up, good things happen.


Paul Atkinson

Director, Church Starting


(214) 828-5217

Terry Lynch

Ministry Assistant, Church Starting


(214) 828-5397

The Process

The BGCT Church Starting Experience involves many people–not just BGCT staff and Executive Board members, Church Planters, core groups and Church Planting Partners, but ultimately the unchurched people in every part of the state. It is the prayer of all those people that this process will encourage, facilitate and connect churches in their work to fulfill God’s mission of reconciling the world to Himself; and we know that when all parties have a clear, strong, common vision, the results are new churches that can grow, reproduce and replenish mission funds.

Church Starting is a collective effort, but it is also the pursuit of a unique and personal experience with God. Church Staring is not just for traditional churches. Your gift helps us reach Texas by starting new churches.

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First Steps

Once you submit a New Church Start Application form, a Church Starter will meet with you, your Sponsor Church and everyone interested in supporting your new church. If all Partners agree on what is expected and how to work together, everyone will sign a New Church Start Covenant Agreement.

New Church Start Application

Next Steps

In visits with your Church Planter (the pastor or leader of the new church) and other Partners, the Church Starter assesses your group’s various strengths and weaknesses. He or she then helps guide you to make plans and find resources – both locally and from the Texas Baptists.

Monthly Report Form

The New Church Start Monthly Report provides a value-based level of accountability for each new church receiving training, consulting, and/or financial assistance from the BGCT. It is a required measure of accountability for each new church. If you need assistance with the monthly report, please contact us at (888) 244-9400.

Monthly Report

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Find Your Church Starter

Download the PDF version of the Church Starters map.