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/Financial Assistant, Church Starting


(214) 828-5397

Meagan Stewart

Ministry Assistant, Church Starting


(214) 828-5378


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.

Instructions for filling out application:

  1. Click on “New Church Start Application” button below. A new window will open.
  2. In this new window, to the left you have a tabbed menu. Click on “Forms”.

  3. Select the “New Church Application”.

If you have any questions, please call Terry Lynch at (214) 828-5397.

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.

Do not use commas or dollar signs when completing the form.

Monthly Report



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Find Your Church Starter

Download the PDF version of the Church Starters map.

Church Starting Blog

Texas Baptists welcome new church starter for North East Texas


DALLAS – Clay Jacobson has joined the Texas Baptists Church Starting staff as a new church starter for Area 4, covering North East Texas region from Dallas to Texarkana.

“I am very excited to have Clay join our team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “He adds a dimension we need in perspective, training and passion for being a part of a church starting movement. I believe we will be able to push back the lostness of Texas with men like Clay on our team.”

Jacobson brings a well-rounded set of experiences,... [continue]

For God and Country


On May 20-22, three churches will hear the stories and testimonies of those that have served our state and country through a special event “For God and Country.” Highlighting a different speaker for each day, this free event focuses on encouragement and the redemptive power of Jesus’ blood. Hardened criminals, war-touched veterans, relatives killed in bombings; these are just some of the tragedies which struck these three speakers.

Max Gunn, the speaker for May 20, served the Texas Department of Public Safety for 37 years and retired as a Senior Corporal. During... [continue]