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.


If you would like to help us in our efforts to plant new churches, please click below to make a donation.

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Church Planters

If you are a church planter in our Church Starting process, please click below to make your monthly Cooperative Program (CP) contribution.

CP Contribution

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 Starting is not just for traditional churches. 

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


Paul Atkinson

Director, Church Starting

(214) 828-5217

Terry Lynch

Ministry/Financial Assistant, Church Starting

(214) 828-5397

Julie Galindo

Ministry Assistant, Church Starting

(214) 828-5297

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Texas Baptists welcome Tom Revilla as Central Texas Church Starter

DALLAS - Texas Baptists Church Starting welcomes Tom Revilla as the new church starter for Area 6, Central Texas. This area spans from Austin to Central East Texas.

“I am excited to have Tom Revilla join our Church Starting Team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “Tom brings high levels of experience in all aspects of church leadership. His recent work with Buckner International and Life Church of San Antonio have given him a set of skills which will benefit his work with new church starts in Central Texas. Texas Baptists is fortunate and blessed to welcome Tom Revilla to the Texas Baptists staff.”

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In 2004, Oscar Vazquez was an undocumented immigrant at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. A young boy looking for a way to move ahead in life he desired to serve his country in the military, but because of his undocumented status he was barred from any military service.

Then a chance, or not so chance, discovery of a Marine Underwater Robotics Competition spun Oscar’s life into an entirely new direction. He and his team went on to win the national competition held in Santa Barbara, California, beating teams including one from MIT.

In 2015, film director Sean McNamara adapted Oscar and his remarkable team’s story to... [continue]