Vision and Prayer Night Audio
- March 6
- April 3
August 5, 2018 – Shea Sumlin was voted to be the new Dallas campus pastor.
January 20, 2019 – The last sermon was streamed from the Flower Mound campus to the Dallas campus.
January 27, 2019 – Matt Chandler preached at the Dallas campus in regard to Multiply and the future Dallas transition.
April 7, 2019 – Members of the Dallas campus voted to transition into an autonomous church. The vote passed with over 97% approval.
August 11, 2019 – Dallas will celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a campus.
September 29, 2019 – There will be a commissioning service with leadership from The Village Church to celebrate the transition. The Dallas campus will become Northway Church.
1. How do we know that the Dallas campus is ready for transition?
Ever since we began talking about campus transitions, we have relied on the prompting of the Holy Spirit for the timing of when each campus should roll off. We have looked at three key indicators: 1) the man, 2) the leadership and 3) the membership. Does the campus pastor have the conviction and calling to lead a church? Is the leadership of the campus (elders, deacons and staff) prepared for the transition? Does the membership affirm the direction and are they committed to this new mission?
While the Dallas campus has been through several changes over the last few years and planted three new churches in the city, the staff and elders have continued to pursue becoming an autonomous church. As we’ve had ongoing conversations with members and leaders within the church, we feel confident that the membership will affirm this transition in the timeline proposed.
2. Where are some specific areas the Dallas campus will be able to fulfill its mission as an autonomous church?
Though The Village Church’s campuses are all located in the DFW Metroplex, there are cultural differences between the cities of Fort Worth, Dallas, Plano, Southlake and Flower Mound. As a local, autonomous church, the men who preach each weekend will be able to more easily contextualize their message for the community in Dallas. The church will be able minister in ways that more specifically address the needs of its people.
The Dallas campus sits in a unique location, with significant wealth and poverty on each side of it. Our neighborhood is also a culturally influential area, making up the residence of the city’s most impactful leaders and businessmen and women. In becoming a local, autonomous church, we believe the Dallas campus will be able to better focus on bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to our neighbors. We will also be able to serve the varying needs in our community, in hopes of being a “city within a city” in Dallas.
3. What will the Dallas campus be called as an autonomous church?
The Dallas campus will be called Northway Church. With the original church being called Northway Baptist Church and the current campus being the Dallas Northway campus, we believe it is simple and wise to call the church Northway. In fact, many people already refer to the campus as Northway. This name both relates to the physical location and the spiritual direction to which this local church is moving and pointing our city toward.
4. How can I follow along with the Dallas transition?
The Dallas campus has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to promote events, communicate announcements and connect with people at the campus and in the community. If you are a Covenant Member or regular attender of the Dallas campus, join the Dallas campus Facebook group. Also, be sure to attend Elder-Led Prayer and Covenant Member Meetings as much as possible to hear updates on the transition, and sign up for the Dallas Campus Update.