Pastor Matt’s 2010 Church Tour–The Village (Flower Mound Campus)

Posted: June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

This year I plan to visit roughly a dozen different churches to learn as much as I can and to worship apart from the stress of serving in a ministry leadership role.  On June 13, I visited The Village in Flower Mound, Texas.

Here is a little background information about the church:

In August 1977, Highland Village First Baptist Church (HVFBC) started as a mission of Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas. We called our first pastor, Montie Martin in March of 1978. In August 1978, HVFBC was constituted into a church. In the same year, we broke ground for the original church building (currently named the Martin Building) on our five-acre plot. Our first service was held in the Martin Building on Easter Sunday, 1979.

In October 1985, we called our second pastor, Ken Dalton. The church broke ground on a worship center on February 28, 1993. In that same year we called our third pastor, Barry Fikes.

In November 2002, we called our fourth pastor, Matt Chandler. We began calling ourselves “The Village” in 2003. This became our public name with the adoption of a completely rewritten Constitution and Bylaws document on April 25, 2004, which also implemented a new manner of church governance through a body of elders.

In April 2005 the Lord allowed us to plant our first church, Providence Church, in Little Elm, Texas. On Easter Sunday 2006, City View Church in Keller, Texas, launched as the second church plant of The Village.

In June 2007, God blessed us with the establishment of our first multi-site campus in Denton, Texas. This occurred when we merged with Grace Temple Baptist Church in Denton after weeks of the church gathering to pray and asking God to reveal Himself to us. Following another time of church prayer that year, we purchased an vacant grocery store in Flower Mound in December 2007 where our current campus now resides. On Dec. 6, 2009, we held our first service in the Flower Mound campus.

Also in 2009, God brought us together with Northway Baptist Church in north Dallas to form our third campus, Dallas Northway.

The staff and members of The Village continue to support the vision of the church as God continues to add chapter after chapter to our continuing history.

Since calling Matt Chandler as their pastor, The Village has become one of the fastest growing churches in America.  Chandler is one of the most downloaded preachers on iTunes and is a leader in the neo-Reformed movement that includes Mark Driscoll, Darrin Patrick, Eric Mason and Francis Chan.

I attended The Village’s Dallas campus last October and worshipped at the Flower Mound campus a few weeks ago.  The former is a renovated Baptist church but the latter is a former grocery store. 

I arrived at the Flower Mound campus early and was greeted by friendly parking assistants and volunteers at the door (all volunteers at The Village and The Journey wear badges identifying themselves as such).  I wondered around the campus for a while and was amazed at how clean everything is!  The Journey was nice and clean but I swear you could eat off the men’s bathroom floors at The Village! 

The entrance features a connection room where visitors can meet the church’s staff and/or elders to ask question or pray, etc. The hallway has racks of information about the church–everything from history to theology to ministries.  There are also private prayer rooms scattered throughout the building.

The main auditorium has theater style seating and a huge rear projection screen.  The service began with Matt Chandler walking onto the stage and making a few announcements before turning it over to their worship pastor, Bleeker (sp?).  The worship band played a song and then Chandler reappeared for the sermon.  As always, Chandler brought the thunder!

After the teaching, the band played 3 songs, which, like The Journey, was a mix of modern worship songs and older hymns but at least one appeared to be a song written by Bleeker himself.  One of the things I really liked about the worship service was the inclusion of relevant scripture verses under each line of the songs.  I hadn’t seen that before.

I was very impressed with The Village.  It wasn’t necessarily easy to find for a visitor but everything from the parking to the service was executed with excellence.

If you are ever in the metroplex, be sure to check it out.

Next up, the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. 

Until then, grace and peace.

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