About 15 years ago this congregation was started by former members of a local Church of Christ. For the past 12* years she has been reforming and transforming in various ways, according to the Spirit and word of God. Over the past 2 years the church has enjoyed the blessings and benefits of being part of a Reformed and Presbyterian community.

Here’s a timeline of some of the major events and turning points:

  • started as a “progressive” Church of Christ congregation — New Hope Church of Christ (2003)
  • forced to reevaluate priorities after a scandal rocked the church (2006)
  • called a new minister/pastor (2006)*
  • explored the gospel of God’s grace, doctrines of grace, and covenant theology (2006-2009)
  • introduced elements of the Christian calendar (2006)
  • established Table Talks at a coffee house (2007)
  • introduced a liturgical worship order (2008)
  • morphed into an Indie “reformissional” community (2009)
  • adjusted name to New Hope Church to mark distinction from the CoC / Restoration Movement (2010)
  • started using acoustic instrumental music in worship (2010)
  • joined by a seminary student / ministry intern (2010)
  • educated and equipped men concerning the offices of elders and deacons (2011)
  • ordained deacons and established a diaconate (2012)
  • merged into a bi-lingual / cross-cultural congregation (2012)
  • operated without elders part of year (2012)
  • adopted a Church Constitution (2012)
  • started allowing the baptism of infants and children of believers (2012)
  • worked through the New City Catechism (2013)
  • ordained new elders (2013)
  • formed missional communities (2014)
  • experienced lease dispute and financial upheaval (2014)
  • suffered loss of core members (2014)
  • renamed to Christ Covenant Church and relocated to a private school for worship and Bible classes (2014)
  • voted to join the Presbyterian Church in America and completed the transfer process (2015)
  • received into the PCA / North Texas Presbytery (2016)
  • rented a church building and relocated for worship and ministry (2016)
  • connected with sister churches and established relationships with fellow pastors (2017)
  • participated in community events for missional purposes (2017)
  • hosted a stated meeting of the North Texas Presbytery (2017)
  • started new year praying for more missional and spiritual growth according to the power of the truth of the gospel of grace (2018)

Along the way, mistakes have been made and corrected; members have been lost and gained; messes have been made and cleaned up. Above all, the message of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed loud and clear — in faith, hope, and love.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, [we] press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. Let’s live up to what we have already attained.”

Here’s to another 15, 12, or 2 — whatever the Lord sees fit to give us for his glory and our good.

“It’s not so much the location and the circumstances of ease that are the chosen places for God to use you for his glory. He is able to take you into the most disadvantageous circumstances and use you far more there than he might have used you had you been in advantageous ones.”

— Dr Sinclair Ferguson (on Revelation 1:9-10)