THE CPC STORY:
In 1998, God placed upon the heart of our Pastor Jay Bruner, and his wife Regina, to plant a church in the heart of Dallas Fort Worth. It was a church for the unchurched or out of a church. Those who had given up on God, or knew little, to nothing about Him. This church was to become an “Oasis in the middle of the Metroplex” with the desire to serve and demonstrate God's love to those desperately in need of Him. They dreamed of creating a safe place that was appealing yet functional, and a place that people would find peaceful and comforting. A place that would include a theater that all would find welcoming whereby all that entered could discover and engage God through His Son Jesus Christ.
That future church would also include neighborhoods where children would feel at home, student life areas where teens would come and feel secure, welcomed, accepted, and loved, and a place where the entire family could come, engage with others, and grow in a personal relationship with the God that loves them.
It would also be a place where people would build lifelong eternal relationships not only with God yet with one another, learning how to love one another, serve one another, pray for one another, care for one another, and for the world beyond its doors.
It would also be a place where learning God’s will and way for their lives would move them to find and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives, a place that would not only transform lives but also become a place that would send people out to transform the world in which they live.
They dreamed of Center Point Church being a community church that engaged and transformed its community instead of merely enjoying its benefits.
They also dreamed of Center Point Church being a church-planting church. In the first ten years, they dreamed of starting ten other churches in the U.S. as well as one international church.
They dreamed that within the first ten years of their existence they would be reaching and touching 1,500 people within their community with the hopes of seeing 50% of those touched becoming, what Pastor Jay calls, 360Q fully devoted Christ-followers. Using the discipleship model of Jesus for those who are lost to come and see, come and be, come and do, and then go out into the world and do likewise. To come and learn to be a fully devoted follower, then learn to go and make more followers.
Now more than 20 years later, Center Point Church has now touched over 8,403 family units. It has helped plant 17 churches in America, India, and Canada. It has helped start planting movements in the U.S., Brazil, India, and Canada. It has pursued mission trips and movements throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and India.
Locally, the church has led the way in transforming the schools in the four surrounding cities by creating “Refresh” a back-to-school party with a purpose. Center Point Church has taken on the challenge of children who are living in financially difficult situations. In the process, as Pastor Jay puts it, “Center Point has rallied The Big C” by enlisting 26 churches to partner in engaging the schools. In its latest efforts, through the work of 618 volunteers from 26 churches, more than 3000 children and their families were aided with school supplies, haircuts, physical exams, and eyeglasses as they returned to school. Additionally, over 3,000 Bibles in many different languages were dispersed.
Yet now the time has come to dream more. Now the body of Center Point Church dreams of building onto the “Oasis”.
They now dream that the “Oasis” will include: an auditorium that could house more than 800 adults at any given worship gathering. It will include a large learning center for children, youth, and adults providing for teaching and training in the basics of Christian life and specifically family life. It is to include more classroom space for teaching venues to meet the demand of a growing desire in our community for teaching on marriage, parenting, financial peace, health, and purpose in life. It is also to include comfortable areas where members of the body and community can come and congregate in a relaxed and safe living environment. As Pastor Jay calls it “that third place”, work/home/another safe, clean, wholesome environment in the community to come and hang out with friends.
Pastor Jay and the leadership of Center Point Church dream of maintaining and growing a strong culture where families can come and be encouraged in their relationship with Christ, without being criticized or shamed.
In short, at Center Point Church we dream of continuing to be a New Testament community church that reproduces itself as members grow in faith, love, and action. We dream of growing the main campus into a church that sees 2,500 regular attending members. We also dream of continuing to reproduce ourselves by planting 10 more churches (with the same DNA) over the next 15 years. We also dream of becoming a bigger influence in our city by getting even more involved with the needs of our community through our schools and city government. We dream of transforming neighborhoods that have been neglected by partnering with our city and local businesses to rebuild them. We also dream of taking on and defeating child abuse and neglect through strategic partnerships with the schools and city services. It is our dream by 2028 the city in which we live that there will have no reports of CPS abuse cases. Yes, we dream big, yet if your dream does not scare you then you’re not dreaming big enough!
CPC launched in a home in North Richland Hills with 9 people and by September grew to 26 people.
CPC went public in General Cinema of Bedford with 26 people and grew to 120 people by December 1999.
CPC relocated to Bedford Health Club and grew from 120 to 160 people. At that time, we began two services. The Easter service in 2001 saw 310 people in attendance, and by November average attendance was 250 people.
CPC raised $500,000 and purchased the property in North Richland Hills and the church began growing.
After CPC did a capital fundraising campaign and began the first phase of building the new facility, the church grew to 360 people.
Summer of 2004 CPC moved into the new facility. From June to September, the church grew from 360 to 526 people in attendance. By late 2005, the average attendance grew to 613 people.
CPC grew to 773 people by the start of 2007. In March, CPC began another capital fundraising campaign for the expansion of CPC completed in July 2008. From July 2008 to December 2010 CPC grew to 947.
Over the course of three years, CPC grew to an average of 1,000 people and began to average between 800 to 1,100 people. In 2016, we discovered that the church was stuck with limited building space as one factor.
CPC is beginning to start the journey of creating more space for us to grow. It is believed that with the addition of the new worship facility that we will grow to 2,500 people
Center Point Church plans to build onto our existing facility to help create more space to allow us to continue to grow. An expansion of our building will allow us to continue a lasting legacy of Helping People Discover and Live A God-Centered Life in our community for generations to come. The goal is to increase the size of our building by 27,000 square feet allowing us to respond to the growth within our community and point more people to Jesus!
Add 27,000 square-feet:
- Worship Facility
- Community Areas
- Office Space
- Site Development- additional parking spaces
Over the next five years, the population of North Richland Hills is projected to increase by 6.8%, an increase of 21,704 people right here in our own backyard, many of whom have children longing for community and all who want to make a difference! Center Point Church believes we are that church home!
Creating Christ-led life change that impacts generations never comes easy or free. To create a God-honoring legacy we must remove the limitation of space which will only happen when passionate people choose to invest generously and sacrificially. To launch this next building phase, CPC needs to raise $2.5 million in three years. Center Point’s initiative, A Daring New Day involves three specific commitments:
PRAY. Commit to regularly praying for our A Daring New Day building campaign!
PRIORITIZE. Make time to hear what God is saying about you/your family’s financial partnership and make time to discuss with your family what you sense God is asking of you or your family.
PARTNER. Sacrificially commit with the church family in a way that reflects all that you or your family are truly capable of doing in faith!
HOW TO PARTNER WITH CPC:
The success of A Daring New Day depends on each of us making gifts that are above our current level of giving. The process of deciding what amount to give is exciting because your decision to give will make a lasting impact on God’s Kingdom, but the process can also be intimidating due to the sacrifice required. No one can do everything- but everyone can do something!
OUR GOAL: $2.5 MILLION
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:
- Special campaign envelopes available at the welcome desk and at all giving boxes.
- Online on the website or via our CPC App.
- The GIVE link at the bottom of this page.
Support A DARING NEW DAY