The Met began in my heart in 1987 when I felt God was calling me to minister to people who, in the past, would have never entered a church. I wanted to reach people through an energetic service with contemporary music and practical messages that people could apply to their everyday lives. At that time I was the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and I knew God was calling me to a new vision and adventure. So, on August 11, 1996, I launched Metroport Cities Fellowship (The Met) in the auditorium of Carroll High School in Southlake. Our vision was to reach people living in the Alliance corridor, which developers were calling the Metroport area.
Starting a church can be challenging, but during those first months, I was overwhelmed and inspired by the dedication and sacrifice of a core group of leaders. I cannot remember a week passing without hearing from someone whose life had been transformed by the power of God through The Met, and we were so excited to see the vision God had for us take shape.
In the Fall of 1999, we lost our temporary location at Carroll High School, but God had been so faithful through this entire journey that we knew He would provide. I was informed that The Metro Food Outlet in Keller was closing, but the asking price was more than we could afford to pay. We stepped out on faith, submitted a lower offer, prayed, and left the outcome in God’s hands. Of course, He provided. The owner of the building was a Christian, and when he found out we were a church, he accepted our offer. It took a vast amount of renovation to transform a grocery store into a church, but on March 12, 2000, we held our first service in our new home. The building that once provided food for the body was now providing food for the soul.
It was amazing watching God at work changing lives and increasing our numbers. It wasn’t long before the food store could not hold all the people God was bringing. In June of 2004, God provided money for us to purchase the land for our present location, and in 2006 we were able to sell 23 of our 52 acres to pay off the entire debt on the land.
We moved into our building in September of 2008 and are continually astounded by all God has done through the Met. We continue to witness record numbers of people giving their lives to Christ and going public with their faith through baptism. Families continue to be healed and strengthened as they grow in their relationship with God, and our children and youth are being taught to stand for Christ and be our next generation of leaders. The Met ministers to over 3000 people each week and over 6000 people call The Met their church home. We are so excited about the next phase of our story and the opportunity to be a part of the work God is doing through The Met.
However, these years of ministry have not come without trial. In 2015, my wife Cindy was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable, genetic brain disease – Huntington’s Chorea. In May 2019, Cindy transitioned from her earthly body to her heavenly home. Cindy’s legacy continues to live on through our vibrant ministries, community outreach, and emphasis on the next generation, and my commitment and determination to fulfill the vision at The Met that God imparted Cindy and I is as strong as it has ever been, fully believing our best days are yet to come.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17).
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes, but is distinct in office and activity (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; I John 2:1-2).
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and fills those yielded to Him (John 16:7-11; John 3:8; I Corinthians 12:4-11,13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17). We believe man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God and is in need of salvation (Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5 & 2:8-10). We believe all true believers elect of God, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 29-30; John 10:27-30).
We believe the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12-13; 10:32). We believe the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, equipping for and practice of Kingdom service, specifically stewarding our lives for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission (Acts 2:42-47; I Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20).
We believe Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are to be observed by believers until He returns (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26). We believe by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with his Savior and that infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but should not be baptized until they can personally articulate their faith and the purpose of baptism. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper but that participation must always be preceded by solemn self-examination.
We believe the souls of believers in Jesus Christ do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe the souls of unbelievers remain after death in constant misery in Hades until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).
WHAT WE VALUE
We believe God demonstrated His love for us in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in the authority of the Bible as the absolute word of God.
We believe our highest calling is to love God first. God desires an intimate relationship with every believer.
We believe God has given us ultimate grace and that, as believers, He calls us to extend grace to one another.
We believe we are never more like Jesus than when we are serving. God uniquely gifts and calls each believer to serve both inside of the church and outside of its walls. It is through serving that we can show God’s love to those in need and make a practical difference in the world around us.
We believe a life with God is meant to be joyful. Scripture tells us that God came to give us life to the fullest.
We believe God calls us to make our families a priority. As a church, it is our goal to encourage and equip you to be the best spouse and parent you can be.
We believe God created us to need community – strong relationships with like-minded believers who will encourage us, care for us, and support us as we progress in our spiritual journey.
We believe it is vital to be aware of and sensitive to the world in which we live, meeting people where they are, and showing them God in a way that resonates with them.
We believe that all believers have the responsibility of sharing our faith within our sphere of influence and passing it on to the next generation.
MEET OUR STAFF
Family Life Pastor
Community Life Pastor
Met Iglesia Pastor
Information Systems Director
Food Pantry Administrator
Met Iglesia Assistant Director
NC Operations Director / Childcare Director
Assistant Director of Curriculum
Assistant Director of Administration
Contact us if you have any questions or follow us on social media.
You may also contact us by mail, email or phone:
The Met Church
11301 N Riverside Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76244
SERVICESSaturdays at 5:00pm | Sundays at 9:30 & 11:00am
LOCATION11301 N Riverside Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76244