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 every day 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 wan’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 have witnessed 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.