Friends on Mission

Charles Kiser —  February 4, 2010 — 2 Comments

One thing I love about church planting is the immediate solidarity and partnership I sense with other church planters in the area.

Many of us are younger and are much more ecumenically wired. We’re not threatened by each other. We don’t have kingdoms to lose. We’re a part of the same kingdom. We’re on the same team. We need each other to reach and bless the whole city. We’re sickened by turf wars and competition. We want to work together.

This week we’ve been grieving with one of our friends on mission, Kevin McGill. Kevin started Koine Church, a network of house churches in downtown/old east Dallas.

On Monday, Kevin and Koine closed their doors because of a lack of funding.

We rejoice for their ministry. It wasn’t for naught. It goes to show the great challenges of starting churches in the city…or anywhere for that matter.

Today we’ve also been rejoicing with a new friend on Mission, Matt Cote. Matt is the lead pastor of Concept Church, a new church that meets in the Magnolia theater in West Village.

It’s affirmation that we’re in the right place that others would move to join us in the work of church planting in the city center of Dallas.

I’m looking forward to ways we might partner together in mission in the future.

Please pray for the McGills and Koine as they transition to the next step. Pray for Matt Cote and he gains his bearings in a new context. Pray for us as we continue to live on mission as a community.

Charles Kiser


I’m a pastor, missionary, and contextual theologian in Dallas, Texas. I’m committed to equipping and coaching Christians to start fresh expressions of Christian community in Dallas County — communities of hospitality, inclusion, justice, and healing.

2 responses to Friends on Mission


    Good stuff about church unity and partnering. I pray that our churches can partner, and I must say that I love the ecumenical spirit. It was great to see Matt at the Belmont house church the other night, and it was great to also visit their gathering twice now. Let us join together as we are apart of the same kingdom.


    Love the spirit here.

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