Welcome to Courageous

The Metroplex doesn’t need another church. The Metroplex needs another kind of church. The Metroplex needs a kind of church where people are comfortable bringing their friends, their family, and their neighbors. We’ve come together to create that church.

A letter to DFW

Dear DFW Metroplex (or anyone for that matter)-

It’s ok. We have issues too.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who have crying new-borns, are skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing and dance like Justin Bieber or are like most of our pastors who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than Billy Graham, or haven’t been in church since last Christmas, or the one before that. We don’t even care if you like to eat at Chick-Fil-A.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters, democrats, republicans, everything in between, agnostics, atheists, and the religious. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” because we’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money playing poker, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, caint spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts, anyone who needs grace, those that think they do not need grace, the grace killers, anyone who’s not ok and those that are not ok with not being ok … and you!

Welcome to Courageous Church- A Radical Grace Community

what to expect

Courageous Church meets every Sunday at 11:05am and every first Wednesday at 7pm.

Each week we want you to be able to experience the great music, encouraging biblical messages, friendly people and the creative atmosphere that are part of the Courageous experience. We know that your first time at a church, any church, brings up some questions. How do I get there… what should I wear… what’s available for my kids… what should I expect in church? Here is a quick look at what you can expect each week at Courageous Church:

//HOW DO I GET THERE?
Courageous Church is located at 1208 S Grants Ln 76108 in West Fort Worth.
For a map and directions please click here.

//WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The one thing we do ask is that you do wear clothes. Beyond that we don’t get too caught up and what someone is wearing. While some people prefer to “dress up” a little, most people including the leadership are very casual.

//WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
If it’s your first time checking out Courageous park on the East side of the building in the area marked “First Time Guest Parking”. Don’t worry, we don’t do anything that might cause you to stand out other than give you the best place to park. Courageous Church has a parking team that will guide you from the moment you pull in making it easy for you to find a spot to park each week.

//WHAT’S AVAILABLE FOR MY KIDS?
We have an excellent kid’s experience called Courageous Kids. As soon as you walk in the Courageous Kids building [for kids PK-5th], you will see check-in station where our amazing greeting team will help you find everything you need for a great experience. Nursery & Toddlers are located in our main building.

//WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT CHURCH?
From the moment you pull into the parking lot at Courageous Church, you’ll be made to feel at home. Our greeting team will help you find anything you need, including Courageous Kids. After checking in your kids, proceed to the worship center where our hosts and hostess will welcome you and help you secure a seat so you aren’t stressed out trying to find an open space.

//COMPLETE THE CONNECTION CARD
There will be a connection card in each chair. This is our way to communicate with you. We will never single you out during our Worship Experiences. This card is our way of getting to know you better. You can complete as much information as you feel comfortable with and turn it in when the offering bags are passed out at the end. Please let us know of any prayer requests you have and how we may serve you.

//ENJOY THE COURAGEOUS EXPERIENCE
We hope it will become the best hour of your week! We pray God will work in your life during our Worship Experiences. We also hope you’ll come back to worship with us really soon!

About Us

Courageous Church

We dreamed of starting a church with a simple goal: connect ordinary people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ that results in a life lived courageously for Him. In the Hall of Fame room at the Ballpark in Arlington that dream became a reality—Courageous Church began on January 10th, 2013. That first Sunday, over 240 people attended and were a part of history.

From the beginning, Courageous Church focused on reaching out to the non-churched community, building relationships in small groups meeting throughout the Metroplex, and meeting the needs of DFW and beyond in Courageous ways no matter what the cost. The life-giving message of the Gospel, the passion and joy of Sunday Celebrations, and the outward focus of Courageous Church brought immediate growth. On Easter Sunday March 31st, 2013 Courageous Church began holding weekly services and in our first year have served over 4,000 meals to men, women, & children from Fort Worth’s homeless community; serve people with HIV/AIDS monthly at Samaritan House; actively stand up against human trafficking with Traffick911 & RescueHer; and have logged over 2,000 volunteer hours.

We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!

This is how we roll.

Ways we've served our communities so far this year:

587

Volunteer Hours

3700

Dollars Donated

1979

Meals Served

6

People On Mission

connect

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Courageous Church small groups are designed to connect people with one another and with God through an authentic, action based discussion group.

While we certainly think we will have an awesome “church” gathering on Sunday, it is more accurate to describe Courageous Church as a network of faith communities. Courageous Groups (Missional/Incarnational Communities) are clusters of friends throughout the Metroplex in which community, communion, and mission unfold as a way of life focusing on the individual, collective, and social renewal of DFW. We believe people typically find God when they encounter his people. The Courageous Group is the context we’d love to bring those who need the love and care of God’s people.

In a Courageous Group you’ll be encouraged to discover your purpose in life through Jesus and you’ll meet others on the same spiritual journey as yourself. Groups will be launching soon and meeting all across DFW.

Our hope is that Courageous Church would be a community of friends engaged in gospel-centered relationships resembling the early church (Acts 2:42). Courageous Groups are the best opportunity we have for that. We believe that active participation in a small group is critical for your spiritual health as a part of this local church. Gathering in groups creates an atmosphere that causes believers and non-believers to grow in their understanding and application of God’s direction in our lives. Groups help create the community we seek.

All adult discipleship at Courageous is directed through our small groups ministry. We believe discipleship C-groups-300x223happens in relationships, and those relationships are formed in small groups. This is why it’s so critical for you to be in a Courageous Group!

A small group usually consists of 7-15 Courageous attendees and their friends who meet on a regular basis in someone’s home to study and discuss the Bible, pray for one another, care for one another, and do ministry together. These groups meet all across the DFW on various nights of the week.

You can join an existing group, or start a new group, it’s up to you.

Click here for a list of all of our groups

serve

Nothing in the world is more exciting than building a church. We’re not talking about bricks and steeples, we’re talking about building a community of faith that can change the world. We believe that the time for this movement is now and we want you to be a part of it. Your gifts, your input, your skills, and your social networks will be utilized as a part of something that is bigger than yourself that will bring depth and excitement to your life.

We need friendly people, graphic artists, hipsters, rockers, financial planners, dreamers, connectors, people that are good with children and teenagers, web designers, all types of musicians, office managers, painters, lighting and sound technicians, film editors, humans, actors, singers and vocalists, sculptors, poets, writers, service planners, set designers, camera operators, licensed truck drivers, police officers and security workers, and more,  If you don’t fit any of these categories, we are also looking for angry, bitter, sad, lonely, messed up, frustrated, and depressed people that want to change, Christ-followers, people far from God, and everyone in-between! Think you’re too messed up to be a part of our team? Think again.

We can’t do it without you. #livecourageously

click here to join us in upcoming opportunities to serve.

At Courageous Church we are committed to giving everyone easy ways to get involved and to serve others. We want to make it simple for you to get involved, not create barriers and hoops you have to jump through in order to contribute. We want to do everything we can to help support and encourage you to look for bold ways to serve others, and then help you accomplish that mission. When opportunities present themselves we want to collaborate with existing organizations and partner with them to meet needs locally and globally. Why reinvent the wheel and compete with someone for resources and volunteers when we can work together? When those opportunities don’t exist we will work to create avenues for us to get involved and meet those needs and lead the way and invite others to join us on the journey. We want the people of Courageous Church to see opportunities to serve and meet needs; seize those opportunities; and sacrifice no matter what the cost to make it happen.

We also want “Cause Champions” or “Cause Catalysts” to step up, take ownership, and be the point person in the following areas:

Homelessness
Hunger
Poverty
Orphans/Foster Care
Education
Single Parents
Human Trafficking
The Elderly
HIV/AIDS
Clean Water
At-risk/Inner-city youth
Evangelism
Global Missions
Local Missions
and whatever else you may be passionate about…

The primary vehicle we will use at Courageous Church to serve locally and globally is through our Courageous Groups.

lead team

The leadership at Courageous Church will not be based on, or built around, one person or personality. We will be led by a Leadership Team that leads by example and is willing to check their ego at the door and is committed to living courageously in every area of their lives no matter what the cost. Combined they have several years of experience and success in creating, launching and leading new ventures, both as pastors and as entrepreneurs.

In our opinion there needs to be a paradigm shift in how leaders lead. This is what it will look like at Courageous:

Our leadership won’t be “pastors serving the congregation” but rather “pastors equipping the congregation to serve”. We want people to move from “learning about Jesus” to “learning to live on mission for Jesus”. We won’t  provide “service programs and events” but will “expose need and people engaging need”. And lastly we will not try to “motivate people to grow spiritually” but want people to “take initiative for their own personal growth”.

 

Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders

Pastoral Care

Scott is something of a nomad. He was born in West Virginia, spent his youngest years in Oklahoma, and was raised in Hawaii. During his 17-1/2 years with the US Army, Scott served as a transportation logistics professional and had the privilege to live and serve in five different states and five countries. Scott was ordained in 1996 and has had the opportunity to serve in positions ranging from senior pastor to Sunday School teacher.
You can email Scott at scott@wearecourageous.com

Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders

Spiritual Development Pastor/Teaching Team

Matt has always lived in two worlds. He’s not a Baby Boomer nor a Gen Xer, but right in between. His father was a West Virginia native, and his mother a second generation Korean-American born and raised in Hawaii. Raised a Sooner at first, Matt spent most of his life in Hawaii. Multi-cultural ministry comes naturally to Matt, because it is the story of his life. Matt now teaches Greek, New Testament, and theology at The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Recent trips to Haiti and Kenya have given him opportunities to serve God globally.
You can email Matt at matt@wearecourageous.com

Willis Richardson

Willis Richardson

Lead Pastor over Teaching/Teaching Team

Willis was born in College Station, TX and lived there for 26 years. Growing up he was heavily involved in church, but I didn’t truly know and follow Jesus until right before his 25th birthday. During his time in College Station he went to Texas A&M University and received a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and a masters in Public Service and Administration. While at A&M, he served as a youth counselor at a local church for five years and after college took a job as a loan officer at Capital Farm Credit and was working to build his kingdom, but God reached out to him through all the religious pride, self-centeredness and sin, and called him out of the darkness to live for Him and others. Over the next year he quit his job, rented his house and moved to Fort Worth to study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a masters of Divinity in 2009. Willis is married to Julia, and has three kids, Adilin Beth, James Kalan, and Nora Kay.

You can email Wills at wills@wearecourageous.com

Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Executive Pastor

At an early age he came to know about his need for Jesus to take my life and began a journey that would lead him to where he is today to step out in faith and begin a Courageous Adventure. This journey has led him to an amazing wife that comes to Texas from Puerto Rico and they are celebrating 15 years together as husband and wife, and have three wonderful kids (1 boy and 2 girls). Each day Ihe strive to be the best husband and father that I can be. That only comes through following Jesus each and every day of his life. He also serves in the Human Resources Department for a school district in the DFW Metroplex. His business background has ranged from Sales and Customer Service Relationships, to working in classrooms, to implementing a new Student Information System, to assist in maintaining Instructional Technology Programs, to his current position where I maintain employee records and the Workers’ Compensation Program for the district.
You can email Jason at jason@wearecourageous.com

Mauri Padilla

Mauri Padilla

Systems Pastor

Mauri brings to the table a unique and diverse background that includes time in the Army, big church experience as a youth pastor, and several years as an entrepreneur in the financial services industry. He greatest passion is seeing people far from Jesus come to know Him and developing systems to help them move and grow through the process. Mauri is married to Nancy and they have three incredible kids, Mauri Jr, Natalie, and Micah, and one on the way.

You can email Mauri at Mauri@wearecourageous.com

Bobby Minor

Bobby Minor

Lead Pastor over Vision/Teaching Team

Bobby is living, breathing proof that God loves to use the least likely, even to lead a church. From selfish, self-centered drug-dealer to selfless, Christ-focused pastor, his story is a reminder to us all of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love. Bobby has 20+ years of success in sales and marketing in Corporate America with several Fortune 500 companies, 10+ years as an entrepreneur, 4+ years as a social media and marketing consultant, and over four years as a church consultant. He was also a teaching pastor/elder at Waves of Faith in North Fort Worth, and as has a heart for India, making four trips there in the past five years. Bobby is married to his beautiful Puerto Rican/Dominican wife Cary, and they have three awesome kids, Caleb, Carimar, and Julian. Bobby is also currently Lead Strategist at C3 Church Consulting.
You can email Bobby at bobby@wearecourageous.com

Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders

Pastoral Care

Scott is something of a nomad. He was born in West Virginia, spent his youngest years in Oklahoma, and was raised in Hawaii. During his 17-1/2 years with the US Army, Scott served as a transportation logistics professional and had the privilege to live and serve in five different states and five countries. Scott was ordained in 1996 and has had the opportunity to serve in positions ranging from senior pastor to Sunday School teacher.
You can email Scott at scott@wearecourageous.com

Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders

Spiritual Development Pastor/Teaching Team

Matt has always lived in two worlds. He’s not a Baby Boomer nor a Gen Xer, but right in between. His father was a West Virginia native, and his mother a second generation Korean-American born and raised in Hawaii. Raised a Sooner at first, Matt spent most of his life in Hawaii. Multi-cultural ministry comes naturally to Matt, because it is the story of his life. Matt now teaches Greek, New Testament, and theology at The College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Recent trips to Haiti and Kenya have given him opportunities to serve God globally.
You can email Matt at matt@wearecourageous.com

Willis Richardson

Willis Richardson

Lead Pastor over Teaching/Teaching Team

Willis was born in College Station, TX and lived there for 26 years. Growing up he was heavily involved in church, but I didn’t truly know and follow Jesus until right before his 25th birthday. During his time in College Station he went to Texas A&M University and received a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and a masters in Public Service and Administration. While at A&M, he served as a youth counselor at a local church for five years and after college took a job as a loan officer at Capital Farm Credit and was working to build his kingdom, but God reached out to him through all the religious pride, self-centeredness and sin, and called him out of the darkness to live for Him and others. Over the next year he quit his job, rented his house and moved to Fort Worth to study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a masters of Divinity in 2009. Willis is married to Julia, and has three kids, Adilin Beth, James Kalan, and Nora Kay.

You can email Wills at wills@wearecourageous.com

Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Executive Pastor

At an early age he came to know about his need for Jesus to take my life and began a journey that would lead him to where he is today to step out in faith and begin a Courageous Adventure. This journey has led him to an amazing wife that comes to Texas from Puerto Rico and they are celebrating 15 years together as husband and wife, and have three wonderful kids (1 boy and 2 girls). Each day Ihe strive to be the best husband and father that I can be. That only comes through following Jesus each and every day of his life. He also serves in the Human Resources Department for a school district in the DFW Metroplex. His business background has ranged from Sales and Customer Service Relationships, to working in classrooms, to implementing a new Student Information System, to assist in maintaining Instructional Technology Programs, to his current position where I maintain employee records and the Workers’ Compensation Program for the district.
You can email Jason at jason@wearecourageous.com

Mauri Padilla

Mauri Padilla

Systems Pastor

Mauri brings to the table a unique and diverse background that includes time in the Army, big church experience as a youth pastor, and several years as an entrepreneur in the financial services industry. He greatest passion is seeing people far from Jesus come to know Him and developing systems to help them move and grow through the process. Mauri is married to Nancy and they have three incredible kids, Mauri Jr, Natalie, and Micah, and one on the way.

You can email Mauri at Mauri@wearecourageous.com

Bobby Minor

Bobby Minor

Lead Pastor over Vision/Teaching Team

Bobby is living, breathing proof that God loves to use the least likely, even to lead a church. From selfish, self-centered drug-dealer to selfless, Christ-focused pastor, his story is a reminder to us all of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love. Bobby has 20+ years of success in sales and marketing in Corporate America with several Fortune 500 companies, 10+ years as an entrepreneur, 4+ years as a social media and marketing consultant, and over four years as a church consultant. He was also a teaching pastor/elder at Waves of Faith in North Fort Worth, and as has a heart for India, making four trips there in the past five years. Bobby is married to his beautiful Puerto Rican/Dominican wife Cary, and they have three awesome kids, Caleb, Carimar, and Julian. Bobby is also currently Lead Strategist at C3 Church Consulting.
You can email Bobby at bobby@wearecourageous.com

give

At Courageous Church, we love to give of ourselves in order to benefit others. We believe that giving financially is a powerful way we can demonstrate to God that He is first in our lives.

Jesus talked more about this subject than heaven, hell or prayer. To experience the full benefits of being a Christ-follower, we must also understand what it means to be a giver.

“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in Your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
II Cor. 8:7 (NIV)

To invest in the vision & mission of Courageous Church, see the options below.

THREE POCKETS OF GIVING

//Faithful Giving – Faithful giving is often called the tithe. The tithe is God’s required giving and the word actually mean “tenth.”

//Generous Giving – Generous giving is creating space in your budget to respond to others needs financially like paying a friend’s bill that recently lost their job.

//Sacrificial Giving – The best example of this giving is in the book of Acts where the early church sold property and possessions to move forward God’s mission.

TWO WAYS TO GIVE

//OPTION ONE – PAPERLESS GIVING
This safe and flexible option is the easiest ways to give at Courageous Church! This method allows you to schedule a recurring or one-time gift charged to either your debit or credit card. Here you can easily manage your giving amount and specify where the funds should be applied. Plus, you can view your contribution history at any time.

//OPTION TWO – ENVELOPE GIVING
There is an opportunity in every Worship Gathering for you to give. You can simply place your check or cash in the offering basket as it passes by you.

Online giving at Courageous is super easy to do. Just click on the icon to get started. It’s fast, easy, and 100% secure.

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For FAQ’s on giving at Courageous please click here.

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