In early 2005, the vision for CityView Church was formed. From the onset, CityView operated on the assumption that there were many “spiritually dead” church-goers in the Metroplex that belonged to churches…but did not belong to Jesus…that were following missions created by men…but missing the mission of Jesus.
We’ve always sought to be a catalyst for re-awakening the Church’s passion for Jesus and His mission…and thereby reach a population that needs Jesus and His message.
In a turn of God-made events, Rick White (CityView's Lead Pastor) connected with Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, TX. The circumstances of the meeting were a testament to God’s sovereignty in CityView’s future (a story we tell in more depth as a part of "CityView in 60").
In late 2005, the Village’s elders officially commissioned CityView Church to be a plant out of The Village Church. On Easter Sunday 2006, after months of planning and core group meetings, CityView Church had its first worship service at Freedom Elementary in the Keller ISD.
Since then, CityView has grown, begun contributing to other church plants (along with partnering with and sending two churches) and has purchased an existing church facility on 10 acres of land. Ultimately, our hope is to always be a Gospel-focused, life-giving, multiplying church for our neighborhood, city and world. And to that end, we press on...
The Story behind the name "CityView"
During the process of deciding where we were going to start this new church, a friend from the Keller-Alliance area was kind enough to drive us around and show us the new growth in the area. We drove up the Heritage Trace exit, coming from the north on I-35W...and what we saw left a lasting impression.
Looking forward, we saw this incredible "cityview" of downtown Fort Worth. To the left and right, we saw a sea of rooftops. The rooftops gave us an immediate sense of the need for new churches in this area. The view of downtown Fort Worth left a memory that would eventually lead to the name "CityView Church".
Added to that memory was the idea behind Matthew 5:14. We believe that Jesus' church was always meant to be a well-lit city that is plain to see. We hope to be a well lit city where Jesus and His mission are plainly visible and on display through His city...his people.
Finally, it's interesting that the first "paradise" was desciribed as a garden while the paradise to come is identified as a city. While we strive to live fully in the present, we know that our future is this new City...so we "press on" and keep our view fixed on the future that awaits us.