Several years ago, Stephen Blandino began asking God a question: “How do you transform a city?” Cities are the cultural hubs in our world that define the societies we live in today. These cities are shaped by seven channels of culture: business, government, media, arts & entertainment, education, the social sector, the church, and the family. While a single church cannot transform a city, together cultural transformation is possible.
In September of 2011, after years of prayer and reflection, Stephen had a series of conversations that became the catalyst to birth a new church. In January of 2012, Stephen and Karen made a decision to start a church in the downtown/West 7th area of Fort Worth, Texas. This cultural arts district is booming with activity as Fort Worth’s revitalization efforts have impacted the heart of the city.
After serving on staff for many years with Pastor Darius Johnston from Christ Church in Fort Worth, Stephen shared his vision with Darius for the heart of the city. Christ Church agreed to plant this new church and committed the resources, people, and prayer for a strong launch.
In the months that followed, a building was secured at 2900 W. Lancaster (just three blocks from the heart of West 7th). A small congregation who had been meeting at this location joined with 7 City Church. Throughout the summer, the exterior and interior of the building was remodeled to match the community and to serve as home for 7 City Church.
After months of prayer, preparation, team building, and renovation, 7 City Church launched on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Our vision is to see cities transformed by inspiring community and influencing culture. As one man said, “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals.” That reality is at the heart of 7 City Church’s vision, and we’d like to invite you to join us. Below is a launch video of WHERE WE STARTED and our Brave Vision of WHERE WE’RE GOING.