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Easter 2020: April 12, 9:00 & 10:30am

Join us from around the city as we celebrate Easter together in our homes! Services are designed for the whole family!

Good Friday 2020: April 10, 6:00pm

Come be a part as we celebrate our freedom from the curse of sin through the death of Christ. Service is family friendly!

Be Doxology This Easter

This unusual season has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. In the week leading up to Easter, we're going to show them how Christ has impacted our lives. Click to learn how!



Outdoor Gatherings & Beyond
Sundays, 9am (for the month of September)

Here's a quick update about our current plans for the weeks beyond that. Obviously, we’ll continue to seek wise medical counsel and will adjust our plans if necessary. Absent new information, here’s what we see on the horizon:

  • Beginning with September 13th (Don’t forget: Easter!), and continuing through September and into October our plan is to continue with 9am outdoor in-person gatherings with something extra special every week.
  • I don’t need the three and a half years Elijah got (James 5:17); just a fall of rainless Sundays! Pray for that with me. But just in case: our rainout decision will be made no later than 7am each Sunday morning.  In the event of rain on the 13th or subsequent weeks we will move to TWO indoor in-person gatherings at 9am and 11am. We still need to require masks for the indoor gatherings (they will be optional outdoors) but no RSVP would be necessary; we have plenty of space to maintain distance between the two services. Note that we’ve needed to adjust our normal 2-service times in order to give our team time to sanitize the auditorium and high-touch areas between services.  
  • Since we believe that deep-cleaning will be necessary for the foreseeable future, we will be changing our online service times to match the two service 9am and 11am schedule beginning September 13th. Those live-streamed online services will continue to be available for people whose sensitivities or vulnerabilities preclude them from even attending an outdoor service. Our hope is to simplify communication between online and in-person gatherings, and also to allow ABFs and Care Groups to make some semi-permanent decisions about timing for their meetings and make it possible for people to attend an online Care Group or ABF and the in-person gathering.
  • Our plan is to take a phased approach to re-opening children’s ministry classrooms in October, likely from youngest to oldest.We’re watching area school openings to continue learning best practices while listening to parents and volunteers about their comfort levels. We’re unwilling to create an unsafe environment or negative experience for families or volunteers just so we can go quickly. Once children’s ministry is back up and running, we believe it will be more realistic to begin seeing those medium-sized adult groups meeting in-person on campus again.

Continue BLESSing your neighbors, praying for our leaders, and looking for ways to “Be Doxology” wherever you are. There has never been a better time for us to be who our name says we are.

In-Building Safety Precautions

We can’t wait to see you in-person as soon as you’re ready. For now, here are 4 really important things to remember about what to expect when you show up. They were written by a pastor, so they all begin with “S.”

Spaced Out: God has blessed us with a large auditorium, and we’re going to us it all.

  • Until physical distancing guidelines are relaxed, we will limit service attendance to less than 1/3 of our capacity. That’s an even more conservative than what we’re allowed. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out.
  • To accomplish safe spacing we will need each person to RSVP each week for now. Space will be limited. We don’t want to have to turn anyone away. We’ll add service times as it becomes necessary.
  • When you arrive we will walk you to a seat where you’ll find empty seats in front and behind you, and at least three seats between your family and anyone else in your row.  
  • For now, we’ll ask no one to congregate in the foyer. If you’d like to visit with others, we’d ask you to do it outside in lower traffic areas while keeping a safe distance.
  • Because of the physical distant requirements, children, student and youth ministries can not be available at this time. The main worship service will be planned with whole families in mind, both from a content and length perspective.

Sanitary: Of course, no place on earth has ever been able to promise 100% safety but we’re committed to getting as close as we can on Sundays.

  • All the seats will be sanitized before and after every service. We’ll open all the doors for you so that you don’t have to touch a thing while you’re here.
  • Masks are optional. (Most of our team is going to choose to wear them when we’re not on the stage, not because we’re scared of you but because we want to be free to serve even the most sensitive among us and that’s a simple way for us to reflect that heart right now).
  • We won’t be passing offering buckets, handing out worship guides, or celebrating communion for now.
  • Need to use the restroom? No problem. We’ll limit the number of people in the room, and provide spray in every stall so you can know for sure that every surface you touch is squeaky clean.
  • Touchless Hand Sanitizer stations will be located throughout the building.
  • Our RSVP system will ask each person to check a box stating that they will not attend if they have reason to believe they’re sick,  getting sick, or that the've been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the 2 weeks prior to the service they plan to attend.  

Sacrificial: This is already built into our DNA as Doxology. We do church as a family. When we decided to scatter, it was in response to the question “What does love require of me?” We’re expecting to re-gather in the same posture: open-handed, flexible, and attentive to the sensitivities of others around us; not just our own.  

Significant: We are committed to making sure when you get in your car to leave on a Sunday, you say “I’m so glad I came today.” Even though things will look and feel a bit different than they did when we left, there is no reason it should be any less significant. What we do isn’t limited even if how we do it needs to have some limits for now. Come prepared and expecting to be a part of something significant. Worship always is.

For Those Who Have RSVP'd

  • If your plans have changed please change your RSVP so we can offer your seat to someone else. We’re at capacity and won’t give your seat away. Please don’t let us hold your seat if your plans have changed. (If you are hoping to be here and hadn’t RSVP'd please keep checking back in case someone else’s plans change).
  • If you’re coming in person, please arrive early. We’ll help you find a seat (think: wedding) which will take a couple of extra seconds. We’ve got some fun things planned so you (and your kids) won’t be sitting there bored before the service starts.
  • Please confirm that you reserved a ticket for each person in your party. If you did not, please email Michele ( to let us know and we will adjust your reservation for you.
  • Make sure you watch the safety video below if you haven’t already so you know what to expect and don’t run afoul of Captain Safety.

Weekly Resources

This season we are all navigating uncharted territory, and there is ground to take! Opportunities will arise to love our neighbors, families, and communities in ways that have never been presented to us before. Below are five areas of strategic focus that we hope engage throughout this next season, as well as daily devotional. Check out each of these for ways you can care for yourself and your family, serve our community, and stay connected!



If you are unable to attend in-person, we will be worshiping together all across our city! Join us Sundays at 9:00 or 11:00am via our online service!

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Join us for our monthly Zoom online prayer gathering on the first Thursday of the month at 9am! This is a 30 minute time of encouragement and prayer, as we pray together and for each other. You can find the zoom link for the online prayer gathering this week through the link below. We hope to see you there!

prayerAugust 6 zoom link


This season has exposed many of our own vulnerabilities and lack of control. God's solution is never to try and overcome and fix it on our own. Check out this week's resources for ways to get connected!


Parent Resources

Check out this week’s resources to facilitate meaningful conversations with your family and have some fun! Watch "Puss n' Boots" and have some fun conversations with your kids!

parent resources

Want to keep the kids busy and engaged during the Sunday morning service? Check out these activities including coloring sheets, discussion guides, and more! UPDATED EVERY FRIDAY.

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Helping Neighborhoods Thrive

“This was the easiest neighborhood party that I have ever thrown!” This is likely the party that your neighbors are just waiting for your invitation!  Read Gary’s story here!

NeiGhborhoods thriving

Daily Devotionals Through the Psalms

Seasons of uncertainty are ever present throughout Scripture. Join us as we journey through the Psalms together with our daily devotionals. New devotionals will be posted daily.

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This is a season of navigating uncharted territory, and there is ground to take! Opportunities will arise to love our neighbors, families, and communities in ways that have never been presented to us before. Below are five areas of strategic focus that we hope to engage in throughout the coming weeks. Check out each of these for ways you can get involved.

March 19, 2020

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May 25, 2020

I cant wait to say “It’s good to see you this week” to even more of you next week! We got to worship live this weekend in backyards and front yards of a few Doxology families who invited us to be a part of their neighborhood Memorial Day plans. It was great to see a bunch of us in person but only made me thirstier for a day when we can all be back together again.

Next week will be a first step for a bunch of us and I’m really, really excited about it. If you’re not able or ready to join us in person, we’ll produce the live stream services as usual for you at 9:00 and 10:30am. If you’re able to join us next Sunday, the service will be right in the middle of those at 10am (sleep late and still beat the heat). And please remember: even though we don’t have limited capacity for that service we do need you to RSVP so we can plan wisely. You can do that below.

Go and be Doxology!


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May 15, 2020

Doxology Family,

Like I told you in my email on Sunday, we’re continuing to evaluate data and have conversations with medical professionals and government authorities concerning when we might be able to regather together in-person. Based on their recommendation we still don’t believe it will be wise or strategic to regather in our building until at least June 6th. However, we do have some ideas that are consistent with their recommendations that provide a way for some of us to begin taking steps toward re-gathering all together again.

  • The next couple of weeks may be the perfect weeks for you to throw a block party on your street. As stir crazy people begin to receive permission to regather together in small groups, who better to set the tone for those gatherings than a group of people who will honor authority because we love God and throw a great party because we love our neighbors? Email Gary ( for a starter kit to help you think through a simple way to BLESS your neighbors in person.
  • We can’t yet worship at Doxology, but we can worship together as Doxology in your neighborhood. If you’ve got outdoor space and an invitation list, we’d love to talk to you about how Doxology could gather for worship in your backyard.
  • Mark your calendars for May 31st for a live, in-person, outdoor worship gathering. We want to wait to give many details until after the governor announces the new level of restrictions on May 18th. But we have a plan for a physically distant, spiritually connected, in-person gathering that for those of us who are ready for that.

We’re planning to continue the online worship services just as they are for the foreseeable future since we know some of us won’t be ready for in-person gatherings for a while. We’re not going to leave you behind!

Can’t wait to “see” you on Sunday. We’re beginning a brand new series through the book of James called “Anything But Normal: Finding a Faith that Stands Out.” If you wonder if the book has anything to say to us and our situation, read the first verse.  See you there. And hopefully in person very soon.  

Go and Be Doxology!


April 27, 2020

Doxology Family,

After the announcement this afternoon by Governor Abbott, many of you (I hope) are wondering what that means for us gathering together again in person on Sundays. I cannot wait for us to be together again and am incredibly grateful that it seems like we might finally be able to see that day from here, but it needs to not be this Sunday.

Many businesses will be re-opening on Friday because they must in order to accomplish their mission. We certainly affirm that some level of good business is a part of God’s plan for a flourishing city. However, we also recognize that there’s a level of ongoing risk to the vulnerable in our society presented by any large gathering of people. At Doxology we realize that as important as our gathering is, and as much as we long for it, it isn’t strictly required for us to fulfill our mission. So, for now, we are going to choose to sacrifice what we are allowed to do for the good of our city and the flourishing of our neighbors. Meanwhile, we’ll continue doing what we must do in order to be faithful to who we are: worshipping where we are and loving where we live.

That’s not to say “same ole same ole” this week! Although we don’t believe large-group worship gatherings are the best way for us to “be Doxology” toward our city right now, we do have some creative, safe, and socially distant ideas for how some community groups might decide to begin meeting in-person again; for you to be the best neighbors on your block; and even for how some of us might be able to host a small group of neighbors, coworkers or friends to worship together as a smaller group on Sunday.  We’ll share those with you later this week and keep you updated on other plans as they continue to develop.

All that to say, let’s choose to “be Doxology” more than ever this week. In the things we sacrifice and the opportunities we seize, showing and telling who Jesus is and what He’s like is as important this week as it has ever been. Let’s make the most of it.


March 27, 2020


It’s hard to believe it has only been 14 days since we decided to invite ourselves into your living room on Sunday mornings. If your experience has anything like mine, these 2 weeks seem like they’ve been strangest, craziest, sweetest, hardest, worst, best twenty years of your life!

We’re continuing to listen to local and federal officials for any hint of when we’ll be able to gather together in person again. For right now that date still seems over the horizon. So, we are currently anticipating no large-group in-person gatherings until at least the middle of April. Yes, that means both Good Friday and Easter will be online gatherings this year. Although they will look different from what we’re all used to, I’m confident you won’t want to miss either one. And on the bright side: this year may be the year your family or neighbors are more open to the Good Friday and Easter message than ever before.

A few other things to communicate with you:

  • Many of you have asked about big needs we could meet together as a church. We’re continuing to ask those questions too! Organizations are starting to be able to assess their needs and ask for help. Individual Community Groups have already said “yes” to providing meals for 23 families from the FWISD with urgent needs. We’re ready to say “yes” to more as soon as we’re asked. We’re also working on a couple of other gigantic all-hands-on-deck opportunities to serve our community and will let you know when they materialize.
  • The most important thing you can do today as it relates to meeting needs is to connect with a Community Group of Doxology people near you. Groups are, and will continue to be, the quickest and closest way to surface and meet all kinds of needs that are likely to spring up during this season. Don’t wait to hop into a group. At least through this season. Even if you don’t have a current need, someone near you may have a need you are in the perfect position to meet.  To connect with a group near you, please click here.
  • If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Our team has put together a ton of resources to help you win every day in a weird season. There are resources for parents and neighbors, and for you personally to make this your most spiritually healthy season ever.
  • We’re continuing our “Uncharted” series this Sunday at 9:00am and 10:30. To watch the service live, go to and click through to the YouTube link. YouTube has consistently been a better experience than any of the other platforms which have been consistently overwhelmed.  If for some reason itstruggles on Sunday, keep an eye on the chat feature there for an emergency option we’ll have in place just in case.

We will continue keep you in the loop in the days ahead. Please know that you’ve been prayed for by name this week. We miss you terribly, but I’m so proud to be watching and hearing stories of you “being Doxology” in the places you’re placed today. Like Paul told the Galatians: “Don’t grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a great harvest if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9). Don’t. Give. Up!

Go and be Doxology!!


March 17, 2020


There’s a story about Lewis and Clark, the two explorers sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find a river passage from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. They were chosen specifically because of their background: they were experts at canoeing and exploring rivers. One evening, they believed they’d found the passage. One of them wrote in their diary something to the effect of “Tonight I took a big, long, gulp from the headwaters of the river that we’ve been searching for. Tomorrow morning when the fog lifts, we’ll continue on our way and our canoes will get us to the Pacific Ocean before long.” Instead, the next morning when the fog lifted, they got their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains. At that moment, they had two decisions: (1) Pack it in and go home, (2) Figure out how to canoe the mountains.

We’re taking the mountains.

Here’s what the mountain range looks like, at least for today: We will not be hosting any in-person gatherings on Doxology campus until at least March 30th. Our offices are open virtually (phones and emails still work), but the building is closed during the week physically.

I know that raises a billion questions for some of you. The short answer to most of them is, “We’re not sure yet.” We’ve never climbed this mountain before. But here’s what I am absolutely sure of:  God is at work, this is an incredible opportunity, and we were made for this.

Our staff met most of the day yesterday and again this morning. There are 5 things we’re committed to being extraordinary at in the days ahead even if we don’t (or can’t) do anything else:

Prayer – If you listened to the message Sunday, that was Jesus’ priority when the need got bigger and nearer.

Worship – We’re going to continue to worship together in our living rooms on Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am. We’re planning with the whole family in mind from the music through the message.  You’ll find a link to the service at

Pastoral Care – We know there will be real, tangible needs we can meet for each other and for our city. I’ve been in contact with the FWISD and City officials. They’re canoeing a mountain right now too and have all said one of the worst things churches are doing right now is “helping” them in ways they haven’t requested it. So we’re waiting on them, ready to mobilize as soon as the phone rings.

See Neighborhoods Thrive – One of the city council members told me this morning “The most helpful thing a church can do right now is have people take care of the people who live in their neighborhoods. This crisis gives us an opportunity to lean-in to what we’re best at. We’re working on some strategies for how to do that wisely and effectively, but don’t wait on us to check on the people near you.  

Seize the Season for Families – There is absolutely no reason families shouldn’t look back on this season as one of the most spiritually significant seasons of their family’s life. We know that won’t happen by accident but are working on ways for it to be fun, intentional and accessible. Stay tuned.

We’re committed to communicating well without barraging you with emails.  For now, grab some climbing shoes. Trust me: the view from the top of these mountains is going to be worth it.

For today: The people in your life have never needed to know and see a real-deal Jesus follower as much as they do today. Go and be Doxology!