8 months ago, I set out with a group of 30 adults and 20 kids to plant an intentionally multiethnic church in the west suburbs of Houston, in Katy, TX. Why Katy? In the past year, the 77494 zip code has been recognized as THE fastest growing zip code in America. And Fort Bend county has been recognized this past year also as THE most diverse county in America (Fort Bend stretches in the north from Katy / I-10 to the south well through Sugarland, Missouri City, and Sienna Plantation. In the east it includes Fresno and stretches west past Rosenberg and Fulshear. While this may seem like a large geographic spread, it is relatively not. From my days back in the borough of Queens, NY, I don’t think this is that much larger.
Woven Covenant Church meets in the top right quadrant of Fort Bend county, well-within all of this growth and diversity.
When we started this church back in July, it was all I ever hoped for in a church when I moved to Houston over 4 years ago. This is a church I would go to myself, as an attendee, let alone shepherd as a pastor. It is a great privilege to lead this body of couples, families, young adults, children, teens, new infants. What started out as predominantly Asian is making sure strides towards diversity with no one ethnic group more than 80%, and that is shrinking as we draw more and more new folks who are appreciative of the emphasis on diversity.
Diversity for us is not a token word, a political ploy, or marketing strategy. For us it is Gospel. It is the very reason we planted this church in the first place. It is taking “love your neighbor” quite seriously.
This Easter won’t you join us?
We worship at 6161 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77494 every Sunday morning at 10:30am. This year our Easter will be especially fun for the kids (bounce castle, egg hunt), we’ll have free food, and will be kicking off a new, stimulating preaching series called GOD on FILM which examines the stories of our culture (on the silver screen) that evoke a significant conversation about faith and spirituality.
See you April 5th!