LTD Podcast E26: Pastor Chris Hankins on His Church Plant/Multiplication Vision
Pastor Chris is from Apex, North Carolina. He’s one of the few people in our area who is actually born and raised in North Carolina. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 13 years and have 2 biological children: a son and a daughter; and they are involved in a foster-to-adopt journey with a 6-year old boy. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from NC State and he holds a Masters in Arts in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris is the lead pastor of the Point Church with campuses across the Triangle North Carolina region.
He became a youth pastor when he went to Southeastern Seminary. He realized that he enjoyed discipling and raising up adult leaders, and this is how God began to change his heart. He started to really get to know a lot of other churches and he thought a lot of people plant churches because they don’t like their church. And it was the exact opposite for him. He loved the church. And he loved the church he was serving at. They planted a church because they loved the church and wanted to take all the best things from all the best churches they knew and put them into one.
In September 2010, they had their very first service at Mission Valley movie theater across the street from NC State. It has been an incredible journey for Pastor Chris since then as it has been a journey of faith and of following God into places that he never imagined. The church started with just 15 people but within 18 months, they sent 50 people to Apex, North Carolina to plant their second church. That began a church planting and multiplication journey. From the beginning, he had the vision to plant churches in every major community in the Triangle. At first, he had assumed that the churches would all be in English, but God had better plans. They now have four Spanish churches as they continue that multiplication vision.
Their multiplication vision did not stop there though. With the help of Sammy, they fulfilled their dream of reaching families of different people, groups and languages, began offering Bible studies and services, and then churches in their heart language. One of their governing values as a church is to intentionally pursue diversity. They commit to having a heart for all demographics and allowing people to best hear the gospel through their heart language. He has seen God bring people and leaders to be a part of the movement of God to reach the nations through Point Church. Pastor Chris believes that statistics have shown that church planting is the most effective method of evangelism. And that’s why they are about church planting and multiplication in multiple languages because they want to get Jesus Christ to every major people group, and every major community in the Triangle.
Global Hope India: For over 20 years we have been watching God radically transform thousands of Americans & Indian Nationals through missions. We’ve taken nearly 1,000 Americans on short-term mission trips to India. We work with 12 long-term indigenous church planting partners located in North, South, East, & West mainland India as well as Northeast India. We empower the Church in India to make Christ known through leadership, child, & village development projects. Global Hope India is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Morrisville, North Carolina. All gifts are tax-deductible. More about GHI.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream Podcast. He’s a poor kid from rural North Carolina, but get this… He just returned from his 50th trip to India in 20 years. If he doesn’t yet hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most trips to India then he’s got to be close. He’s flown over a million miles to 27 different countries. He’s taken nearly 1,000 people on mission trips to India. Global Hope India has seen thousands of Indian Nationals and Americans radically transformed by God through missions. The miracle continues! More about Pastor Kevin.
About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org