Hello, my name is Chris Hankins!
I am a follower of Jesus, husband, dad, and the founding/lead pastor of The Point Church in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
My life is devoted to seeing as many people as possible know Jesus in my lifetime. I believe multiplying local churches is the best way to achieve that dream.
As a kid, I went to church out of coercion until a friend invited me to his student ministry in middle school.
What I found at that local church changed my life.
I found a community of people who loved me unconditionally unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I was hooked.
In my senior year of High School I had already laid out what my future would look like. I had been accepted into the engineering program at North Carolina State University and had three defined life goals (I’ve always been a very goal oriented person):
Goal 1: Make a lot of money
Goal 2: Have a big house
Goal 3: Marry a hot wife
And then God interrupted my plan for my life with a plan of his own. God began to call me to be a pastor.
I tried to tell God no. Much like Jonah, the harder I tried to run away from His calling on my life, the more miserable I became.
I finally gave in to God’s plan and embarked on an adventure greater than I ever imagined!
I went on to NC State, where I quickly dropped out of Engineering and began studying Interpersonal Communications. I also began as a Student Minister at a rural NC church at only 19 years old (I still can’t believe they hired me) where I served throughout most of my time in college.
Immediately after college graduation, I enrolled in seminary and began working at a local megachurch as their Middle School Student Pastor. At our peak, we were holding 3 weekend worship services (2 Sunday & 1 Saturday) with 300+ students, 20+ small groups, and 50+ adult leaders.
At the time, I thought I would be in student ministry forever, but little did I know, God was preparing me to plant and lead a new church.
After realizing God was calling me to church planting, my wife and I finally took the leap, and did a one year church planting residency at an amazing church called Lifepointe Church here in Raleigh with my now mentor, Donnie Williams.
In September 2010, The Point Church held our very first services at Mission Valley Movie Theater across the street from NC State.
To hear more about the story of The Point Church, and our unique church planting vision, check out this podcast I recorded with UnSeminary.
You can also visit The Point Church website.
God has done amazing things in The Point Church since 2010. We’ve gone from 1 Point Church to 9 Point Churches across the Raleigh-Durham Metro area, reaching 1500 people in multiple languages. The amazing thing is that we believe Jesus is just getting started building His church among us.
Our vision is to plant 30 churches in the Raleigh-Durham area by 2025 so that every man, woman, and child here can be pointed to Jesus. It is definitely a God sized dream that only God can fulfill and in the process we hope He will get all of the glory!
I also have the privilege of helping lead a North Carolina Church Planting Movement called “The Carolina Movement.” We are praying that we will plant 100 churches in NC by 2027!
The God sized vision God gave our church family has forced me to rely on God more than I thought possible and step out in faith in ways that seemed even crazy at the time.
My prayer is that this blog will inspire many others to take bold steps of faith because they actually believe God is still able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine . . . even here in America!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
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