Is there a strategic benefit to church planting in big cities? There are plenty of questions surrounding the hardships of planting in cities, but what about the advantages?

In this video, Justin Anderson sits down with Jim Essian, lead pastor of The Paradox Church in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss church planting in larger city contexts. They discuss the transient nature of cities, the importance of multiplication, and the downstream effects of church planting in a larger city.

Click on the video below for helpful guidance and wisdom from two seasoned pastors who have lived through these issues and hope to offer advice for both current and future church planters.

Jim Essian
Written by: Jim Essian on July 18, 2023

Jim Essian planted The Paradox Church in 2011 in downtown Fort Worth and serves as lead pastor. Jim played eight years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers organizations prior to planting. He founded the church planting network Plant Fort Worth, which has seen 13 churches planted in the Greater Fort Worth area in the last 5 years. He is the author of Jesus For You: He Became Like You So You Could Become Like Him. Jim is married to Heather and they have three girls.