Chase Oaks Church was born out of the Fellowship Bible Church movement, which began in the early 1970s after Dallas Theological Seminary’s Dr. Gene Getz was challenged by his students to reevaluate the viability of the local church. Together, they dove deep into the New Testament for wisdom to answer basic questions such as “Why does the local church exist?” and “What about the way we do church… should it be flexible as culture changes? What should stay the same?”
The results of this study were published in the landmark book, Sharpening the Focus of the Church, which argued that while God has called the church to various functions that must not change (i.e., teaching the Bible, worshiping God, etc.), He has given us freedom to adjust the forms these functions take in response to changing cultures. That way, the church can remain both faithful to God and relevant to today.
Called to leave the comfortable world of academia and to put these principles into practice, Gene and his colleagues launched the first Fellowship Bible Church, which was unlike any that Dallas had ever seen. It grew quickly, paving the way for around 350 like-minded churches to spread throughout the United States and even more worldwide. In 1981, after building up Fellowship Bible Church and Fellowship Dallas, Gene founded Fellowship Bible Church North, which would eventually become Chase Oaks Church.