Concord Church began at the Carr P. Collins chapel on the campus of Bishop College. The name Concord is synonymous with harmony, peace, and unity. Our founding pastor, the late Dr. E. K. Bailey had a vision for a church that would change the lives of people and have a positive impact on the community. On Sunday, June 22, 1975, two hundred and thirty “charter members” joined him in this vision and Concord was born. For nearly three decades, Pastor Bailey invested in the lives of people and built the Concord Church to become one of the leading churches in the country before he graduated to glory. Throughout our history, Concord has always been a church with a vibrant membership dedicated to excellence in ministry. We are a church that possesses an active faith in God and obedience to His will.
After its launch in June 1975, Concord quickly became one of the fastest growing churches in America. We experienced great success in evangelism and discipleship. Six months after being established, we purchased our first property at 3410 South Polk Street in Dallas, TX. We hosted an outreach revival called “Joy Explosion” and in one week we watched God move 1,000 people to accept Christ! We began an important emphasis on discipling men and women in Christian ministry. Our focus on ministry and community service led to the development of the Institute of Church Growth and Development to assist other churches in furthering their ministry. Additionally, Concord became one of the first churches in the country to introduce staffing to the African American church community.
During the 1980s, we experienced growing pains and had to make adjustments in order to develop the infrastructure to support the growth of the church. The Lord sustained us during this period and His grace was sufficient as the Concord Center for Biblical Studies (CCBS), and the Substance Abuse and Women's Ministries were launched.
In the early 1990s, God moved us to higher ground as He matured our leadership. Pastor Bailey established a Council of Elders to partner with him in leading the church forward. We were able to burn the mortgage notes on three different properties and make other purchasing decisions to prepare for expanding Concord’s reach in the journey ahead. We spent 22 years at the Polk Street location! In December of 1997, God led us to purchase a 24-acre site located at 6808 Boulder Drive (now Pastor Bailey Drive). This site would provide us with the space necessary to expand our ministries. The CMBC Learning Center and the Concord Senior Center were both launched in 1999.
As we moved into the 21st century, we made great strides in fulfilling the purposes of God. We began to develop annual church themes during this season of ministry. The theme for 1999 was “Saved to Serve.” In 2000, the theme was “Share the Joy” and we shared Christ with more than 10,000 people. From 2001 – 2003, the theme was “Reclaiming the Village.” We also began our annual financial commitment to our students by establishing a scholarship program in the amount of $100,000. During this season, we witnessed Pastor Bailey's valiant fight with cancer, as we prayed and continued to grow through his health challenges. Continuing the emphasis on discipleship, Pastor Bailey prayerfully selected his successor in August 2002 and began grooming him to take Concord to the next level. After twenty-eight years of invaluable service, Pastor Bailey went to be with the Lord in October of 2003.
Succeeding Pastor Bailey was Reverend Bryan L. Carter, who assumed the position of Senior Pastor. Pastor Carter had previously served on the church staff as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and then as Assistant Pastor beginning in 2000. Under Pastor Carter’s leadership, God has continued to bless our church immensely. Pastor Carter immediately led a renewed focus on Concord’s mission of being “A Church That Makes a Difference.” We strengthened our foundation by annually concentrating on one of these five pillars: membership, maturity, missions, ministry and magnification. Concord once again became one of the fastest growing churches in the country. From 2008-2010, we went from two worship services to four worship services, adding one in each of the latter years. In 2010, we shifted the mission of the church to “We Grow People” and redesigned our ministry around helping people to grow spiritually in their lives. Our “growth” plan revolves around five key areas – the Study of God’s Word, the Sunday worship experience, participation in at least one Small Group, Serving in a ministry, and Sharing both one’s faith and finances. Our emphasis on spiritual growth is exhibited in the large increase in the number of people participating in our Small Groups. Additionally, both our Men’s Ministry and our Women’s Ministry have experienced explosive growth due to their small group curriculums of “33 The Series” for the Men and WOW (Women of Worth) for the Women.
In December 2010, Concord launched a capital campaign “Great Expectations” to raise the money necessary to build a new worship center. This campaign subsequently became “Greater Expectations” in January of 2012, as continued membership growth led to the decision to complete construction nine months earlier than originally planned. Concord members faithfully and sacrificially gave the funding necessary for the church to inject enough equity into completing the construction of the new worship center. On March 16, 2013, we held our first worship services in the newly constructed Faith Building. The Faith Building is 81,000 square feet of space that houses our worship sanctuary, administrative offices, Connection Bookstore, and provides ministry support space. The Faith Building allowed us to serve our members and the surrounding community more effectively. In conjunction with the completion of the Faith Building, the church renewed its commitment to being a blessing to the community by launching a focus entitled “Going In to Go Out”
Today, Concord’s membership exceeds 8,000 members. Every week, more than 5,500 members attend Sunday worship services on our campus and another 1,000 plus worship with us online. We baptized 338 new believers and received 1,842 new members in 2013. Our commitment to discipling and training men, women, youth, children and our community has remained, as we continue to focus on our mission of GROWING PEOPLE.