Chris Sims

Chris Sims has loved the city of Casper, WY since 1993. After having left for a period of time, Chris and his family decided to move back and plant a church in June 2014. Wind City Church began with one family but now includes about 70 more (and growing). In 2015, they started the Forever West Church Planting Network that has now planted 8 additional churches in Wyoming and will soon expand into Montana. Chris has been married to Eve for over 25 years. Together, they have served in ministry in various locations. They are the proud parents of three girls: twins (Brianna and Katelyn) and their youngest (Emma). Chris is a former student of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.

Chris Sims has loved the city of Casper, WY since 1993. After having left for a period of time, Chris and his family decided to move back and plant a church in June 2014. Wind City Church began with one family but now includes about 70 more (and growing). In 2015, they started the Forever West Church Planting Network that has now planted 8 additional churches in Wyoming and will soon expand into Montana. Chris has been married to Eve for over 25 years. Together, they have served in ministry in various locations. They are the proud parents of three girls: twins (Brianna and Katelyn) and their youngest (Emma). Chris is a former student of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.


This past weekend I was able to be a part of what is, so far, the most amazing of my Christian experiences other than personally becoming a Christ-follower.  You see, I am a church planter.  I now pastor a church I planted five years ago that has as its primary DNA to help start new […]
October 15, 2019
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Life is busy.  Period.  Ministry seems to increase our busyness exponentially.  Demands on time are non-stop.  Focus on others is required.  Eyes set on the Kingdom of God are a must.  It can be hard to actually notice and celebrate the good things and the God things going on in the midst of the mission.  […]
September 12, 2019
God calls us to be a part of His Kingdom through faith in King Jesus. Participation in this Kingdom is where our lives find their purpose and meaning. Whether that is participating in church ministry, marketplace ministry or home ministry, God’s Kingdom is fully available to all Christ-followers. Entrance into this Kingdom is given when […]
August 28, 2019
By design, God has placed each of us right where He wants us. Whether a seminary student, church planting missionary or accountant, you are where you are by the design of The Lord. At times, God changes that geography intentionally (even if it feels less so). No matter where God has placed you, it is […]
August 13, 2019
We are very results-oriented aren’t we? Even within ministry, we like to see the wins. We want to see baptisms and salvations and numerical growth. Yet, the end result in discipleship is much less measurable. It is: Meaning – You could use the word purpose if you want. We were Made for this. We were […]
As a person who comes to follow Jesus, is the primary outcome that our messes would be cleaned and our problems would be solved? Those are important and valuable, but they aren’t the goal. We focus upon to outcomes that serve as the targets of our transformation (Morphing): 1 – Maturity – The personal outcome […]
Made by God. Marred by Sin. Mended by Christ. What’s next? Morphed – Yes, I stretched that ‘M’. I know, I know. But the process of metamorphosis isn’t far from what can happen in the life of a follower of Christ. Change requires time and effort but oh so much more. All of our time […]
The transition from the question ‘Why Am I In This Mess?‘ to ‘Can I Change?’ is wholly dependent on help. A person comes to us often as a last resort. They have tried every bit of counsel and advice that the world can offer. They know they have a problem. They know they are in […]
Why Am I Here? Why Am I In This Mess? Great questions that I bet you have heard. Our discipleship process begins at a place where we begin to answer both. Forgive me, it is alliterated with M’s to make it easier for me to remember, train and pass on. Made – That is step […]
I think in terms of questions. Most people do. What will I have for dinner? When will we get there? Our culture prefers good questions to good answers. With Discipleship, we have found it helpful to see what the common questions are that people deal with as they enter a church (or consider entering it). […]
We speak of the time that Jesus told His disciples to make disciples as the Great Commission. It is great because it is a clear call in how a follower of Christ is to spend their life energy. It is a Commission because it was an enlistment and job description so that we would never […]
To plant a church is to reach the lost with the gospel, see them saved and begin to disciple them. This seems a rather obvious statement. Even more obvious would be the pace that a church planter would hope that these things would happen. We surely want our work to produce as much fruit as […]
In the check-out line in the market. At the 4-way stop in the neighborhood. During the game at our children’s sports league. On the job site with the co-workers. What happens at these places? That depends! These are the places where we become missionaries where we live, work and play. However, they are also the […]
July 7, 2016
It’s funny. Every time I hear about another city I ponder its need for new churches. I hear percentages about the lost, the de-churched and the un-churched. In every case, there needs to be more churches planted everywhere to see that we are obedient to our commission to make disciples. Yes, even the Bible-Blet. In […]
As a North American Missionary, a part of the work is to raise support.  Support from churches who want to see the Kingdom of God expanded. Support from individuals and family who choose to sacrificially give so that I can be on the mission field.  In thinking about this, I was reading in Acts 11: http://www.esvbible.org/Acts+11/ […]
June 23, 2016
This week my blog takes a turn to a near rant.  However, the rant comes out of a heart of healing from the damaging statement ‘We aren’t being fed’.  You never hear this from a new follower of Christ but you may often hear it from those that have spent a lifetime being fed. As […]
I once pastored a church that was over 150 years old, and now I serve a new church plant that is not quite 2 years old.  What a difference!  One of the many differences is dealing with how to be missional. For instance, the 150+ year old church could have easily become comfortable with all […]
Much has been written about doing church as a team.  We see all thru the New Testament Church Planting adventures that Paul was surrounded by others who were all-in with the vision of God to reach the world with the Gospel.  Yet, within the nature of the modern church planter resides a subtle issue that […]
It is exciting to be sent!  To know that the God of All Things has imparted a specific call to you is an amazing thought.  It is so cool to actually GO once the realization becomes a calling. It becomes even more fun when you begin to pioneer a church plant and you want to […]
How do you teach urgency to a new follower of Christ in a Church Plant setting?  How can we avoid the ominous ‘pew-sitting’ mentality that can lead us to sit, soak and sour?  Worse, how can we equip Christians to avoid the pitfall of using their most valuable resource (time) inappropriately?  Imagining a pendulum, this […]
Until this week, I hadn’t really thought of it this way.  As part of a vision strategy time, I encourage others to imagine the world if what they had on their heart (their vision) didn’t come to pass.  For me, that would be imagining Casper, Wyoming without WindCity Church.   Now, this is not an […]
May 12, 2016
Your church budget starts at the same place your church attendance does at a new church plant.  Not zero but close.  For instance, we started with 5 people (one was me and the other four had my last name).  So, our attendance was 5 and our giving was the tithes and offerings that we contributed.  […]
We want to preach before thousands.  We want to hear of crowds coming to repentance like they did in Acts 2.  We desire maximum impact.  Those are all appropriate wants and prayers. So, what does a person with dreams like that do when they have a day like this? Up at 5am to take the […]
When is a disciple ready to lead in ministry.  When can a person be sent out to plant a church?  We have many metrics and they each serve a purpose (seminary, pastoral experience, a clear call from God, etc.).  This is a question I have been wrestling with quite a bit.  You see, I am […]
This week we have a guest post in The Adventures in Church Planting series as Planter/Pastor Chris Sims shares his weekly spot with Pastor/Planter Danny Smith. Chris & Danny are members of the Wyoming Church Planters Network but I will let Chris tell you in his own words: Danny Smith is a guest blogger for me […]
We tend to dream big as Church Planters.  We set out with a goal to change the world beginning in our city.  We want everyone to get saved.  We want to reach thousands with the Gospel.  I get excited just typing it. Over time, we can begin to aim at different targets.  Changing the world […]
What do you expect to see once you have spoken God’s Word to others?  What is the desired outcome?  Do we want physical response?  Do we desire to see people pray?  Repent?  Make decisions to follow Christ? As you enter into a church planting context, it is vital to have appropriate expectations of what will […]
A bodybuilder may use supplementation to motivate their body to grow.  However, if the hard work isn’t being done in the gym (and at the dinner table) then they will not see the desired results.  This is also true in the Kingdom of God.  We can do all kinds of things to dress up a […]
Do you remember the first time you got chosen?  Maybe it was something recreational (like being picked for a sports team). Maybe it was something familial (like being asked to do something manly by your father).  It could be that you recall the first time you are called upon to do something within church or […]
How big is the vision that God has given you?  For a church planter, is it to start a new church, build it to a comfortable size, and pastor a people?  Sounds nice…doesn’t sound very big. I know, I know.  Everybody has their own vision so who am I to call you out on yours?  […]
God gives you a vision for what to do, where to do and when to get started.  You are filled with awe and wonder as you consider the opportunity.  You get started and pour your heart and soul into serving Him on your new mission field.  You celebrate as others come along and hear the […]
One of the more difficult things in life is dealing with discouragement.  Within a ministry or church planting context, I believe this is an even greater issue.  There are plenty of reasons to be discouraged when a person looks around at the world.  Reading thru Acts 4, I see where the early disciples in this […]
It sure feels good when ministry is going smooth.  It can even cause me to think that that is the way it should be.  However, as much as I like it, that isn’t what is promised (check this out for proof – http://www.esvbible.org/John%2015%3A18-27/) and it isn’t what the biblical record shows us that the early […]
What do I do when the church plant actually begins to grow?  What about when it outgrows my leadership?  Do I slow it down or is there a better solution?  This is a great question for any role of leadership in any organization but especially something as new and fragile as a church plant.  After […]
In any church or ministry we have to be prepared to live our lives as followers of Jesus from within the culture and context where God has placed us.  This is a foundational consideration for a church planter. It is not an accident that we are serving God in our city in 2015.  It is […]
Some weeks can be hard right?  As far as church planting weeks, this has been one of my toughest yet.  We have experienced a legal threat that will require us to change our name.  We have heard the news that our lease won’t be renewed therefore we must hustle to find a new location in […]
In any ministry, we can be tempted to take credit for the successes we encounter.  This is especially true in a new church plant.  After all, we were part of the ‘Genesis’ of the work.  When I am tempted to take credit I am reminded of how Peter and John handled the situation after they […]
Church Planting may take you to a new area where you know few people and have limited experience/scope to guide you.  This has been my experience.  That has pushed me back to the Church Planting documentation in the book of Acts.  In Acts 3:1-8, we journey along with Peter and John fresh off of a […]
Growing up in the Bible-Belt of Arkansas, I had seen very traditional ways that church was done.  Those ways had been comfortable for me and many others.  As I served in churches, I saw slightly different expressions of ‘church life’ but the basics were still there. As I began preparing to plant a new church, […]
Ok, what does a church planter do once they have an audience?  Preparing a message gets mixed reviews with many ministry leaders.  Some love it and others loathe it.  The difference is in the stress level that arises over direction.  We don’t want to get stale.  We don’t want to be ‘Johnny One-Note’.  We fear […]
How would we reach people in this new church plant?  Where would they come from?  What would be the best way to communicate God’s Love to them?  As we look into the Scriptures we see God timing the launch of The Church with a cultural event that drew many people together: Acts 2:6-13 (ESV) – And […]
  We had our calling (to plant a church in Casper, Wyoming).  We knew it was time.  We began to think on the differences between our old area (Arkansas) and our new area (Wyoming).  We spoke the same language but the style, slang and intent of some of the language was different.  There would be […]
  Are you a ‘do-it-yourself’ ministry leader or a fan of ‘doing church as a team’? I tend to be a ‘do-it-yourself’ guy in most areas of my life.  It is probably a control issue.  I can control the beginning, the ending and the quality of something if I do it as a lone wolf.  […]
I wanted to plant a church as soon as it entered my mind.  Instead, I got Elevator Music. When it plays, you wait.  It represents a time where you are moving but you are also stationary.  You are making progress – going up or down – but you do not yet have freedom to go. […]
I remember driving over the hill in the town we had just moved to and saying to my wife, “We need to plant a church in this town.”  I don’t know exactly how that thought came to dominate my mind when we were in the midst of moving but it did. Church Planting was in […]