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Lamar & Barton Springs

November 17, 2007

It’s official friends. My family and I are moving to South Austin. (South Central Austin depending on who you ask) Specifically we will be headed to the Lamar & Barton Springs area.

We are super pumped that God is sending us to serve this community! This is probably the most eclectic part of Austin there is. This area runs the gamut from bohemians, young professionals to young families.

Here are some distinctives about the three areas that make up our focus area.

South of the river (78704 zip code)
This is primarily where the bohemian culture lives. This area is changing as new lofts are being built throughout the area. Among other things, this area is home to Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores, multiple performing arts centers, the SoCo district, several historic neighborhoods and multitudes of independent shops and restaurants. Some facts: High density area, 20-39 years, mix of singles, marrieds, children, students, somewhat transient, primarily Anglo with Hispanics in the east portion of the area.

Downtown Austin is great! Tons of venues, the political capital of Texas and where business gets done by day. There are currently 3,000 full time residents in the downtown area, but the city plans to add 25,000 residents by 2015! High density in the day, lower in evening, primarily 20-39 but older residents in the area bring the average age to 42, mostly Anglo & single, transient, high income (98k), heavy male population.

West Austin Neighborhood, Clarksville
This is where old west Austin first started building homes. This is one of those older communities with tons of character. There is a higher % of 40 & 50 year olds than other areas, with an average age 39.3. It is a high density area, highly educated, 49% married, stable housing, high income (107k)

There are about 60,000 residents in our immediate target area, 90,000 within a 5 minute drive and 309,000 within a 10 minute drive. Of the households with children, about 38% of them are headed by a single mother, 11 % by a single father.

Unfortunately, for the most part, the state of the church is very sad in the area. There are a handful of churches with poor theology, a handful of dying churches and only a smattering of young churches that are reaching some people, but not many. We have been told to expect active opposition from certain groups in the area.

Please pray. Pray that we would preach the gospel early and often. Pray that hearts would be made receptive to the gospel. Thanks for your prayers friends.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2007 10:05 am

    It’s go time…in the name of Jesus…

  2. November 18, 2007 7:52 pm

    congrats, bro. it will be good to have you in the neighborhood. hey, if you have time, i expanded my critique of mclaren’s hermeneutic in a new article at new wave (see my blog). you can vote or interact with it there…

  3. November 18, 2007 10:55 pm

    God is going to use you and the family in south Austin. I can’t wait to see it!

  4. oneearlymorn permalink
    November 20, 2007 12:05 pm

    Thank you. -sincerely

    This church sounds AMAZING! It’s perfect placement! Preach it and live it and God’s gonna do wonders there!

    really, it sounds very exciting.

  5. Shelley permalink
    November 28, 2007 12:10 pm

    Jacob, my brother, I am so excited for you, your family and team. You guys are venturing into what we like to call…Bubba-land. Land across the river…good dirt for planting seeds, watering and sowing…reaping! We’re all dirt right? 🙂 Ooooh, and I have some southy friends to send your way! I’ll get with you in person on that one.

  6. bob permalink
    November 29, 2007 9:32 pm

    we live just behind zelker elem school in south lamamr


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