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God has brought my family and I to Austin to start a new community of faith that deeply loves God and loves others. Not just in what we believe and say, but in what we do and how we love. In ways that are natural overflows of lives spent pursuing God, pursuing one another in a covenant community and in declaring and demonstrating the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Austin, and beyond.

While visiting Austin over the past few years we have fallen in love with the downtown and South Austin area. Now that we live here, we continue to have our hearts knit to the people and places of this community. This is probably the most eclectic part of Austin as it runs the gamut from bohemians, urban professionals, young families, older families, college students and more. It has wonderfully diverse neighborhoods, great parks, downright amazing food options, tons of independent shops, legendary music scene and a great arts and entertainment scene!

Reconciliation & Restoration

While Austin is a truly wonderful city, there is another side to it. A side that is broken. Homelessness, poverty, racism, husbands beating their wives and children, drug and alcohol addiction, crime, illiteracy, young women not eating or forcing themselves to vomit to attain ‘beauty’, hatred spewed from some of its citizens, greed, pride and selfishness.

Austin has some of the smartest and most talented people on the planet. And yet this continues. It is our confident belief that the missing component is the reconciliation and restoration that comes through Christ. It is the message of reconciliation and restoration that we are to declare and demonstrate to the people and city of Austin.

Partnerships

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The Acts 29 Network exists to be a network that helps start churches that also start churches. They provide training, fellowship, funding opportunities and an attachment to a community of like-minded church planters. Through Acts 29 we are able to join others in declaring and demonstrating the unchanging gospel in an ever changing culture.

The Village ChurchThe Village Church, led by Lead Pastor Matt Chandler, has been our church home for the past 5 years, and I was privileged to serve on pastoral staff for two of those years. The Village Church is co-sponsoring our church plant in Austin and providing pastoral support, continued mentorship, funding and our continued attachment and heart for The Village Church community.

Hill Country AssociationThe Association of Hill Country Churches was formed by the elders of Hill Country Bible Church and their vision for planting churches that permeate all of Austin. Hill Country Bible Church invited us to be a part of the vision to reach the city of Austin with the message of Christ, and they continue to be the catalyst in providing training, funding, networking and a common heartbeat for the city of Austin.

Current Timeline

January 2008 – March 2008: Recruit the missional core of the church plant team. During this time we will meet regularly as missional community groups for fellowship, prayer, preparation and ministry to the city.

March 2008 – May 2008: Plans are underway for a new non-profit organization that will seek the common good of the city. During this period we will be promoting and kicking off this effort.

June 2007 – August 2008: We will continue setting the core DNA of this community of faith. During this time we will add monthly celebration gatherings to our missional community groups and service to the community.

September 2008: We will add weekly celebration services and ‘officially’ launch as a missional church.

So if you are out there and you seek reconciliation and restoration for Austin, drop us a line and let’s see what we can do together.

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