As churches get bigger, they must “get smaller” if they hope to thrive. In other words, people need opportunities outside of large worship services to meet new people, develop friendships, and grow in faith. Our response to that need is our Growth Groups. Growth Groups are groups of 10-15 people who get together each week in a convenient Austin location.
Growth Groups happen twice each year. During the Spring session, each Group has its own topic ranging from tennis to piano to a study on forgiveness and just about everything in between. During the Fall session, all Growth Groups participate in a church-wide study. Those have included a book study of Adam Hamilton’s Enough, a book on stewardship and generosity, and a discussion of the 8 Points of Progressive Christianity.
On Spiritual Saturdays, Rev. Dr. Mona West guides participants through exploration of topics including centering prayer, the spirituality of leadership, and chant and sacred gesture. Retreats are from 10 am to 3 pm, cost $20 (scholarships available), and lunch is provided.
Our Deacons work in teams, and each team fills a specific role.
In smaller churches, a single Pastor often responds to all of the emotional and spiritual needs of the individuals in the congregation. When our congregation outgrew the ability of our Sr. Pastor to respond to all the requests for Pastoral Care, we committed to training and supporting Deacons who could help meet the needs. Our Pastor is always available to you when you are struggling with your faith, experiencing challenging life events, or just want to talk to your Pastor. In all other circumstances, our Deacons stand ready to offer compassionate care and prayer.
You can reach our Deacons anytime by calling the Deacon Care Line at 512-291-8819. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
All are welcome to join our different ministries and participate in our various programs. For more information contact our Program Director, Amanda Alvarado, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the third Sunday of each month—September through May—two groups meet for food and fellowship at local restaurants.
The Family Lunch Bunch visits restaurants that also have playgrounds—spaces where adults and children alike can comfortably socialize.
Community Connection gathers at a different restaurant each month to meet new people and connect with old friends.
If you are visiting us or if lunch out doesn’t fit into your budget, we would love for you to be our guest for lunch. Just let one of our hosts know that you’d like to be our guest.
Seasonal Meetups are opportunities throughout the year to gather at the church or to get out in the city for some fun with friends. We have game nights and potlucks. During the summer, meetups have included fishing at Moby Dick’s Private Pond, taking in a show at Zilker Hillside Theater, and cheering on the Round Rock Express. During Advent, we meet weekly for activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and Christmas caroling.
If members are to grow in their faith, they need to have established an emotional bond with their congregation. And for that bond to have optimum strength, it must go beyond just the worship experience. ~Albert Winesman