What Bamboo Teaches Us About Small Group Multiplication

Bamboo is a fascinating grass. It resembles many of the aspects of a healthy church community that is multiplying spiritually. Characteristics of Bamboo Growth Bamboo produces new canes (culms) in the spring. These shoots emerge out of the ground and grow in height and diameter for around 60 days. During this 60-day period, it will […]

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Sexuality and the Church

Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas, including our sexual appetite. Not only is Austin the Live Music Capital of the World — it’s also the “Capital of Copulation,” at least according to Men’s Health magazine’s October 2010 issue.  The magazine cites Austin’s #1 ranking based on categories like condom sales, birth rates, sex toy sales, […]

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Church Growth. Or Missional Church Growth?

How does rapid population growth in a city affect local church growth? Austin, TX is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in the last decade. The 2000 US Gov’t Census of Austin, TX had 1,249,763 people living in the greater Austin area.  The 2010 US Gov’t Census data shows 1,716,289 people now living in […]

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Does you ministry exist in an Acts 2 or Acts 17 environment? It matters.

What’s the cultural context the early church started in? The Acts 2 environment is very different from the Acts 17 environment. I believe America has become an Acts 17 environment in many places around our country but unfortunately the church is still operating like it’s an Acts 2 world out there. In Acts 2 we […]

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Relational Voice and Small Group Ethos for Post-Christian People

If you are a church that is missionally living in the culture then you must be prepared for who you will meet. And they might not like you.  People living in the city of Austin, TX are pretty sure most Christians are hateful, narrow minded, intolerant, judgmental, hypocritical and uninformed people. This is the current […]

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Small Groups – Intentional Discipleship and Seasons of Spiritual Formation

Amazingly we have baptized over 1000+ people in our 15 year history. But Jesus ministry is to make disciples, not just baptize people. Here are some next step we are taking in our Small Group system design. Jesus discipled twelve men in his Small Group.  He taught them about the kingdom of God, about his […]

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Creating Life-Changing Small Group Culture

The Starting Place of People Are the people where you live struggling with relational trust, loneliness, brokenness, insecurity or shame? What about these struggles: addictions, abortions, adultery, sexual attractions, anger, …the list could go on.  No one is perfect. Certainly not me. Certainly not you. When I was in high school my favorite community to […]

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