After planting churches since 1996....
This Easter, almost 20,000 people attended one of the 23 Association of Hill Country Churches and heard the gospel. 134 of them came to faith in Jesus Christ that day. With 1.7 million people living in Greater Austin, that means a little over 1% of the people in our area had the opportunity to hear about the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ at one of our church plants or campuses. God is moving in this city and people are responding to His message!
"What if a church fell in love with the gospel so fully that it fell in love with its city?"
The gospel was meant to change everything. We love our city, and want it to be changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a church that wishes to demonstrate its love for the city, we rally around a compelling vision:
That every man, woman, and child in Greater Austin has the chance to experience the life-changing realityof Jesus Christ because they hear the gospel from the lips of someone at a Hill Country Bible Church.
It took eleven years for HCBC to plant four churches; but they came to the conclusion that if the entire city was their responsibility, they needed to accelerate their efforts and re-assess their strategy. In only took another five years, and they were at twenty-two, and had launched a strong multi-site campus.
Even now, three new residents are coming aboard: All will be sent to a part of the city to live out and proclaim the gospel in ways that make sense to that new geography.
Tim Hawks often says, "We are not just trying to plant a good church; we are trying to plant a church planting church....that's part of a movement." This paradigm shift necessitated the establishment of a Church Planting Training Center that would coordinate the assessment, training, and deployment of church planters.
The current reality in Austin over the last 10 years, is it has grown by 50,000 people per year. There are just 4.75 churches per 10,000 people in the city. The national average is 12 churches per 10,000 residents. To keep up with current growth rates, we would need to add at least 23 churches every year. There is more work to be done in this city.
For information on how you can become a part of a future church plant team, sent to a new part of the city, please email the Church Planting office or call 512.336.4301.