Vision 2030 - A Church Focused on Loving Our Community

Bob Goff, popular Christian author says, "Simply put, love does." We are people of the Great Commandment of Love God, Love others and the Great Commission of making disciple's of Jesus Christ. This is why our mission statement is to make disciple's of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! 
Our vision is to love our community by helping it heal both spiritually and physically: practicing invitational evangelism and love focused service! By 2030 we believe that God is calling us to spend as much on people outside of the church (through mission and evangelism) as we do on our own church. We also believe that every person should be living out their call by God to serve others. Each and every follower is uniquely gifted and called by God to loving service. We will equip our partners to serve, imagine a community of believers, empowered by God to change the world! We sense a specific calling to help families heal whatever brokenness that they have: fortifying …

Vision 2030: A Leader-Making Church

It is great to be back from all of my travels, after going with our youth on mission trip and then a short journey to Ohio for the Central Texas Conference. It is time to continue to share about our 2030 Vision. Another pillar of the vision is that we will be a leader-making church. I have been impressed with the number and quality of leaders at Rockbridge! God is doing something special with this community. We want to continue that trend and even enhance it! Every follower of Christ is given spiritual gifts, and I believe one of the five spiritual callings from Ephesians 4:11: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, and Teacher. Our goal as the leadership at Rockbridge is to enable each partner and regular attender to find their gifts and to empower our people to lead new ministries and, when the time is right, to even start new campuses and churches. God wants us to make an impact on our community and our world and by empowering every person at Rockbridge to serve in their gifts, th…

Vision 2030 A Disciple-Making Church

Disciple-making is what we are called to do as followers of Jesus. In his earthly mission, Jesus took a unique group of men and women (the twelve disciples plus the other people who followed him) and allowed them to sit at his feet so that they could learn what it meant to be his followers. We are called to be disciples who make more disciples! Throughout my life, I have had person after person share their life with me so that I could learn what it means to follow Jesus. In college, it was a man named Gary who mentored me in my relationship with God. I would not be the man, the pastor, the leader I am today without his guidance in my life at that important stage. That is what we need to do for each other. The first part of our vision is that we will be a Disciple-Making Church. We derive that from Matthew 28:16-20 where Jesus gives the mission of the church to make disciples of all nations! Here is what that looks like Rockbridge will be a disciple-making factory. Our definition of a d…

Vision 2030: Our Mission

This is my second blog on Vision 2030: the vision that God is giving us to fulfill our mission at Rockbridge Church! Before we get into that I wanted to take a moment and look at that mission:

Boom, That's IT! It is simple, to the point, and poignant. This mission statement is one we share with our tribe, the United Methodist Church, the question is where is it's origin and what does it mean? This mission statement is derived from Jesus himself when he addressed the disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew before his ascension: "Therefore go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20)." 
The disciples' mission given by Jesus is the same one we have today: to be disciples who make more disciples. We are not looking simply to make non-believers into…

Why Vision?

Hello all! Sorry for the brief hiatus on the blog, but life has been crazy lately. Over the next few weeks, I am going share about the visioning journey we are on at Rockbridge church.  Why a vision? Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Simply put: to succeed in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we need a good, clear, concise vision that sets us on the path.  We have seen countless organizations fail to survive when the world changed for one reason or another because they were not able to adjust their vision to a changing landscape. Our landscape is changing, has been for a while. Here are some facts: 1. Fewer and fewer people feel like they should be in worship on a Sunday morning. In the Austin area, 18 percent of people choose to worship each week. We need to be a church that lets people know that the best life lived is one following Jesus. 2. Most churches are in decline because they have no…

Bible Mock Draft: Picking the 16 Greatest Characters in Scripture

So its mock draft season for the NFL and I wanted to have a little fun so I am doing a Bible Character mock draft! Fun? Sure. Sacrilege? Maybe. My buddy Evan Duncan and I did this draft together and we included only characters that are fully human and not divine. Hope you enjoy!

Pick 1 (Evan): Mary - Mother of our Lord. She was an activist and revolutionary. Knew her scripture and trusted God - even when it meant virgin birth, being a social outcast, and watching Jesus die.

Pick 2 (David): Moses - led God's people out of slavery, sent the plagues, cool staff. Got to hang out with God and was given the law. Pretty great all around leader, versatile.

Pick 3 (Evan): Paul. Early career character issues but turned it around to be the greatest missionary of all time. Opened the door for all to enter. Real student of the game.

Pick 4  (David): Abraham - Father of nations, faithful. Has some character issues but showed strength overcoming them. Known worldwide for his catchy song.

Pick 5…

Be The Church

One of the exciting events that I inherited at Rockbridge Church is Be The Church Sunday. For outreach and mission we shut down the campus doors and go be the church in the community. What a great and wonderful idea! We served all over Cedar Park and Leander and Austin: filling homeless bags, repairing fences, and other work projects. It was a great weekend of work and thank you to everyone who helped plan and lead these projects.

Check out some pics from the weekend: