We love Austin. What does that mean? Does it mean “have great affection for?” Yes. But even more so it means to serve the city, seek the flourishing of her citizens and institutions, to live our lives within her rhythms, love our neighbors, and as a church to situate ourselves right in the heart of Austin. During the summer of 2013 we announced the formation of a Property Search Team (PST) to find a central city location for Christ Church to acquire as a permanent ministry center.
In case you missed the discussion at the retreat last weekend, I am very happy announce here that we have a property under contract (112 Medina St., 78702). The PST was faced with the difficult task of translating our vision and core values into a suitable location and facility within city center parameters, a geography that is already densely developed. Before it even came on the market, the PST found a property that they have recommended to the Vestry. After rounds of in-depth analysis, fasting, and prayer the Vestry, staff and PST believe this could be God’s provision for Christ Church to take the next step of “building a community of fully devoted followers of Jesus, with a heart for the city and the world to the glory of God.”
We believe that having a permanent ministry center in the heart of the city will move us toward this mission by providing greater opportunities as a corporate body to have an enduring incarnational presence in a concrete locale (to take “love your neighbor” quite literally), to open the doors of gospel hospitality throughout the week and year, and to become a long-term ministry base for the advance of the kingdom of God in our great city.
The process of purchasing a property must be consonant with our vision and values. You can visit this page for an FAQ, information updates, and to see some of the ways that our core values and this property intersect. Also, stay tuned for some upcoming information meetings. You may also email any property questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current contract gives us time to do inspections, look into the feasibility of repairs and remodeling and pray together as a community. Let’s pray and dream together about what God might have in store, that we might press further into His desire that every individual in Austin stand in the company of Christ and His people.
That no one stand alone,
PS Join us this Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Day!