Austin, Texas is one of America’s 10 fastest growing cities. Texans have a love-hate relationship with their capital city – a west coast city stuck in the heart of the Texas hill-country. It’s best known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and as home to the 50,000+ college students at The University of Texas. Austin is a conglomeration of great music and art, eclectic food and people, and city living with a touch of the great outdoors.
During your internship in Austin, you will have the opportunity to practice organic, relational, disciple-making and simple church planting alongside missionaries Jordan and Sara Bunch.
Jesus said, “…Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always…” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Because we believe Jesus is Lord, we look to his example and use his method of disciple-making by forming small communities of people who commit to being discipled by Jesus through relationship with Him and each other. This commission from Jesus is the impulse from which we gain our mission, which is to do our part to see a vibrant family of Jesus within close reach of every person on the planet. Disciple-making means facilitating communities that are centered around the life and teachings of King Jesus. He is the center of all things, and from Him we find both our meaning and purpose.
Simple Church Planting
90% of Austinites are not a part of any Christian church community. It is what missiologists call a “Post-Christian city.” In the words of Randy Harris, a professor of theology at ACU, “It’s not that they are choosing not to go (to church), it’s that it’s so irrelevant to their lives that the thought never even crosses their minds.”Churches have become increasingly complicated, expensive, and professional, but it wasn’t always this way. We are part of a movement that is striving to model the church as it was when Jesus’ disciples started it in the first century: churches that meet in homes, that value and use the gifts of each person, and that are led by Jesus rather than professionals.
“The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14)
Following Jesus into the neighborhood is at the heart of the Christian life. This is what incarnation is all about: God with us. Mission is not about bringing the Gospel to a foreign place, but rather it is about slowing down enough to see what God is already doing in your own neighborhood and then simply joining Him there.
Prayer walk their neighborhood Meet their neighbors Build a community asset inventory Build a profile of community needs Invite neighbors into their homes Host a block party Develop a plan to help their neighbors meet each others needs.
Supervisor: Jordan Bunch Bachelor of Christian Ministry – ACU ’09 Master of Domestic Missions – ACU ’12
Jordan married his best friend and kingdom partner Sara in 2009. He is a passionate disciple-maker and house church planter. He serves on the board and leadership team for a global house church planting and leader equipping network, LK10.com. He finds a deep sense of joy in raising up university students as kingdom leaders in such a way that starts a movement of disciple-making. He works bi-vocationally as an entrepreneur through wedding and portrait photography, videography and web design. Working with Jordan will provide an environment for you to live fully into your unique God ordained design.