“Tribes” are medium-sized groups (15-30 people) that function more like an extended family. Our desire is to glean wisdom and understand different perspectives in an increasingly segmented & divided society. Tribes seek to be not only a place or relational support but also spiritual practice. The hope is that each Tribe would identify a need, cause, or concern and discover community around it. New faces are welcome and each meeting is unique. For more information on leaders, lcoations, & times email HERE.
Connie & Bill Nelson
Chip & Mary Ray
Kathy & Matt Pavlovich
Join us as we spend some quality time with people who’s needs are different than our own. In Luke 3, John challenges the people to "produce fruit in keeping with their repentance” because there were needs in their city. He says, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
We seek to create "laboratory" environments where we spend time with people who's needs are different than our own. Regularly, we find creative ways to visit, share meals, and schedule activities with refugees, foster families, neighbors in need, elderly, teen parents and single moms. It's a chance for Tribes, families, neighbors and friends can experience faith, community and mission.
Contact Tribe leaders about upcoming "Have 2 / Share 1" meet ups.
Our Approach is about helping kids develop an awareness of God's presence. While providing a biblical framework, we want kids to explore the two big ideas from Scripture: relationship and responsibility. We want to help kids discover what it means to live as a child of God and how God wants to use them..
How We Learn. Sociologists say that there are three basic ways that we learn. 1) Classroom style teaching: Passing on facts, data and information from a teacher/lecturer to a student. 2) Apprenticeship: You learn to do something by learning from someone who does it well. 3) Immersion: You learn to do things by being immersed in the culture. Children don’t learn to talk by taking lessons. They learn by being around people who speak the same language. They are immersed in a consistent culture and eventually they pick up the language and nuances. So, if our kids were immersed in a vibrant, consistent church community, they would pick up the behavior, language, nuances and depths of that community. For Mission Hills, we see our Rhythms as a guide and shared practice of faith.
While we host children's classes as part of our worship gatherings, we also seek to create "laboratory" environments where we spend time with people who's needs are different than our own. Each month, we find creative ways at Tribes to visit, share meals, and schedule activities with refugees, foster families, neighbors in need, elderly, teen parents or single moms. It's a chance for the whole family can experience faith, community and mission.
Please contact Erin King (email@example.com) to learn about ways to help and serve alongside these young lives.
Inter-Generational. We like to include kids as part of worship was well as have multiple voices who teach, encourage, guide, and play with them. We encourage every parent find their place within our family ministry because it will equip you (as much as them) in sharing, illustrating, and practicing faith. Similarly, we welcome additional voices from teens to empty nesters to be part of nurturing faith in young lives.
We chose to have kids in our worship for much of our gathering simply because we want to have them worship, pray, give, and learn alongside one another. We welcome the occasional “joyful noise”. It is during our hospitality and teaching time that we excuse kids to a 45 minute kid-focused and experiential learning time.
Kids at Tribes? Absolutely! Tribes are another, smaller expression of church. We imagine these medium-sized gatherings (15-30) as extended-family groups as we learn to share and practice our faith together.
We recognize some of the challenges with being a new cross-cultural resident – adjustment to a new culture, craving the familiar of home, the language. We know there can be loneliness, isolation, cultural barriers and biases. We also recognize you can be a resident of a city but until you’re welcomed into someone’s home, it's hard to feel feel settled much less accepted.
Our goal is to offer simple hospitality and seek to support and learn from one another. Sometimes hospitality means making room for someone. Others times, hospitality is learning to receive. In either case, we seek to learn who, why and how God has brought diverse people to become our Austin neighbors.
We also host regular "Have 2 / Share 1" weekends where we spend some quality time with people who’s needs are different than our own. In Luke 3, John challenges the people, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” To that end, we visit, encourage, and offer simple support (i.e. grocery, toiletry, and quality used clothing items). In practicing Hospitality, we don't want to make room for our friends but the strangers as well. And throughout scripture, God invites us to invites us to care to the foreigner.
For info about meeting times and opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Through our network of friendships, we have on-going relationships with children and families a part of the foster care system. We seek to celebrate families and children who are in need of encouragement, supplies, and resources. Our hope is to "lift the load" of those on the front lines of caring for some of the most vulnerable in our city. In some cases, these opportunities arise organically from within networks and neighborhoods. We also follow the lead of Fostering Hope Austin.
For info about meeting times and opportunities, email email@example.com
As part of an on-going relationship with the teen parent program, we seek to encourage, empower, resource, and learn from teen moms. From gathering resources to mentoring relationships, we seek to make ourselves available.
One way we do this is organizing around a program called “Be Our Voice” - a childhood obesity initiative that promotes healthy lifestyle choices. Using simple teaching elements of this program, we partner with a local teen parent program. Since so much of a person’s health, particularly eating habits, is based on their socio-economic status, we feel like there’s a valuable opportunity to be a resource and possibly an advocate.
Class times are an interactive, relational, and informational. We introduce basic strategy for healthy habits and have fun brainstorming different ideas and introducing foods to try. Healthy habits starts with 0-1-2-5-7-9: 0 - sweetened beverages; 1 - hour exercise; 2 - hours screen time; 5 - fruits and veggies; 7 - days a week of breakfast; 9 - hours sleep
If you have time during the day, an interest in health, are a foodie, enjoy being around some young moms, or just want to observe, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t join us in the classroom, there are still ways to advocate and help. From children’s books to diapers, gathering gently used children’s furnishing and toys to planning a class party to celebrate Mom’s at the end of the school year.