FiveStone Churches is preparing a church plant in Austin, Texas, this fall. Aaron Reyes, an Austin native, is completing a residency at Christian Fellowship Church in Itasca and is building a core group in preparation of the first worship service
The Austin plant will be formed in four DNA strands: Rooted in the Gospel (Romans 1:16-17); Driven by Discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20); Engaging All to Win Some (1 Corinthians 9:22); and Cultivating Unity in Diversity (Ephesians 4:1-6).
Below are details of Aaron’s vision for the church:
Why plant a church? The best way to spread the gospel and advance God’s kingdom is to plant churches. Church planting brings the gospel to new places, peoples, and neighborhoods. God began impressing this burden upon me about four years ago and He made it clear that Austin was the location.
Why Austin? Austin is a great city with great diversity. There are many gospel-centered, evangelical churches in Austin, but there is a lack of evangelical churches on the east side of Austin. The east side is the most diverse part of the city. It has Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans across several generations and groups. I want to see God transform individuals, families, and neighborhoods. I want to see people across cultural and economic backgrounds worshipping the one true God.
How did you land on the church plant’s four DNA statements? The first strand of our DNA, Rooted in the Gospel, is born out of the conviction that believers are dependent on the gospel of Jesus (Romans 1:16-17). Christians do not grow out of the gospel. We must keep the gospel before us (Hebrews 2:1).
The second strand, Driven by Discipleship, stems from the conviction that the Christian life is a life of discipleship. The Christian life is more than attending a local church on a Sunday morning. A Christian follows Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20) and is being transformed into His image (Romans 8:29). This requires action. Believers are called to live life with other saints and to build each other up. I want to be a church known for its discipleship (Ephesians 4:11-16).
The third strand, Engaging All to Win Some, derives from two realities. First, evangelism is not primarily an activity that only the pastor performs on a Sunday morning. The believers must engage others in daily life. Believers must have relationships with non-believers and speak the gospel. Second, if we engage many types of people, we need to learn and appreciate their cultures (1 Corinthians 9:22).
The fourth strand, Cultivating Unity in Diversity, emphasizes unity among believers (Ephesians 4:1-6 and Philippians 2:1-5). Unity will not come naturally in a church that is diverse ethnically, culturally and economically. We need to work at it. The gospel transcends diversity. We want to be diverse and united (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Why plant with 5Stone Churches? FiveStone sees church planting as a process requiring preparation and patience. The leaders of FiveStone care for individual planters. They work hard to prepare and coach before the launch of the church plant.
Why would you want to link with a network? Following Christ should not be individualistic. I want our church to be connected to other churches and individuals. This serves as an example of the Christian life. There are many benefits to being part of a larger body. I want to have personal relationships with other church leaders and local churches.
Click here to read a blog article about the Austin plant.