MISSION

The mission of Austin Bluffs Church is to build bridges that enable people to encounter God and discover His purpose for their lives.

STORY

The arrival of the 1980's brought with it a season of challenge for the Austin Bluffs Community Church Family. Despite financial pressure and membership challenges, this fellowship of believers held fast to their dream and welcomed a young new pastor and his family. In 1988, John and Cheri Pauls arrived full of energy and ideas. The young couple breathed new life into the ABC family and their leadership served as a catalyst for rapid transformation and growth. Fueled by their numerical growth, God began to provide funding for the new vision. 

While in prayer early in 1992, God opened John's eyes to a clear purpose for ABC. John's vision began with an old rope and plank bridge spanning a chasm both deep and wide. The ropes of the bridge were frayed and the planks were worn and rotted. Some of the planks had even worked loose and fallen into the chasm below - a picture of danger.  In the distance, coming into view, he began to see the silhouettes of two people making their way across the bridge.  As the first man, a believer, led the second man, a seeker, he could see the tension on the ropes and knew that the bridge was not safe and the two men making their way across were frightened. 

Then came the second picture - that of an old expansion bridge.  Its metal arches stretched high into the clouds, the large timbers which formed the road offered a jostling ride, and the thin space between the timbers were wide enough to remind travelers of the consequences of mal-navigation.

One by one the scenes unfolded.  Like a PowerPoint presentation, each slide contained a new and different bridge.  The progression was obvious, each new bridge was noticeably stronger, built with greater sophistication.  Finally the chasm was spanned by a multi-lane freeway that barely resembled a bridge.  The bridge was strong, secure and safe, the type where travelers barely recongized they were crossing a bridge.

This vision of safe and smooth passage for seekers to God gave birth the Austin Bluffs Church family vision statement, "A Bridge Church."  This new revelation of purpose changed the members of the Austin Bluffs Church family from the inside out.  From the Celebration Meetings to the facilities themselves, the Austin Bluffs Church family began to explore ways to make their church a safe place - a bridge - for seekers.

Fall 2001 brought a new season of hope and promise to the Austin Bluffs Church family as they moved into a new facility.  Miracle after miracle proved God's blessing on the growing family of Austin Bluffs Church and they entered the new millenium full of life and hope.

Now, with a new facility and a clearly defined, God-given vision, the future is shining for the Austin Bluffs Church family.

BELIEFS

Our church believes God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine. The Bible is God's perfect guidebook for living. Jesus is God showing himself to us. Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now. Nothing in creation just happened. God made it all. Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God. Faith is the only way ... (More)

PRINCIPLES

We hold to the following five principles:
•  Saved people serve.
•  Changed lives change lives.
•  Found people find people.
•  We're better together.
•  God is our foremost pursuit.

VALUES

WORSHIP - We seek to give God's love back to Him and enter into His presence. Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. (Psalms 100:2-3 NLT)

THE BIBLE - We pursue God's authoritative instruction for right living. 'The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16 TLB)

RELATIONSHIP - We grow together and we share our lives with one another by regularly meeting together in large and small groups. ... you are members of God's very own family...and you belong in God's household with every other Christian. (Ephesians 2:19 TLB)

MATURITY - We seek to grow up spiritually as we apply God's principles to everyday living. We are not meant to remain as children... but to grow up in every way into Christ... (Ephesians 4:14-15 Ph)

GENEROSITY - God is the giver of everything, so we willingly and generously give back to Him. The generous prosper ... (More)