Author: Jonathan Dodson
It's easy to settle into a city without loving it. Sure, we might say we "love" the city, but often what we really mean is that we love using it. We love that restaurant or park, that neighborhood or venue, but do we really love the city?
Dating the City
Compare love for a city to a new dating relationship. There's a season of just doing stuff together. You'll explore the fit, throw yourself into that person's world, try to see and feel the things as they do, all in an effort to see if you could fall in love with him or her.
Summer is a great time to fall in love with Austin. There's so much to do outdoors, from Blues on the Green to Alamo at the Long Center. The Blanton Art Museum is an often neglected gem (check the B-scene). Participate in local art, music, and business. Try that new restaurant, just don't to it alone.
Invite friends and neighbors. Be generous and treat someone. Get the check! Make go of it! Support local business, go to art shows, listen to local music, eat local food. The opportunities are endless in Austin. That's the first step, but all too often the last step, in falling in love with a city. Many don't get beyond dating the city.
Questioning the City
The heart and soul of a city isn't its business or even its art; it's it citizens. If we don't get to know our fellow Austinites, how will we ever move beyond dating the city? What makes the difference between using and really loving a city? Love includes genuine delight in another, as well as, the pursuit of another's happiness. How do you pursue another's happiness? Ask them questions and look for opportuniteis to anticipate thier needs, bless them with stuff they love, and get down to their deepest longings.
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Join us Wednesday, May 1st from 8am – 12pm for a Church Planter Roundtable.
Are you a church planter? Are you thinking about planting a church or developing a multi-site strategy for your church? Or are you just curious about the future of church planting in our city? Then please join with other church planters from the Greater Austin area on May 1 for a Church Planting Roundtable, hosted by Will Davis Jr., senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship.
Church planters from various networks and denominations, along with independent planters, will gather for prayer, fellowship and strategizing. Whether you are a church planter or part of a multi-site church, you are wanted and needed at this meeting.
May 1, 2013
8am - 12pm
Norris Conference Centers - Austin
2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, TX 78757
We need hundreds of new churches of all shapes and sizes in the next 3-5 years to catch the momentum of what the Spirit is doing in Greater Austin. Please join us as we seek God's leadership for this great work. This is an initiative of the Austin Pastors Strategic Council and in conjunction with the In the City, For the City movement. This event is free and includes full breakfast and lunch.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Joni Kendrick at email@example.com or 512-381-5712.
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Park Hills Baptist Church is seeking a Pastoral Assistant.
If you, or some one you know is looking for a new job, please see the posting below for a Pastoral Assistant:
This full-time, exempt position is designed to assist the pastor in ministerial and office related responsibilities. The position will report directly to the pastor and requires the candidate to become member of the church.
Interested candidates should contact Pastor Samuel Clintoc.
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