Mike & Carol's Month (Jul)
5th - Finance Team meeting
1,8,15th - Relationship Training with Karli church (RI & DC)
8th - Leaders Meeting
9-12th - McCoy's BAU
12 & 27th - Karis Group Inc.
23-26th - McCoy's Next Level training
 
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Our Journey To Date

On July 2001, Mike & Carol Watson (originally from the UK) packed up their family in Little Rock, AR and came to join with a small group of people in the Austin area to help establish a new Anglican Mission church in central Austin. Their heart was to see a church based upon community which took seriously Jesus' command to "go and make disciples", seeing people's lives shaped by the teaching of Jesus.

During February of 2006, Mike and Carol were challenged to consider what it means to be part of a people group living missional lives together, living their faith openly and serving those who are yet to know what it means to experience God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

It was here they began to focus less on larger worship services, and more on local, small communities gathering in local neighborhoods and workplaces which have come to be known as Simple Churches. In these Simple Churches, we seek to focus upon participation by all, building relationships, caring for one another, serving the needs of others, prayer and discipleship-making.

The journey continues . . .

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Our Faith

Essentially, the Apostles' Creed outlines the core of what we believe. The Creed historically was the profession of faith made at baptism, and today, it continues to outline the basic premise of Christianity as well as helps us avoid inadequate or incomplete versions of the faith.

The Apostles' Creed

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Fathr. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the world-wide Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


The message behind this statement of faith is that we worship a God who loves us, who desires for us to know him and experience life fully in spiritual oneness with him. He is a kind, compassionate and merciful God who has revealed himself supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ, his Son. Jesus came to reveal the Father, but also to make it possible for us to experience this relationship with him, now and for all eternity.

In many ways, a statement of Faith is (and perhaps should) be as ambiguous as faith itself. However, the Apostles' Creed encompasses the facets of the Faith we aim to exemplify in our lives.

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Model of Simple Church

Throughout the history of the Church, there have been a variety of ways in which followers of Jesus sought to gather in community and in worship. Jesus was not totally prescriptive about this; however, he did lay out some principles we are seeking to follow.

The word "Church", introduced as the English translation of the Greek word 'ecclesia' after the Reformation and the production of the King James version of the Bible, would be better translated as 'Gathering' or 'Assembly' (as in Wycliffe's earlier translation). The word literally means the 'Called Out ones' - in other words it describes who we are, not a place to which we go (as often used).

The dominant metaphor used in the New Testament for the followers of Jesus, is a family. Brothers and sisters who know and worship the same Father and who are called to love one another. The goal is relationship or a family, rather than an institution. As a family, we operate best (or most healthily), when everyone is valued equally and everyone plays a part or has a role.

Our purpose is given to us by Jesus who is the Head (the Lord, the ‘boss’) but who is also present with us through his Spirit (the Holy Spirit). This is "God's Gig", not ours, we live for his good, not primarily our own. We see this generally as continuing what Jesus began by being good news (kind, loving, hopeful, generous, joyful, helpful, etc.) to people around us.

Our Simple Church model seeks to emphasize these priorities of family and everyone involved, and Jesus is invited to be present and in charge, so our primary expression is seen in small groups of people, with mixed ages and backgrounds, meeting in homes, offices or wherever space is available. These groups grow as new people are invited in and 'join the family' through their faith in Jesus Christ. Multiplication takes place as the 'children (in faith)' grow up and decide to begin a new community, perhaps beginning with just one other person.

Ultimately, we seek to create a loving environment where everyone can flourish and grow, fulfilling the particular call and dream that God has put into their lives.

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Leadership


BridgePoint is a network of Simple Churches where each small group has its own organic leadership. Therefore, the ebb and flow of each group may change over time. Regardless, the network is overseen by Mike & Carol Watson, who have been involved in church leadership and ministry for over 20 years in England and the United States.

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