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Saturating Austin

A Strategy as Big as YOUR City!

Tim Hawks and John Herrington

Saturating Austin: A Strategy as Big as Your City!

What if a church believed its mission was more than becoming bigger and better every year? That its vision should encompass a responsibility for every single person in its city and take complete responsibility for the lostness of the city? And what if a church believed that this would be impossible unless they lived out the high priestly prayer of Jesus who asked a radical thing of the church?

This vision that Hill Country Bible Church Austin leaders have embraced has taken the church on an unexpected journey from addition growth to multiplication growth. In the new eBook from Tim Hawks and John Herrington--leaders of the Hill Country church-planting network that has birthed 28 churches in Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas--we get an inside look at how Hill County Austin became a church-planting church. Clearly, the authors love the city where they live and minister, as they write about the city itself, what’s happening spiritually in Austin, those who are making it happen and most importantly how you can adapt what you’re doing to multiply their strategy for your own city!

Key highlights:
  • How Hill Country Austin became a church-planting church
  • The importance of leaders who embrace the vision
  • How Hill Country churches partner with other churches and networks saturate and reach Austin
  • 11 multiplication tensions Hill Country has navigated to become a church-planting church and coach church plants
  • The top 5 lessons Hill Country leaders have learned on the journey to multiply and saturate the Austin with gospel-centered churches
  • The five metrics Hill Country leaders have identified for becoming a church-planting church

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Tim Hawks
Church Planter, Author

Tim Hawks is Lead Pastor at Hill Country Bible Church Austin in Austin, Texas. He planted and pastored a church in Ruston, LA, before coming to Hill Country in 1989. Tim’s passion for church planting grew as he saw the need for more spiritually vibrant, missionally minded churches in the Austin area. Since 1996, the Association of Hill Country Churches has planted 27 churches throughout Greater Austin.

Tim is dedicated to partnering with like-minded churches to saturate the city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. By meeting monthly with area pastors and building relationships with other organizations that have a heart for the people of Austin, he has been instrumental in shaping a unified strategy for reaching the city.

He also serves as a member of the directional team for Christ Together, a national network that exists to inspire, galvanize, connect, resource and support the Church in America to communicate and demonstrate the good news of Jesus Christ to almost 315 million Americans.

Tim received his bachelor’s degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, and a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 30 years, and has four grown children. He enjoys hunting, having deep discussions with his kids, and planning strategies for just about anything.

John Herrington
Church Planter, Author

John Herrington serves as the Senior Executive Pastor of Hill Country Bible
Church Austin. With almost 30 years of ministry experience, John most
recently directed the Church Plant Training Center at Hill Country. During
his seven years serving in that capacity, the church increased its number of
plants in Greater Austin from three to 27. John’s previous experience in
campus ministry, church planting and as a lead pastor reflects his lifelong
desire to engage people far from God.

John helps lead a thriving church community with the vision of reaching
every man, woman and child in Greater Austin with the life-changing reality
of Jesus Christ. He also serves as an associate with Christ Together Greater
Austin, part of a national network of churches whose aim it is to reach the
most heavily populated cities in the U.S. with the gospel.

John studied English Literature at Baylor University and Theology at
Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He has been married to Angela, a
university level mathematics instructor, for 38 years. They have four grown
children and three grandchildren dispersed between Omaha, Austin,
Boston and Dallas. John considers himself a boring man who likes to read a
lot but doesn’t and hates to work out but does. He is older than he looks
and smarter than he sounds.


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