We believe each of us is created to both know Christ and to make him known. Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, making it one the most natural mission fields in our life. In reality, for most of us it’s the most under-utilized communities in which we recognize our potential to make a daily difference and share the love of Jesus. None of us are alone in our daily challenges, and together, we can encourage one another to be intentional and fruitful in our workplace.
If you're interested in learning more, contact Craig Foster: [email protected]
LifeWork is about exploring where your work life and your life's work intersect. We believe we can do by connecting with others from the workplace. Together we can talk through the challenges and victories you and others have in living out your faith at work. None of us are alone in lifework challenges and it’s important to discuss in community.
Fully Formed Followers
What is a Disciple? A Fully Formed Follower of Christ
The apostle Paul put it this way: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” Galatians 4:19. Paul “labored,” which is to say, “he worked hard” to see Jesus formed in others. That’s what it means to be a disciple – to have Jesus formed in our lives.
Here’s a simple definition:
Fully Formed Followers of Jesus understand what Christ has done for them (Grace), who they are in Christ (Identity), and have set their hearts to pattern their lives after Christ’s until they look and live like Jesus (Life Patterns).
What characteristics are we working hard to form in others? There are many indicators, but after reflecting on the words of Scripture and their own lives, the pastors and elders at Hill Country Bible Church concluded there are four basic identities with corresponding life patterns that encompass the core characteristics of a follower of Jesus.
- Worshiper: Disciples grow in their devotion to God and away from devotion to anything else.
- Witness: Disciples faithfully share the good news of Jesus with others and see people come to faith in Christ.
- Servant: Disciples know how God has gifted them and they use their gifts to serve others.
- Disciple Maker: Disciples understand their primary ministry calling and disciple others to become fully formed followers of Jesus.
Coaching and Leadership
ABBA's Emergent Leader Initiative
When we speak with high level leaders and ask what impacted their leadership development, one answer rises to the top: personal investment from a high-level leader further down the road.
We have crafted a program specifically for young leaders with a desire to grow both spiritually and professionally. This program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, but spaces are limited!
There are two opportunities: one for Leader Track and one for Build Track.
Each opportunity is 4 monthly cohort gatherings and 8 months of 1-1 personal interaction with a mentor.
This is your opportunity to join other high-level leaders in a small group setting to focus on faith and leadership. For more information contact Dale McPherson at [email protected]
Faith Driven Entrepreneur
If you are an entrepreneur, God has a purpose and a plan for all those entrepreneurial dreams and creative gifts he gave you. The work you do today—the company you’ve built, the employees you work with, the customers you serve, the shareholders you report to, all of it—serves as an active part of what God wants to accomplish on earth.
Resource Global seeks to mobilize a global movement of engaged next generation leaders who are having a transformative Gospel impact on their local communities and workplaces.
This is an 11 month opportunity that includes monthly interaction with internationally known speakers and regular connection with a personal mentor who is a local marketplace leader.
Click here to apply for the 2022 RG-ATX Application.
Living A Called LIfe
In “Living the Called Life” we will walk through practical steps to determine what areas of ministry God might be calling you into. We will look at how God has wired you in terms of your spiritual gifts, your strengths, and your passions and help you take the next step in living out God’s calling for you in this season of your life.
See more information and to register for the class click here.
HCBC LifeWork Luncheons
We know without a doubt that we are God’s workmanship created to change eternity by pointing those around us to Him. Join us for a luncheon with other professionals exploring how to live out your faith in the workplace. During this time we will be sharing biblical truth, hearing a workplace testimony, and have an opportunity to share with others.
ABBA's Business Leader Series
ABBA's Business Leader Series (BLS) is a lunch and learn environment where we explore what it looks like to integrate our faith with our work in real, tangible ways. Each month incredible, local business leaders will share their own stories of meeting God in their jobs, and from there we will launch into discussion and practical next steps, all around tables led by amazing facilitators who have been there.
The Global Leadership Summit
Faith Driven Entrepreneur Conference
September 28, 2022
Think of the one-day virtual conference as a family reunion for the Faith Driven movement spanning over 140 different countries... The last few years we streamed the conference from Dallas. This year we'll be coming to you from a new location that we'll be announcing in the coming weeks!
Entrepreneurs are gathering in 300 cities and over 50 different countries across the globe, and you're invited to join others who are on your same journey. Whether this conference serves as your first steps as an entrepreneur or merely a rest stop, you are a part of a movement...and it's growing.
Toolbox + Resources
The desire of LifeWork is to equip and provide resources to help aide us in living out our faith in work where we spend the majority of our time each week. Use the below tools to have Kingdom impact by growing in your faith individually and with colleagues.
Bringing God's best as employees in our work context
Previous LifeWork Sessions
We gather monthly! If you are interested in watching previous sessions, you can find the videos and notes here!
The Four E's
The goal of E4 WORKLIFE: Work as Worship is for you to experience a paradigm shift in integrating your faith and work as you begin to view your work as worship. Let’s recapture and live out the concept of “Avodah,” a Hebrew word which translates to both work and worship.
Workers who view their work as worship are:
For more information and resources visit go here.
Explore God was created to help you initiate spiritual conversations in the worksplace in a non-threatening way.
Using a curated selection of videos and prepared questions for reflection, these series are designed to help you explore, expand, and engage others. Each series can be done in a small group format as you watch and discuss each video. You will be given everything you need to empower yourself to explore your big questions about God and faith.
Embark on a series here.
Your Work Matters to God
Your Work Matters to God demonstrates just how important secular work is to God. Whether you are a man or woman, once you realize how many different ways there are to influence your coworkers for Christ without preaching a word, you’ll be challenged to develop a lifestyle so striking and true, the people you work with will be eager to let you talk about what makes you different.
Check out the Book here!
Modeling integrity and moral leadership in our work context
Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, by Henry Cloud
Integrity—more than simple honesty, it's the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership coach, corporate consultant and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
The Power of One, by John Maxwell
An ethics guide for any situation, each "day" of The Power of One offers a Drilling Down section which features a case study or story that illustrates the day's topic, Summarizing Principles on the subject, penetrating questions for Making Evaluation, and points of application for Taking Action. Maxwell reveals the factors that can "tarnish" the Golden Rule and teaches how to develop the Midas touch in personal integrity.
Christian identity as Primary Foundation to Workplace Ethics
The focus of this paper is on understanding the nature of Christian (religious) ethics, giving special consideration of implications for ethical work. Some of the recent issues within the American workforce in regards to religion will be discussed, including three specific barriers for religious people who desire to live out their faith openly in the workplace. The paper will argue that the Christian ethic, including workplace ethics, needs to be understood as primarily a commitment to preserving and forming a Christian identity.
Table Podcast: Workplace Discipleship
In this podcast episode, Bill Hendricks and Dr. David Gill talk about how faith and work intersect, focusing on combining ethics with evangelism.
Connecting to and loving well those in our work context
Art of Neighboring
Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door,by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak
You have hundreds of Facebook friends, but do you know the full name of your next-door neighbor? Examining the effects of our unprecedented mobility and our increasing isolationism, Pathak and Runyon help you make lasting personal connections by asking---and acting on---one question: What's the most loving thing I can do for my neighbors?
Every Good Endeavor
Every Good Endeavor
In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?
Check out the book and resources: Learn More
Austin Bridge Builders Alliance
At ABBA we help Christian business leaders find community as you journey to integrate an authentic faith into your work life. We know there is a tension between growing in your career and finding purpose in your work, and it can often seem like you are the only one in your organization who struggles with that tension.
We want to help you avoid a lifetime of work without meaning and faith in isolation. We will come alongside you and introduce you to a community that will connect you to a large and growing network of local, Christian business leaders who are on the same journey, provide regular opportunities for you to engage with these leaders as you learn and grow together, and guide you on a path to discover how you have been designed by God to have a unique impact in your job, your organization, and even in your city.
Saturating our work context with the love of Jesus Christ and His Gospel
HCBC's Philosophy of Ministry
Philosophy of Ministry
Each of us, together...saturating greater Austin with the love of Jesus.
In conjunction with our purpose statement, the leadership also established this simple core philosophy of ministry:
1. Who are you?
2. Where are you spiritually?
3. How can I help you take the next step?
This philosophy recognizes that each person, no matter where they are in their spiritual journey, has a next step to take and often needs help taking it. It continues to guide our approach to ministry so that we stay focused on people — not programs.
BLESS Plan. For ways to both get started and stay on track to be a witness using a BLESS Plan, click here.
Workplace Discipleship 101
Workplace Discipleship 101: A Primer, by David W. Gill
Workplace Discipleship 101 contains encouragement and practical advice for Christians who are serious about living out their faith in their daily work lives. This book is packed with simple, practical suggestions organized in an intuitive format with straightforward language.
Answering questions such as “How can I serve Jesus while I’m at work?” and “What does it look like to follow Jesus in my field of work?”, this book provides Christians with practical insight and biblical inspiration no matter where they work.
The book is split into three main sections: “Preparation” (how to get ready), “Presence” (what we do at work), and “Post Workplace” (beyond the workplace).
Key points and features:
- Biblically and theologically based
- Presents information in an easy, understandable way
- Discusses the importance of work and discipleship
- Offers insightful questions for application
- Fills a hole in the growing “faith at work” genre of literature