When a pastor’s devastating moral lapse nearly closed Hill Country Bible Church, the congregation’s elders kept the church afloat – and now, nearly 30 years later, thousands of people are glad they did.
Rebuilding trust was the first job the 20-something year old pastor Tim Hawks did – and the congregation responded, growing from 180 to 5,000 on a Sunday morning.
Since then, Tim has seen a hunger for the intersection of the Bible and real life, which is what has fueled their growth ever since. Hear the words of this faithful pastor.
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The amazing growth Tim Hawks and Hill Country Bible Church have seen has educated Tim in leadership, hiring, spirituality, and church planting. Here are my notes from the interview:
Tim has a couple of regular meetings with elders and mentors with whom he bounces off sermons and plans. He says it’s integral to staying healthy and grounded as his church has taken off.
Get Out of the Office
Preaching and teaching to ‘regular people’ means being in touch with them. Tim is adamant about the importance of forming relationships with those outside the congregation, not so much to convert them as to be converted by them.
Regular Prayer and Planning
Once a month Tim takes a day off to do just that. With his Bible and day planner, he makes intentional time for prayer and connection – and when he misses this crucial time of foundation-stone laying, he says his whole month can get off track.
About Tim Hawks
Tim Hawks is Sr. Pastor at Hill Country Bible Church Northwest in Austin, TX. Tim 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. Tim leads a thriving church community of over 5,200 with the vision of reaching every man, woman, and child in Greater Austin with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. 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, Tim has been instrumental in shaping a unified strategy for reaching the city. Hill Country Bible Church NW is also committed to the spread of the gospel throughout the world, and has supported church planting movements in East Asia, Central Asia and Mexico.
Sponsors I Mentioned
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