Emerging Church Front Page News in Austin

Emerging churches made the front page in last Sunday’s Austin Statesman in an article entitled “Austin’s ’emergent’ Christians finding a new path”. Its a good article and totally worth the read. Unfortunately, there are some key people from the 90’s that did not get mentioned in the article (Drew, Brian and Whitney, Derek and Amy, Shannon, John and Sherry, etc) as well as emerging churches that don’t look like churches, and some institutions like BGCT that have supported these works. But still, its VERY COOL to see these guys on page one of the local paper.

HT: Mike Clawson

Coincidence – Last Sunday we were driving home from a planning meeting in France for a prophetic arts event in Austin next March. This event will be called Mangola and will be led by Derek and Amy Chapman. It will be connected to the previous Austin events (Ecclesia 1999, Epicenter 2001, Wabi Sabi 2003) but will be DIFFERENT – more spectacular, better organized, more international and probably invisible to the church world. I will let you know when more info is released.

But back to that article. . .

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The church Mosaic (no relation to Erwin McManus) featured in the Austin Statesman article, has just left the space that we first used in 1999. Its a very cool space. Read on for the story.

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The Story of that ATTIC space

In 1999, we were given permission by Austin First Baptist Church to do a multi-media worship event in their church. We took over all levels of this church for a 3 level labyrinth experience called Ecclesia. Austin Statesman gave us a good review and recommended people go and experience it. And being at the beginning of the SXSW Festival, there were a lot of people around.

Anyway, we choose this old storage room on the fourth floor for our dance space – a mulitmedia worship experience inspired by James and the Giant Peach and the “city that I long for, very far away”. DJ’s included Austin’s Antidote (George) who also used looping Teletubby videos with his set and Chris from Dallas [cant remember his stage name). It had never been used for anything but storage before but we really liked it. Some of the church people thought we were weird for not choosing the sanctuary – which we actually didn’t use at all for that event – but we felt we were activating a space that would be used in the future. We were RIGHT!

2001 – We did another multi-media event in Austin First Baptist called Epicenter. There were 15 different worship environments all running simultaneously and one of those was the dance space in that old attic. There were a number of DJ’s and VJ’s but the main audio/visual team was Fuse Factory (known as Jimini back then) from Switzerland. [And btw they will be coming over for Mangola next March]. The event rocked and I think the crowd included some of the people who would later on start Mosaic in the same room. We also used the space for our emerging church leaders roundtable event but I think it was the more artistic use of the space that inspired others to see value in the room.

Anyway, it was good to see others use it and enjoy this space. Every blessing for Mosaic in their new space. And for the other groups mentioned in the article.

Events to be at in Austin

1. Emergence 2007, Oct 19-20 [pdf]

2. Mangola, SXSW Festival, March 2007,


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • bob carlton says:

    andrew, my family & I just moved to austin – for the past 2 weeks we’ve been at journey
    how can i help with mangola or connect with the chapmans ?

  • Johnny Laird says:

    Thanks for the heads up,TSK.
    I’ve kind been watching the ministry of Vox Veniae,Gideon Tsang’s Church – which is one of those mentioned in the Austin Statesman piece – for quite a time now. Looks like they are doing some great work down there.
    Interesting to that one of Pernell Goodyear’s Freeway buddies, Kev Chen is heading to Texas to work with Vox Veniae.
    It’s A Small World After All! 😉
    Peace & Blessings

  • andrew jones says:

    austin is becoming quite a hub – i have other friends that are talking about moving there.
    bob – mangola can use prayer right now for wisdom, finances and favor. thanks.

  • theonlypj says:

    great article – i live in austin and i don’t read the paper! well…actually i live north of austin where i pastor a teeny tiny church ’round the corner from John Burke…sometimes I sneak in on Sunday nights!

  • andrew jones says:

    cool. i remember john’s preview service for gateway back when it started.

  • hey andrew…
    keep phil and i n prayer…….. thanks for praying in france too……
    lots to do to get ready to move to Austin……
    feeling overwhelmed. Talked with Amy yesterday…
    and shannon and i are planning on hooking up on skype..(once its working again!) oy vey…..
    what is your facebook thing…. i tried to conact you thru it. I’m looking into a private tribe blog so we can all have a space to get more personal and prayer wall.
    xo cat

  • toby says:

    I went down to Mosaic last weekend to check out their new space and to see Don and Seth. I was there as they were shooting the video on the Statesman website (I’m the fat balding guy in the redish collared shirt). The space is incredible, and the service was good as always. It is great to see the changes that have taken place and the growth that has continued since I interned with them in 2003.
    About the article, you are right, there is some info missing, but I still thought it was good. Truly it’s great to see some front page press for emerging churches.

  • Austins emergent Christians finding a new path

    Austins emergent Christians finding a new path. Bra artikkel om unge kristne i Austin som eksperimenterer med ulike måter å leve kirke. (via TallSkinnyKiwi)

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