Dope Church is a growing community of Christians committed to being family with their neighbors struggling in addiction, the sex industry, and the criminal lifestyle.
When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel.
As Chris and Britten Buster lead an ever growing missional community of 19 adults and over 20 kids, they learn how to be a good neighbor and share the love of Christ with their friends and neighbors.
They may look like they're on the fringe, people you may overlook or count as out. But the reality is that these people are the future leaders of movements... movements of forgiveness and acceptance.
Emily avoided the label of “mental illness” for many years. She went through elementary school depressed and bullied. By middle school, suicidal thoughts crept into her mind. But her prayer for her life will inspire you.
Michelle got the abortion over Christmas break, went back to high school to finish her senior year and tried to convince herself that things were back to normal.
Dennis Rigstad knew for years that God was calling him to preach the gospel to the nations, but he didn't realize that quest would bring him to Austin.
Growing up, Marco struggled with everything from violence to drug abuse to theft. Through God's redemptive love, Marco turns away from the Machismo culture around him in pursuit of a better life in Jesus.
Three Missional Communities from The Austin Stone talk about what it looks like to collectively live on mission in their context.
In this video in the Soma "4Gs" series, Mark Alvis shares how he has experienced the truth that God is great, so he doesn't have to be in control.
Serge de Leon lives on the border of the United States and Mexico. Coming from a background full of drug abuse, violence, and alcoholism; he shares the struggles of living missionally in a culture enslaved to tradition and family.
Ridden by drugs and violence in his past, Tom shares the battle of planting a church in a community of clashing cultures in McAllen, Texas.
Sam's traumatic childhood led him to view God the same way that he viewed the people that abused him growing up. After 40 years of walking in guilt and shame, Sam finds freedom as he finds the heart to forgive those who wronged him.
Jason Howard is a pastor from Georgia who learns firsthand what it means to love even when it hurts. As a pastor, Jason often found it easy to live the safe Christian life, but realizes that loving people as Jesus did is not always nice and neat.
After serving as a pastor for twenty five years Michael made a drastic career change in order to fully live a life on mission.
Amber, who was once an overseas missionary, shares how she is now reaching the Nations in her own neighborhood.
Scott and April adopted two sons from Haiti, which eventually led them to selling everything and moving their entire family to the same poverty stricken country that their adopted children came from.
Marti, forty-two years old and single, followed God's calling to move into an inner-city neighborhood in Richmond, VA almost seven years ago in order to help bring the hope of the gospel to a poverty and crime stricken part of town.