The Church at BEE CAVE
Ordinary People. Extraordinary God.
Our Story

In the summer of 2006, The Church at Canyon Creek Leadership Council made a commitment to plant a new church in 2008. This would be the first church plant from the Church at Canyon Creek. From that commitment The Church at Bee Cave was born.

Our Story: By Matt Peacock

In early 2006, Church at Canyon Creek members Matt Dodson, Brian Smith, Mark McAllister and myself began meeting periodically trying to figure out what it meant for our church to be involved in missions.

Although we had been having some good experiences on our mission trips to Thailand and the Texas-Mexico border – God was stirring our hearts with a sense that we were missing the bigger picture.

As we met over a period of months, God clearly showed us that missions is not a program for churches to be involved in or support – instead, being ON mission with God was what the church was to be about.

It was a fundamental shift that our whole staff and Church Council began to wrestle with and seek God. God was working in my heart and not allowing me to be at peace with ministry as I had known.

I knew God was prompting me to be a leader who led people to be on mission with Him. In May of 2006 as I drove back to Austin from a conference in Fort Worth, I made a commitment to God that I would follow Him whatever I needed to do.

As I shared with our church leadership what God was doing in me, it led us to develop our Impact Initiative for the church. The idea was simple – to get our people outside the walls of the church to impact the community and the world. It is a shift from focusing on what’s happening at our church to focusing on the Kingdom of God. It has been exciting to see how God is using these efforts to impact people in our church, in our community and in our world.

In the midst of all this God was also stirring something else. In the summer of 2006 as our Staff and Council was working through what all the Impact Initiative meant for our church, we also agreed that part of it would be planting a church in 2008. We really did not know what all that meant and certainly did not know how it would happen, but God convicted us that we needed to pursue it.

The Church leadership charged me with researching what all it would take to plant a church and to inform them periodically. With all that was happening it was always easy to put it on the back burner – but God would not let it rest in me. The more that I looked into church planting, the more I was convinced that our church needed to do this. Somewhere in that process, God began to convince me that I needed to do this. (See "Why Plant A New Church?" below.)

The simple truth is, new churches reach more new people, and established churches reach more established people.
In the average year, half of all churches do not add one new member through conversion growth. Most of their growth is people coming from other churches.

As I was researching and digesting this type of information, I began to study the Bible with an open heart to what is God wanting to do in the world and what is truly our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. God has put a new passion in me to reach people and to change the popular definition of church from a place where people gather to listen to a preacher – to a definition of church as the Disciples of Jesus Christ on Mission with Him in the world.

It has made me relearn the word disciple – and to reapply it. Disciple is not a term that applied to 12 men 2,000 years ago – a disciple is what you and I are to be today.

On February 17, 2008 Eight families committed to begin a new church in Bee Cave. We have began praying together, meeting people in the community, looking for ways to serve the community, studying and practicing what it is to live as a disciple, and the process of organizing a new church.

Our Vision is to build a church of ordinary people who love the extraordinary God, being transformed by His power to share God's love with the world.

On October 3rd 2008 we held our first public Worship Service at Lake Pointe Elementary School. On October 4th 2009 we celebrate our one year anniversary as a church. You can see our one year video on the link on our home page.

Why Plant a New Church?

Let me share a few things with you that God has impressed upon me:

All through the New Testament we see the focus is on sending people out:
Jesus sent out the disciples.
The Church sent out Peter and John.
The Church was scattered and the followers preached the gospel wherever they went.
Paul traveled establishing new churches throughout the land.

As we look around at churches today, someone was sent out to start them - every church was started as a new one.

But at some point in our history, many churches became more focused on building a bigger church than starting new churches. As Bob Roberts, Jr. says: they are more interested in their seating capacity then their sending capacity. Church planting is about a kingdom view that desires to send people out to build the kingdom.

So why do churches often lose sight of planting new churches?

The primary answer is FEAR:
Fear of losing people, and leaders.
Fear that it will cost too much.
Fear of losing momentum.
Fear of competition. “Aren’t there enough churches already?”

Another big factor is how we view success. The American view of success is "bigger is better" and that thinking has spilled over into the American church. Success is viewed as a bigger church, not sending people out to start new churches.

All of these are factors that focus on the church and not the Kingdom of God or the mission He gave to His church – to reach the world.

Is there a need for churches in America?

In 1900, there were 27 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
In 1950, there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
In 2000, there were 12 churches for every 10,000 Americans.
In 2004, there were 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans.

The reason that this percentage has dropped so steadily is two fold:
The population growth of the US, and
Many churches are dying without ever reproducing a new church.

Not only is their a need based on numbers – but there is clear evidence that new churches are more effective in reaching lost people.

Why would you think that could be true?

The older and larger a church becomes, the more time and resources are focused on their members. The resources spent in the early days of a church reaching new people are now spent caring for existing members. Good or bad, this fact is one of the contributing factors to slowing the evangelistic zeal in an established church.

Author Ralph Moore writes: “One American denomination recently found that 80% of its converts came to Christ in churches less than 2 years old.”

Author C. Peter Wagner writes: “The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches.”