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John Herrington
Austin, Texas, Most Creative City in America, Live Music Capital of the World
Recruiting, Assessing, Coaching and Resourcing Gospel Centered, Missional Entrepreneurs
Interests: People far from God, working in my yard (at the end of the day, something finished!), Tim Keller, working out, my kids, my wife!
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For all of you who don't ever watch banal television, you won't understand, but to every man who likes to macho up, The Deadliest Catch TV show is a surefire way to vicariously live dangerously and watch some macho men... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Saturate Austin
It's always a privilege to see the birth of a church and anticipate God's empowering presence going before the church plant pastor, elders and missional core team as they seek to bring light into the spiritually dark places God has... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Saturate Austin
After listening to one of our residents, Scott Heider (, teach from the Book of Proverbs, I was inspired to write up my own collection of sage advice from the Proverbs-- to my good friends who need wisdom that only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Saturate Austin
Tim Birdwell and Michael Dennis’ North Village Church ( is nestled in the north central core of Austin. This is what a church plant looks like after a year. After much hard work and labor in the gospel, a church... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Paradigms are the mental maps we create over time. The neural pathways in our brains have created ruts of faulty assumptions that will not foster the kind of church planting movement we wish to see in Austin. Alan Roxburgh suggests... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Josh Cagle, Lead Pastor of Summit Community Church stopped by to share a little insight into his experience with the Hill Country Bible Church Church Planting Residency Program. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Self-Awareness is being crystal clear on who we are and who we are not. When we are clear on this, we don't so readily fall into self-deception. Good read as a third installment on Emotional Quotient, the X factor we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Saturate Austin
On Sunday, July 4, Keith Ferguson, pastor of granddaughter church HCBC Round Rock shared with the HCBC NW church body about his journey in church planting with the Association of Hill Country Churches. Keith exemplifies the type of visionary leadership... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Join the conversation about the Art and Science of Planting a Missional, Gospel Centered Church at the Church Plant Training Center at Hill Country Bible Church, starting Monday, April 12, 2010. Engage a host of subject matter experts including Tim... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at Saturate Austin
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Mar 15, 2010
Each day at 10:02 am, I pray for the Harvest in Austin and the workers who labor for the Harvest. I am enouraged by what I see as cooperation between the churches to saturate this city with the gospel, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Often prospective church planters want to know what really happens in a residency. They are wisely assessing the costs and considering if they are willing...or able to make the sacrifices required. Others simply want to know "what is it like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Saturate Austin
conversation with Chris at Verge Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Saturate Austin
The Verge Conference begins tomorrow, follow me through this blog as I talk to people during the event. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Although Hill Country Bible is housing this conference, it was by no means our idea. We have been pounding the rock in our church planting efforts for many years, and, Lord willing, we should see numbers 20 and 21 launched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Saturate Austin
Driving to the airport with a Physics professor from Kansas University, I asked, "Who was the brightest student you ever taught?" He immediately recalled a student who never took a note and didn't appear particularly engaged; when the prof asked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Saturate Austin
Re: [Saturate Austin] Glenn Smith submitted a comment to The Most Important Prayer I Pray Everyday. Glenn, you rock. Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, I have probably just layered on some false humility that is even a deeper level of narcissism. My heart is indeed deceitful and desperately wicked. God knows!
I don't really like to blog. It seems like yet another form of narcissism or self promotion. However, I can't help hoping that it could serve as another way to advance the gospel. This morning in my devotions, I read... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at Saturate Austin
I am hearing this question asked over and over: "What if we actually started cooperating to saturate the city, and we didn't care who got the credit?" This is not my first rodeo, so my cynicism (unbelief?) seeps in with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2009 at Saturate Austin
Ed Stetzer writes that his story as a church planter resembles the scene from the WWII film entitled Saving Private Ryan where Tom Hanks and some of his battalion have survived the first wave of carnage to get onto the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2009 at Saturate Austin
On September 13, 2009 the Association of Hill Country Churches will launch its newest churches bringing the total to 19 reaching from East Round Rock to Dripping Spings and San Saba & Marble Falls to Gonzales extending the boundaries of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2009 at Saturate Austin
Join the conversation about the Art and Science of Planting a Missional, Gospel Centered Church starting Friday, September 11 at noon. Open to all church planters. Join John Herrington and other subject matter experts at the Church Plant Training Center... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2009 at Saturate Austin
Below is an interesting dialog from a curious planter who is exploring the Residency at Hill Country Bible Church. He is bright and asking good questions. The first step in any decision is knowing WHAT questions to ask, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2009 at Saturate Austin
When I discovered the Gallup Strengthsfinders Test, I learned why I love coaching church planters so well: my signature strengths are Command, Strategic, Ideation, Competition. If you are a Strengthsfinders junkie you know that describes, among other things, a coach.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2009 at Saturate Austin
Some people are shamelessly self-promoting. Others are not so much. Matthias Heusel is one of the not so much category. He hates "cheese", initially refused to advertise and still cringes at the idea of commercializing the Gospel. He is the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2009 at Saturate Austin