We’re a small church meeting in East Austin. We're (ironically) not located on Salina Street.

 

Mission

Our goal is to produce people who are Christlike (disciples). We do this by trying to live consistently with the ideas laid out in the Bible.

We believe community's an important aspect of Christianity, and do our best to foster community together as a church. Since we believe Christianity is truth, we also do our best to share the message of Christianity and express the love of God to those around us.

Individually, members of our church encourage one another to actively be a part of their local neighborhoods through relationships with neighbors and informal community service.

Affiliation

We're a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), an association of churches committed to Jesus Christ, to the Gospel, and to one another.

 

Pastors

We have two pastors who share teaching and spiritual leadership responsibilities. Portraits by Rocky Conly

Jeff Ronk
Pastor of Spiritual Development

Taylor Wagen
Pastor of Worship and Education

Our church began in 2007 when a group of Christians from all over the city decided to plant a church in East Austin. Plans were made to relocate everyone to the Eastside and, once a few families had moved in, we began meeting every other Friday night to study the Bible, pray as a group, and encourage one another. A few months later, Salina began meeting on Sunday mornings in the home of one of our pastors.

In 2011 we started having Sunday services at Metz Recreation Center in the Holly neighborhood. We’re thankful to have many new opportunities to serve one another, to grow together as a community, and to be part of the neighborhood we meet in.




We meet every Sunday at 10:30am at Metz Recreation Center at Canterbury and Pedernales Streets! Our Sunday services usually last until 12:00pm; we often have lunch in small groups afterwards.

 

Liturgy

On Sunday mornings we normally celebrate and honor our Creator with:

Worship, a time to praise God with song
Prayer, a time to pray together as a church
Scripture, a time to hear God’s word
Teaching, a time to learn about God’s word
Communion, a time to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us
Doxology, where we close our time together in song

 

Teaching

Teaching at Salina usually goes through one book of the Bible at a time. We sometimes do topical teaching series.

Our three pastors share teaching responsibilities.
 

Kidcare

As a church, kids are a big part of our community. We have lots of options for kiddos on Sunday mornings.

Nursery: Ages three months to two-and-a-half years. The nursery opens 10 minutes before the service starts and closes 15 minutes after the service ends.

Sunday School: We have three classes for kids between 2 and 12 years old.

Youth Group: For youth in 6th grade or older. Our youth group meets on Tuesday evenings twice a month; youth attend Sunday sermons.

Some tips for parents: If your kids are younger than 5 and will be attending nursery or preschool, you must sign them in. We need a registration card on file for every kid in the nursery or Sunday School classes. If you’ve never filled one out before, try to show up a few minutes before the service starts and go to the kidcare sign-in table. You’ll find the registration cards there, along with some other documents that will fill you in on all the nuts and bolts of kidcare.

God 

We believe in one God who created all things, who eternally exists in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are equal in power and glory but distinct in role (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus became man without ceasing to be God. He was born to Mary, a virgin who miraculously conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), in order to reveal God and to pay the price for people’s sin (John 1:1,2,14). After dying on a cross, Jesus came back from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of God. Jesus will return in bodily form to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He helps our weakness and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26), and is a pledge of our final resurrection (Romans 8:23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:5).

The Bible

We believe the Bible is true in every way because it is the inspired word of God (God is its source). It was written and expressed by men under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:21) and is the final and absolute authority for how we live and what we think (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13).

Mankind

We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that Adam’s sin had consequences for everyone (‘the fall’). As a result, all people inherit a sinful nature, and are alienated from God; mankind is lost, spiritually dead, and unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

Salvation

Salvation is only by grace, a gift from God. It is received through faith in Jesus, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3). Those who receive Christ by faith have their sins forgiven (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10), become children of God (John 1:12, 13), and are made new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). This gift of salvation is accomplished by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ through His death on the cross. Our justification (declaration of innocence) is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:12-17).

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, and is made up of all people who have received Christ’s salvation (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). We believe that the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11). The goal of the church is to make disciples, to encourage and teach godliness, and to present each believer complete in Christ (Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:28). We believe that the church should baptize believers and regularly observe communion (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Responsibility of the Christian

Christians are to live a new life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 3:20; Acts 5:32, Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 2:6). The Christian’s responsibility is to pursue obedience to God through faith (Romans 6:13) in matters of Biblical ethics (Ephesians 4-6), Christian service, and the preaching of the Gospel. We believe that God has given all believers spiritual gifts which are to be used to serve the church (Romans 12:1-8; Colossians 1:28, 1 Cor 12-14). Prayer is to be a constant part of the life and ministry of the Christian (John 14:12-14; Ephesians 6:18, 19, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).