HOCC Update

I continue to get a lot of questions about how things are going with the multi-site campus arrangement. The answer is…better than expected. Attendance at the Dallas campus is up about 250 from summer numbers, and attendance is a steady 300+ at the Plano campus. Of course, attendance is only part of the story. More importantly, the Spirit is good, and we are in a position to focus more precisely on reaching our communities. Right now, Plano is running on a few ministries, with several new ministries set to begin this year. Please keep it in your prayers.

The commute factor has been an adjustment for me…more from a relational standpoint than an energy standpoint. My energy is actually higher now than before, because I’m free from having to worry about the operational affairs of the church and can focus on spiritual preparation for preaching.

I believe the Lord is blessing both campuses of Highland Oaks right now. We are in "refinement" mode now…trying to get better at what we’re doing, and looking forward to what lies ahead. We have several cool things in store for next year outreach wise…and will have some more by the time the new year rolls around…if the Lord provides. Of course, that’s just the programmatic side. The incarnational side is what we’re focusing on now.

Do you think outreach programming even works? If so, what kind?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Sure it does. The organic kind.
    When I was in Winters we started eating together on Wednesday nights. Then one Wednesday a homeless fella was passing through. We fed him. Then one of our members got the idea to bring some children that could use a meal. Then the number of children got bigger. We had to use the church van to pick them up. It evolved into a full blown bus ministry. Near every kid in Winters Texas eats dinner and attends class and devotional each Wednesday night.
    Nobody is in charge. It has outlasted several preachers. They do it to this day. Most of the kids come from unchurched families.
    I see autism as an opportunity. Ministry to autistics and autism families would work. Plano has a large number of autism families who mostly don’t go to any church because it is difficult. HOCC helps me with Tiger. I think it can handle more.