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Reaching the Community in New Ways with Shoreline Church

By Elisha Neubauer

As communities and family units shift and change, so must the churches that serve them. Shoreline Church, a multi-ethnic community of worshippers, has taken this trend to heart, adapting and offering some of the most diverse methods of worship available.

"Shoreline is a loving, affirming community built around the grace of God, with a passion to serve our community," states Katy Lanier, Communications Director for Shoreline Church. Reaching out to both the North and South areas of Austin, Pflugerville and Round Rock communities, Shoreline is an extremely active church with a wide variety of events occurring constantly. This allows everyone to partake in the worshipping process in their own way. The Church offers events such as, No Strings Attached, Guys Night, Young Adult Night, Youth meetings, and more.

According to Lanier, there is a place for everyone at Shoreline. "Here you'll find a friendly, multi-ethnic community of passionate Jesus followers, using their gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives of others," she explains. Because the congregation is so diverse, it opens many doors for patrons that they wouldn't normally have been exposed to. "In a church this size there are so many opportunities to serve," Lanier details, "From learning to run sound in a 5000 seat venue, to hosting a small group in your home, and everything in between."

They also offer their services to those outside of the church. Each week, the Church ministers to the less fortunate in the Shoreline East community. For children in need, they give hundreds of school supply bags out annually. "We also have the privilege to host school convocations, graduation ceremonies, an annual 5K to raise resources for under-resourced young people, and have been honored to host funerals for police officers who have fallen in the line of duty," states Lanier.

Shoreline isn't the only church that has been making adjustments in the way they minister and interact with the community. In fact, the Austin church scene seems to be quite involved with bringing new and unique worshipping methods to the area. "The Christian Community in Austin is vibrant, alive and cohesive," says Lanier.

For example, many of the churches in the community, including Shoreline, are participating in a city-wide Good Friday service that will be held at the Frank Irwin Center. "Our good friends at Life Austin Church are leading this event and we're excited to join with them," she tells us. "Austin has also hosted campaigns such as 'Explore God' and 'Love Where You Live', alongside many area churches, with the intent of banding together to reach out to our city with one heart and voice."

In order to better serve the community, there are several campus locations and course times. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for those looking to get more involved and many classes are offered for those who are either new to Shoreline or just looking to contribute on a higher level. Other options include joining a group or hosting a small group yourself. "Learn, grow and build lifelong relationships," states their website. "No matter where you are in life, or in the Austin area, there is a group for you."

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