Mission: Possible! Austin
Statement of Unity
- Intentional Unity
As a manner of operational policy, since our organization is interdenominational and the staff, volunteers, partners and guests are from various denominational backgrounds, we ask our staff, volunteers, partners and guests not to teach, promote, or practice any interpretation of any doctrinal issues, which have historically acted to bring disunity and division within the Body of Christ. Examples of such include predestination vs. freewill, the debated use of spiritual gifts, etc. We are not asking staff, volunteers, partners and guests to change their personal beliefs, but to adhere to this policy, which has been established to encourage the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Recognize that It’s Not About You
- Very few organizations experience unity.
- We expect our staff, volunteers, partners and guests to be unified, not uniform.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Jesus Christ, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
How does this happen?
- A common gaze
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians
- Established servant leaders
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1
- Humble, obedient followers.
- God will only fully use a humble worker. Your pride only gets in the way.
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
- Promoting a culture where speaking the Truth in love is valued.
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” Matthew 18:15-20
- A Christ-centered culture.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
- About Mission: Possible! Austin
Caring responsibly for those in the inner-city through Christ-centered relationships.
Lives Changed. Communities Impacted. Generations Transformed.
History of Mission: Possible! Austin
Mission: Possible! Austin started in 1992 when Tim Pinson Sr. began to minister to children living in the under-resourced areas of Austin. Tim visited an inner-city ministry in another city and was inspired by programs such as backyard Bible clubs that were done in government housing complexes rather than suburban homes, as well as a ministry called Church Under the Bridge, a church service under a bridge for those living on the street.
Tim began to believe that something similar could happen in Austin. In 1992, Project Intercept began connecting with children in East Austin. Outreach began expanding in 1993 to the homeless population, with the beginning of Church Under the Bridge beginning to meet once a month. This was also the first year of Camp Nikos, for at-risk children. In 1996, Mission: Possible! Austin became a 501c3 and the following year officially moved to the Eastside to office out of Owen’s Garage. By 1998, Church Under the Bridge was operating every Sunday. In 2003, Mission Possible purchased the now Mission Possible Community Center.
In 2007, Mission: Possible! Austin acquired 1816 & 1818 East 12th Streets, allowing them to occupy two corners at 12th & Chicon. In 2012, Mission: Possible! Austin celebrated 20 years of doing community outreach in Austin.
In the last few years, there has been a strategic focus on partnering with other non-profits for the purpose of generational transformation through strategic community development, including a pregnancy resource center, medical and dental clinic, recovery, anger management, job training and educational support for adults as well as providing jobs to these individuals coming through our programs.
III. Foundation of Philosophy and Beliefs
We understand at Mission: Possible! Austin that we are working with churches, individuals and communities that have variances and differences in theology within the scope of Christianity. The staff of Mission: Possible! Austin individually have differences that we have chosen to lay aside in order that the basics of the Gospel be uplifted and made primary.
These historical differences within Christianity are not what we focus on in our teaching, mentoring or promotions at Mission: Possible! Austin. Rather, we are committed to teaching, adhering to and promoting truth with the below foundational beliefs as our message in all we do.
The mentality we approach this with, is from Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, “for I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe in the deity of Jesus, to be personally acknowledged as the only Christ and Lord, in His atoning death on our behalf through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and that this same Jesus shall personally return in power and glory.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has left us His teachings, His example, and has sent us His Holy Spirit, that we should be ministers of reconciliation.