Connect with each other, connect with God

Here at Riverbend, the Student Ministry exists to teach students about God, equip them to make disciples and prepare them for a life of faith. From our weekly services, small group times, and our insane events like Inside Out and Summer Camp, we want to see our students become vibrant followers of Christ, and flourish in their relationship with each other and their leaders.


For more information


Pastor: Doug Congdon
MS Director: Samantha Cooper
HS Director: Doug Pittenger
MS Associate: Ryan Mears
HS Associate: Sara Pledger
Phone: 512 327-3540


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Weekly Programs

Sunday @ 9:45AM

Sundays from 9:45-11:00AM
Student Center | 
For all students

Join us every Sunday morning for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching and small groups! Show up early for donuts and coffee. Open to all middle school and high school students.


Sunday @ 11:15AM

Sundays from 11:15AM–12:15PM
Student Center | For middle school

For students grade 6–8, we are excited about combining an energetic activity with a biblical lesson in a smaller setting.


1st Sunday of the Month from 5:00-7:00PM
Student Center | For all students

Sabbath is a once a month uniquely themed super fun event. Middle school and high school students gather together for dinner, community building and a fun activity. Join us for awesome things like dodgeball tournaments, outdoor movies, bubble soccer and more! Each month is something new!

Annual Events

Inside Out

FEB 2018 | Home For Hope | All students

This year we partnered with several churches around Austin and created something bigger than we’ve ever experienced before – and we got to host it! We packed the Home for Hope with 1000+ students for amazing worship and a challenging message. Outside of that time, the weekend looked much like our traditional Inside Out, where we focused on building community through small groups in host homes and service projects with our mission partners around the city.

Summer Camp

JUL 24-28 | All students

We had so much fun at the beach last year, we thought, hey let’s do that again! This summer we are headed back to Port Aransas for a week of fun in the sun! We are renting houses near the beach and will spend our time soaking up the sun, cooking dinner together, enjoying small groups by the pool, and worshipping on the beach around a bonfire! 

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High School Fall Retreat

NOV 2017 | High School

Join us for our annual High School Fall Retreat! We are headed out to Camp Champions for a couple day's worth of bonfires, night games, worship, small groups, and fun. Get away with us, build community and be refreshed and encouraged in your faith.

Student Outreach

Mobile Loaves & Fishes (Truck Runs)

2nd Sundays from 11:00AM-2:00PM | Middle School
4th Sundays from 11:00AM–2:00PM | 
High School

As a church body, Riverbend has been incredibly blessed to be able to partner with Mobile Loaves and Fishes in the ministry they do for the homeless population of Austin. The Student Ministry has the unique opportunity to pack meals and deliver them via truck to homeless or food-insecure areas twice a month. We hope that you will come join us as we put the love of God into action in our backyard — it is always a moving experience.


JUN 30-JUL 9 | High School

Every summer we take a trip to
El Salvador for a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve alongside the youth and adults of the Siloe church. This partnership has changed the lives of all who have been bold enough to go and every year we look forward to the incredible ways God will show up.

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JUN 27-29 | Middle School

Want a chance to experience what mission work is about without leaving the country? Our 3rd annual MSMA is designed to give middle schoolers the chance to foster a heart for missions and the needs of the less fortunate through serving with our existing Austin ministry partners. Students will serve during the day and come back to Riverbend at night to debrief, worship, and spend the night.

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