You have the chance to radically change someone’s story and life


We believe that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others at our church, around Austin, and across borders. How could God use you to impact someone’s life?


From local to global, we’re working to help people emotionally, practically, and spiritually. Our vision for mission and outreach is shaped by two guiding principles:

Poverty is complex

When we think of poverty, some stark images come to mind: children living in tin shacks, groups of homeless people gathered in small camps under an overpass, food pantries with long lines of hungry people. But these images don’t capture the full scope of how poverty plays out in the world.

We believe that all people have emotional, practical, and spiritual needs. The problems surrounding poverty can manifest when any of these needs are not being met: homelessness, malnutrition, human trafficking, to name a few.

At the root of our missions and outreach programs is a desire to address, and heal poverty — in all of its forms.

From Austin, across borders

As we look to tackle poverty, what should the reach of our efforts be? Jesus paints a clear picture for us in the book of Acts:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Jesus draws a map from his location — his city, his nation, and the rest of the world.

This practical guide has shaped us over the last couple of years, as we look to care for people at our church, in our city, and across borders.

Serving on Sunday mornings

We encourage everyone who calls Riverbend home to find ways to use their time, talents and abilities to serve and make other’s lives better.

And there’s no easier way to start, than by serving on Sunday mornings!


Neighborhood Development Centers

Rather than focusing on a specific area of need — homelessness, rehabilitation, malnutrition, etc. — we’re establishing local community centers that can focus on a specific area in need.

Through our Neighborhood Development Centers (NDCs) in East Austin and South Austin, we’re able to provide for the emotional, practical and spiritual needs of whole neighborhoods through food pantries, community events, educational opportunities, Bible study/prayer groups, and much more.

Serving around Austin

Through local missions and outreach programs and partners, you’re working in and around Austin to make the lives of the less-fortunate better.

And because these programs take place locally, many of these programs offer opportunities that are perfect for you — whether it’s your first time serving or your hundredth.


Serving across borders

Through global missions and outreach programs and partners, you’re working in and around the world to make the lives of the less-fortunate better.

From Mexico, to El Salvador, to Myanmar and beyond — God is using Riverbenders like you to make the lives of our global neighbors better.