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12828 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78216
San Antonio, TX 78216
We meet at a variety of times throughout the week.
Lead Pastor James Shupp
We exist to plant house churches that model the structure and strategy of the early church pictured in the book of Acts.
About The Movement Church of San Antonio
We are a network of house churches that meet for public worship at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday at 11 PM. We are non-institutional, spirit-filled, Bible-believing, and serious about reaching our city for Christ.
Denomination / Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Dress Style: casual
Average Age of Attendees: 20-30
Community Projects: Over-24
MINISTRIES AND GROUPS
Groups and Public Services
Weddings and Receptions
This is not your ordinary church in San Antonio. We are not looking for spectators to sit in a crowd and we’re not interested in being performers. You won’t find us designing marketing campaigns that appeal to church shoppers and hoppers. We’re not located at an intersection or on top of a hill. We don’t even meet at all the usual times. But you might have a lot in common with us. We are passionate about Jesus Christ and committed to His Word. We crave authentic Christian fellowship and seek to live out the Spirit-filled life. Our mandate is to engage our culture and go after those who are far away from God. It bothers us that the younger generations are abandoning the institutional church. Personal beliefs and attitudes about the church are undergoing seismic shifts. The landscape of Christianity in America is changing rapidly. We have a plan to do something about this. Our strategy to reach the generations and the nations comes straight out of the book of Acts. We don’t need oversized buildings and big budgets to be effective. All we need is a place to gather. You can find us in homes, coffee shops, parks or just about any place where people meet.
It’s a welcome sign on the door, a warm smile as you enter and the smell of fresh coffee. This is a relaxed environment, a home with a living room and people who have been looking forward to seeing each other all week. They dress casually, comfortably and don't get stressed out over appearances. It’s potluck Sunday. Everyone arrives with a dish. Grandma’s famous apple pie sits on the kitchen counter. Someone else brought a delicious chicken casserole. There’s also a crockpot filled with roast beef, carrots, and sliced russet potatoes—all baking in a delectable mushroom cream sauce. Everyone lands in a comfortable spot. Some sit on the sofa, others in chairs. One chooses the rug on the floor and cozies up to a big fluffy pillow. Conversation is natural and spontaneous, not draining and stiff. There are kids in the room too. They fit right in. It’s natural and keeps the conversation down to earth. It’s hard to say when the service starts. Maybe "service" is not the right word after all. This is a gathering. The people who show up for the first time never seem to feel awkward. It's a fun environment. The conversation is interactive, sometimes humorous, always a treat. Then there’s prayer, heartfelt because we know it’s real and honest because we know it’s safe. The Bible study is relevant. It’s not a monologue or a sermon, but a discussion. The leader has put a lot of thought into guiding the conversation. He breaks the ice with intriguing questions and thought provoking statements. Everyone feels free to ask a question or two. Comments come from around the room. It’s a positive learning environment that equips the heart and mind for daily living. We end with prayer, and then we’re off to the kitchen. Now that our hearts have been filled with God's Word, it’s time to treat our appetites with the bounty of God's earth. The smell of the pot roast has been wooing us for the last thirty minutes. It’s as delicious as it smells, and that’s an understatement. I wish you had been there to taste if for yourself. After experiencing something like this you might wonder, "Why can’t church be like this every Sunday? And what would happen if we multiplied this experience all around our city?" We've been asking the same questions, and we believe we've found the answer. We are the Movement Church of San Antonio. Imagine being invited to one of our homes next Sunday. Perhaps you would like to start one in your own home. Send us an email, and we’ll talk about it. One by one we want to reach our world for Christ. Acts 20:20 "You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you, but have taught you publicly and from house to house."
1. Truth – The Movement maintains its doctrinal purity by subscribing to the major tenants of evangelical theology. 2. Missions – The Movement will unleash generous amounts of compassion on people who are helpless, harassed, and living like sheep without a shepherd, (Mark 6:34). It observes no boarders or boundaries. It will not become stagnant, self-absorbed or institutionalized. 3. Life Change – The Movement recognizes that a transformed life is the greatest witness to the watching world. It will rejoice with the angels of heaven whenever one sinner is saved from the ravages of sin and death. It will celebrate when each person unlocks the door to the abundant life Christ promised His followers. 4. Vision – The Movement itself was born out of a vision during an extended time of seeking God’s face. Likewise, The Movement will be filled with believers who long to see the glory of God invading their personal lives. The Movement’s vision is to deliver people, multiply disciples, and unify the bride of Christ. 5. Iconoclastic - Movements generally follow this four step trajectory: From movement to monument to museum to morgue. In order for The Movement to remain a movement, it will follow the winds of the Spirit and focus on what God is doing in the moment. It will resist the psychological power of nostalgia to transform what God did yesterday into a monument that holds center stage. We celebrate what God is doing in the moment, day by day. We do not focus on what lies behind. We press on to lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of us, (Phil. 3:12). We keep the focus on the filling of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit, today, here and now. 6. Humility – We do not think more highly of ourselves than we do others. We avoid power plays, status seeking, controlling maneuvers, and corporate structures. When we go to war, it is against the enemy of this Dark Age. We have been supplied with weapons that are not of this world. We are guaranteed victory through Christ who conquered sin and Satan on the cross. 7. Relationships – Jesus demonstrated that discipleship happens best through relationships. He built community and galvanized relationships. Jesus made disciples out of men by living and sharing His life with them. This is at the heart of what society is yearning for today. People are looking for something to believe in and a place where they belong. We long to be part of a tribe where we can live transparently and speak honestly about our struggles. We desperately need the accountability of brothers and sisters who have the permission to watch and speak into our lives. The strongest bonds are formed when Christ is at the center of the relationship. We believe that friendship creates the best fellowship. 8. Home – A church can exist in your home. The early church started in homes. There is no better environment than the home to nurture Christian families and build a prevailing church. When house churches are networked together as they were through the Apostles of the New Testament, they increase their visibility, influence, and their ability to advance the Kingdom of God. 9. Celebration – The Movement comes together collectively once a week to celebrate how God is moving among and within us, to share the miracles of life-change that happened throughout the week, to hear relevant teaching from the Word of God, and to cast vision for the future of The Movement. 10. Commitment – We are committed to supporting the needs of the church that meets in your home. As did the early church, we share our resources to seize opportunities, and multiply our efforts. We surrender our spiritual gifts, abilities, and talents to be used by The Movement for the glory of God. Where we are weak, we commit to the renewing of His strength. Where we are foolish, we commit to receive from His treasure trove of wisdom. Where we are challenged we commit to wait upon the Lord.
The Movement Church of San Antonio is a Christian Church located in Zip Code 78216.