Frequently Asked Questions

What is Community First! Village?
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master-planned community in east Austin that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Learn more about Community First! Village here:

Where is Community First! Village located?
Community First! is located 8 miles east of downtown Austin at 9301 Hog Eye Rd., Austin, TX 78724

Is Community First! Village connected to an organization?
Yes. Community First! Village is an initiative started by the outreach ministry of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. This ministry provides food and clothing and promotes dignity to homeless brothers and sisters in need. Learn more about Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

What will The Gathering be offering to provide spiritual direction at Community First! Village?
The Gathering will play a key role in providing Christ-centered spiritual direction at Community First! by offering:

• small group Bible studies

• worship services

• recovery ministry

• counseling and guidance

• outreach events

• retreats

• service projects

• and… more as God leads

Who will be involved in The Gathering?
The Gathering draws people from a spectrum of backgrounds…from the formerly homeless and chronically disabled at Community First! to caring individuals from faith-based communities to those seeking and searching. The Gathering is vastly different from most traditional spiritual experiences in that the ministry will connect resourced people to under-resourced brothers and sisters. The ultimate purpose is to replace hopelessness with the full and free life that God gives.

What does The Gathering believe as a faith community?
In response to great division and theological disputes in the first three centuries of the church, a council formed to bring unity and agreement over the most essential doctrines of Christianity. One of the creeds that has stood the test of time is the Apostle’s Creed. This creed became a guiding statement of faith for the Church.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
 and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell.
 The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What is the primary influence of The Gathering?
The primary influence of The Gathering is Jesus Christ. Under His name we are unified and for His sake we gather. We welcome all people — regardless of faith background or life experience.