That means from the local coffee shop to the remotest edge of the world, we are to proclaim the word of God in truth and in love. As a people on mission for Christ, we share the passions of God’s heart for one another, for our city, for our nation and for the nations of the earth.
We will empower each person in the church to live a Kingdom lifestyle.
We follow Jesus by encountering and obeying Him in our daily lives.
We will be part of transforming Waco, Texas.
We will serve and reach out, both through specific church ministries and in each of our lives.
We will seek to make the Church a voice of love and truth in the United States.
We will continue to plant churches and raise up church partners throughout the country.
We will partner with God to see the Church change the world.
We will send short-term and long-term teams throughout the earth to reach as many people as we can with the love of God.
Antioch Community Church was established in 1999 by our senior pastor Jimmy Seibert, his wife Laura and a group of friends who shared the call for a missions-based church. Before the church was formed, this same group of people started a missionary training school, planted churches in Russia, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, and formed an international missions organization called Antioch Ministries International (AMI) .
In 1999, we held our first service at the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds, and the next year made our permanent home in an old HEB grocery store in one of Waco’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. In an effort to transform the area, we started investing in the surrounding neighborhoods through building relationships and meeting local needs. It has been a joy to see lives transformed, families connected and this neighborhood become a place where the peace and love of God dwell.
Over the years, we have grown from one small service to several services for more than 3,500 people. Now tens of thousands of people have come to Christ and are meeting together both locally and around the world. Antioch Ministries International, the missions arm of the church, has more than 140 full-time workers around the world. While it’s not about the numbers, every number represents a person who has encountered God. Each church plant and ministry means more people are experiencing the love God and making His love known throughout the earth.
In 2011, we broke ground on a new building as part of our campus expansion plan. The project took five years but we were able to build it debt free, and we celebrated our first service in the new auditorium on May 1, 2016. To us, it represents a new era in what God wants to do in and through our church allowing us to better serve our city and train and send out more people to reach the nations.