Hill Country Institute

Renewing and equipping the Body of Christ to engage culture

in changing times

with the love and mind of Christ


We envision the Body of Christ:
equipped for spiritual maturity, able to articulate the faith, and ready
to engage culture for the Kingdom.


Hill Country Institute provides a “Third Space” — something the local church cannot do.

— Jonathan Dodson, Pastor of City Life Church, Austin 


Barbara Nicolosi, Eugene Peterson, and Andy Crouch in a panel discussion at the Transforming Culture conference.

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Symposia and conferences to bring together thought leaders, pastors and other Christian leaders, and interested lay people to interact on the intersection of Christianity and Science. Events focus on theology, science and philosophy of science.




Single-day events held in non-church venues (pubs, tea houses, restaurants, etc.) to hear presentations from Christian thought leaders on topics in the areas of business, government, the environment, family, education, human rights issues, etc. Facilitated group discussion in an atmosphere of authenticity complemented by graciousness follow the presentations.




Symposia and conferences for pastors, Church leaders, and artists. Addressing the intersection of Christianity and Art, with particular attention given to the relationship of the Church and artists, these events are designed to help Christians think about art and artists with the heart and mind of Christ. We seek to help churches embrace and empower the artists among them and to welcome and make space for the unique gifts of each one.




Single-day events exploring topics of interest to the Body of Christ in the arena of Education. Guest speakers include thought leaders, government leaders, parents, and teachers.


The Works of C.S. Lewis & Friends


Perhaps the greatest inspiration outside of the Bible for how we are to live our lives on this Earth is the work of C.S. Lewis. Hill Country Institute’s first events were on topics centered in the works of Lewis. Over the years, we continue to explore aspects of our spiritual lives through the lens of Lewis’s work.


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We have created a vast library of audio and video recordings of talks presented at Hill Country Institute events. You can browse through the library and select from a wide range of topics related to the intersection of faith and science, culture, art, education, and more. There are also talks on various aspects of the works of C.S. Lewis and friends. All resources are available at no cost and may be streamed for any audience.

In addition to our online resource library, we also produce a podcast called “Hill Country Institute Live”. Curated from the weekly radio talk show of the same name, the Hill Country Institute Live podcast is hosted by Larry Linenschmidt, Executive Director of Hill Country Institute, and includes interviews with thought leaders who share their insights on issues of concern and interest to the Church today.

Hill Country Institute has had the great blessing of being able to present world-class speakers at our events. Thought leaders and experts in their fields of study, each of these distinguished speakers has shared their wisdom and insight to help event attendees explore and consider issues of concern for the Christian faith in current cultural and societal contexts. Each speaker is carefully selected through personal relationships and/or references from trusted contacts.

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