Teaching that forms soul, community, and mission


Access Learning Labs are our approach to Christian education.  Labs are designed as learning environments that engage great content with the many ways that people learn.  When this happens, information isn't simply downloaded from teacher to student; learning actually happens and people begin to grow as followers of Jesus.  We call them "labs" because labs are where you put theories to the test.  Where knowledge moves into practice.  Labs are hands-on and interactive.   


  • Great content combined with various teaching styles -  some learn by hearing a lecture, others learn by doing something active.  Labs will vary in format, but they'll engage various learning styles. 
  • Short-term - one day to one semester.  Labs are a great way to meet new people and journey with them around a specific topic for a period of time.  In other words, labs aren’t meant to replace plugging into a small group.   
  • Clear formational objectives - labs will emphasize wisdom, not just knowledge; responding to truth, not just hearing it.  Our labs will have a clear discipleship purpose in mind.  
  • Biblically and theologically anchored - even when we draw from sources outside of the Bible, learning labs are distinctively grounded in a Christian worldview, and will be taught from that lens.  


  • January through May 2017: Fall Learning Labs begin (see below).

Spring 2017 Learning Labs

Race and Community: Continuing #Conversations that Matter

  • Description: Back in November, the Access RECing Crew held a Learning Lab on "Race and Identity". Join us for this follow-up Lab as we explore how our racial identities and stories connect within our community, learn practical tools for addressing interpersonal racism, and develop a greater vision for racial reconciliation. 
  • Meeting date(s) and time(s):  Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Access Warehouse
  • Facilitated by: Phoebe Wong, Daisy Wang, Denise Murray, Lola Subulade, Song Kim, and Vincent Tran

Leader's Learn: Insights from the Best of the Global Leadership Summit

  • Description:  Join us once a month as we draw from some of the best sessions at the Global Leadership Summit.  We’ll watch a video and then discuss how to implement these leadership principles in our own lives.  All are welcome.  
  • Meeting dates:  Every first Sunday of the month @ 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM.  
  • Location: Sprouts Room in the Access Warehouse
  • Taught by: Dave Tien, Jeannie Kim, and John Lin
  • Leadership and Equipping Track

Mission Partner Orientation: Soul, Community, & Mission

  • Description: Soul, community and mission are at the heart of what we're trying to do at Access. In this learning lab, mission partners are guided into a deeper understanding of what following Jesus looks like in these three crucial areas. This learning lab is interactive, discussion-based, and communal. Open and encouraged for all mission partners.  
  • Meeting date: Saturday, January 28 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM. Snacks provided.   
  • Location: Warehouse
  • Taught by: John Lin
  • Leadership and Equipping Track

Bible Say What?! How to Interpret God's Word 

  • Description: The writers of the Bible describe God's Word as food for the soul, providing nourishment and health for spiritual vitality. But let's be honest: some parts of the Bible can be hard to digest. Int his brief learning lab, we'll learn some tools to better interpret and understand the Bible. No, this won't answer all your Bible questions, but you'll be better equipped to understand God's Word. 
  • Meeting Dates: Sunday, February 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
  • Location: Sprouts Room
  • Taught by: John Lin
  • Theological and Biblical Formation Track

Hope for the Nations: Reaching the World in Houston

  • Description:  This learning lab will focus on global trends in missions. We live in an unprecedented age of interconnectedness and diversity. The nations have come to Houston—how will we reach out to them with the love of Christ? This lab includes and a visitation to a religious center + lunch before the teaching portion.
  • Meeting date(s) and time(s):  Saturday, February 11, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
  • Location & Details: 10:30 am to 11:30 am: ISKCON Houston (Hare Krishna) temple located at 1320 W. 34th Street, Houston, TX 77018. After a guided tour we will eat lunch on site at Govinda’s Vegetarian restaurant. The lunch buffet is $11/adult, $5/child. After lunch we’ll head over to the Access warehouse for the learning lab, 1:30-4:30 pm.
  • Facilitated by:  Cindy Wu and Brandon Lau
  • Missional Formation Track

Crafting a Rule of Life

  • Description: Christians today are looking to the ancient discipline of a Rule of Life to help guide and strengthen their sense of living in Christ and participating in a wider community. This workshop will include historical and theological reflections, working on your own Personal Rule of Life, and small group sharing. 
  • Meeting date(s) and time(s):  Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Fuller Theological Seminary, Texas
  • Taught by (include email):  David Wu
  • Cost: $15 all proceeds support the ministry of Leadership Transformations. Lunch is not included, but we will provide coffee and snacks.
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  • Spiritual Formation Track