ACMin Newsletter - December 2013

Merry Christmas from the ACMin!

The Board of Trustees and the leadership staff of the Athens College of Ministry would like to wish all of you a blessed holiday season, as we celebrate with great thanksgiving the Gift of Christ Jesus into the world, and the free gift of salvation He offers to all who believe. As part of our Christmas celebration, we will be featuring two Christmas Concerts of Worship, led by Jeff Renn, singer and pianist, and ACMin's Sr. Director of Ministry Outreach. These special musical events are designed to celebrate the joy of the season, and to encounter the Living God whom we celebrate. Join us for one of the following dates: Sunday, Dec. 8th at Oolenoy Baptist Church in Pumpkintown, SC at 11:00 AM, or Sunday, Dec.15th at Gateway United Methodist Church in Athens at 10:45 AM. May your hearts be full to overflowing with the peace of Christ during this joyous time and throughout the New Year!

Exciting Lineup of Spring 2014 Lifelong Ministry Courses

Begin 2014 by experiencing the full range of Lifelong Ministry course offerings designed for all believers wishing to grow in their relationship with Christ and be trained for effective ministry in the world around you. From evangelism, to worship, to prayer and discipleship, our Spring 2014 slate of courses offers something for everyone in the Body of Christ. Click here for a complete listing of our Spring LMP classes that range from 15-week intensive courses to one-day workshops and seminars. Make plans now to join us as we embark on a brand new year as the people of God!

Here's a word from one of our Lifelong MInistry students: "For the past few months, I have had the privilege of participating in a course on prayer offered by the Athens College of Ministry. My prayer life has been so changed in coming to know more perfectly that because the God of the Universe lives in me, it is He who works through me. This has relieved me of striving and working to pray and believe God." -- Dianne H.

New Year - New Heart: Mobilizing Athens for Prayer

We are anticipating an incredible time of ministry, teaching and hands-on training at the NEW YEAR - NEW HEART Day of Prayer on Saturday, January 11th. This community-wide event is for all people who wish to draw close to the heart of God in prayer, to go deeper in their prayer walk, to be trained in how to more effectively minister to others through prayer, as well as to receive heart-healing prayer themselves. You will be inspired, refreshed, and go forth newly empowered in your walk with Christ as a result of participating in this event. The Book of James assures us that "the effective and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (Jam. 5:16b), and we expect the Lord to do MUCH in our midst as we gather on that day, setting the stage for the advancement of His Kingdom in 2014. Register here for this historic event.

ACMin Student Spotlight: JOHN PRIDGEN

ACMin: John, tell us a little bit about yourself.
JOHN: I'm from Broxton, GA, and a second year student studying Generational Ministry, with plans to graduate in the Spring of 2015
ACMin: Tell us about your calling to ministry and to the ACMin.
JOHN: I was a student at UGA, and knew in my heart that God had called me into full-time ministry, in particular ministry to youth. I heard about the specialized training the ACMin offers for those preparing for youth ministry, and knew this is where I was called to get equipped. I had previously been doing ministry through SWAT (swatministries.com) and elsewhere, and feel that this is what God is using to further develop me as a believer and a minister.
ACMin: What do you like most about the ACMin?
JOHN: The environment is great here. I love the teachers and have a learned a lot. Hearing about the personal ministry experiences from the faculty members has been especially insightful and encouraging. I also like the mentoring aspect of the college, which is enhanced all the more by the smaller class sizes, so there’s more individualized attention.
ACMin: How do you anticipate using what you've learned here in ministry to others?
JOHN: My desire is to join a church staff as Youth Pastor, and at some point to continue my education to pursue a master’s in Christian counseling. I have a special burden to see the Lord work in the lives of the young men of this generation, and to share what God has done in my life with them.
ACMin: What's one of the life lessons you've learned during your studies here at the ACMin?
JOHN: I love how God puts things together, how He proves faithful during times of uncertainty, through every step of our spiritual journey.

Service Day - November 16th

Many thanks to ACMin Board members Jeremy Duggins and Mary Hammond for their leadership of the Board's Community Service Sub-committee as they establish a tradition of Christ-like love and service. One of the college's strong mottos is "Serving to Love - Loving to Serve."  On November 16th, Board members, students, staff, family members, and our friends from area churches, including Watkinsville First United Methodist Church, helped three families with challenging personal circumstances to accomplish some much needed fall home repairs and yard maintenance.  THANK YOU to everyone who joined together to serve in Christ's name and to pray over these wonderful families.  

An Invitation to Breakfast!

As we gear up for ServeAthens ICN to be held March 29, 2014, we would like to invite area churches to each send one or two members to a kick-off rally and breakfast hosted at Green Acres Baptist Church on 2085 Barnett Shoals Rd, Athens. The kick-off breakfast will take place Tuesday, January 14th from 8:30 - 9:30 AM.  Come and hear how to easily recruit a service team from your church, about the service projects planned for March 29th, and get plugged into our local body of believers as we serve our city together ICN - In Christ's Name!  To reserve your space at the January 14th breakfast, contact Michelle Evans at  706.951.4119 or mevans.asmwa@gmail.com.

Your Gifts Keep On Giving

As 2013 draws to a close, it's a wonderful time to evaluate our charitable giving over the past twelve months. This goes far beyond a simple tax advantage, because it allows the believer in Christ to make an eternal Kingdom difference. As we open our hearts to the Lord and our hands to the needs around us, we can experience what it means to "give and good gifts will be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over" (Luke 6:38). For this reason, the Athens College of Ministry is pleased to extend the opportunity for people to give sacrifically to the ministry of the college at this time. We see the value of each student who enters our doorway, their hearts for surrendered service, and their great potential to reach others with the Good News of Jesus. When you think of the ACMin, think of that one whom God has called here, in preparation for their particular mission field. Because of your generosity, our students can be the gift that keeps on giving... for years to come on into eternity. Please click here to partner with us.

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER for Area Ministries

One of the most gratifying activities we are involved with as a college is serving as a "hub", from which attention may be given to the wonderful area ministries who also "serve to love, and love to serve"! Of special significance is a monthly two-hour gathering of church, parachurch and other community service ministry leaders where we purposefully pray for them as leaders of vibrant ministries. We would love to have you join us for the next First Friday Prayer, scheduled for Friday, December 6th from Noon to 2:00 PM (although participants are free to leave earlier if needed). First Friday prayer in January will take place on Friday, January 3rd, from Noon - 2:00 PM.  We look forward to praying over you and the ministry to which God has called you!
Location: ACMin Campus, upstairs in Room D. 

Stay Connected via Community Connections

ACMin is delighted to serve our local body of believers by helping to connect you to Kingdom opportunities.  Be sure to check out our Community Connections page to learn about local prayer, worship, service, and teaching events.  And go to the Community Jobs page for local opportunities to serve in ministry.  To post your Community Connections event or ministry / service job opportunity for free, contact Michelle Evans: acmininfo@acmin.org.