ACMin Newsletter - January 2014

ACMin Welcomes Our New Students!

The ACMin staff, faculty and Board of Trustees would like to welcome the new incoming students for spring 2014. We are so excited to have you join the ACMin family, and pray God's blessing on your academic and ministry preparation with the Athens College of Ministry.

Undergraduate
Kaitlyn Bailey - Worship Arts
Tara Lester - Generational Ministry

Graduate
Tim Savelle - Christian Ministry

Certificate
Rachel Harper - Prayer Leadership
Karen Bridenbaugh - Prayer Leadership
Anne Mckelvy - Prayer Leadership


Interested in more information about enrolling in the Athens College of Ministry? Mark your calendar for Friday evening, February 7th to attend our next Student Recruiting Bash! Worship, pizza, and the opportunity to meet ACMin students and staff.  Contact Matt Stanley, acmininfo@acmininfo.org for more information. 

New Year! New Heart!

A new year is dawning, and with it fresh hope in the goodness and faithfulness of God. In line with this expectation, we are thrilled to announce a very special event, coming up this weekend! New Year -New Heart is a day devoted entirely to prayer, and designed with you in mind! Whether your desire is to learn more about effective prayer and intercession, to train as a prayer leader, or to personally receive the benefits of in-depth prayer ministry, please make plans to attend this Saturday, January 11, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. See more details here.

Learn, Pray, & Grow With Us in 2014

ACMin offers a number of 15-week courses designed to provide believers with in-depth training and Christian growth in specific areas of ministry.  Consider enrolling in a course such as:
  • New Testament Survey
  • Servant Leadership & Change
  • Evangelism
  • Spiritual Warfare & Victory in Christ
  • Biblical Foundations of Prayer Ministry
...and more!  Registration for these and other LIfelong Ministry course opportunities is open through Friday, January 17th!  

Spotlight: Dr. Wilson Lattimore, ACMin Board of Trustee Chair

BIO: Dr. Wilson Lattimore has served as the Senior Pastor of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Athens for the past seventeen years and is in the second year of his term as the ACMin Board of Trustee Chair. See what he has to say about the college:

1) How were you personally called to serve in a leadership role at the Athens College of Ministry? Some seventeen years ago when I entered pastoral ministry, I was needed to find a  college to continue in my training, but this required me to travel some distance to get the education I needed. That the Athens School of Ministry is local to the Athens community is a great advantage to those wishing greater depth of knowledge and practical training in ministry.

2) Why are you passionate about the role of the ACMin in God’s Kingdom? I am passionate about this college because it is training folks for the work of the ministry. Athens has a strong need as a community to benefit from a school of this nature, as it offers something more than we as churches can provide in regard to discipleship training. People can go much deeper in their training for ministry, either professionally or as lay people.
 
3) What do you feel is unique about the college?  One of the core values is unity within the Body of Christ, and the college is uniquely positioned to enhance unity among us across racial, denominational and generational lines. When we all get to heaven, therewon't be churches separated by denominational differences, but rather the full Body of Christ. Across the curriculum, students focus on the BIble and the central commonalities of the essential theology we share in Christ, versus how we differ. I'm excited that there is a vehicle within our community that would draw us together as one.

Teen-to-Teen For Your Youth Group

On Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th ACMin is hosting a seminar is to develop a core team of youth from among area youth groups interested in intentionally living out their faith and sharing the overflow of their faith with their peers. Click here to learn more about how your church's youth team can be involved in Teen-to-Teen: Sharing the Gospel in Today's Youth Culture. 

Serve Athens ICN coming soon!

Our motto at ACMin is equipping heads and hearts to serve as Christ's hands and feet. ANd we believe in unity across the Body of Christ, delighting in coming together to serve others because He first loved us. On March 29, 2014,  volunteers from churches, schools, and community groups across the city will be coming together for the second annual ServeAthens ICN event. This is a city-wide day of service that you won't want to miss! If you are interested in assembling a team of volunteers from your church, school, or community group, please consider joining us for a free information breakfast on January 14, 8:30-9:30 AM, hosted at Green Acres Baptist Church. To reserve your spot at the breakfast, please RSVP to Michelle Evans at 706-951-4119 or mevans.asmwa@gmail.com.

Athens MLK - Jan. 20

Looking for more opportunities to serve in our community? Join other volunteers at the 12th annual Athens MLK Jr. Day of Service and "make it a day on, not a day off"! With over 30 projects set to be completed on Jan. 20th, we need 1,000 volunteers to make it all possible. To see the list of service projects and to register to serve, click here. We hope that you'll join us!

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER - February 7

We're excited to offer a great prayer opportunity for area ministers and ministry leaders on the first Friday of each month! On Friday, February 7th, from noon until 2:00 PM at the Athens College of Ministry, we will spend time together seeking the face of our awesome God on behalf of those who serve on the front lines of ministry in the Athens area. It would be our honor to pray for you and your ministry.  We hope you will join us!

Check out Community Connections!

ACMin is pleased to host a directory of Christian community activities and special events for the greater Athens area in one convenient location. If your church or ministry would like to invite the general public to participate in any Christian growth, prayer, worship or service event, click here to submit your information.

We have several exciting events coming up next year, including The Praying Life Seminar with Paul Miller Feb. 28-March 1, and the Imagine Women's Retreat Feb. 7-9. For more details about these events, and to view other upcoming events, click here