ACMin Newsletter - January 2015

Starting a New Year's REVOLUTION

Revolution can be defined as “a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works.”  May 2015 be the year that we experience a dramatic and wide-reaching invasion of God’s Kingdom on earth and the downfall of idols named, “me first,”  “religiosity," “churchianty,”  and so many others. As soldiers in the Lord’s army, we know the battle is won because Jesus already defeated every power of the evil one. So why are we still fighting amongst ourselves and for ourselves? Our battle today will be won through surrender and love. As we personally surrender our hearts and minds to Christ and invite His abiding presence to permeate our very beings, we will stand victorious because it is not we who live, but Christ the Victor who lives in us and loves through us.  May we seek first in 2015 the Lord and His Righteousness. May the Lord become our first and best love as we learn to love others as He does. May we realize more fully that His dunamis power and the authority to overcome evil is fully ours so that we will do even greater things. May we release and call forth in others life, light, and love with the power of our tongues. May His peace that passes all understanding be the most effective weapon in our arsenal throughout the New Year. May we fly the banner of His peace over our hearts so that the world will see that we trust in our God, knowing that those who hope in Him will never be disappointed.  May the fruit of surrendering the battle to the Lord be an unmoveable faith in the One who stands victorious over all. May we surrender to the victory that is already His. This is His revolution and He already has won through the power of His great love for us!  Our prayer for 2015 is for a true revolution in every heart that results in an abiding surrender to our beloved King Jesus!  "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept the Father's commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." John 15: 9-11

New Year - New Heart 2015

Join us on Saturday, January 10th for the second annual New Year - New Heart prayer conference. This year's theme is "Setting Sails for God's Wind in 2015." It will be a day of musical worship lead by Hannah Strickland Hunt, Tyler Jefcoat and Caleb Cooke; annointed teaching by Steve Smith, Angel Davis, Dee Pesaresi, Sandy Blount, Paul Cooke, David Holt and Bill Curington; and multiple opportunities for individual and corporate prayer. Come prepared for a full day of equipping and intercession as we prepare ourselves for living out of a renewed identity in Christ throughout the New Year. Click here for complete details and registration.  Don't miss this stunning opportunity for a time of personal revival and making ready your sails for God's plans and purposes in the New Year!

Still Time to Sign Up For Spring LMP Classes

We are blessed with a rich spectrum of classes this Spring, offering advanced spiritual training by some of the finest credentialed faculty members around. From prayer to the spiritual disciplines, to our brand new course on growing food and faith, to spiritual warfare, teaching English as a Second Language, and other traditional studies, our Lifelong Ministry Program offers more than an education, it offers life change. Why not include a commitment to actively seek growth in your spiritual life through advanced ministry training as the perfect way to start the new year? We're all called to ministry, and it will take each of us fulfilling his or her God given role to see His greater purposes come to fruition before the return of Christ Jesus. Make that commitment today at this link or call 706-769-1472 to find out further information. 15-week classes begin January 15th, so don't delay!

Sowing For Tomorrow: 2015 Campaign for Growth

We are excited to announce the launch of the college’s 2015 Campaign for Growth, a three-part effort to strengthen and prepare ACMin for a fruitful future.  We hope that you will consider supporting one or all of the campaign’s funds:
2015 Annual Fund.  We are launching our first Annual Fund campaign ever!  The Annual Fund supports key functions of the college such as the student scholarship fund, staff support, operations and accreditation fees. We are well on our way to meeting this year’s goal of $200,000.
Capital Campaign.  Capital Campaign gifts will allow us to move onto our own property and raise the first two buildings—an all-purpose worship hall with classroom, Prayer Ministry, library, office, and student sleeping spaces, as well as a House of Hope for the retreat center. The Capital Campaign goal is $1.85M.
Legacy Gifts.  Legacy gifts strengthen the college’s future ability to make a difference in God’s Kingdom as we work to equip the saints for life and ministry in Christ.  Our 2015 goal is $2M in estimated estate giving pledges.
 
During the Campaign for Growth preview phase in late 2014, the college received a gift of $50k from an individual whose experience with ACMin has been “life-changing.” The donor asked to remain anonymous so that “God would receive all the glory!”  We praise the Lord for this gift and for all of the campaign preview gifts including $450k in pledged estate giving.  Won’t you partner with us through the campaign?  And be sure to visit the ACMin Support web page to learn how you can provide ongoing support through your purchases at Kroger and Amazon..
 

Welcome Alexa Schulman to the ACMin Staff!

God has blessed us with yet another gifted and godly individual to join our leadership team.
Meet Event Coordinator, Alexa Schulman! Alexa relocated to Athens from central Florida in 2010 to be a member of City Church Athens along with her parents and younger sister. City Church is truly family to Alexa. In addition to her church community, Alexa loves the volleyball community in Athens. She has coached with both Westminster Christian Academy and Georgia Juniors Volleyball Club since 2012. Alexa recently graduated from the University of North Georgia with an Associates Degree in Journalism. Her role as Event Coordinator will encompass planing, team leadership and logistical coordination for the college's signature events: New Year - New Heart, Serve Athens ICN, Transformed! Leadership Conference, and A.D.O.R.E., our community-wide worship event. Please be in prayer for Alexa as she raises financial support for her new position, and begins the task of overseeing the planning and implementation of these key events in the life of our college.

Read Jeff Renn's book, "Worship Redeemed"

We're excited to announce the publishing of "Worship Redeemed", the new book by Jeff Renn, our Sr. Director of Ministry Outreach. In the book, Jeff seeks to rediscover the kind and quality of worship that truly pleases the heart of God, as revealed in the Word of God by the Spirit of God. For every follower of Christ that desires to grow in intimacy with the heavenly Father through a lifestyle of worship, this book is for you. It is both instructional and devotional, and written in a casual, friend-to-friend style. An invitation to encounter the Living God in greater measure than ever before, "Worship Redeemed" is sure to encourage faithful hearts to worship "in spirit and in truth." To order your copy of "Worship Redeemed," visit www.hisidea.org and click on the Products tab. 

Visit Our Community Connect Page

It's always exciting to see how the Lord is building bridges among area churches and parachurch ministries, as His kingdom purposes are advanced in the greater Athens area. Each month we update our Community Connect page with new opportunities to serve in ministry, as well as to gather for ministry events and teachings. If your church or organization has an opening you'd like to post, or an event you'd like to promote, the Community Connect page is the place to do it! Simply send your information to acmininfo@acmin.org. Here are some exciting connections for you to explore:
  • Homeless Help Cards - using these discount cards at area businesses saves you money, and blesses area  homeless shelters;
  • Perspectives Course, presented by Cafe 1040, is an in depth study to prepare God's people for cross-cultural ministry;
  • Athens Prayer Network, led by Steve Smith, is seeing a greater unity among church leadership in the Athens area, through dedicated corporate prayer;
  • Bob Johnson's "Find Your Yes" conference, held at Living Hope Church on Feb. 6-7.
Visit the Community Connect page for complete details about these and other ministry opportunities!

2015 Opportunities to Pray, Serve, Worship, and Learn Together

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information about these key ACMin sponsored community events in 2015:
ServeAthens ICN - 5k on Saturday, March 21st; Service projects on Saturday, March 28th
National Day of Prayer Breakfast & Events - Thursday, May 7th
Transformed! Conference - Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th
A.D.O.R.E. - Labor Day Monday, September 2nd
Contact us at 706-769-1472 to serve with us at any of these events!