ACMin Newsletter - May 2015

Room To Grow

May is an amazing month to get outdoors, dig in the dirt, and marvel at the breathtaking blooms from bulbs planted in seasons gone by. A seed planted in a spacious garden has plenty of room to grow as large as its design will alow, provided that conditions are right. But something planted within the limitations of a flower pot can only grow as large as the vessel which holds it.

We're like that plant sometimes. Incredible potential, unique by design, and made alive by the presence of God Himself residing within us. But yet at times we feel as though we're root-bound, stuck within certain confines, be they our own natural abilities or forces beyond our control. A loving and wise gardener would gently remove such a plant from the pot, break up the roots a bit to free them, possibly divide up the shoots and transfer them to a new environment, where there will be plenty of room to flourish and grow.

Do you trust Him, saint of God? Allow the Lord in His love to pick you up, free you where you are bound, and introduce you to an environment where you aren't simply surviving, but thriving. He longs for all His children to grow in grace, always learning and even willing to experience a bit of pruning along the way, so that others might enjoy the fruit of the faithfulness of your life. Come grow with us at the ACMin!

ACMin Hosts Athens' National Day of Prayer Breakfast

Featuring an inspiring message by UGA football coach, Mark Richt, and music by Jeff Renn, Lorel Lawrence and Trace Colson, the Athens area National Day of Prayer Breakfast will officially open the day's events, as America gives herself to prayer on Thursday, May 7th. Slated to draw hundreds of participants, the breakfast will be a wonderful gathering for spiritual encouragement and challenge, as we in Athens recommit ourselves to seeking the face of God on behalf of our city, state and nation. Click here for tickets to the breakfast as well as information about other city-wide prayer gatherings throughout the day. 

Register Now to be Transformed!

The Transformed! Conference, slated for June 19-20, will be an incredible opportunity to experience spiritual teaching rooted in God's Word and empowered by God's Spirit, the sort of instruction that brings about lasting fruit in our lives as believers in Jesus Christ. Headlining the conference will be gifted teachers of God's Word, including Dr. Mel Blackaby, Christine Wyrtzen, Kevin Daniel, Cindi Wood and Dr. David Holt, along with a number of breakout session led by gifted leaders in ministry from the greater Athens area. Choose from tracks related to prayer, or worship discipleship, growing as a man or woman of God, and spiritual gifts, when you register at Cost per person is just $59 for the entire weekend.

ACMin Celebrates our First Graduates!

With special music provided by Karla White (Worship Arts) and Carolyn Kaes (Community Music Program), it was our pleasure to celebrate the completion of study for two of our Prayer Leadership Certificate students. Rachel Harper and Anne McKelvy completed their course of study in prayer, including everything from a biblical understanding of prayer and intercession, to how to see the Lord bring emotional and physical healing through prayer. From the Board of Trustees, staff and faculty of the Athens College of Ministry, we would like to congratulate you both, along with prayers for God's hand on your lives and developing ministries as you make yourselves available for His use. All praise, glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Fall Semester Application Deadline is July 1st

Is God calling you to become equipped for more effective ministry in your circle of influence?  Do you have a calling to full-time vocational ministry?  The Athens College of Ministry would be honored to walk with you through your ministry preparation journey! We offer:
- Word-based teaching;
- Spirit-empowered ministry application;
- Personal, heart-deep growth in your relationship with the Lord; and
- Hands-on practical experience.

ACMin faculty are fully credentialed and bring tremendous front-line ministry experience to their teaching. Contact Jeff Renn,, to learn more about ACMin's Programs, full- and part-time enrollment options, and available scholarship support for your course of study.  There's still time to apply by July 1st to begin your ministry preparation journey!

Connecting Athens & Beyond

The English poet John Donne wrote, "No man is an island, entire of itself. Each man is a piece of the continent." Nowhere does this ring with greater certainty than in the Body of Christ. Though possessing disparate gifts,passions and callings, in Christ we are one and hold to one hope in Him. "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism". (Eph. 4:5) One of ACMin's goals is to help gather the Body of Christ across denomination lines together for the good of the Kingdom. Whether hosting special events designed to bring people together in Christ such as the recent Pastors' Appreciation Lunch, or highlighting various ministry opportunities available in the area, we hope that you will stay tuned to other area Christian service, teaching, and prayer opportunities through our Connect page, including:

2015 Global Leadership Summit, hosted by Living Hope Church
Area Prayer Gatherings, directed by the Athens Prayer Network
2015 Rekindle the Flame Conference in July
Featured charitable organizations, like the Homeless Help Card
Also see area Ministry openings:
              - Director of Children's Ministry, Young Harris UMC
              - Part-time Worship Leader, The Chuch @ College Station
              - Baby Boutique Manager, Athens Pregnancy Center

Consider a Business Sponsorship with the ACMin

Beyond prayer, one of the greatest ways you as a business owner, church leader or private investor can get involved in the good work of the ACMin is by our Business Sponsorship Program. With new events on the horizon, designed to exalt the Lord Jesus and gather His people for ministry, financial sponsorships can go along way in meeting the corresponding resource needs. Now is an especially important time, as our annual teaching conference,Transformed!) and worship event A.D.O.R.E., are quickly approaching, requiring honoraria for guest speakers, technical support, supplies and teaching materials, promotional items, etc. Join one of our sponsorship levels, described here, and the ACMin will commit to promoting your organization or ministry throughout the coming year. Join businesses like First Madison Bank & Trust, LifeWay Christian stores, Lucius Malcolm Financial Services and Kohls Cares, as well as a host of area churches, who have joined us in this most helpful and practical way. 


Karla enrolled in ACMin in fall 2014 to pursue an undergraduate program in Worship Arts.  Carla and her husband, Nick, have two young sons, Luke and Noah. Karla has grown in her faith and relationship with the Lord through her Christian Core courses and has experienced strong growth in her vocal skills through Vocal Performance coursework with Dr. Becky Cooke. Karla recently began to apply her expanding skillset in a part-time worship leader position at Statham UMC.  We pray for great things in Karla's future with the Lord and in her studies at ACMin!

Healing Shame Course Offered in July

This summer, from July 13-17, Dee Pesaresi will lead an intensive, one-week worksop on God's plan for healing the destructive effects of shame in our lives and others. Those who participated in the Healing Trauma class last summer are still speaking of the extraordinary growth that occurred, both in a biblical understanding of how the Lord brings emotional healing, as well as in the students' ability to practice what they have learned as they reach other wounded people with God's grace. Early bird registration costs just $199 if you sign up by June 15th. Read about this life-changing course, as well as others offered currently through our Lifelong Ministry Program at

ACMin Students Serve at Oasis Tutoring

Service is a big part of our college's DNA and one of the ways that our students build community together. in late April, students Lyle Unruh, Michael Kitchens, and Jonathan Tarbutton, along with Alexa Schulman, our Event Coordinator, served at Oasis Tutoring in the Pinewoods Community, digging a drainage ditch, clearing brush, and then playing with the kids! "We had a blast!" We at ACMin serve to love and love to serve!

Join the ACMin Leadership Team

Is God calling you to be part of something greater in His Kingdom?  Are you recently graduated? Recently retired? Won't you consider becoming part of the ACMin Leadership Team?  Our college currently has full-time openings for the following positions:
-Administrative Assistant
-Director of Student Services
-Assistant Director of Marketing & Development
Contact Marcia Wilbur,, to learn more about joining our staff as an employee or a regular volunteer.  The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few!