Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Athens College of Ministry?
 ACMin is an interdenominational Christian college that offers a new kind of ministry preparation designed to equip tomorrow’s Christian leaders for tomorrow’s changing world.  The college provides an opportunity for adult students  from all walks of life to engage in real ministry opportunities supported by biblically-based coursework in a Christian environment with instructors qualified to provide biblically-centered teaching.
 
Who established the Athens College of Ministry?
The college was established by the founding Board of  Trustees—faithful believers from across denominations interested in the availability of a local ministry training institution  that could help  unify and meet the equipping needs of the greater Athens community. The first certificate and degree courses were offered in fall semester 2012. See: http://www.acmin.org/Board-of-Trustees
 
Who might attend the Athens College of Ministry?
You. We anticipate enrolling both traditional and non-traditional students—any believer interested in deepening his or her personal relationship with God and learning more about how to serve and lead in the Kingdom.  Ministry is the call of EVERY believer.
 
What are the key distinctives between the Athens College of Ministry and a traditional Bible college or seminary?
  • ACMin is an interdenominational Cristian college, not affiliated with a specific denomination.
  • ACMin offers flexible certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students to answer the call to church-affiliated ministry or ministry in other career areas.
  • The primary key distinctive of ACMin is equipping with sound biblical doctrine combined with mentored experience in frontline ministry for the purpose of serving others in Christ’s name. Graduates will have gained significant practical experience through their real-life ministry apprenticeships.  
What are Lifelong Ministry Courses?
Many area churches recognize that they can’t meet all of the needs to equip their members for specific types of lay ministry.  ACMin’s Lifelong Ministry Program is designed to supplement church’s local efforts by offering workshops and seminars for all believers with the goals of helping them deepen their personal relationship with the Lord and learning how to apply biblical principles to important aspects of daily life. Sample topics include prayer, worship, evangelism,  Christian leadership and more. LMP courses help believers to effectively use their talents and gifts as significant difference-makers and leaders for the Lord in their churches and local communities.  LMP courses do not result in college credit .
 
What theological beliefs are at the foundation of the Athens College of Ministry?
ACMin is an interdenominational college, focusing on the core Christian doctrine of salvation through belief in the resurrected Christ. The ACMin Belief Statement is denominationally neutral, Word-rooted and Spirit-empowered. ACMin does not seek to create a “new religion,” but rather to equip students’ heads and hearts so that they may serve as His hands and feet for the purpose of Christ-centered kingdom transformation.  We seek to “collaborate around the cross!”
See: http://www.acmin.org/Belief-Statement
 
Is ACMin an accredited college?
Our college operates under full authorization of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission and is actively involved in the process of receiving full Title IV accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges & Schools
 
Who teaches at ACMin?
All faculty are fully credentialed with Master’s-level or doctorate degrees, qualify as accredited instructors of the subjects they teach, and have rich, lifelong experiences in  frontline ministry.  See http://www.acmin.org/ACMin-Faculty for more information about ACMin’s teaching faculty.
 
What are ACMin classes like?
Classes are offered at both day and evening times for student convenience, and with small class sizes, students develop strong relationships with the faculty.  During class time, instructors challenge students to apply to their hearts and minds the concepts taught.
 
Does ACMin offer online courses?
While ACMin may offer some basic courses online in the future, because of the hands-on, direct application nature of the courses taught, how we teach at ACMin cannot be effectively experienced in an online environment.  We hold a strong belief that ministry is relational, and thus incorporate significant life-on-life experience into every course.
 
How much does it cost to attend ACMin?
The tuition per credit hour depends on the number of courses taken:
$295 per credit hour for one course
$275 per credit hour for two courses
$250 per credit hour for three or more courses
For a full-time student (15 credits), the cost for tuition for one semester is $3750.  For part-time students, the cost of one course (3 credits) is $885.  There are no additional fees.  Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks and materials for each course they enroll in.
 
What scholarships and loan programs are available to help with the cost of attending ACMin?  ACMin does not currently participate in any federal loan programs. The ACMin Board discourages students’ accruing debt for their education so that they can be free to answer the Lord’s call upon completing their program.  Instead, ACMin encourages students to develop a Ministry Team that can help support them while they are attending school. Further, Ministry Partnerships are available for churches and businesses wishing to help support ACMin students. ACMin also offers a needs-based scholarship and work-study program.  See: http://www.acmin.org/Tuition-and-Financial-Aid
 
Where is the Athens College of Ministry located?
 ACMin is currently leasing space from Watkinsville First United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Hwy 441 and New High Shoals Rd. in Watkinsville.  
 
Is there student housing at the Athens College of Ministry campus?
Not at this time, however, ACMin students will find ample available housing in the Athens area, within close vicinity of the school. The future vision for the college is to be situated on a pastoral setting with short and long-term living spaces for both students  and guests.
 
What is the ACMin Transformational Prayer Ministry Center?
The ACMin Transformational Prayer Ministry Center is a place where any individual can receive 90 minutes of intentional, focused prayer leading to an authentic encounter with God’s Truth, in order to overcome struggles with anger, unforgiveness, fear, stress, anxiety, trauma, sexual sins, and depression as well as other undesired behaviors and thought patterns.  This transformation is a lifelong journey towards wholeness, freedom, peace and joy in Christ.   Confidential Prayer Ministry is open to the public at no cost.  See ACMin.org > Pray
 
How can I get involved with ACMin?
•       Pray over the  ACMin mission, vision, students, and staff
•       Participate  in a course or seminar, become a prayer minister, join our Board of Trustees
•       Promote the ACMin so others, serve on the Advocacy Council
•       Partner  as a church or businesses to help make the  ACMin opportunity available to  others
•       Provide funding for student scholarships, program development, and volunteer assistance/expertise
Contact the college at : acmininfo@acmin.org to become a part of God’s vision at ACMin!
 
Additional Information on Our Website:
Degree Programs
Course Catalog
Lifelong Ministry