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 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.
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 Christian 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 Christian leadership in the marketplace.
- The primary key distinctive of ACMin is equipping with sound biblical doctrine combined with mentored experience in frontline ministry as well as emphasis on addressing matters of the heart, such as identity in Christ and spiritual warfare, for the purpose of serving others effectively 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 churches’ 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 seminars 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. See:
Mobile Lifelong Ministry
Life IN Christ Seminars
Prayer Leadership Certificate
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!”
Is ACMin an accredited college?
Our college operates under full authorization of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission and holds accreditation candidacy status through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges & Schools. Click here for full details about ACMin’s accreditation status.
Who teaches at ACMin?
All ACMin 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.
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 the concepts taught to real-life ministry.
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?
ACMin tuition is $295 per credit hour. 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: https://acmin.org/tuition-financial-aid/
Where is the Athens College of Ministry located?
ACMin currently leases space from Watkinsville First United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Hwy 441 and New High Shoals Road in Watkinsville. The college has purchased 114 acres at 4080 South Barnett Shoals Road as the site of its future campus, retreat center, and prayer garden.
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.
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 business to help make the ACMin opportunity available to others
• Provide funding for student scholarships, program development, and volunteer assistance/expertise
Contact the college at: firstname.lastname@example.org to become a part of God’s vision at ACMin!
(706) 769-1479 fax
PO Box 7953
Athens, GA 30604