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Ministry in the Next Generation

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on April 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM

I am not sure what started this but a few days ago I began to recall my first sermon. I do not remember its exact date; but almost 60 years have passed since that time.

It was a Sunday evening and I preached the sermon to a congregation of about twenty-five or thirty at my home church in Australia. Although mainly inauspicious and uneventful I do have one lasting recollection. When I came to the end of my notes and what I had prepared to say it seemed like I was only speaking for about five minutes. Anxiously I looked up at the clock on the wall. Somewhat relieved I observed that over twenty minutes had gone by since I began to speak. Thus I learned an important lesson. When you stand in the pulpit your perspective can become quite different from the rest of the congregation who are listening to what you say.

A Fork in the Road

Little did I know that what took place on that quiet evening anticipated so much of the future direction of my life.

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Topics: How To, Ministry Opportunities

Join Me for Lunch or Dinner Monday at Austin Grad

Posted by Dr. Daniel Napier on April 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM

If you are considering church planting as a vocation, then you're invited to visit with Charles Kiser about a new apprenticeship program in church planting. Charles is director of training for Mission Alive -- a premier, discipleship-based, church planting organization. 

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Ministry Opportunities

Eternal Threads Founder is Austin Grad Alumna

Posted by Brittany Kelm on April 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Austin Graduate School of Theology alumna Linda Egle is passionate to serve and be on mission for the Lord.  She does this by bringing opportunity and hope to women across the world through the organization she founded, Eternal Threads. Eternal Threads is a nonprofit organization based in Abilene, Texas.  The organization helps women in impoverished countries support their families and improve their livelihoods with their handiwork in sewing and tailoring.       

Eternal Threads is able to partner with these women and provide a market for them to sell their goods in the United States.  Linda started this work with women in India and has since expanded into additional countries including Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar, and Afghanistan.  Part of this vision for Eternal Threads came from Linda’s desire to connect women in the developed world to women in these underdeveloped nations.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Marketplace Ministries at Rudy's BBQ 

Posted by Brittany Kelm on February 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

What if more businesses employed people like Christopher Bennett whose job is to minister to other employees? 

Chris, a graduate of Austin Graduate School of Theology,  is a Team Member Care Associate at K&N Management, which owns the well-known establishments Mighty Fine Burgers and Rudy’s BBQ.  

Simply put, Chris’ work empowers people to make positive change in their lives. Whether they are wanting to excel in their career,  experiencing difficult relationships, or maybe dealing with addictions, K&N Management has created a team that’s available 24/7 to help bridge the gap between what is and what could be.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Missionary in Russia

Posted by Brittany Kelm on September 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Austin Graduate School of Theology's newest Living Stones Award recipient Joel Petty serves the Lord as a missionary in Russia.

“I find fulfillment when someone comes to the realization that God exists and loves them…when someone finds joy by hearing and obeying God's word not only when coming to Christ initially, but as they follow him throughout life with all its ups, downs, adventures and suffering,” Joel said.

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas (now known as Texas State Universary) in geography and political science with a concentration in Soviet studies.  It was the late 80's.  By the time he graduated, the Soviet Union fell and his career path evaporated.  He says he worked in conference and meeting planning as well as the rental car business for a few years before the Lord found him and changed his life, blessed him with a great wife, and always reoriented him from career to ministry.

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

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