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160 Meeting Jesus through Prison Correspondence
160 men and women have given their lives to Jesus through the New Life in Christ (NLIC) Prison Correspondence Ministry so far this year. AOC members share God's love with these people through snail mail Bible studies, reaching out to those incarcerated in Texas and other states at a time when many feel they've been discarded or forgotten. Requests pour in every week with more and more inmates asking for someone to walk them through the study.
New Leader for Discipleship
Chad McCartney joined the AOC Staff as the Executive Pastor of Discipleship in 2018, bringing new leadership and focus to making disciples of Jesus at our church. He shepherds all of our group and discipleship formats including adult classes, Bible studies, small groups, and group leadership training. We’re looking forward to connecting more of our congregation in faith-building communities in the coming year.
Students Meeting Jesus
Five students proclaimed faith in Jesus Christ through AOC Student Ministry events this year - four high school students and one middle school student. Student Ministry leaders meet these young men and women at a critical time in their lives with the love of Jesus.
Student Ministry Pastor Lucas Jackson says, "When the word of God by the power of the Spirit of God inters a student’s life everything changes. We saw students this past year take amazing strides in their walk with the Lord and it’s an honor to have a front row seat to seeing God hands mold this generation."
Strategic Ministry Leadership
AOC welcomed Nima Reza as our Executive Pastor of Strategic Ministries this year. Nima coordinates efforts to connect people to our church, help them find their gifts and purpose in Jesus, and use their gifts for God’s glory. In 2019, Nima will oversee the AOC Growth Track and development of A-Teams to serve in our church.
Families Count en Espanol
In November 2018, three families graduated from the “Families Count” program offered in Spanish through Austin Oaks Church Hispanic Ministry Nueva Vida. The program comes alongside families in trouble and ordered by the judicial system to get parenting education to stay together. The AOC Nueva Vida offering is the first “Families Count” program in the nation offered in Spanish.
32 individuals were baptized at AOC in 2018, each one sharing their unique encounters with Christ. Adults, children, students, families - we enjoyed celebrating with each and every one of them.
New Children's Director Eileen Bruen
We prayed and God answered! 2018 brought us our new AOC Children’s Director Eileen Bruen in October to lead and energize ministry to the next generation. Eileen says she longs to teach our children deep truths in a simple way, imparting faith that lasts well beyond childhood.
The Jordan Institute School of Ministry
AOC launched The Jordan Institute in 2018 to equip future ministry leaders and give them real world experience serving in our church. Three students are taking part in the eight-month program in its inaugural year.
Sports and Rec Ministry
AOC launched a new Sports and Rec Ministry in 2018, inviting everyone in the community to join us for basketball and volleyball this fall. We’ll form new leagues for more sports and activities in 2019, including fitness classes for adults.
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