In the spring of 1793, the newly formed Baptist Missionary Society was conducting an intense meeting. William Carey, known as the father of the modern missionary movement, was considering where God wanted him to serve. In that meeting, Reverend Fuller, secretary of the society, looked at Carey and said, "It is clear that there is a rich mine of gold in India; if you will go down, I will hold the ropes."
Athens Christian Church realizes that much can be accomplished for God's Kingdom when partnerships are formed; we know that we are here to help hold the ropes for missionaries across the globe. Part of the money that is received on Sunday mornings goes to the support of worldwide evangelism through various missions agencies. The following are ministries that we support through prayer, giving and service:
Bradley University Campus Ministry - Reaching students for Christ in Peoria, Illinois.
Church Camp Fund - Athens Christian Church believes that Christian camps can greatly impact all ages for Christ, therefore we provide scholarships to attend camp at Little Galilee and Lake Springfield Christian Assembly.
First Step Women's Center - Located in Springfield, Illinois with a mission to be the first step for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, transforming their fear into confidence, and empowering them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.
GO Ministries - Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, but with most outreach centered on the island of Hispaniola, GO Ministries seeks to empower passionate, local leaders serving inside their own cultures to redeem people, renew communities, and restore creation by developing dynamic international, mutually transformational partnerships.
Illini Christian Ministries - Based in Champaign, Illinois, ICM has a mission to glorify God by partnering with churches in Illinois to focus on caring for at-risk children while preserving and restoring families.
Inner City Mission - Providing shelter, sustenance, education, and Christian counseling to homeless children, their parents, and single women while keeping Biblical truths about godly righteousness before our culture, community, and fellow Christians in Springfield, Illinois.
Lincoln Christian University - In Lincoln, Illinois, striving to meet the needs of students by designing a Christ centered curriculum that not only prepares them for their chosen profession, but also gives them the knowledge and desire to live out their faith in this fallen world.
Medical Evangelism in Mexico - Started over 40 years ago with a purpose to bring Mexican people to a saving relationship with Christ through medicine.
Mission Church - Kyle and Colleen Gennicks have planted a church in Montgomery, Illinois where there was no local church to make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus.
No Mountain Too High - To serve those in need, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Athens and the surrounding areas.
Refuge Ranch - Reaching out to hurting children and families by pairing them with abused and neglected horses in a unique, mentored horsemanship program in Rochester, Illinois.