This past year, we spent significant time to equip, train, consult, and work together with elders, campus leadership, and MC leaders so they can provide the best care possible to those they lead and disciple.
Recovery Ministries provides hope and healing in Christ to those who are struggling with their own sins, the sin of others, or the reality of living in a broken world. We do this through weekly gatherings as well as our Steps Study, a 15-week discipleship program equipping people to walk daily in their new identity in Christ.
In June, we celebrated God's work in the lives of our Steps Study participants by sharing proclamation stories of the life-changing power of the gospel. Some of those stories included:
A single young man confessed for the first time a hidden homosexual lifestyle, is walking away from it, and is now pursuing celibacy.
A married woman struggled with shame and hurt from an unfaithful husband and is now fighting for and experiencing joy.
A long-term missionary stepped off the field wrestling with self-righteousness, bitterness, and anger toward family members and is now pursuing reconciliation.
A single mom caught in the cycle of drunkenness for more than 10 years is experiencing sobriety after accepting the love and acceptance of her heavenly Father.
A married man in the middle of a separation from his wife came because he thought it would make his wife happy, but discovered new and sustaining joy in Christ in spite of his wife pursuing divorce.
A married man stuck in pornography and depression found freedom in Christ and is now walking free from pornography and seeking restoration in his marriage.
The Austin Stone Counseling Center provides gospel-centered, professional counseling to our church, churches in our city, and our city. We also equip churches and serve as a training center for future counselors.
This coming year, we plan to expand our Equipped to Counsel course with offerings at The For the City Center and West Campus. We will be moving our West Counseling Office to the new West Campus building where we will have seven counseling rooms as well as a group room to serve west Austin for years to come. Additionally, we plan to move into a permanent space in north Austin to expand our capacity to serve our city.