justin kimmel

Our Family Is Growing - Justin Kimmel

We've recently completed membership interviews with several people and I've asked some of them to talk about why they've become part of the Christ Church family. Here's Justin Kimmel's story:

I started attending CCC in January 2010 and have felt right at home since then. The welcoming family atmosphere that I was exposed to along with what was being preached from the pulpit and the music made it really easy for me to keep coming. In August, I began the Protege program here and have really enjoyed serving on this team. Many of you might ask "What on earth does Justin do as a full-time intern for the church? Is there really enough work in the week for him to do?," so I am happy to answer questions like these.

There really is no typical work week. There are every-week tasks that I have to complete, but I am being challenged to take initiative and help create things that will benefit our church and our gathering. Aaron and Matt don't stop pushing me in my ministry, music and goal-setting. My internship is much more than just becoming a better musician. It is equipping me to lead people with or without music and to build relationships that equip people to better serve our church and ultimately the kingdom of God.

Some of the every-week tasks that I am responsible for might be considered as the mundane part of the job, but they are important nonetheless. This includes preparing song books for our musicians, management of our planning center, taking charge of setup and sound setup teams, going through Porterbrook(our study program), and sharing all the responsibilities for our gathering with Aaron.

Other parts of my job have included leading worship once a month, being the sound engineer, hanging out with the youth group, helping people with music be it giving lessons or helping someone else in their leading, preparing for nights of worship, writing music, working on projects that normally would be handed to an intern, and anything else that needs to be done that nobody else has time for.

I am joining this church because I feel it's more of a commitment to our family and mission rather than just being someone who works for us. I absolutely love the things God is doing in this church and the direction He's got us going in. It is a joy to be actively serving here and I look forward to the time ahead.


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Protege - Justin Kimmel

Justin Kimmel is part of our Protege team - here are his thoughts about his decision to get involved:

Last fall I felt like I was on an island.  The majority of my friends had moved on from Athens and the ones that were still here were pursuing marriage or busy finishing up school. I had passed the torch on at RUF as far as my role with the ministry went.  Concerning my place in the church, I just didn’t fit in at Redeemer anymore.  I felt like I was losing my ministry and had all but lost community.  I didn’t feel like I had any direction at all.

The decision was made.  I would leave Athens and start over somewhere else.  I was looking at schools and jobs all over the country that included working for churches, music school, agriculture, journalism, business, etc.  You name the location and I probably considered going there.

During this time, God brought some pretty awesome people into my life.  These guys just loved each other unconditionally and were exactly the type of friends I needed at this point in my life.  A few of them attended Christ Community Church and I was pretty ready to leave Redeemer, so I figured I’d join them one Sunday.  It immediately felt like home.  So I went again, and again, and again and so on.

I remember about the third time I visited CCC, the internship program, Protege, caught my eye on the church bulletin.  For the next month, as I continued to looked to move on from Athens, the internship wouldn’t get out of the back of my mind.  I finally decided to get in touch with somebody so I could hear more.  I emailed Matt and he got me in touch with Aaron, who I went and got lunch with.

I’m a music guy.  I love the music at CCC and felt like Aaron would be someone I could learn a lot from, and that made the Protege program even more heavy on my heart.  Leading corporate worship is something I’ve done for years and am definitely interested in doing it for a church in the future.  The opportunity to work with Aaron just outweighed everything I was considering at that time.  To have people come beside me and want for me to dream and realize those dreams is something I am very thankful for.

Since the internship started, I feel like I’ve learned more than I expected to.  I’ve learned plenty about the job, but I’ve learned some pretty tough character-building lessons as well.  Aaron is showing me every part of his job possible, which has way more to do than just preparing the music for our Sunday gathering.  The idea is for me to do every single thing that he does so I become more than just familiar with the job.  The hope is that I come out of the internship very capable to do for another church what Aaron does for CCC.  I am very grateful for the opportunity I have through the Protege program that, to sum it up, is equipping me for life ministry.

If you'd like to ask Justin any questions about Protege, email him at jkimmel@missionathens.com


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