This issue shares a few stories of how God is using our current and former students to make a positive impact the world. With over 4000 graduates ACOM continues to touch the lives of many people around the world. We hope these stories are an encouragement as you continue to explore your own life journey with God.
Gifted Women Connected to God and Each Other
There is something beautiful about a withdrawn person emerging, a forgotten gift being remembered, and unrealised potential being engaged. Jayne Cox, Movement and Adults Pastor at Discovery Church in Melbourne, has the privilege of being able to dedicate her passion and work to helping people realise their forgotten potential.
Jayne is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts at ACOM, focusing on subjects that deal with spiritual mentoring. She is married to Glen, who is also a pastor at Discovery Church, and has two adult children. Jayne worked as a nurse before moving into a pastoral role at church in 2009.
One of Jayne’s key passions is women’s ministry. She has a heart to see women being provided with opportunities to connect, engage and grow, and sees her role in this area as two-fold: helping women to connect to God and one another, and bringing out their potential for gifting and ministry.
‘I just love leading a ministry area that mentors lots of women and sees them engaged with both God and others on a whole new level,’ she said. ‘Being known is such an important thing; it’s so important that people don’t serve in order to be known or accepted but instead serve out of an abiding relationship with God. He’ll be the source of their energy and inspiration for the rest of their lives.’
Jayne says that in her ministry she sees many women who ‘become mum’ and can lose sight of both their core identity in God and their capacity for fulfilling any role other than supporting their family. A beautiful part of Jayne’s ministry is working alongside women who feel they do not have what it takes and helping them to realise that there is gifting and ministry within them. She helps such women to realise that they can be disciple makers who serve in their community, bearing the image of Jesus both inside and outside the four walls of the church.
‘For me, the most exciting and significant highlight of this year so far has been the appointment of three interns to Women’s Ministry. It’s a springboard for women to flourish and gain confidence in the calling and giftings God has given them. No one expected women in their thirties, forties and fifties to want to be interns, but I’ve got them! One lady is a grandmother, another has a nine-month-old baby and two young children, and the other has two teenagers and runs her own business. These women have all stepped up and overcome significant challenges to join the internship programme and it has been my privilege to see and call out the leadership giftings in them.’
ACOM’s spiritual-formation units have been particularly beneficial for Jayne, bringing deeper formation to her own life and helping to shape her approach to pastoral ministry. As a result of her study, she mentors and runs women’s spiritual retreat days that allow women to take time out from their busy schedules to abide and soak in God. The feedback has been consistent: ‘It’s what I needed to reorient me to focus on God’.