Ministry Philosophy

For more than 40 years Circle Urban Ministries has been working to make the Austin community a better place to live, learn, grow and succeed.  Circle Urban has developed a four-pronged approach to bringing community transformation…

Circle Urban Ministries' 4-Pronged Approach to Neighborhood Transformation

Inspire Children

From birth, every child’s capacity to learn is shaped by nutrition, sensory and cognitive stimulation, stable, loving relationships, and early exposure to language and books (Department of Children, Youth and their Families, 2007). Through biblical and researched based programs Circle Urban Ministries works to solve this issue.

Engage Partners

Circle establishes nurturing strategic relationships with like-minded organizations to form a holistic ministry approach to neighborhood transformation.    In the Austin neighborhood, more than 8 different organizations are united on Circle’s historic 5-building campus to form Austin’s neighborhood transformation partners.

Empower Communities

Often times, low-income communities are devoid of the much needed resources for their residence to survive.  For more than 40 years Circle has identified the assets already present within the Austin community and created strategic partnerships to help supplement the missing resources.

Equip Families

Ongoing research shows that students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.  Circle Urban Ministries holds regular events giving parents and caregivers ideas for home-friendly, literacy-based activities and provides materials that can be used to reinforce a healthy home environment.

Our Ministry Partners

Currently there are 6 different ministry partners located on the Circle Urban campus. That list of organizations located on our campus include:

InterVarsity-Chicago Urban Project

For 30 years, the Chicago Urban Program has been connecting college students with communities in Chicago to experience and learn about God’s heart for social reconciliation and justice.

Austin-Circle Legal Center

The Austin Circle Legal Center is a premier provider of community-based quality legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged on the West side of Chicago.

Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

Catalyst is a vibrant school community serving more than 520 Kindergarten-8th Grade scholars!  Catalyst Circle Rock is guided by a mission in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to “Teaching minds and touching hearts.”

Circle Family Healthcare Network

From a Christian foundation, CFHCN works to improve the physical, behavioral, and spiritual health status in the Austin community by providing an integrated array of health, educational services and community development initiatives that enhance the quality of life.

Rock of Our Salvation Church

Rock of Our Salvation Church is led by its Senior Pastor Robert Stevenson.  Pastor Rob previously served as Youth Pastor of Rock Church and former Director of After School Programs for Circle Urban Ministries.   Rock Church brings a consistent spiritual component to the Austin Community.

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