Rock Church and Circle Urban Ministries (official website) are united in their mission to offer faith based services to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the residents living in the Austin Community regardless of their racial, cultural, ethnic background, or religious involvements.
Circle Urban Ministries began as Circle Community Center and the history is described there.
Since 1984, the common goal has been to see lives transformed, to see that people who have lost hope are receiving assistance and direction to regain control and responsibility for their lives.
This incredible collaboration in providing:
- a college readiness program
- family practice medical clinic
- daily bread food pantry
- full-time legal clinic
- after-school enrichment programs
- special ministry for youth, young adults, and women
- student mentoring
- family services
- property development
- transitional family shelter
Many members of Rock Church’s congregation either volunteer or are paid staff members of Circle Urban Ministries. In addition, the Senior Pastor of Rock Church serves on the Board of Directors for CUM. One of the Elders at Rock Church, Cliff Kyle, is pending membership on the CUM Board.
Rock Church worship services are currently being held in the school gymnasium in the Circle Urban Ministries campus until construction of the sanctuary is completed.