Impact Waco

Impact Waco exists to mobilize the people of Antioch and other Waco churches to engage and transform our city in practical ways through the love of God.

We want to see the people of God take God’s love and Kingdom into every area of our city. We do that through the following initiatives:


STARS mentoring project Community Engagement Financial Restoration unbound Community Outreach Grace House


STARS Mentoring Project

Antioch started the STARS Mentoring Project in response to the needs we saw among youth in our neighborhood and across our city.  We believe that through encouraging mentoring relationships we can help kids succeed in school and in life, which will be part of transforming their lives, their families and our community’s future.  We’re inviting you to join us and invest in the students of our community as a city-wide movement of mentors is growing here in Waco!  Here’s how you can get involved:

Book Clubs/30 minutes-a-week commitment:

Meet two or three students once a week at their school to talk and take turns reading a fun book together. This is a big treat for the kids, and we’ve seen many of them catch up to their grade’s reading level- which can often determine whether they make it to high school graduation and more. Our goal is to have 1,000 mentors in schools throughout Waco! Watch this video to learn more about Book Clubs!

Friday Club/2.5 hours-a-week commitment:

Come join the fun at Friday Club with games, fun challenges, tasty snacks, small group discussions and even field trips around the city! We meet in the Underground of the Antioch office building on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Not only do you get to invest in a child, but you’ll also have an opportunity to connect with the family if you pick up or drop off your student(s).

Summer Camp/2 afternoons a week for several weeks in the summer

STARS Summer Camp is much like Friday Club, but goes twice a week for a few weeks over the summer.  This is a great way for us to maintain relationships with the kids over the summer break, and to bond with them through FUN!

 

If you have questions or would like more information about STARS or mentoring, please email Michael Jeter.

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Community Engagement

Many Antioch members have the gift of service and a heart for Waco. If that’s you, we want to help you use their gifts and share your passion for city engagement. You can become a Lifegroup city engagement leader who works to encourage other Lifegroup members to reach out in their neighborhoods and get involved with Impact Waco efforts. We offer training in city transformation and best practices to equip you for community engagement. Some ways you can get involved in the city:

  • Pray for Waco.
  • Become a mentor through STARS.
  • Serve the teachers at your child’s school or volunteer at the school.
  • Serve with other local organizations that work with the poor and marginalized.
  • Get involved with the Chamber of Commerce and other local boards and organizations.
  • Vote.
  • Support local businesses

If you are interested in becoming a Waco Advocate, email Josh Lawson.


Financial Restoration

Our Financial Restoration Ministry aims to restore people from broken financial situations to the financial wholeness and freedom that is theirs in Christ. To help participants learn to create and maintain healthy financial practices, we use the Financial Building Blocks Class and Financial Coaching.

ReAlign

Over the years, we have met with hundreds of families and individuals seeking financial restoration. If you need help getting to a place of financial health, we invite you to participate in ReAlign. In the class, we’ll deal with the deeper heart issues involved as well as giving you the practical financial advice you need to succeed in the long run.

The class is offered each semester. There are eight class lessons that build upon one another. The class is broken up into two main sections: video teachings and small group discussion.

Financial Coaching

Financial coaching is our hands-on approach to financial equipping. During a coaching session, you’ll sit down with a trained financial coach to discuss an attack plan to accomplish your financial goals.

If you’d like to schedule time with a financial coach or are interested in serving as a coach, please email Josh Lawson.


UnBound

Today, millions of people are victims of modern day slavery in the United States and around the world. We believe God created mankind to live in freedom, and, as His people, we’re called to fight for that freedom for others! UnBound is Antioch’s anti-human trafficking ministry, made up of ordinary people working to unite and mobilize the Church to end human trafficking in each of our communities, our nation and the nations of the world. To do this, we are working in education, rescue and aftercare, public policy and prayer.

Learn more about UnBound


Community Outreach

The Community Feast: 

What: Food for the body, nourishment for the soul. We come together to share a meal and then have a time of worship and a sermon.

When: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Antioch’s Journey Room

Childcare provided (children are also fed)

More Information: Email Kenneth McAdam

Leader – Ed Espinosa

Volunteer at the Community Feast

 The Food Pantry:

What: Receive food once a month (No identification required)

When: Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: The Equipping Center

More Information: Email Kenneth McAdam

Leader – Jason Ramos

The Recovery/Renewal Meeting:

What: A co-ed support group for those who are struggling with addiction

When: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Antioch’s Quest Room

More Information: Email Kenneth McAdam

Leader – Frank Greer


Grace House

Grace House is a residential women’s recovery home. Our vision is to see women saved, healed and delivered from substance abuse and the roots from which their addictions stem. Since 2009, women of all ages have experienced personal restoration as well as transformation in the lives of family members, friends and other women coming out of addiction.

Our Program 

Because Grace House serves women seeking a holistic healing process, women are asked to commit to at least one year in the program. This process consists of four phases which are individually developed with each woman.

  • Phase 1 (3-6 weeks): Entry level into the house. Our initial  goal is for each woman to become acclimated to the environment of the home. Her primary role is to receive care and love from staff and other women within the home.
  • Phase 2 (3-5 months): Women begin their self-paced curriculum dealing with counseling and inner healing. House responsibilities such as daily chores, cooking and other structured life routines begin.  Women also attend Lifegroup, exercise, have family visitation and volunteer in the community.
  • Phase 3 (3-4 months): Women become more involved in activities outside of Grace House, including independent volunteering in specific areas of interest as they prepare for work. They take on more ownership of decisions in relation to medical, legal, financial and relational responsibilities. Women begin weekend and extended visits with family members, where possible. They will also receive continued counseling as needed.
  • Phase 4 (2-4 months): Transition goals begin to be implemented. Women move into our transition apartment and will begin part-time to full-time work or school. Women continue to receive guidance and direction on a monthly basis as needed for their first year after they leave the transition apartment.

Admission

Women must be age 18 or older to enter Grace House.

Applicants should apply in person at the offices of Antioch Community Church, located at 505 N. 20th Street, Waco.

Please note…There will be times, due to the length of our waiting list, when Grace House will not be accepting applications.