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6-4-14 Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute 2014
The Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) of the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists® met for its annual 10-day ACF Institute, held at Union College in Lincoln, Neb. this year. ACF for the NAD is specifically organized to help Adventist students who are attending non-Adventist colleges/universities to launch, grow and sustain Adventist ministry on their campus.
Under the direction of ACF/NAD Volunteer Coordinator Ron Pickell, the ACF Institute attendees received training in the area of ministry philosophy, campus practics such as starting a ministry from scratch and developing an academic year ministry calendar, experiencing on-campus outreach and Christian apologetics to help strengthen their own faith.
Presenters included: Georgia Cumberland Conference Public Campus Ministry Director Michaela Lawrence Jeffrey; Florida Conference Campus Minister at the University of Florida/Gainesville, Angelo Grasso; retired Ohio Conference president, Dr. Raj Attiken; Boulder Co and author of "The Word On Campus" - Pastor Kirk King; General Conference Public Campus Ministry Director, Dr. Jiwan Moon; Adventist Christian Apologist, Dr. Subodh Pandit; and ACF Institute Director/ACF/NAD Volunteer Coordinator Dr. Ron Pickell.
In addition to the training done on the Union College campus, 18 more people attended the apologetics presentation at the University of Nebraska campus to hear a message on "Is Theism Irrational? Is Atheism Rational" presented by Dr. Subodh Pandit an Adventist medical doctor who has made Christian apologetics his own personal field of study.
Pastors in the field were given an introduction to the value and benefit of public campus ministry. Pastors just entering the field who will be near a public college campus were inspired and prepared to see their campus as part of their mission responsibility and student leaders were prepared for a year of ministry on their campus.
Participants reported that they had never received a training like this before that gave them practical training in reaching their campus for Christ and helping them answer some of their important questions on faith, science and the existence of God.
Each of the ACF Mission Year Student Volunteers will continue to receive monthly follow up phone calls to help them achieve success in their campus ministry efforts.