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Public campus Adventist students and leaders worship, learn, and work together
|More than 70 students and several campus ministers from around the NAD, the Dominican Republic, and Germany attended this year's ACFI.
Photo by Andy Im/Michigan Conference
From May 22-29, 2016, about 80 college students and campus ministers from across North America attended the Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute (ACFI) at the University of Houston (Texas). Those gathered worshiped together, attended training sessions, and participated in outreach at the university and around Houston.
The theme for the institute was drawn from Acts 17:22-28: “To The Unknown God.” This theme echoed the aim of ACFI: for students to personally connect with God and make Him known on their campuses.
“The Apostle Paul’s message to the professors and students in Athens is so relevant for students on public college and university campuses today,” explains Tracy Wood, North American Division (NAD) Young Adult Ministries associate director. Wood, who also directs Young Adult LIFE, Adventist Christian Fellowship, and Teen Leadership Training for NAD, says that “The theme ‘To The Unknown God’ was reinforced throughout the week with the purpose of making ‘The Unknown God’ who Paul referred to known on campuses throughout the North American Division.”
Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) is the official organization for Adventist campus ministry on non-Adventist college and university campuses within the NAD. For the past five years, ACF has hosted the week-long, mission training program known as ACFI.
This year, participants started each morning with small-group Bible studies based on the book of Acts. The rest of the day included worship and sessions covering topics such as how to start and grow a campus ministry, leadership development, discipleship, apologetics, and personal evangelism. The students also participated in outreach at the university and other parts of Houston by doing random acts of kindness and inviting people to have “Free Intelligent Conversations” with them.
|Anthony Bosman, a doctoral candidate at Rice University, presents on issues of faith and science during the May 22-29 ACF Institute.
A young adult small group Bible study guide with seven studies was developed and used throughout the ACF Institute. To The Unknown God: Acts on Campus – Studies in Acts, by Ron Pickell, pastor of the Berkeley Seventh-day Adventist Church in California and ACF/NAD volunteer coordinator, is now available at AdventSource.
By the conclusion of the institute, “students were excited, equipped, and motivated to go back to their campuses and make the unknown God known,” says attendee Lucien Nana Lobo.
Woods says that plans are already being made for next year’s ACF Institute on May 21-27, 2017, with the location to be confirmed soon.
Connect with ACF at www.aflink.org for more information on how you can get involved or stay up to date with ACF news and events. Click here to watch a video from the ACFI event.