Adventist World Leaders Adopt Campus Ministries Guidelines

World delegates attending the Annuel Council of the General Conference Executive Committee, in October 1995, voted the following guidelines for Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMiCUS). The guidelines provide new impetus for this ministry and define responsibilities at various levels of church administration.

Objectives

Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMiCUS) seeks to meet the spiritual, intellectuel, and social needs of Seventh day Adventist students on secular campuses worldwide. In cooperation with leaders at various church levels, it aims to achieve these goals by strengthening the faith commitment of these students to Seventh day Adventist beliefs and values, providing opportunities for Christian fellowship, preparing students to deal with the intellectuel challenges that arise in a secular environment, developing their leadership abilities, and training them for outreach and witnessing on the campus, in the community and in the world at large.

Guidelines and Responsibilities

General Conference:

  1. The Committee on Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMiCUS) will continue to provide leadership in this ministry, in coordination with the Interdepartmental Strategic Planning and Networking Committee (ISPAN) Task Force on Education and Youth, and through their counterparts in the world divisions.
  2. AMiCUS will carry out its main assignments, in consultation with leaders in the world divisions, as follows:
  3. Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries will take the initiative in providing training for campus chaplains and pastors in university centers, and in developing materials to support their ministry. Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries will also maintain an international list of Seventh day Adventist campus chaplains.
  4. The Department of Education will be responsible for developing Dialogue as a network journal published in interdivision languages (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish), and for printing and distributing Dialogue on the basis of orders received through the world divisions (each division will be billed for the printing and mailing costs). The Department of Education will also promote the values of Seventh day Adventist education, mission, and service, encouraging these students to continue their studies at a Seventh day Adventist college or university where possible.
  5. The Youth Department will lead out in fostering the organization of student associations in university centers, training students for outreach, holding student retreats, and developing necessary materials. The Youth Department will also maintain an international list of student associations.
  6. AMiCUS will submit to the Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee, through the General Conference Administrative Committee, an annuel budget to carry out these assignments.
  7. In response to requests received from the divisions, AMiCUS will seek the involvement of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department to obtain, at the local or national level, Sabbath exemptions for class assignments and examinations for Seventh day Adventist students.
  8. Where linguistically appropriate, AMiCUS will cooperate with the Sabbath School Department in promoting the use of Collegiate Quarterly in English or Spanish among Adventist students in colleges/universities.
  9. AMiCUS will work with the various services to encourage and facilitate the involvement of Adventist students as student missionaries, volunteers, or interns.
  10. AMiCUS will provide guidance and coordination to the ministry of their counterparts in the world divisions in this area, as well as periodic assessment.


World Divisions:

  1. Assign to one or two qualified departmental directors the responsibility for leading out in Adventist ministry on secular campuses, in consultation with the General Conference AMiCUS Committee and with support from other division departmental leaders and administrators.
  2. Conduct, in coordination with their counterparts at the union level, periodic surveys of Adventist students on nonAdventist college/university campuses to determine their needs and to develop materials and a plan with adequate funding to meet those needs.
  3. In consultation with the unions, promote the organization of student associations, where possible, and maintain a master list of these associations and campus chaplains in the division territory.
  4. Implement a financial plan that will involve the division, the union, and the conferences/missions in the free distribution of Dialogue to each Adventist college/university student. Forward the printing order to the General Conference AMiCUS Committee and supervise the distribution of the journal within the territory of the division. Finances will also be assigned for co-sponsoring inter-union training workshops for campus chaplains and pastors, and inter union student retreats.
  5. Where linguistically appropriate, work with the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department in promoting the use of Collegiate Quarterly, in English or Spanish, among Adventist students in colleges/universities.
  6. Assist union leaders in providing training for student outreach on their campuses and in their communities.
  7. Promote the involvement of Adventist students as student missionaries, volunteers, or interns, making them aware of service opportunities and processing their applications.
  8. Connect these students with Adventist colleges and universities as potential transfer students, where possible, and as eventual faculty members.
  9. Assist union leaders in establishing and maintaining good relations with administrators of non Adventist colleges and universities in which Adventiste are students.
  10. Upon request from union leaders, seek the involvement of the Public affaires and Religions Liberty Department in preventing or solving Sabbath observance issues related to Adventist students on non Adventist campuses
  11. Provide guidance and coordination to the ministry of their counterparts in the unions in this area, as well as periodic assessment.


Unions:

  1. Assign to a qualified departmental director the main responsibility for leading out in this ministry, in consultation with his counterpart(s) in the division and with support from other union departmental leaders and administrators.
  2. Conduct, in coordination with their counterparts at the conference/mission level, periodic surveys of Adventist students on non Adventist college/university campuses to determine their needs and to develop materials and a financial plan to meet those needs.
  3. With support from the administration, implement a financial plan to foster activities and the development of materials needed for campus ministry in the union territory.
  4. In consultation with conferences/missions, promote the organization of Adventist student associations, where possible, and maintain a master list of these associations and their members, as well as campus chaplains in the union territory.
  5. Forward orders for Dialogue to the division and supervise its free distribution, along with other relevant materials, within the union territory.
  6. Organize unionwide retreats for Adventist students on secular campuses, with carefully selected subjects and speakers.
  7. In coordination with division leaders, sponsor unionwide training workshops for campus chaplains and pastors in university centers.
  8. Upon request from conference and mission leaders, organize seminars that will equip students to become involved in outreach and witnessing activities on the campus and in the community.
  9. Assist conference and mission leaders in establishing and maintaining good relations with administrators of nonAdventist colleges and universities in which Adventists are students.
  10. Upon request from conferences and missions, seek the involvement of the Public Affairs and Religions Liberty Department in solving Sabbath observance issues related to Adventist students on non Adventist campuses.
  11. If linguistically appropriate, promote the use of Collegiate Quarterly in English or Spanish among Adventist students in colleges/universities
  12. In coordination with conference/mission leaders, select major university centers on which to establish facilities for Adventist Campus Ministries for the purpose of fostering nurture and outreach. Where appropriate, appoint campus chaplains to carry out that ministry.
  13. Promote the involvement of Adventist students as student missionaries, volunteers or interns, making them aware of service opportunities and processing their applications
  14. Connect these students with Adventist colleges and universities as potential transfer students, where possible, and as eventual faculty members.
  15. Provide guidance and coordination to the ministry of their counterparts in the conferences and missions in this area, as well as periodic assessment.


Conferences and Missions:

  1. Assign to a qualified departmental director or administrator the responsibility for leading out in this ministry, in consultation with hie union counterpart(s) and with support from other conference/mission departmental leaders and administrators.
  2. Conduct periodic surveys of Adventist students on nonAdventist college/university campuses to determine their needs and develop a plan to meet those needs.
  3. With support from the administration, implement a financial plan to support activities and the development of materials needed for this ministry in the conference/mission territory.
  4. Promote the organization of Adventist student associations, where possible, and maintain a master list of these associations and their members, as well as campus chaplains in their territory.
  5. Forward orders for Dialogue to the union, and supervise its free distribution, along with other relevant materials within the conference/mission territory.
  6. In coordination with the union, organize student retreats and training workshops for campus chaplains and ministers in university centers.
  7. Work with church ministers and campus chaplains in providing seminars that will equip students to become involved in outreach and witnessing activities on the campus and in the community.
  8. If linguistically appropriate, promote the use of Collegiate Quarterly, in English or Spanish, among Adventist students in colleges/universities.
  9. Wherever possible, appoint campus chaplains or qualified pastors to carry out this ministry at the local or regional level.
  10. Assist church leaders and chaplains in establishing and maintaining good relations with administrators of non Adventist colleges and universities in which Adventiste are students.
  11. In consultation with union leaders, provide Adventist student centers and/or residences as close to the campuses as possible to strengthen nurture and outreach.
  12. Promote the involvement of Adventist students as student missionaries, volunteers, or interns, making them aware of service opportunities and processing their applications.
  13. Connect these students with Adventist colleges and universities as potential transfer students, where possible, and as eventual faculty members.
  14. Provide guidance and coordination to the work of the local and district pastors in this ministry.


Churches and Districts:

  1. On university centers, and in consultation with the conference/mission, assign to a local pastor or qualified elder the responsibility for leading out in this ministry, with support from the church board. If necessary, request training for this ministry from the conference/mission or union.
  2. Locate and develop a list of Adventist students and teachers in non Adventist campuses in the local church or within the district.
  3. In consultation with conference/mission leaders, organize a church based ministry to meet the spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of these students, providing the necessary fonds through the church budget.
  4. Order through the conference/mission leaders sufficient copies of Dialogue for free distribution to each Adventist student.
  5. Involve college/university students in the life and outreach of the church, assigning leadership responsibilities (Sabbath school, youth activities, music, evangelism, deacon, etc.) and providing appropriate mentoring.
  6. Explore the possibility that a qualified pastor or church leader may obtain recognition as a campus chaplain at a nearby college or university.
  7. Promote the involvement of Adventist students as student missionaries, volunteers. or interns, making them aware of service opportunities and assisting them in processing their applications.
  8. Help these students to connect with Adventist colleges and universities as potential transfer students, where possible, and as eventual faculty members.
  9. With assistance from the church clerk, keep track of students from the local congregation who move to a distant college/ university campus to pursue their studies. and maintain contact with them through regular letters and bulletins, ensuring that they receive Adventist publications such as Dialogue, Collegiate Quarterly, Adventist Review, and other local or regional church papers.