I had lots of conversations today about campus ministry at public colleges and universities. It’s a new mission field for Seventh-day Adventists; though Ellen White called for it over a hundred years ago, the record has been spotty. Nonetheless, model ministries exist at places like Berkeley, San Luis Obispo, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, thanks to visionary pastors, students, and lay leaders. Adventist Christian Fellowship was started by Bill Davis at Berkeley and then at College Station, TX; it’s become the model adopted by the North American Division. It’s still new, though, and so some of our conversations this weekend have focused on how to get the word out to students, faculty, and denominational decision makers. Kirk King and Ron Pickell are working on developing resources, and we’ve had an update on how that’s going.
It’s an exciting time–especially as we see that so many of us share a common vision for this ministry, despite having come to it by many different paths. We share a conviction that Adventist campus ministry cannot be restricted to providing a shelter for Adventist students, in isolation from other ministries, but must have a vision of engagement with the university community, and collaboration with other campus ministry organizations.
Begin asking yourself, “What can my church do? What can my conference do?” And more importantly, “What can I do?”