September 19, 2007

How the Church is Reaching Out to College Students

How the Church Is Reaching Out
to College Students                                   

The Education Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church operates two ministries geared specifically toward addressing the needs of Adventists in non-Adventist colleges and universities around the world. The following information is taken from their Web site:
AMiCUS (Adventist Ministry to College and University Students) seeks to meet the spiritual, intellectual, 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 intellectual 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. The General Conference AMiCUS Committee provides leadership and coordination to the ministry on behalf of Adventist students in non-Adventist colleges and universities, in cooperation with their representatives in each of the 13 world divisions.

AMiCUS carries out its main assignments, in consultation with leaders in the world divisions, as follows:

Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries takes the initiative in providing training for campus chaplains and pastors in university centers and in developing materials to support their ministry. Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries also maintains an international list of Seventh-day Adventist campus chaplains (

The Youth Department leads out in fostering the organization of student associations in university centers, training students for outreach, holding student retreats, and developing necessary materials (

College and University Dialogue is an international journal of faith, thought, and action published by the Committee on Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMiCUS) in cooperation with the 13 world divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dialogue seeks to nurture an intelligent, living faith; deepen the readers’ commitment to Christ, the Bible, and Adventist Global Mission; articulate biblical responses to contemporary issues in the arts, humanities, philosophy, religion, and the sciences; and offer practical models of Christian service and outreach.

The journal is published three times a year in four parallel editions—English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. With a circulation of 30,000 copies per issue, the journal has readers in more than 100 countries of the world. Launched in 1989, Dialogue is addressed to Seventh-day Adventist college and university students, teachers, chaplains, and professionals around the world. Subscriptions are available; visit