The 2019 Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) Institute was hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 20-25. About 80 students from the U.S. and Canada attended. Some had attended previous years, but most of them were new to the ACF Institute. The theme for this year is “Be the Difference.”
The second annual Public Campus Ministers Conference was also held at the same location. Attendance increased from eight in 2018 to 45 this year from across the NAD.
ACF helped host the North American Division’s (NAD) fourth installment of the live-streamed dialogue “Is This Thing On?” This provided the opportunity for public college and university campus students to interact with the three NAD officers during the broadcast from the Life Adventist Church of Berkeley.
Below is a summary of the events that took place at the 2019 institute.
Inside the ACF Institute
Each morning during the institute, Ron Pickell, pastor of the Life Adventist Church of Berkeley, chaplain of the Adventist campus ministry group at UC Berkeley, and, since 2005, the NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries volunteer coordinator of ACF, led a Bible study in which students and campus ministers divided into small groups. The Bible study materials were co-authored by Terry Benson and Pickell specifically for the institute, and are intended to be used by student leaders with their ACF student groups next school year on their public campuses.
The plenary sessions were led by Angelo Grasso from the Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida and Sikhu Daco from the General Conference Sabbath School department.
The ACF Student Association Constitution was reviewed this year with special interest given to the membership process and involvement by the students. It was explained that all students need to do to become members of the ACF Student Association is to register their ACF chapter on the www.ACFlink.org website for the fall of 2019-2020 school year. Registration opens August 1.