Adventist Church Reassures University Students of Their Mission to Disciple Others on Campus :Adventist News Online


N avigating as a Seventh-day Adventist student at a secular or non-Christian university has its many challenges, but the church, through its Public Campus Ministries, wants to reassure students that they are not alone; that they care about their academic success, spiritual growth, and unique leadership skills in sharing the gospel where they are. This was the core message during a recent PCM Virtual Convocation (September 11–13, 2020) that drew nearly 100 students and church leaders from the English- and French-speaking territory of the Inter-American Division (IAD).

University students and young professionals from dozens of campus associations or fellowships were reminded of the purpose of belonging to a public campus ministry, how to grow spiritually, as well as to understand, defend, and share their faith as they fulfill the mission of the church.

“Grow intellectually, but don’t forget to grow in Jesus as you have new experiences with Him everyday,” said Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America. Pastor Henry reminded university students that discipleship growth takes time and effort as they set and achieve goals, gain knowledge, and effect change in their lives and the lives of those around them.

“Set an example where you are at university, in the classroom or online, at home or in your place of work,” said Pastor Henry. “Set an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity, as you witness for Him. It’s about understanding your role as witnesses of the love of Jesus,” he continued. “Be like Jesus, talk, behave like Jesus wherever you are.”

The aim is to transform students into ambassadors of Christ on campuses, in churches, communities, and the world at large, said Pastor Pako Mogkwane, associate youth director in charge of public campus ministries for the Adventist world church. “We want to make sure you as young people are disciples of Christ and are empowered to share the everlasting gospel on campus, and be involved in mission,” he said.


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