By Faith Hoyt
Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) teams across the Pacific Southwest are gearing up for another year of ministry—and with the help of a team outside the Union, new tools to navigate the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are available.
This year, an ACF Playbook, which was developed by the Georgia Cumberland Conference (GCC), is being distributed online to students on public campuses. This playbook is a starting point for reimagining ministry on campus during a pandemic that has brought on the need for social distancing.
“If you think COVID-19 is preventing sharing good news on campuses, think again!” shares Ron Pickell, ACF volunteer coordinator for the Pacific Union and North American Division. “The gospel has no walls, and this very helpful resource will guide you to ways that God can still work through your ACF Chapter and use you to bring good news to campus.”
The ACF Playbook maps out ways to continue ministry in-person, online, and even during a hybrid campus experience.
“We created this little guide to help our students do ministry this year,” said Don Keele, Young Adult Ministry and Adventist Christian Fellowship director at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. “Many may find themselves jumping from one scenario to another as the virus does its thing and their university makes changes on the fly. Hopefully, with their great leadership team and this guide in hand, they will be able to shift with those changes and not miss a beat in ministering to their fellow students.”
Thanks to the GCC ACF team, a free PDF download is available on the resources page of the ACF website. Students are encouraged to check out this resource and get started with some creative ideas for ministry on or off campus.
In addition to new planning resources, students also have access to a new Journey Series Small Group Bible Study and accompanying participant’s guide, authored by Pickell. Journey was created for college students to use in larger, weekly meetings either on or off campus in a teaching and small group discussion setting. This latest study, titled “Before All Things,” focuses on Paul’s experience in ministering to the house church in Colossae—an experience from which college students can draw relevant lessons. ACF members will study through the latest Journey Series with their teams on Zoom every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., starting September 16 and ending October 28. The registration form for this virtual study is also available on the resources page of acflink.org.