The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists estimates that more than 80% of our Adventist young people are attending non-Adventist colleges and universities. By the time these students graduate these institutions of higher learning, only 50% will remain Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
Michigan is the only conference in the North American Division that has a Public Campus Ministry Department. It was launched in 1998 and has grown to be one of the most respected resources of Adventist Public Campus Ministry in the Adventist Church today.
The Public Campus Ministry Department builds and oversees the work of public campus ministry in several ways:
Providing a support system for Adventist students studying on non-Adventist universities by:
Helping the students address and navigate Sabbath observance and other issues
Building their faith through credible Bible studies and resources that defend the Adventist faith in Scripture
Providing pastoral care and mentorship as students experience academic and social college life
Establishing University Churches (or
Churches that see as reaching the public campus as one of their primary ministry responsibilities
Churches that integrate public campus ministry into the ministry of the local church
Partnering with pastors on or near university towns in Michigan by:
Providing training and resources to assist them in their ministry on campus and to public university students
Establishing a Fellowship of Adventist Public Campus Ministers
Partnering with them in evangelism and soul-winning on public campuses in Michigan