Community ServicesServing Communities in Christ's Name
Human life has meaning only to that degree and as long as it is lived in the service of humanity.- Wole Soyinka
Welcome to the Department of Community Services and Disaster Response
Adventist Community Services is a non-profit agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works to meet peoples immediate needs.
With a mission to “serve the poor and hurting in Christ’s name,” it provides mentoring programs, tutoring, health education and assistance, inner city missions and disaster response.
If you are an Adventist Community Services volunteer or leader in your church or would like more information regarding this organization, please contact Ray Eslberry at the Gulf States Conference office.
Who is Adventist® Community Services?
Adventist® Community Services is the non-profit, humanitarian agency for the Seventh-day Adventist Church® that works within North America, including Guam and Micronesia through more than 1,100 localities and upholds the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist® World Church organization.
What does Adventist® Community Services do?
Adventist® Community Services (ACS) has been established as a humanitarian relief, and individual and community development ministry to fulfill the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church® in the United States and Bermuda which is to “serve communities in Christ’s name”. ACS provides services through the ministries of as Disaster Response, Crisis Care/Disaster Response Chaplaincy Program, Youth Empowered to Serve, Tutoring and Mentoring Programs, Elder Care, and Community Development/Urban Ministry/Inner City Ministries.”
What is our Vision?
To integrate continuing leadership education, build collaborative partnerships and expand our scope of community services.<
Resources & Training
Training: IICM Community Services & Urban Ministry
The International Institute of Christian Ministries (IICM) Community Services & Urban Ministry Curriculum contains modules with teaching notes and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation that instructors anywhere in the world can adapt and present to locals who desire to be better equipped to serve their communities. However, these modules are not restricted to teachers. Anyone can read the notes and learn much about Community Service & Urban Ministry. For more information on IICM, Click Here.
The modules in the Community Services & Urban Ministry Curriculum are written by a variety of authors, and are presented in a variety of styles and formats. When the eight required International Institute of Christian Ministries Community Services & Urban Ministry specialization modules and the four IICM core modules are completed, a student will be eligible for the International Institute of Christian Ministries certificate in Community Services & Urban Ministry. This curriculum lays the groundwork for effective community-based ministry, whether it be from a local church or from a nonprofit organization.
Updated February 2013
All documents and PowerPoint presentations in this IICM Community Services & Urban Ministry curriculum are licensed to, or owned and copyrighted by, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. All rights reserved.
- CS 01 PowerPoint Presentation
- Additional Reading:
- CS 03 Handout: Kellogg Logic Model (pdf) (posted with permission)
- CS 03 PowerPoint Presentation
- CS 03 Church Strategic Planning Process Worksheet
- CS 04 Assessment Data from Clarksville (pdf)
- CS 04 Elder’s Digest article “How to Be a Good Farmer”
- CS 04 Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church Strategic Plan
- CS 04 Chambersburg Seventh-day Adventist Church Strategic Plan
- CS 04 PowerPoint Presentation
- CS 04 Church Strategic Process Worksheet (Here is a filled-in sample)
- CS 04 Church Strategic Process Worksheet – For Annual Review
- CS 04 Church Strategic Planning Process Worksheet
CS 05 Technical Aspects of Community Serivces & Urban Ministry Content:
- CS 06 PowerPoint Presentation
- CS 06 Additional Reading: “Gregoric 4-Quadrant Model” (pdf) (posted with permission)
- CS 07 PowerPoint Presentation
- CS 07 Developing Bridges
- CS 07 Understanding Your Own Culture Worksheet
- CS 07 Additional Reading: “How Not to Get Lost in Translation” (pdf) (posted with permission)
CS 08 Urban Mission 101
- CS 08 Urban Mission 101 — Teaching Notes (for General Audiences)
- CS 08 PowerPoint Presentation (for General Audiences)
- CS 08 Urban Mission 101 — Teaching Notes (for Academic Audiences)
- CS 08 PowerPoint Presentation (for Academic Audiences)
IICM Core Modules:
- CR 03 Principles of Christian Leadership and Church Growth PowerPoint Presentation
- CR 03 Teaching Notes — From Spectators to Disciples (PDF)