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Community Services

Serving 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.

Our Mission

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.

Introduction to IICM Community Services & Urban Ministry Curriculum (pdf)

IICM Community Services & Urban Ministry Sample Certificate

IICM Community Services & Urban Ministry Attendance Record

IICM  Community Services & Urban Ministry Schedule – Generic sample

IICM & Urban Ministry Promo Postcard

CS 01 Theological, Historical, and Ethical Concepts of Holistic Ministry — Teaching Notes

CS 02 Community Assessment and Social Capital — Teaching Notes

CS 03 Performance Measurement for Effective Ministry — Teaching Notes

CS 04 Ministry Development & Strategic Planning — Teaching Notes

Case Study article about the W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center

CS 05 Technical Aspects of Community Serivces & Urban Ministry Content:

CS 05a Volunteer Engagement/Human Resources — Teaching Notes

CS 05b Finances & Accountability — Teaching Notes

CS 05c  Fundraising Fundamentals — Teaching Notes

CS 05d Grant Proposal Writing — Teaching Notes

CS 05e Risk Management & Legal Issues — Teaching Notes

CS 05f Centers of Influence

CS 05g Medical Missionary Work —Comprehensive Health Ministry —CELEBRATIONS PowerPoint

CS 06 Organizational Leadership and Team Development — Teaching Notes

CS 07 Ministering Across Cultures — Teaching Notes

CS 08 Urban Mission 101


CS 09 Essentials of Church Disaster Preparedness and Response — Teaching Notes

IICM Core Modules:

CR 01 Spiritual Gifts – Keys to Ministry — Teaching Notes

CR 02 Principles of Personal Christian Witnessing — Teaching Notes

CR 03 Principles of Christian Leadership and Church Growth — Teaching Notes

CR 04 How to Teach Basic Adventist Doctrines — Teaching Notes

Ray Eslberry

ACS Director

Office: (205) 648-3806
Email: elsberrr@juno.com