Our Mission

Adventist Community Services (ACS) is the official community outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North American Division territories which comprises of North America, Guam, Micronesia, and Bermuda. ACS serves the whole person, a concept known as holistic ministry whose mission is to “serve communities in Christ’s name.”


Our Vision

Expanding the scope of community services

Building collaborative partnerships

Integrating education in leadership development


Our Philosophy

The mission of ACS is “Serving Communities in Christ’s Name,” which means serving the whole person through holistic ministry. The word “holistic” comes from the Greek word holos, which implies that all dimensions of our life—physical, mental, social, and spiritual—are equally important to our functioning and well-being.

Therefore, the purpose of holistic ministry is to proclaim the Good News, the word of salvation, and demonstrate the love of God to people in need. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, there is evidence of a genuinely holistic approach toward humanity, especially people who were marginalized, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised from society.

Jesus expanded the Kingdom of God to places, people, and cultures that the society had never considered God to be interested in and has thus set these examples for many (Matt. 9:10, 21:31, Rom. 14:14).

Our Core Values

  • Sharing – We proclaim the Good News of Salvation by actively demonstrating the love of God.
  • Connecting – We build relationships by connecting people with their community and to God.
  • Ministering – We minister to the communities we serve by focusing on their physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.
  • Discipleship – We empower and engage members to serve their communities by teaching, mentoring, and equipping in holistic ministry.

How We Serve

We equip pastors and lay members with skills and knowledge to help their church and community through the following seven families of ministries:

  1. Disaster Response
  2. Emotional and Spiritual Care
  3. Community Development/Urban Ministry
  4. Older Adult Ministry
  5. Hope for Humanity
  6. Young Adult Emergency Services Corp.
  7. Tutoring/Mentoring Programs
Cathy Kissner