AACF recently celebrated 40 years of ministry. We are part of the Campus Ministries of the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society. For more information about JEMS, please go to www.JEMS.org. In 1972-73, a group of students formed the JEMS Campus Bible Study at Cal State Los Angeles. Soon, other similar groups began to form throughout Southern California. In 1977, the group at Cal State Long Beach adopted the name Asian American Christian Fellowship, which eventually became the official name of our ministry.
The mission of Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) is to reach into the university and collegiate community, primarily to those who are Asian Pacific Americans, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
We are committed to making disciples by educating and equipping students in biblical foundations, Christian disciplines, and the development of spiritual gifts in order to prepare them for witness and service on the campus, in the local church, in the marketplace, and in world missions.
Who We Are
Jesus commands us in the Great Commission that we are to go to all the “nations”. We understand the word nations not to mean geo-political boundaries but a command to go to all the “ethnos” or people groups.The Bible instructs us to creatively go with the never changing message of Jesus Christ to all peoples. AACF is called to teach people, specifically those who relate to being Asian Pacific Americans, biblical foundations within a culturally-sensitive context so that their faith will be lived out in a growing and dynamic manner.
Asian American Christian Fellowship is a ministry geared to reach Asian American college students. Before us is the immense task of reaching the 95% Asian Americans who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This is the last major opportunity to share Christ as students congregate on college and university campuses and ponder major decisions for their future. AACF provides an opportunity for students to grapple with the issue of God in their lives. How will the Lord use you to spiritually challenge these students and bring them into His Kingdom? We invite you to join in partnership with AACF and share in His awesome works.
AACF is a campus-based ministry initiated and led by students. Student leaders gather to use the summer months to organize the year’s focus and activities. During the school year they meet regularly for support and training to meet the special needs of their AACF group. Committed leadership that prays and cares for its community with God’s love is a model of leadership we trust will carry over into church life. The role of the Campus Minister is to partner with student leaders to empower, encourage and nurture them for service on the campus. As members of this team, Campus Ministers advise and counsel student leaders to grow as disciples alongside the students as they reach the campus for Jesus Christ.
AACF Statement of Faith
Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) as the campus ministry division of JEMS, believes: » That the Bible is God’s Word, written by men divinely and uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- In One God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- In Jesus Christ, the world’s only Savior; in His pre-existence, virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial, and bodily resurrection and personal return.
- In the Holy Spirit as a Person, indwelling and empowering the believer, convicting the unsaved and presenting the claims of Christ.
- That sinful man is lost and can be redeemed only by the death and shed blood of Christ upon the cross through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
- In the resurrection of the dead, the believer to life everlasting and the unbeliever to eternal condemnation.
- That the Church, the Body of Christ, is comprised of all who have accepted the redemption provided by Christ.
In order to accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision, AACF will focus on:
- Providing intentional Christian education and leadership training of staff and students.
- Planting new AACFs throughout the Western United States on strategic campuses that have significant populations of unreached Asian Pacific Americans.
- Growing fiscally sound by biblical support-raising, financial accountability, and providing a manageable campus accounting system.
- Partnering with local churches to facilitate these objectives and to enfold students into the church community by graduation.
- Participating in the work of collaboration with the college and university campuses and those that serve them via the Chicago Agreement.