What is AACF?
AACF is a ministry that empowers students to be a part of God’s work on the college campus, from being a follower to developing as a leader. For over 40 years, AACF has been active in helping students discover ways that God has gifted them for ministry and then giving them opportunities to help lead their peers to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Below is just a few questions we typcially hear about AACF. We believe that our ministry can be a place in which you can advance as a follower of Jesus Christ and as a spiritual leader in your community. Please be sure to contact us with other questions you might have regarding AACF.
Why Asian American?
We have wrestled with this question for many years. But as we prayed about our identity, we have come to believe that the Holy Spirit has given us a specific call to students who identify with Asian American culture and ethnicity. AACF provides a place for students to learn and practice models of worship, preaching/teaching, leadership and discipleship that are specific to Asian Americans. Most importantly, we know that sharing the gospel within our specific Asian context helps our friends to process more completely what it means to follow Jesus Christ.
Of course, we are open to people of all ethnic heritages. There are Asian students who choose not to attend AACF and there are non-Asian students who have made AACF their spiritual home on campus. No matter what your cultural background might be, if you visit one of our AACF groups and you sense that is where God wants you to be, we welcome you!
Where Can I Find an AACF?
Currently, we are situated on thirteen campuses throughout the West Coast. You can go to the Campus Page
to see contact information for each school.
California State University at Long Beach UCLA
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo UC Riverside
San Francisco State University UC San Diego
San Jose State University UC Santa Barbara
UC Berkeley UC Santa Cruz
UC Davis University of Washington
What Makes AACF Different from Other Campus Fellowships?
We are, what is called, a Student-Initiated Ministry. When you come to our meetings, you will generally not see adult staffers in front. Our ministry is planned, led and carried out by students. The same is true with our regional events, campus retreats and outreaches. Everything begins with student leaders. Why do we do this? Because we believe that students are the best candidates to minister to other students.
What then is the Role of the Campus Minister?
AACF is not only Student-Initiated, it is also Staff-Driven. We have a dedicated team of adult Campus Ministers who partner with student leaders to empower, encourage and nurture them for service to their peers. As members of this team, Campus Ministers advise and counsel student leaders to grow as disciples as they reach the campus for Jesus Christ.
How are Students Prepared to Lead the Ministries on their Campuses?
Student leaders gather every June at the AACF Leadership Training Conference (LTC) to plan for outreach and fellowship on their campuses. This event includes messages, workshops, prayer, interactive learning activities and a time for campus groups to bond and plan together. During the school year, other regional training events are held for further equipping. Student leaders also meet regularly to offer support and training to meet the special needs of their fellowship. Committed leaders who pray and care for their community with God’s love is a model of leadership we trust will carry over as students become active in their local church.
How Can I Start a New AACF on My Campus?
We are actively pursuing new venues for AACF. If you are interested in starting a new ministry, don’t do it alone. Find a group of likeminded believers who would like to partner with you in such a venture. When you have at least five others who would support you in establishing an AACF on your campus, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(or use the contact form on our website footer) and we will help you through the process. If you are familiar with any of our campus ministers, you may also ask them for further help and information.