Adventist Community Services International (ACSI) was established as part of the “Tell the World” (TTW) initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Objective two of TTW states: “Increase the percentage of church members involved in community service from 29 percent to at least 40 percent” by 2010.
ACSI is under the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries (SSPM) Department of the General Conference [or World Headquarters] of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a natural fit in outreach, one of Sabbath School’s four goals. Also, community service is an important part of the Personal Ministries facet of SSPM, for ACSI promotes an incarnational ministry that well represents Jesus’ method of proclaiming the Gospel.
ACSI is endeavoring to establish a working relationship with Adventist Community Services (ACS) counterparts worldwide in the 13 administrative regions (known as “divisions”) of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In most divisions, the division SSPM directors are also in charge of ACS. In the North American Division ACS is a separate department.