Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ministries (ATSIM) is a department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia and provides both administrative and departmental support to nine local Conferences that administer the Church at a regional level. The work of ATSIM takes in the whole expanse of Australia including the Torres Strait Islands.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church established ATSIM in 1980 to provide national coordination for its Indigenous work. In those years, the ATSIM director worked as pastor to the Australian Indigenous church travelling extensively, connecting people, growing and nurturing the work. However, over time groups of local churches began to recognise the importance of this ministry and now most regions or Conferences have ATSIM work of their own and have appointed people to lead this ministry at the local level. This shift has increased the impact of ATSIM and allowed it to really grow. According to 2011 Census figures the number of Indigenous people identifying as Adventist has increased by 25%.
Because of these developments, the national ATSIM department now plays a more coordinating and supportive role. There is strong emphasis on leadership development, the provision of administrative support and services along with the development of cutting edge resources for the benefit of Conferences, schools and local church groups.
ATSIM Vision Statement: To know, experience and share our hope in Jesus.
ATSIM Mission Statement: The ATSIM department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church exists to enable effective leadership, provide administrative support and deliver quality resources and services which enhance the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries of Conferences, Institutions and local church groups assisting them to proclaim the everlasting gospel and to ensure that the three Angel’s message of Revelation 14 is shared with Indigenous people across Australia.