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Vacant college gets new mission from Seventh-day Adventists

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 4 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

LANCASTER, Mass. — The Seventh-day Adventist Church plans to turn the vacant Atlantic Union College campus in Lancaster into an evangelical and medical missionary training school.

Donald King, president of the Atlantic Union Conference, said the school would offer short-term courses for pastors and those who wish to help fellow churchgoers. There would also be six- and nine-month evangelistic missionary training courses for lay people who want instruction on "how to win souls."

King said the curriculum will include on the benefits of good nutrition, exercise and basic health principles, which Seventh-day Adventist emphasize. The denomination believes the second coming of Christ is near and teaches that the Bible requires Sabbath be observed on the seventh day of the week, or Saturday, instead of the traditional Sunday observance.

The school is expected to open this fall in Lancaster, which is located about 45 miles west of Boston.

The college closed in July after losing its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges because of financial problems.

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