Finished, but not complete

It would be a stretch to say the UKirk Fundraising Support Team finished it’s work this morning. We reached a place of handing off much of what has been in process for the past year. Next will be a time of implementation as our work is shared with collegiate ministers around the country. We (Mark Elsdon, Susan Rose, Diana Malcom, Stead Halstead and I) look forward to supporting ministers and ministries in the coming days. Fundraising can be overwhelming. Our hope is that our work makes it less threatening by offering practical help and support.

1400511_10152100892104236_1661935363_oMark, Susan, Jim & Diana (Stead was unable to attend)


Back in the Windy City

I’m in Chicago to continue work with the Presbyterian Church USA Collegiate Ministries (Ukirk) Fundraising Resource Team. Our goal is to formalize and launch a system of training and support for Collegiate ministers and ministries. The realities of fundraising are changing drastically and rapidly. Campus ministries need new systems to address these new challenges and the goal of the team is to help meet these needs. I’ll update you on progress along the way.

Fundraising 101 & Raising Money

The current issue of catapult magazine is focused on the theme Raising Money. Included in this issue is a piece I wrote entitled Fundraising 101 Fundraising is tough work and overwhelms many organizational leaders. I’ve been focusing on developing fundraising support systems to help people survive and succeed while maintaining sanity. Please contact me to explore ways in which I can help you meet the challenges of raising needed financial support.

Time for a new adventure

Tomorrow I travel to the Funding Your Ministry Symposium at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center, near Colorado Springs. I will be attending this event with Adrian McMullen, Associate for Collegiate Ministries with the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Our goal is to build the base from which we offer support to Presbyterian collegiate ministries and ministers with fundraising in these times of high change and high need. I always enjoy time with Adrian and the opportunity to catch-up on what is happening on the national college ministry scene. I am also looking forward to visiting Glen Eyrie. I have heard about it over the years and this will be my first visit.


Here are some of the projects I am focusing on these days: 1) Life Coaching related to self discovery, goal setting, decision making and life transitions, 2) Fundraising support, (for campus ministers and ministries) I’ll be in Colorado next week for a training related to coaching others in support raising, 3) Networking, helping connect people and organizations to build supportive relationships and explore new opportunities, and 4) Leadership Mentoring, helping organizational leaders proactively move forward. For fun this week I am going to start working with the local middle and high school Special Olympics Spring Soccer program.

Please contact me and we can explore ways in which I can help you and your organization in the coming days.

Real help for real (campus) ministers

Last week I was in Chicago meeting with the UKirk ( Fundraising Resource Team. Our goal is to develop systems to help campus ministers and ministries meet ever present financial needs. Situations and systems are rapidly changing often resulting in new, and at times overwhelming, pressure on those working to minister to students on a daily basis. The team members have real experience in campus ministries and thereby consider the work a coming alongside to help.

Look for updates and practical help in the coming months.

Here are the UKirk Fundraising Resource Team members I am privileged to be working with:

  • Mark Elsdon Campus Co-Pastor/Executive Director, Pres House, Madison Wisconsin
  • Stead Halstead, former campus minister and current MBA student, Eugene Oregon
  • Adrian McMullen Associate for Collegiate Ministries at the General Assembly offices; Louisville, Kentucky
  • Diana Malcom Associate in Ministry for College-Age Ministries, State College Presbyterian Church, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Susan Rose Campus Minister, United Campus Ministry University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas