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.

More from Montana

Drove, with Adrian, from Missoula to Dillon this am where we gave a brief update on UKirk collegiate ministry potential for Montana at the Yellowstone Presbytery. Followed up with a lunch gathering for those interested in further exploration of the opportunities. After lunch we hit the road and are now in Bozeman for the night. Keep meeting great people, people who care about college students and people with connections to my friends in Bellingham. Also, great to have time with Adrian exploring future collegiate ministry possibilities and innumerable other random subjects.



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




Chicago with UKirk

Thursday through Saturday I’ll be in Chicago for the first meeting of the UKirk fundraising Resource Team (Click here to learn more about UKirk Our goal is to develop practical, dynamic training tools to help campus ministers and ministries. Structures and systems are shifting and new skills are needed to meet the new realities. Few love raising money, but the reality is ministries need money to function. Our hope is to be a resource helping campus ministers and ministries move past fears and embrace fundraising as a building block of healthy ministry.

Here is a video that helps communicate the vision of UKirk: