The time is now to join in our Year of Growth Campaign as we pave the path to hiring a new campus minister this year!
Rev. Susan Rose grew the ministry dramatically in her 9 years from involving 10 students the first year to involving 100 students in our programming in 2018. At the end of December 2019, Susan moved on to live in Florida and pursue doctoral work. We are so very grateful to her for the devotion to the ministry and all the things she did to make it stronger for the students.
Over the last few years 18 students have served as interns. This has had significant impact on the growth of the ministry. The interns have been able to engage their friends and other students in programming of UCM.
We are growing, even in this time of transition.
As we are now a few months into the interim period of seeking to hire a new campus minister, what we know for sure is that this ministry needs full-time leadership, funded with full time pay and benefits. To thrive and grow this well-established ministry, it needs to continue to have someone at the campus center most weekdays, evenings and many weekends, to help engage students where they are in their academic, emotional and spiritual lives and to connect them with loving congregations where they can find a church home.
In her time here, Susan wrote several grants and worked very hard to provide the resources and funding to increase the outreach and programming for students while herself taking only a part-time salary. We are grateful and those efforts have gotten us to the place where we are thriving today.
However, it is time to take the investment in United Campus Ministry to the next level.
We are asking congregations and individuals throughout Arkansas and Texas to consider begin monthly sustaining pledges to the ministry for the next five years. Sustaining gifts make planning for the future very clear. While we know that no one congregation or individual can fund this full-time position and the growing ministry of United Campus Ministry alone, we do know that many combined gifts will make the difference.
Our mission at UCM is to engage, equip, and empower leaders for the church and the world and we think that this is something many people in Presbyterian congregations will be excited to support.
We are inviting people to think outside the box and to consider that everyone is the perfect person to begin a monthly donation of any size. Of UCM’s sustaining givers, only a handful are alums, and only one is the parent of a current student. The impact of this ministry goes beyond the four years a student it here.
Our students are being equipped to be leaders in the church and the world.
We believe that investing in ministry which connects students to their faith during these critical college years is exactly the kind of growth-oriented ministry you want to be part of.
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