Position: UKirk Campus Minister

Location: Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC

Need: Immediate; we hope to have a minister in place no later than June 2018

UKirk Campus Ministry at WCU aspires to be faithful to God, to love others as Christ loves us, and to

trust the leading of the Holy Spirit in our life together. The mission of UKirk Campus Ministry at WCU is

to nurture the faith development and discipleship of students, respond to human needs, and promote

peace and justice as Christ teaches us.

To achieve this mission, for the sake of God’s beloved world, UKirk at WCU is congregationally

connected to partner churches and seeks to provide an inviting forum for student fellowship, worship,

Bible study, and mission activities locally and globally. It offers pastoral care and seeks to bear witness to

God’s good news to students and to the broader WCU community.

The Ministry Board is seeking an entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, Spirit-filled leader to grow and guide the


Qualifications & Qualities

• A true sense of call to campus ministry, and a desire to work with college -age young adults.

• Campus ministry leadership and/or related experience. This experience may reflect full -time,

part-time, or internship involvement.

• A person of mature Christian faith who can shape opportunities for worship, Bible study, and

spiritual nurture in the Reformed tradition on campus.

• An ability and desire to welcome and mentor all WCU students, while witnessing to the love and

power of God in Jesus Christ.

• An organized, flexible, self-starter capable of working independently, without daily supervision,

while remaining focused on the vision and goals of the ministry.

• An ability to design, implement, and evaluate programing.

• A willingness to nurture a working cooperation with faculty, staff, and existing university

ministries and programs to promote faith development in students.

• Strong verbal presentation and writing skills, combined with an aptitude for communicating

through social media.

• Seminary or related formal education is preferable.

• The position may be validated for ordained ministry by the Presbytery of Western North



• To implement the primary mission of the ministry, by developing and nurturing a supportive

community, where all students can feel welcomed, safe, and comfortable exploring questions of

faith, vocation, and social justice. To provide a Christian sanctuary in the midst of everyday college


• To engage in mentoring, coaching, and spiritual development of students.

• To lead by example.

• To develop opportunities for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and mission.

• To develop cooperative relationships with other WCU campus ministries and be a friend in ministry

to others in leadership.

• To participate in the life of the WCU campus, whenever possible, theWCU with a goal of expanding

awareness of the WCU student body, and to grow student participation in the ministry.

• To develop and coordinate an effective use of the student center facilities.

• To keep office hours and be available to students, either by appointment or drop in.

• To meet regularly with the campus ministry board, which will include goal setting, written and oral

reporting, discussion and evaluation, and the exploration of new ideas.

• To work with the ministry board on the management of the ministry’s financial resources, and to

contribute to efforts to secure additional financial support.

• To work with the ministry board to develop and maintain strong ties to the Presbytery of WNC, local

congregations, and other PCUSA collegiate ministries.

How to apply

• Send a letter of interest and resume to:

PCUSA Campus Ministry

c/o Mark Hanna

334 Black Hill Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

[email protected]

704-564-4865 cell

• Please include 3-4 references who can speak to your qualifications

Greetings from UKirk at WCU!

The UKirk Campus Ministry at Western Carolina University is pleased that you may be interested in a

leadership opportunity with our ministry.

UKirk at WCU was formed three years ago, as a Validated Ministry of the Presbytery of Western North

Carolina. We hope to offer an alternative to existing ministries on campus, to provide faith development

and discipleship opportunities grounded in our Presbyterian/Reformed traditions, while being open and

welcoming to all. While this ministry is new, it follows in decades old footsteps of previous Presbyterian

Campus Ministries at WCU.

Over the past few months our small, but committed, board has worked to clarify our vision for this

ministry and its new leadership. While we can never know where God’s will may take us, we see

wonderful possibilities in creating a true sense of community for a group of students who may, or may

not, feel welcome in other places. Possibilities in creating a true vocational ministry that helps students

understand how weaving Christ’s presence and teachings into their lives, both now and in the future,

will enrich them immeasurably! We look forward to working with our next leader to bring this vision to

life, and to providing the support for them to do so.

We are blessed to call our home a 3,000 square foot building, in the heart of the WCU campus. The

upper level has been leased to a Sports Medicine practice, which provides ongoing financial support to

the ministry. The lower level currently houses the ministry and the non -profit Hillside Grind

Coffeehouse, serving as an outreach to the WCU community. We also lease an adjacent 3 bedroom

house to students, and offer commuter parking in an adjacent parking lot.

WCU’s campus sits in Cullowhee, North Carolina, basically in the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge

Mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville. This location in the rural mountains amidst incredible

biodiversity and unique communities, creates opportunities for academic discovery, amazing outdoor

recreation and rewarding community service. The campus itself covers approximately 600 acres, and is

surrounded by mountains, streams and forests on all sides.

WCU’s student body includes over 9,400 undergraduate students, and is one of the fastest growing

campuses in the UNC system. We estimate that over 6,000 of these students live on campus, or in the

immediate Cullowhee area. Approximately 57% are female and 43% male. More than 17% self -identify

as part of a racial minority group, and more than 75 % are between the ages of 18 and 24. It is a vibrant

educational environment.

WCU has been selected as one of three institutions to participate in the NC Promise program. Under this

program, undergraduates will be able to attend WCU for $500 for in-state tuition and $2500 for out-ofstate

tuition. Thus, we anticipate an influx of new students and a greater demand an opportunity fo r

ministry beginning in the Fall of 2018.

If you feel a calling to this type of ministry in this type of place, we would love to hear from you. A more

formal, detailed opportunity listing is attached, and we will be happy to discuss any further questions

that you may have.


The UKirk at WCU Board