Peer Minister Application

Welcome! We are honored you are exploring the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas’ Campus Ministry program. If you are passionate about deepening your own faith and taking a leadership role in cultivating the faith of students on campus, we invite you to consider becoming a Campus Peer Minister or Novice Peer Minister in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. We look forward to entering a mutual discernment together to explore the potential of our ministry efforts together.

QUALIFICATIONS
Peer ministers should first and foremost have a growing faith in Christ and a desire to further God’s mission in the world. Additionally, they will:

  • agree to work in the tradition of Christianity as the Episcopal Church has received and practices it;
  • be currently enrolled full time students in good standing;
  • be able to articulate their evolving Christian faith and reasons for commitment to Episcopal campus ministry;
  • have good references and have been reviewed and approved by a Campus Missioner in consult with the Campus Ministry Council and/or relevant Canterbury House Bishop’s Committee.

As a Peer Minister you serve about 10 hours in a typical week (15 hours in a typical week if living in a Canterbury House). Freshmen/First-Year students are not eligible to apply. Those not living in one of our Canterbury Houses are eligible for a $600/semester scholarship. Expectations include:

  1. Attend weekly program, invite other students, help plan and prepare meals, be welcoming and hospitable to all program guests, help clean-up, and help plan and prepare weekly formation and worship in coordination with other Peer Ministers
  2. Attend weekly peer ministry meeting (if there are multiple peer ministers at your ministry location)
  3. Attend Episcopal Church weekly service, three out of every four Sundays
  4. Attend annual Peer Ministry training retreat
  5. Assist with planning and attend at least one of the two college-age retreats per year
  6. Volunteer at a diocesan youth event at least once per year
  7. Participate in House Work Days, typically 1 Saturday per semester
  8. Assist with on-campus evangelism activities at least twice per semester (i.e. tabling in the union, ashes to go, blessings to go, Open House, Top of the Hill, activities fairs, etc.)
  9. Plan, organize, and lead at least one community service project per semester. (In lieu of this, K-State students will volunteer for the weekly “Happy Kitchen” program. One absence per semester is allowed for personal reasons. KU Students will volunteer to assist with selling the parking lot at the Canterbury House of Lawrence.)​

​NEW! As a Novice Peer Minister you serve about 3-5 hours in a typical week. This program is designed for Freshmen/First-Year students, those who want to “try-out” being a peer minister, or just those who need fewer responsibilities but still want to participate. Students are eligible for a $400/semester scholarship. Expectations include:

  • Attend weekly program and invite other students. Plan program and worship once per semester.
  • Attend weekly peer ministry meeting (if there are multiple peer ministers at your ministry location)
  • Attend Episcopal Church weekly service, three out of every four Sundays
  • Attend annual Peer Ministry training retreat
  • Attend at least one of the two college-age retreats per year
  • Volunteer at a diocesan youth event at least once per year
  • Participate in House Work Days, typically 1 Saturday per semester
  • Participate in at least one community service project per semester (In lieu of this, K-State students will volunteer for the weekly “Happy Kitchen” program 2x per month. KU students will help with selling the parking lot once in the fall.)

All Peer Ministers and Novice Peer Ministers will:

  • Submit a class schedule for the next semester prior to the end of the current semester;
  • Take online Safeguarding God’s Children and People training once every three years;
  • Undergo a criminal background check and sex offender registry check; and
  • Submit an official record of your grades after each semester.

ApplicationsApplications for Fall 2018 are now open and are due by July 15, 2018 [Deadline extended!].

Note: Due to space constraints, there can be a maximum of 4 in-house peer ministers at the Canterbury house of Lawrence and 4 in-hour peer ministers at the Canterbury House @ K-State. Due to budget constraints there will be a maximum of two (2) paid positions at Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, and Episcopal Campus Ministry of Wichita, a maximum of four (4) paid positions at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, and a maximum of one (1) paid position at Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Washburn University. Students at Kansas State University and the Canterbury House of Lawrence may be paid for a maximum of two (2) years, unless the house is full and living in the house was not an option.

If you have further questions about this opportunity please contact the Interim Campus Missioner, Karen Schlabach, kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org.

Current and Past Peer Ministers Reflecting on their Experience 

ZimmermanAbby“My time as a peer minister at the K-State Canterbury House was the best part of my college experience. It was so much fun, and the ministry became my family.  We laughed together, cried together, prayed together, and supported each other through one of the most transitive parts of our lives. I grew so much in my faith, and as a peer minister I felt like my actions helped other students do the same. I met people who would prove to be some of my best friends in the world. Canterbury pushed me to become a better version of myself, and I don’t think I would be the person I am today without it.” (Abby Zimmerman, KSU Peer Minister 2015-18)

pic2“ …  I found out about ‘Peer Ministry’ at the first youth event I attended (it happened to be MIQRA), and I felt compelled to explore it further, in the hopes of spreading the Episcopal Church’s message of love and social justice to others, just as the Church had offered them to me. I am now midway through my second year as a Peer Minister, and I cannot be more thankful for the gifts it has given me, and the gifts it has allowed for me to give to others. It has equipped me with the tools I need to struggle with my own faith, as all of us do. It has facilitated and honed my ability to reach out to the community to serve others, as Christ has set an example for us all to do. Finally, it has provided me with a loving community of other peer ministers, students, laypersons and clergy that make the sometimes difficult life of a college student not only bearable, but exciting and rewarding. I look forward to several more years of further exploration of these gifts as a Peer Minister, and the opportunities it will provide for not only my own spiritual and earthly journey, but for other persons’ journeys as well.” (John Olson, KU Peer Minister 2013-17)

Austin Staple“It has been almost two years since I decided to become involved in campus ministry at my parish, St. Peter’s in Pittsburg, KS. When I entered the church about three years ago, I was so impressed with the hospitality that I received from not only our Choir Director, and Rector, but from each and every person in the congregation. Everyone at St. Peter’s was so eager to help me through my spiritual growth and relationship with God, and they continue to do so even today. After I realized that I was at “home” at St. Peter’s and with the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, I knew I wanted to do more to make others feel the generous hospitality my parish shared with me. Overall, ministering to others’ needs and helping them find or solidify a relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ is what defines my becoming a Peer Minister. As the only Peer Minister in the Southeast Convocation, it is my goal to continue following the all-inclusive and loving ministry of Jesus Christ and help any of my peers follow that same ministry.” (Austin Stapleton, Pitt State Peer Minister 2013-15)

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