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 in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. We look forward to entering a mutual discernment together to explore the potential of our ministry efforts together.
With God’s help, we aspire to anchor college students across the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas in a life of faith as shown to us through the life of Jesus Christ, where their spirituality is deepened and shared, as they seek to contribute to God’s dream of a reconciled world, both now and in the years to come.
GUIDES – Christian Community, Faith Formation, Discernment, and Leadership Development
Christian Community – Peer Ministers work with their peers, intern (where applicable), missioner, and parish leaders to develop and experience Christian community- both among their peers and at a church. They take leadership roles as they worship and break bread together, offer hospitality to all who enter their doors, and pray for each other routinely.
Faith Development – Peer Ministers commit to furthering their own personal faith and development through education in biblical understanding, the theology and structure of the Episcopal Church, service to others, and other areas of spiritual growth and development as Christian leaders. They commit to regular meetings with their peer ministers, a Canterbury Intern (where applicable), the Campus Missioner, and local parish mentors to discern and discuss best use of skills and talents, as well as receive supervision, guidance, and feedback.
Discernment – With the support of their peers, the Campus Interns (where applicable), the Campus Missioner, and local parish mentors, Peer Ministers explore the questions at the core of life, “Who am I as a human?” – “What do I value?” – “How do these values shape/inform my actions?” and “Knowing this, what do I want to do with my life?” During their weekly gatherings, retreats and time at a local church with mentors the space is created to listen for God’s call and their heart’s response to these questions.
Leadership Development – Peer Ministers are equipped and sent out to share the story of God’s love through a variety of opportunities to develop their leadership skills in a multitude of ways: the opportunity to learn from and discuss with guest speakers, multiple opportunities to apply life skills learned, the expectation – undergirded by prayerful support – to articulate their evolving faith on campus, telling peers about their communities of faith and inviting them to participate.
Qualifications include the following:
- agree to work in the tradition of Christianity as the Episcopal Church has received and practiced it,
- be currently enrolled full-time students in good standing,
- have demonstrated prior leadership experience,
- be able to articulate their evolving Christian faith and reasons for commitment to Episcopal campus ministry
Applications: Applications for Fall 2018 are now open and are due by March 1, 2018.
If you have further questions about this opportunity please contact the Campus Missioner, The Rev. Betty Glover, email@example.com.
Current and Past Peer Ministers Reflecting on their Experience
“One of the reasons I chose K-State was the Canterbury House. I was drawn in by the idea of living in community and sharing my experience with anyone who walked through our doors. Three years later, I am studying abroad in France I can’t express how much I miss the community we built and built upon. The peer ministers, the intern, the missioner, and everyone who walked through our doors became my home away from home (and not just because I lived there). They became my family. I believe this is the most important part of our ministry: building relationships. We want to encourage, begin, and grow faith-based connections that make people feel at home, to make them feel like family. And I can’t wait to come home to my ‘family!’” (Naomi Cunningham, K-State Peer Minister 2011-15)
“ … 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)
“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)