Young Adult and Campus Ministries

The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries supports ministries of, to, and with young adults (ages 18-30) both on and off college campuses through the communities, resources and networks of the Episcopal Church. Through leadership development, networking across the church, gathering online and in person, and and offering support through each diocese and province, we strive to create a community of leaders and young adults engaged in mission and ministry together.

Young Adult Ministry in the church at large takes the form of parish-based young adult groups for worship, fellowship, mission and study; young adult internships and intentional living through the Episcopal Service Corps; diocesan retreats and gatherings; engaging and training young adults in the polity of the church; mentoring and discernment programs; and young adult pilgrimages and mission experiences.

Campus ministry includes all students attending places of higher learning at colleges, universities, tribal colleges, technical schools, and community colleges.  Sometimes referred to as “Canterbury Club” or “Episcopal Campus Ministry” (ECM), it includes all chaplains, campus ministers, and faculty. It provides programming, networks (diocesan, provincial, churchwide, and ecumenical), advocacy, and resources for those doing ministry on college and university campuses.

CONTACT: The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Campus & Young Adult Ministries

Broadcast is the Office for Young Adult and Campus Ministries’ e-newsletter. It comes out just about monthly and contains opportunities, resources, and stories pertinent to young adults, students, young adult ministers, and campus chaplains across the Episcopal Church.





Interested in joining a team committed to planning an innovative conference?  If you are in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses, consider applying to serve on the Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership team.

Applications are now accepted for the planning team for the 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference slated for June 25-28 in Austin, TX.

“We are inviting those who feel called to help shape this event to apply to be on the Planning Team which will be comprised of design teams who will work together to create our program and worship, as well as focus on hospitality and logistics,” noted the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Staff Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries.

She explained that the goal of the conference is for Episcopal leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses to meet and connect with one another and to be nourished and nurtured in their ministry.  Conference participants – both leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry will - will hear from speakers, focus on intentional conversations, build relationships, and learn from one another. 

Applications are available here 

Deadline is December 9 at 5 pm Eastern.

Planning team members must be able to attend in-person planning meetings on February 6-8 and June 24-28, both in Austin.

Please note – conference registration will open in January 2017.

Interested in joining a team committed to planning an innovative conference?  If you are in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses, consider applying to serve on the Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership team....

We often receive questions from folks who want to stay connected to with youth and young adult activites and ministries across The Episcopal Church. Here are the networks we most commonly recommend:

First, connect with your Diocesan Office and Provincial Leadership. Provincial Leadership can often help you find out what neighboring dioceses are doing similar work.

Second, make sure you are connected to all the various ways the Formation Team distributes information:

Youth

Young Adults

Episcopal Church News Releases and Information

Other Resources

Third, Make sure you are connected to our formation partners:

Finally, always feel free to contact a member of the Formation Team for ideas, connections, and network opportunities. Our Team focuses on network development, leadership development and training, and work assigned to our office by General Convention. We work closely with departments within the Presiding Bishop's office, provincial leadership, dioceses, and organizations to leverage our resources and capacity and to ensure we are as integrated as possible. We try to respond to requests in a timely way. Here's our contact information:

Bronwyn Skov, Youth Ministries
bskov@episcopalchurch.org

The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Young Adult and Campus Ministry
skelly@episcopalchurch.org

Wendy Johnson, Digital Formation and Event Specialist
wjohnson@episcopalchurch.org

Heidi Kim, Racial Reconciliation
hkim@episcopalchurch.org

The Rev. Chuck Wynder, Justice and Advocacy
cwynder@episcopalchurch.org

Valerie Harris, Administrative Associate
vharris@episcopalchurch.org

We often receive questions from folks who want to stay connected to with youth and young adult activites and ministries across The Episcopal Church. Here are the networks we most commonly recommend: First, connect with your Diocesan Office and...

 

Partners and Collaborations

Episcopal Service Corps invites young adults to explore their vocation by carrying out a volunteer position within a partnering social service agency, school, or church.

Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers sustains and enhances the ministry of all camps and conference centers of the Episcopal Church.

Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the Episcopal Church.

Society of Campus Ministers is a society of Campus Ministers, lay and ordained, working with Episcopal campus ministries and ecumenical campus ministries that include Episcopalians.

Young Adult Service Corps offer one-year mission assignments that allow young adults to explore their faith journey while bringing them into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the daily work of a local community.

 

  Partners and Collaborations Episcopal Service Corps invites young adults to explore their vocation by carrying out a volunteer position within a partnering social service agency, school, or church. Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers sustains...

Hosted by The Episcopal Church

Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference
June 25-28, 2017
Austin, TX

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17)
July 10-14, 2017
EYE17 is hosted by the Office of Youth Ministries partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma from July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

General Convention
July 5-13, 2018
Austin, TX

Hosted by Other Organizations

Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust
The Taizé Community has been invited to take its “pilgrimage of trust” to St. Louis. Over Memorial Day weekend (26-29 May 2017), young adults from throughout the Midwest and other parts of North America will come together as a culmination of a year-long initiative to build trust in the St. Louis area. For more information go to: http://www.taize.fr/en_article20213.html.

Hosted by The Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference June 25-28, 2017 Austin, TX Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) July 10-14, 2017 EYE17 is hosted by the Office of Youth Ministries partnership with the Episcopal Diocese...

Applications are now accepted for the Pastoral Care Team members for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17).

Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be held on July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

The Pastoral Care team is open to young adults or adults (at least 19 years of age or older) who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE17.  Among the Pastoral Care Team positions are: Residential Staff; Peer Ministers; Chaplains; and Medical Care Team. Full position descriptions are here 

To serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, applicants must be willing to submit to a Criminal Sexual Background Check; provide evidence of completing Safeguarding God’s Children Training; demonstrate experience in successful and appropriate supervision of teens in overnight situations; and be available to travel to Oklahoma City on July 10 and depart no sooner than noon on July 14.

Applications and further information are available here 

Volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation to the event. While volunteers do not have to pay for full event registration for the event, they are requested to contribute $120 to cover the cost of meals; lodging will be provided.

For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Pastoral Care Team Coordinator and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Episcopal Church.

Deadline for applying is November 4.

EYE is every three years in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079.  The 2017 event marks the thirteenth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE17 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 academic year and their adult leaders.  Registration information will be available later this year.

 

Applications are now accepted for the Pastoral Care Team members for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17). Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be held on July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of...
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We want to tell your story! But we know you will want some parameters or "best practices" on what and how to write or record. Here are some suggestions:

Topic: What is timely? What story can you tell that is both unique to you and yet universal enough that others can relate? What is your passion? If you are a minister, how has Young Adult and/or Campus Ministries been a transformative factor in the spiritual journey of those young adults among whom you minister? If you are a young adult, what experiences or encounters have shaped your spiritual journey? What is your experience as a part of the Jesus Movement and how can it inspire others?

Length: Keep your post to roughly 300-500 words in length OR if you are submitting a video blog/vlog please make sure it is not longer than 3 minutes.

Style: Reflections should be geared toward young adults, but keep in mind that readership will be broader than that. Try to write/speak in an inclusive manner, staying true to your experience and expression of God in your life. If you wish to include a prayer, you may. If it is written by someone else, please make sure and attribute it by citing the book/website/resource and author.

Visuals: If you are submitting a written piece, it is great if you can also send along a photo or video. Blogging is as much a visual platform as it is a text-driven one. Also, bolding and italicizing and lists make the post more visually appealing.

Headers/Titles: Suggest a catchy, clever title and a few subtitles. Breaking up the story helps catch the reader’s eye.

Bio: Please include your biographical information, including a photo.

As you would expect, we reserve the right to refuse publication and to edit for length, style, headers, etc. However, we will ALWAYS give you final review before a post is published.

If you have any questions or want to submit a post, email The Rev. Shannon Kelly.

We want to tell your story! But we know you will want some parameters or "best practices" on what and how to write or record. Here are some suggestions: Topic: What is timely? What story can you tell that is both unique to you and yet universal...
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Dear friends in ministry,

The Epiphany season is a time of new beginnings. That will be especially true for me this year. I have accepted a call to serve as Rector of The Episcopal Church of The Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri. This past summer and fall, as I walked with the people of this diocese through the growing movement for racial justice, I was invited to apply for this position. Even as I travelled around the Church and spoke of the work going on in St. Louis, I felt my heart being called back to work in the parish context in this city at this time. Holy Communion is one of the most racially diverse parishes in St. Louis and sits on Delmar Boulevard, the historic line dividing Black and White communities in the city. Holy Communion has been working for reconciliation in the St. Louis region for many years, and I am humbled and honored to be asked to walk with them as the mission continues. I always knew I wanted to return to a parish eventually. I never expected such an invitation to come so fast.

While this news is joyful, it is also sad. I have loved working as a part of The Missionary Society. When Bishop Stacy and Sam McDonald first talked with me about coming here, they invited me to see my time here as an "adventure.” This ministry has surely been adventurous. I could never have anticipated how rewarding this work has been. This year has widened my perspective on the church, the shape of ministry, and the possibilities for mission. I have been incredibly blessed by supportive and creative colleagues on the staff. I have also been inspired as I’ve listened to the stories talented and passionate leaders in so many different contexts across The Episcopal Church. This year has been an immense gift, and I leave this work incredibly hopeful about the future of Christ’s mission in our church.

This important ministry that we shared in together will continue with the excellent guidance of the Reverend Shannon Kelly. Shannon will oversee the ministry of young adults on and off campuses as the Acting Missioner. Shannon is known, loved and greatly respected by many of us. Her experience, creativity and faithfulness to this ministry will nurture our mission and lead us to new places.

My last day on the staff of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will be March 13. In the month ahead our team will be working hard to ensure there is strong support for the many initiatives and networks supported by the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries. I will celebrate my first Sunday at Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, in time to walk through Holy Week with my new parish. Know of my great thanks for all of the support offered by this network this year, and my prayers for The Episcopal Church’s continuing ministry to young adults on and off college campuses across our church.

In Christ,

The Rev. Michael Angell

Dear friends in ministry, The Epiphany season is a time of new beginnings. That will be especially true for me this year. I have accepted a call to serve as Rector of The Episcopal Church of The Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri. This past...
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“The idea behind Commonplace is really pretty simple, a place where young adults in leadership in the church could come together and share what they were learning” explained Jason Evans, Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Leaders from seven dioceses gathered to share ideas, songs, stories, and vision for ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Coming together at St. Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish in the District of Columbia, a diverse group of church planters, diocesan missioners, campus ministers, priests and lay leaders shared time and place together and talked about their mission and ministry.

 We started on Friday night with “Beer and Hymns.” A competition between parishes ensued because the beer we shared was brewed by young adults in Washington parishes. We voted for “best brew.” (Michael Sherrard of St. Stephen and the Incarnation took the prize for his IPA). Saturday morning we gathered for Morning Prayer, and to hear stories developing as part of the Storytelling project.  I shared a few principles I see at work in many vibrant ministries with young adults: Developing Leadership, Community Partnerships, and “People are the New Program.”We made blankets together for St. Paul’s K Street’s homeless outreach while participants initiated open space conversations about intentional communities, traditional parish based ministries, and “church outside the church” work. In the afternoon, Jason talked about the Diocese of Washington’s recent report on young adult ministries. (The report is available here). The Rev. Ginny Wilder of Trinity Parish, Wilmington Delaware led us in Evening Prayer as we finished our time together. 

Commonplace started last year as a gathering for leaders in the Diocese of Washington. Early in my tenure as Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for The Episcopal Church, I asked Jason Evans if he would be willing to invite leaders from surrounding dioceses. He agreed. So many of our ministries with young adults feel like start ups. Many of us are exploring new ideas, and in ministry it helps to have a network of fellow-experimenters. If you are interested in building a network for leaders in ministries with young adults, on and off college campuses, if you’d like to host a Commonplace event in your city and invite leaders from the surrounding area, let’s have a conversation. Commonplace is not a fixed program. We can build something that works for your area. The hope is simply to grow our network of friends and co-conspirators. Let’s have a conversation and work on building a Commonplace.  You can reach me at mangell@episcopalchurch.org 

“The idea behind Commonplace is really pretty simple, a place where young adults in leadership in the church could come together and share what they were learning” explained Jason Evans, Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the...

The first Tuesday of each month, we invite leaders from around The Episcopal Church to discuss topics related to Young Adult and Campus Ministries. You can watch live at 6 pm Eastern time by going to our Google Hangout page. You’ll also find an archive of our past conversations on Youtube.

This month I was joined was joined by:

Miguel Escobar and Jim Murphy from The Episcopal Church Foundation

and 

Pastor Molly Knutson Keller of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, Washington. Molly previously served as the Campus Pastor for the Agape House Lutheran and Episcopal Campus Ministry at San Diego State University.

Our conversation centered around the importance of thoughtfully approaching the topic of fundraising. Jim stressed the relational nature of fundraising, and we talked about different ways of being in touch. Like last month's discussion of "One on One" meetings, we talked about how face to face interaction is a priority when cultivated individual donors, or when working with the leader of a church or organization that might help fund your ministry. Paying attention to the relationship matters. Sending out a mass email, or relying on social media and fundraising sites alone won't do the work of cultivating a network for us.

Jim talked about seeing a "fundraiser" event as a "friend raiser" and stressed that organizations like campus and young adult ministries should look to broaden their sense of who are their "alumni." Who has a stake in our ministry? Who could be invited into the vision we have for what is possible on campus or with young adults in our area?

Molly told the story of the big fundraiser they did at San Diego State, a yearly Chili Cookoff. She said the idea came from a member of her board who "was willing to put some energy behind making the cookoff a reality." We talked a great deal about the dynamics of boards. In the nonprofit world it is often an expectation that 100% of board members contribute annually to the organization. Do we have that commitment from our boards and advisory committees? Does your board do fundraisingel

Miguel spoke about a strategy developed by his college Erin Weber-Johnson. Look at folks who have made donations to your organization over the years. There are three groups: Loyal givers that make faithful donations every year. One-time givers are not deeply connected. Miguel said the focus is on the third group, the "moveable middle." Spend your time working on the folks who sometimes make gifts, but not always. Erin and Miguel suggest that you should spend you time doing one on ones and making individual asks with that group.

We also answered some questions from the audience about modern tools for fundraising. The team suggested trying out new approaches for particular fundraisers. Maybe set up an online tool to help raise funds for your next mission trip or pilgrimage. "The Abbey" a new worshiping community in Birmingham is using IndieGogo to raise funds for their new coffeshop.

The last part of our conversation brought it back to relationships. To fundraise, remember that you have to pay attention to relationships. That means looking for and providing mentoring as well. If you don't know much about fundraising, find someone who does. ECF might be able to help you find someone in your area who has raised money successfully in the church. Focus.

If you're interested in learning more consider visiting some of the resources we talked about in our conversation:

Take some time to check out the posts on Episcopal Church Foundation's Vital Practices.

Particularly you might want to start with these two

Lessons from a Rookie Treasurer

Millenials, Our Next Greatest Wave of Givers

You can also check out the results of the latest SDSU Chili Cookoff here.

The group also endorsed Henri Nouwen's book A Spirituality of Fundraising.

We've postponed our December Conversation on Storytelling for Scheduling Difficulties. We hope you’ll join us next month, on January 6th at 6 pm Eastern Time.  Sign up here to attend. You can ask questions for the panelists over the next weeks, or live during the Hangout. To ask a question on twitter using the hashtag #yaministry. You can also email your questions to mangell@episcopalchurch.org

The first Tuesday of each month, we invite leaders from around The Episcopal Church to discuss topics related to Young Adult and Campus Ministries. You can watch live at 6 pm Eastern time by going to our Google Hangout page. You’ll also find an...
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On November 4 at 6pm EST we will host a live discussion about building a network of financial support with leaders from The Episcopal Church Foundation and the Campus and Young Adult ministry networks of The Episcopal Church. Ask a question before our conversation or during the hangout by tweeting @episcoYAs and using the hashtag #yaministry

Click here to sign up and watch the event live.

On November 4 at 6pm EST we will host a live discussion about building a network of financial support with leaders from The Episcopal Church Foundation and the Campus and Young Adult ministry networks of The Episcopal Church. Ask a question before...