594 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28713
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
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 follows, and we will be happy to discuss any further questions
that you may have.
The UKirk at WCU Board
CAMPUS MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY LISTING January 2018
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
• Please include 3-4 references who can speak to your qualifications