WHO IS UKIRK? WHAT IS UKIRK?
UKirk provides professional support, empowerment and community for those engaged in campus ministry on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) UKirk is a central hub for this vital and challenging aspect of ministry, dedicated to nurturing connections and sharing resources with fellow professionals in the field. Our mission is one of caring, coaching, educating, and advocating as you minister to college students across the country.
The Mission of UKirk is to connect and empower those who lead, support, and advocate for collegiate and higher education ministries. Specifically, the vision is to:
Encourage and enable relationships between PCUSA campus, congregational, and chaplain ministries.
Promote the sharing of resources, models, and best practices.
Coordinate and facilitate events for collegiality and continuing education.
Advocate and interpret the mission of collegiate and higher education ministry to the church, encouraging prayer, participation and support.
Connect with other PCUSA or church-related ministries.
A HISTORY OF SUPPORT
UKirk ("University Church") was created in 2012 as a result of a collegiate ministries strategy team whose efforts were directed by the PC(USA) General Assembly. UKirk assumed the resources and responsibilities of PACHEM, the Presbyterian Association for Collegiate and Higher Education Ministries, which was created in response to the General Assembly in 2004.
UKirk supports the Presbyterian Church’s philosophical and theological mission, offering support and access to resources via its online community, providing educational outreach, and organizing a national conference for professional campus ministers on a bi-annual basis.
UKirk is not a supervising body, but an independent association with support and resources from the PCUSA, developed in response to the growing needs of college campus ministers. Governed by a board of directors, UKirk members represent campus ministry in its various forms, from associate pastors to stand-alone campus ministries to university-employed college chaplains.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY DOCUMENTS
PC(USA) strategy in collegiate and higher education ministry is currently guided by two documents.
RENEWING THE COMMITMENT: A Church-wide Mission Strategy for Ministry in Higher Education by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was approved by the 213th General Assembly in 2001. (download pdf)
RECLAIMING THE VISION: A Mission Strategy to Strengthen the Partnership Between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Its Related Schools, Colleges, and Universities was approved by the 215th General Assembly in 2003. (download pdf)