Who do you see when you look at this picture? There were some of US. And there were some of THEM. Can you tell which is which? The US, were 6 Staff Directors in my four-state territory. The THEM, were 11 potential InterVarsity staff candidates. I got to join the undergrad side of my ministry in hosting Prospective Staff Weekend (PSW) down in Kansas City last November. The six of us were able to spend a couple of days with terrific students and faculty involved in our ministry. Hopefully the US…are still young-looking enough to make it nearly impossible to pick us out in the crowd. Maybe not…
Of “The Eleven” there were several I especially loved meeting up with. One is a faculty member at St. Louis University in the Chemistry department interested in a part time position working with faculty. Two were graduate students connected with our Undergraduate and International Student Ministries. Three more were possibly headed to graduate or professional school within the next year! So much potential.
Not… in the photo.
Three other possible candidates are currently looking at Graduate Faculty Ministry applications. A recent graduate living and working in Iowa might volunteer part time as she helps start a new GFM group. A PhD student in Theology at St. Louis University is strongly considering GFM ministry after finishing his degree later this spring. And the spouse of a Wash-U faculty member, herself a PhD in Environmental Science, is applying for the open position we have at Washington University. I’m so encouraged to cultivate these seeds of interest!
I just booked a flight today for St. Louis. Pray for me on Feb 14th. Yes, while everyone else is eating those nasty candy hearts and enjoying Valentine’s Day greetings, I’ll be spending the day following up with several of these terrific people. Pray for great conversations, asking and answering the best questions. Pray for God to move in bringing the people we need on staff in just the right locations. Pray for the application process to move along. For potential obstacles to be worked through. For people to say “Yes!” who should. For God’s call to be clear.
Other people. Other places.
One of my GFM staff members at K-State has been having conversations with an International (PhD student with two years left to his program) showing great potential for ministry. He’s been a key leader in his context and lives out his faith leading others to Christ. I am accumulating connections with faculty and grad students at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. But I have no staff member there. The nearest GFM staff team-mate that I have is over two hours away. I would be immensely blessed with a staff colleague here in Omaha! Des Moines also has so much potential for faculty work as well as possible new ministry with Occupational Therapy students at Drake. Keep praying. Hopefully good news is coming!
Thank you so much for your partnership.