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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.


OUR MISSION
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.



What Presbyterians - PC(USA) Believes:

Triune God - Father/Creator, Son/Redeemer, Holy Spirit/Sustainer

The Fellowship of the Church - One cannot be a Christian alone.  The Holy Spirit binds us together in the Body of Christ.

The Priesthood of All Believers - All believers have access to God.  Prayer is the chief exercise of faith (John Calvin)

Justification by Faith Alone - A gift from God when God says "I will be your God" joined by Sanctification by Faith Alone.  A task from God when God says "You will be my people."

The Sovereignty of God - No part of life is separate from God.

The Authority of Scripture - is from God alone.  Old and New Testaments are the only rule of faith and practice;  used for preaching and teaching to glorify God and enjoy God forever.

The Lordship of Jesus the Christ - Jesus the Christ is the Head of the PC(USA).

Two Sacraments - Baptism and The Lord's Supper are a means of God's grace.

Baptism - Sprinkle, immersion, infant, teen, or adult.  It is our identity that one belongs to God's family either by parent/guardian or self.  Congregation vows to nurture in the Christian faith along with the person's family.  The promise of forgiveness.

Lord's Supper - Communion with Christ and all those gathered to Christ.  We go out from the Table empowered by the Holy Spirit with courage and hope for service.  We rejoice in the foretaste of the Kingdom which Christ will bring at Christ's promised coming.  Christ is present spiritually - the bread and wine/juice are unchanged.

Form of Government - Representative democracy of clergy and elders.  Men and women are ordained to office, teaching elders in the ministry of Word and Sacrament;  Ruling Elders are to strengthen the congregation's life and faith;  Deacons are to minister to sick, needy, and those who are friendless.

The Great Ends of the Church:

“The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind”
“The preservation of the truth”
“The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God”
“The maintenance of divine worship”
“The promotion of social righteousness”
“And the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world”