In service to our mission of educating, equipping, and advocating for the practice of higher education ministry, NCMA is proud to announce the Huddle and Go—a once-a-month virtual gathering for higher education ministry professionals to connect, persevere, and strive toward. Created in partnership with Campus Ministry Matters and facilitated by former NCMA president J. Cody Nielsen (Wesley Foundation, University of Minnesota) and NCMA Bethany Initiative participant Ben Wideman (3rd Way Collective, Penn State University), the Huddle and Go offers monthly video conference discussions on topics you’ll find vitally interesting—from contemporary challenges on campus to ongoing operational concerns around staffing, funding, and running a campus ministry program.
The series is offered free of charge to all NCMA Members; non-members will pay $20.00 per session.
Upcoming topics and times for the Huddle and Go:
Tuesday June 13, 2pm Eastern—“Managing the Annual Budget: Why July Matters for Fundraising”
With so many of our students traveling, buried in internships, or simply away from campus, summer can be a slower time in higher education ministry. The summertime role of the campus minister often becomes almost exclusively that of an Executive Director, and the summer is a perfect time to do the important work of development. For those who wondering exactly what this means, this session of the Huddle and Go offers help with your important questions about development work and the “direct ask.” Experts in the field will discuss the importance of cash flow at this time of year and explore methods that can help you close the deal with donors.
Wednesday July 12, 2pm Eastern—“The Multifaith Expression of a Campus”
Higher education professionals often shy away from directly supporting religious, secular, and spiritual life on campus. On the few campuses that have placed staff and/or built centers, a grand opportunity exists to partner with the university on significant endeavors involving all of these worldviews. But even on campuses that struggle with or actively resist engagement around the diversity of beliefs, there is still hope that administrators might be shown the importance of a collective experience around this aspect of diversity that the campus at large can see. Join the monthly Huddle and Go crew to explore models of multifaith weeks on campus and the unique structure of the University of Minnesota’s Multifaith Student Council’s twice a year multifaith week and interfaith fortnight.
Tuesday August 8, 2 PM Eastern—“Balancing Development and Student-Focused Work”
Higher education ministry today requires the skills of a non-profit director as well as the talents and training of clergy. With rising costs, lowered contributions from denominational offices, and a need to support the community of the campus, campus ministers are put into an endless cycle of fundraising to support their ministry to students, who are most often looking for their time. Balancing these seemingly competing demands can be one of the most challenging pieces of a campus minister’s operation. On this conference call we’ll explore the complex relationship between the Executive Director and campus minister functions of a professional working in higher education ministry, and consider potential staffing models that might be effective in the current climate.
Wednesday September 27, 2pm Eastern—“Religious Life Councils and Their Function on Campus”
One of the most important markers of a campus that is engaged in forming and supporting religious, secular, and spiritual identities is a strong religious life council. This should include a number of staff from many of the religiously affiliated groups on campus, including those you might not suspect would be engaged. No formal structure has ever been developed, but higher education requires that a unified voice fill the void, especially on campuses where higher education professionals are skeptical or defensive regarding religious life on campus. This Huddle and Go explores the complexity and necessity of these groups on campus, as well as specific functions they perform that lead to successful engagement and transformative work on campus.