Sometimes a blog post like this is a shot in the dark. But, it is Giving Tuesday after all, and as we all know, it can’t hurt to ask! At the very least, it’ll be a good primer to get you up to speed on what we’re up to in college ministry.
To not bury the lede (yes, that’s how you spell it), Ali and I have slowly but surely been raising monthly support in order to devote more time and energy to the calling for student ministry we feel God has placed on our lives. We don’t anticipate being entirely financially dependent on support, but would like to find a balance that involves not both working multiple jobs in order to make our budget work (I explain that a bit more here).
At present, our average in monthly support was just under $1500 for the fall semester. We would like to gradually double that over the course of the spring semester to be closer to $3000. At the very least, we’d like to be able have doubled it by the start of next school year. The hope is that by then we can mostly focus on doing student ministry and not juggling it with the vague anxiety that we should be spending spare time trying to raise monthly donations.
If you feel this would be a worthy cause to donate to, you can give to the non-profit ministry we work under in one of two ways:
1. You can send a check to:
12472 Lake Underhill Rd. #428
Orlando, FL 32828
Address the check to SHIFT Ministries and In the FOR section, write Account 102 (do not address it to me)
2. You can visit this link and give online.
Select an amount (e.g. $50, $100)
On the drop down menu, select my name (102 – Nate Claiborne)
Enter your card info (or at the very bottom, select “Bank Account”)
Select whether to cover card fees (it’s 3% we don’t get otherwise)
Select whether to setup automated giving and whether to give weekly, every other week, or monthly
By doing this, you are enabling us to do more with the on-campus ministry at UCF that we stepped into leading at the beginning of this past semester.
To give a little background, this is all related to our role as associates with SHIFT Ministries. The college portion is known as SHIFT at UCF. SHIFT is a registered student organization that meets once a week during the semester, and typically does various outreach activities. This is including but not limited to tabling at the student union during the week in order to engage Christian and skeptic students alike.
Earlier in the summer, I explained a bit of our philosophy of ministry and some of what we hope to accomplish in our work with college students at one of the largest universities in America. I explain what our target is here.
In addition, we see our role with SHIFT extending in both directions generationally. This is because we would like to add some initiatives with the high school students as an outreach of SHIFT, as well as some work with the young professionals at our church. We want to reach our generation as well as the next as a means to reaching our city, which is one of the more post-Christian ones in the nation (#25 in this list for instance).
We have been grateful for all the support we have received to date and wouldn’t have been able to get to where we are without it. We are realizing in retrospect that we underestimated how much of a transition we were taking on this past year. Ali went from one crazy job to two part times that are less so (and even together are still probably less than half what Panera was). I added a long term project at an existing job and reactivated an older job that had gone dormant. To add to this, we also changed churches and tried to get plugged in. Oh, and I got sick at the beginning of the semester right before it looked like a hurricane was going to wipe us off the map.
Things have calmed down, just in time for the holidays. Hopefully we can use the time over the break to plan out the spring semester and began expanding some of our on-campus initiatives. To keep up with that, you’ll need to subscribe to our newsletter. I post about it on here from time to time, but you’ll get more info through that channel.
I appreciate your consideration of supporting us and would also welcome your prayer that God continues to provide for us in the coming weeks and months!