Monday, December 21, 2009

2010 BIM Week Brochure added to website!

Check out the BIM Week website (
I've just posted the 2010 BIM Week brochure and there are full bios on all our speakers!
After you've had a chance to look everything over, REGISTER online!! Let's pack Messenger with Builders in Ministry!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

SC Chapel Podcast

Do you like to keep up with what's happening at SC's chapel even though you aren't in Winfield? We now have Chapel available for you to subscribe to through iTunes or your other favorite system for mp3's. You can subscribe through searching Southwestern College in iTunes or go here and subscribe. We've had a great semester...I hope that you can listen in!

BIM Week Workshop Leaders

Take a few minutes to check out the BIM Week workshop leaders at!

Here's a quick peek at what's in store!
On Wednesday -

Dr. Lester Ruth, our keynote speaker will be speaking on Worship as Passionate Theology.

Martin Rude & Friends (Shawn Butler, Allison Reed, Rev. Mitch Todd & Travis Hastings) will discuss the Crafting of Worship Music.

Rev. Mike Marian will "Remind Me Again What is Going On?"
(How do we help people think and express our hope in Christ - in creative ways?)

Rev. Troy Bowers and crew will take us on "The March to Zion"
(A look at the experiences and process of God breathing new life into a local congregation.)

And Thursday -

Alison Ebright and Sarah Miller will take us "From Fundamentals to Full Expression" (The PROCESS of Good Worship Music Theology)

Then REGISTER online!!

Enjoy your time together with family & friends this Christmas season and remember the reason for the season!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

11/18/09 -- SC Student Chapel

On November 18, 2009, SC hosted their annual student chapel. This year our theme was "SC Alive," and we focused on the many student gifts and talents here at the college! We had many students exercise their gifts -- Taylor Aldrich performed an interpretive dance, Audra Mann worshiped through paint, both SC worship teams led the community in worship and Aaron Duell, Molly Komlofske, Jessica Schaal, and Justin Williams all brought in a little bit of God's word! To listen, click here!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12/02/09 SC Chapel - Rev. Ashlee Alley

This past Wednesday, the Rev. Ashlee Alley gave a Christmas message titled, "Do you See what I See?" She preached from Luke 2:22-40 and reminded the SC community to look for Jesus and His joy even in the midst of the busy Advent season! To listen click here

Monday, December 7, 2009

FTE Fellowship Deadline Approaching

Nominations must be received by Feb. 1, 2010!!

Follow this link to find out additional information on undergraduate students, seminary students, African-American PhD & ThD studies and PhD students from treditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds:

BIM Week is just around the corner!!

If you haven't visited the website: to register, please do so today!

Below is information about our Early Bird Workshop with Martin Rude and Friends!

The Crafting of Worship Music

Psalm 100 and 150 instructs everyone and everything to praise the God of creation, the God of covenant and the God of salvation in worship. What does the Lord require from those of us who lead this musical worship?

We will spend our time in three areas of focus: first, we will look at choosing the words in the songs that we author, second, the ways we use these songs in worship, and third, the power of sung theology in non-worship settings such as devotional, internet and radio settings.This time will be facilitated by various alumni involved with the writing and recording of the new Southwestern worship CD.

Martin Rude will help direct the discussion as we look into the theology of the songs and their role in worship and non-worship settings. Along with Martin, Steven Butler, Allison Reed, Rev. Mitch Todd and Travis Hastings will lead you down the path to creating a deeper worship experience with music.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Creation Care Day April 24

Please join us from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Sat., April 24, where area high school youth will:

  • Meet youth from other communities and share green ideas/activities.
  • Learn more about their influences as consumers.
  • Learn what the Bible says about Creation Care.
  • Be challenged to identify areas in their home, church, school and personal lives where they can develop more sustainable habits.

All participants will receive Lunch, T-Shirt and Water Bottle - compliments of Southwestern College!

Youth Leaders will have the opportunity to learn about Southwestern College’s Sustainability Audits for churches and Creation Care of Churches Website.

For more information follow this link:

Monday, November 23, 2009

News from Andrew Singh

Hi friends, I hope you are all doing well. I am still in Kentucky serving two United Methodist Churches. I graduated from asbury seminary last year and hopefully will be ordained next year in the Kentucky conference. Blessings.

SC Alum's Online Devotions

Devotions by our very own Mitch Todd can be found at:
Go check them out!

Friday, November 20, 2009

SC's Cheryl Rude quoted in GBHEM web article

Southwestern's own Cheryl Rude has been quoted in a General Board of Higher Education and Ministry web article about leadership programs at United Methodist colleges.
Follow this link: to read the article and share your thoughts!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

11/11/09 Chapel -- Rev. Mitch Todd

On November 11, 2009, the Rev. Mitch Todd spoke at SC's chapel service. Once a former student, the Rev. spoke about how often times, especially as students, our dreams can get deferred, and we can sometimes find ourselves in some unwanted "jail time." Listen up here!

11/04/09 Chapel -- Coach Dave Denly

On November 4, 2009, Southwestern's very own girl's basketball coach, Dave Denly, spoke at chapel. He told his testimony and how God's been working in his life through his family. Listen here

10/28/09 Chapel -- Bishop Robert Hayes

On October 28, 2009, Bishop Robert Hayes spoke at SC chapel. He reminded us that we are privileged to be disciples of Jesus, and at the same time, being a disciple of Jesus is a very different privilege! Listen here

10/21 Chapel -- Dr. Cheryl Rude

On October 21, 2009 Southwestern's very own Dr. Cheryl Rude spoke at chapel! She reminded us that we often run to where the "wild things are," but God always summons us back home; and there is no place like home, indeed! Listen here

Monday, November 16, 2009

Creation Care Day - April 24

Be sure to bring your youth group to Southwestern's Creation Care Day, April 24!!

The day will enable students to:
  • Meet youth of other communities and share green ideas/activities.

  • Learn more about their influences as consumers.

  • Learn what the Bible says about Creation Care.

  • Be challenged to identify areas in their home, church, school and personal lives where they can develop more sustainable habits.

Youth leaders will also benefit from learning about SC's Sustainability Audits for Churches and our Creation Care of Churches website.

All participants will receive lunch, t-shirt and water bottle. Online registration will be available soon!

For more information contact Julie Headrick at or 620-229-6141 or 1-800-846-1543 ext. 6141.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New addition to the Blogosphere!

Hey folks. My wife Ashley and I have decided to start a professional blog. We are posting about all sorts of things related to church, culture, and life. It is a place to figure out our own ideas and maybe hear some of yours. Check us out.

Adam Barlow-Thompson
2006 SC Alum

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Prayer Request from Gwendolyn Young

I am in Rabondo, Kenya. I am requesting prayers because there is a shipping container, filled with items for the Rabondo Community that the government is not allowing out of customs. All of the paper work has been sent (some several times) but it has not been released. We really need for it to arrive before we are scheduled to leave on Saturday.

Thanks Gwendolyn Young (class of 2008, 2009)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10/14/09 Chapel -- Rev. Rick Just

October 14, 2009, the Rev. Rick Just from Mulvane United Methodist Church came to SC Chapel to speak to students about overcoming obstacles. He preached from Luke 9:51-56 and reminded SC Students to focus and go straight to the heart of God in times of sorrow, need, stress and joy! To listen, click here

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nursery Positions - from Jinx Tale

First United Methodist Church of Winfield is needing responsible, caring, young adults to be leaders in the nursery and toddler rooms. Duties include caring for children 0-5 years old. Positions are open presently.
Substitute positions are also available. Contact Sherry Pugmire at 620-221-1994

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chapel 9/30/09: Rev. Kevass Harding

September 30, 2009, the Rev. Kevass Harding from Dellrose United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS gave the SC community the formula to "Sweet S.U.C.C.E.S.S." derived from Philippians 3:12-14. Happy listening here!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chapel 9/23/09 -- Dr. Matt Thompson

September 23, 2009 our very own Dr. Matt Thompson preached a sermon titled "When the Dream Becomes a Nightmare." He preached from Job 7:11-21 and reminded the SC community to lean on one another and God even when times are tough! Listen here

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pray With Africa

Fellow Builders!!

My name is Nicole Guthrie and I graduated from SC in 2007 and wanted to share a bit with you all what I have been up to this past year. Thank you, Steve Wilke, for continuing to encourage me to post on the blog, and I apologize for it's lateness.

I spent this past summer in Tanzania volunteering at an Orphanage in a small rural town called Tarime with 40 of the most precious kids on the planet!! Towards the end of my time there I had decided to stay at the orphanage until October because a number of events had occurred which were more than likely going to leave the kids going from having 8-9 adults spending time with them to none. It's funny how things work out, though. The very next day after my decision to stay, I received an email from the great Ashlee Alley, entitled "You know what they say..." followed by the first line of the email, "...Make plans and God laughs." I knew what followed would be interesting.

Of course it was. She was passing on information about an organization called Pray With Africa, which is an extension of Upper Room Ministries and a part of the General Board of Discipleship based in Nashville, TN. The next thing I knew I was traveling around Tanzania on a bus running errands, praying about where God wanted me to be. I had two great options, but as things happened to work out God made a way for me to be a part of Pray With Africa and for the kids in Tanzania to still have people present. About a week later, after changing my flight and booking a new one, I was in Nashville.

Pray With Africa's mission is to inspire people to connect across continents, pray each others' prayers, and in turn put those prayers into action. Our purpose is to build relationships across the globe and change the world through prayer and action. We live by a simple philosophy of Learn, Pray, Act. We believe that there is power in story and knowing each others' stories, so first we invite you to learn the stories of others, learn about the issues, begin building these relationships. Then moving from a place of relationship we begin to pray each others' prayers and build a community. And only from this place of relationship and prayer should we act, so that we act from a place of love and community, rather than guilt and charity.

We are traveling the East Coast sharing our 40 minute film Listen: A New African Narrative. Here is a short blurb about the film:

"The nightly news is filled with images of tragedy, chaos, and conflict from the African continent. Drought and famine. Disease and poverty. War. These have been the narratives of Africa.

It’s time to tell the whole story.

Listen: A New African Narrative offers an inspiring and hopeful vision of the Africa beyond the headlines. Journey across the continent, to Liberia, Mali, Uganda, South Africa and Malawi, alongside five remarkable leaders who are transforming their communities through hard work and persistent prayer."

Two teams have headed out on the road traveling the East Coast, one going Northeast, and one going Southeast to share this film and our philosophy with churches, schools, universities, pretty much anyone who is willing to have us and is interested in seeing the film and knowing more. I am a part of the Northeast team and as I am typing this I am sitting in a dorm room at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. and am so grateful of the students who are letting us crash their apartment for the night! This movement and community of believers rooted in prayer is so powerful to me and I believe if we all adopted the philosophy of Learning, and Praying and Acting the world can and WILL change and be different! Being a part of spreading that message is such a blessing and privilege!

My "tribe" will be in D.C./Baltimore for the next week or so before heading to Delaware, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City, all through Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, and back down to Nashville by November 9th! If you are in those areas and want to come to a screening or want to host one we still have spots available and would love to come share! You can email me at or give me a call on my cell phone 620-218-3549. We are hoping to have tours in the spring, so contact me if you're interested in that as well! You can also visit our website at to find out more and to join our prayer community online!! I'd love to hear from you also if you have any other questions or just to chat about Pray With Africa in general!

Many Blessings to all you fellow builders...let us begin and continue to build relationships and change the world through community, prayer, and action!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Taking a Look Around

I tend to be one of those people who stays busy. If I'm truly honest, I really like it that way best, I suppose. I do recognize, however, that there are times in the year that I'm too busy. These last 6 weeks definitely fit that scenario. School starting involves all of the excitement, emotion, and stress of setting an inert machine into motion. The potential for great power is there, but so is the potential for numerous malfunctions. But by now, we are up and moving. The rust has worn off, the new pieces have been broken in, and we're moving.

And so, I stop. Yes, I stop and take a look around. I look back to these last 40 days and see that lots of great things have happened:
  • I participated in a prayer effort that started on August 10 and finishes up tomorrow (Friday, September 25) that intentionally lifted United Methodist Campus Ministries in prayer. There were days when I felt like I was a hamster running on a wheel and when I prayed these prayers, I sensed camraderie, understanding, and provision in a significant way. There were some days when these prayers were the substance of my static prayer time, but even in those days, I was surrounded by prayers.
  • We've initiated a new group of leaders for campus ministry at Southwestern. Both the Shepherd Team of Discipleship (affectionately known as the Disciple-Sheep) and the leaders for our Campus Ministries are leading others in ministry! There truly is nothing more exciting than when students that you love are ministering to others! Love it!
  • Chapel at SC. Wow! I have been blown away by the chapel services this year so far! Each preacher (all from within the SC community so far--and I'm counting Steve Rankin as still being from within the SC community) has spoken words of challenge, comfort, and truth to our campus. The worship teams are learning what it means to lead their peers, and the support ministries are creatively engaging the community in worship. I can hardly wait to get to chapel each week.
  • I've had a couple of conversations with current students and alumni this fall that have been incredibly affirming...not necessarily of me, but of what I sense that God is doing and wants to do in our midst. Many seeds have been planted in years past here at SC and things are coming together for fruit to be borne. It's exciting.

From reading this little glance around, it would seem that Southwestern is heaven on earth. Well, it is pretty great, but we have our own struggles, too. But through it all, we know that God's presence is guiding, sustaining, and empowering us to meet those challenges. As I look around, I see places where God is asking me to trust and keep going, places where I need to ask forgiveness, and even places where I may need to just stop what we've been doing. So whether we move forward, or stop, we trust all of it for God's glory alone! And that's actually the best place of all to be.

Posted by Ashlee Alley

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chapel, 9/16/09--Rodney Worsham

Rodney Worship preached in Chapel last Wednesday about "Living the Dream," a continuation of our theme for the year! He shared with us the story of Peter walking on water and reminded us to get out of the boat! You can listen here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Generic Made a come back

Hey there fellow Builders. As some of you may know Adam Thompson and I had a band while we were at SC. Adam recently came to Nashville to do a show with me for the church I'm currently working at. (I'm the youth and young adult coordinator.) Anyway we had a great time doing the show, here is a video and some pictures, enjoy.

Generic Concert Crievewood UMC

Friday, September 11, 2009

Chapel 9/09/09--Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin preached a sermon, "Delight," as we honored him for his 14 years of service. Listen to the service here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Share a recent meaningful worship experience.

As we approach Builders in Ministry Week 2010 our thoughts turn to Passionate Worship. What does that mean to you? What makes your worship experience passionate versus humdrum? Is it music, prayers, the Spirit? Does Passionate Worship happen as a group or as an individual?

Please share your thoughts - through sharing there will be growth.

Mark your calendar for this year’s Builders in Ministry week - February 23-25 .
Our theme is: Worship as Passionate Theology

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Builders unite!

Hello All!

My name is Polina. I am a junior in Southwestern College and involved in discipleship.

I am working with Steve Wilke this year trying to connect all the Moundbuilders who are or were involved in ministry. We are very excited for this upcoming year and hoping that more and more people are going to become an active members of this project. We are going to keep you updated with whats going on in ministry here on campus or around the world.

We really do hope that all of you guys will be involved in this project. Without your help we can not make it grow for the glory of God.

Builders from all the world unite! May God Bless You!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

SC Chapel 8/26/09

You are invited to hear the audio from SC Chapel! Here is the link for Wednesday, August 26. Rev. Ashlee Alley preached "Living the Dream" based on Acts 2:1-4, 14-18. Listen here! Feel free to leave your feedback here!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Prayer for Southwestern

Gracious God,

As we enter another school year, we lift these prayers to you:

Bless our students, God, as they study and learn in their classes, but also bless them as they discover more about who they are. May they be people who seek excellence and ways to serve others around them. Give them wisdom in their decision-making and peace in their challenges. And may they do all of this for your glory.

Bless our faculty, staff and administrators, God, as we invest our lives in our students. May we be diligent, wise and compassionate as we interact with students and continue to grow as a learner ourselves.

May this place, Southwestern College, be a place that sends forth people who understand the challenges of the world and seeks to meet those challenge. And may we do that with wisdom and grace.

Lord, bless us, guide us, protect us, and use us to accomplish your purposes here on earth. We humbly ask this in your name, Amen.

Posted by Ashlee Alley

Monday, August 17, 2009

"I'll be praying"

“We should have lunch sometime!” “I owe you one.” “I’ll be praying for you.” These well-intended phrases often flippantly roll from our tongue without much thought. I remember when a good friend taught me about the power of phrases like this.

“We should have lunch sometime!” I said casually.

“When?” she
asked specifically.

Well, truth be told, I didn’t really have a day in mind. I was just being polite, expressing that I’d had a good time hanging out with her and her friends and I hoped they invited me to hang out again. But her request reminded me not to throw around comments like that, devoid of intention. Such it is with the phrase: “I’ll be praying for you.” When? What will you pray? For how long?

Today is Day 1 of an intentional, shared, and specific prayer campaign set aside to support United Methodist campus ministry in prayer. My friend, Creighton Alexander, and I, along with 38 other people who care about campus ministry, have written prayers that provide an answer to some of those questions.

  • When should we pray for campus ministry? Starting today.
  • What will you pray? A prayer written by someone who cares about campus ministry.
  • For how long? 40 days.

Each day the prayer will be made available here. If you are on Twitter, follow us at: and we will send you a link to the prayers daily. Finally, if you would like to download the entire collection of prayers, you can download it here.

We ask you to join us in these prayers, lifting up in general the ministries for college aged young people around the UMC connection. We also ask you to specifically pray for the ministries or young people with whom you are acquainted. Let them know that you’re praying for them. And if through your prayer time, you feel inclined to do something, do it in the knowledge that you are being sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. We don’t have a hidden agenda for these prayers. We simply want God to bless the ministers and students of our college campuses around the world. And we think that it is important enough to involve others in this season of specific prayer. Won’t you join us?

Posted by Ashlee Alley

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Open Positions in Wichita & Wellington

Children and Youth Director
University United Methodist Church (Wichita) is seeking a children and youth director for 20-30 hours per week. Candidate should be a good and energetic self-starter with leadership skills to engage a wide variety of people.
Position includes responsibilities for all children and youth programming as well as support of additional church activities.
For more information contact:
Philip Shull
University UMC
2220 N. Yale
Wichita, KS 67220

Pianist Wanted
Pianist needed for Sunday morning services at the Wellington Lutheran Church. Pay is $40 per Sunday, and the service begins at 8:45 a.m. Would include liturgy, but training is available on this if necessary. If available, this position could expand to a second service in Mulvane. For more information, contact Dottie McComb, 316-648-4752.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Save the Date: Feb. 23-25, 2010

Builders in Ministry Week 2010...
Worship as Passionate Theology.
Save the date: February 23rd - 25th

We are very excited here at Southwestern College to host Keynote Speaker Dr. Lester Ruth, Professor of Christian Worship from Asbury Theological Seminary.
To learn more about the week please visit Builders in Ministry.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Salutations Builders!

I make my Blogger debut by announcing the release of Step Into Worship a praise and worship CD with music written, arranged and performed by the Southwestern Community—I myself have had the pleasure to listen to the CD many times…it is a verifiable hit.

Step into Worship contains music written and performed by: Travis Hastings, Sarah Miller, Martin Rude, Chris Smith, J.C. Ledford, Daniel Miller, Stephen Butler, Andrew Singh, Selah 2001 & Josh Melcher

I encourage you to visit to take a listen. Then contact Martin Rude to purchase your very own CD for $10. The proceeds will benefit SC Campus Chapel and Outreach Ministries.

Move with Grace,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Saying Thank You

Fellow Builders in Ministry,

For those of us who attended SC in the past fourteen years, the name Steve Rankin is a familiar one to us. During our time at SC, many people poured into our lives and helped us find our calling, challenged us in the classroom, pushed us to be more than status quo, and filled out endless letters of recommendation for our current jobs, graduate school, etc. If you are like me, you cannot imagine being a Builder in Ministry without the influence of Steve Rankin. This information went out several weeks ago and I hope you received it, however, if you were missed we want you to experience the opportunity to join us now. As Steve and Joni’s time draws near, I am reminded of the importance of saying thank you to those who deeply impact our faith journey and academic endeavors. I hope you will find this a worthy cause to join.

As many of you know, Steve Rankin accepted a position at Southern Methodist University where he will be serving as a Chaplain. We the staff at FUMC, Winfield, (including me for the summer) would like to surprise Steve and Joni with a gift in their parting. In order to honor their ministry and work in Winfield, we would like to compile an album of letters from friends, family, co-workers and former students. It is our desire for you to write a letter of appreciation, thanksgiving, memories, or whatever you deem appropriate as we see Steve and Joni off to Dallas. We are inviting you to either send us a handwritten letter or a letter via e-mail for the album. Then, we ask you to forward this e-mail to anyone you know may be interested in contributing to this gift. We will not be reading your letters, rather simply compiling them into a gift Steve and Joni will be able to visit again and again. Please submit letters by June 20.

Please send letters to
Wendy Mohler
C/O FUMC 1000 Millington
Winfield, KS 67156

Please send e-mails to
Wendy Mohler at or
Beth Wilke at

Be God's,

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Were you in Discipleship? If so, please friend Discipleship on Facebook! Take a look and see what we're up to these days. We're posting some pics from our mission trip, homecoming activities, covenant group, celebrations, and other events throughout the year!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spending the Summer in Ministry

We have quite a few students who are spending their summers doing ministry. I wanted to draw attention to a couple of blogs that will be updated frequently as well as mention a few of the students by names, so that you can lift them in prayer!

Nicole Guthrie, alumnus from '07, will be spending most of the summer in Africa. She blogs here.

Audra Mann, current junior, is heading to Myanmar and India for the summer to teach English and help out the local churches there. She blogs here.

John Badley, current junior, is also going to Myanmar and then will go to Malaysia. He blogs here.

As you are able, please check in on these blogs, send them an encouraging note, and above all else, pray for them! We also have a number of other students who are working in ministry this summer as camp counselors, staff at Project Transformation, church interns, working at A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, etc. Here are the names of some of them...please forgive me if I leave anyone out! Albert, Alyssa, Andi, Anna, Chad, Claudina, Eric, Kayla, Kyle, Kylie, Michelle, Molly, Russ Sarah Jane, and Tricia.

We even have a recent alumnus who is starting a new position in youth ministry: Jenny.

It is exciting to see the many ways that God is using Moundbuilders in ministry! If you know of other current students who are serving in ministry this summer, please add them in the comments section!

Some Changes at SC

Well, it has often been said that change is inevitable, and we find that to be true at Southwestern College. After 14 wonderful years as the Campus Minister and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion department, Steve Rankin has felt the call of God to minister in another community. As of July 1, he has accepted an invitation to become the Chaplain at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. We are certainly sad to see him leave Southwestern, as his ministry is keenly felt on campus at this time. I was a sophomore the year that Steve started at SC, which means that during my freshmen year we were absent a Campus Minister. The impact that he made, even in the next 3 years, was significant. He redesigned chapel involving student worship teams. He started Discipleship Southwestern, a program that has now involved over 150 students (and of which I am currently the director). He nurtured the call to ministry in a number of students (including myself). And he poured his life into his students. In the 11 years since, he has continued on that initial impact in incredible ways. I have been honored to join him in the work at SC during the last four years. Keeping up with him is at times dizzying, but always significant. I cannot begin to express the impact that Steve has made on my own life and on the lives of many other students in the last 14 years.

Steve will be significantly missed on campus, but, as has been his goal, he is about the work of the Kingdom of God. He has simply chosen to be obedient to that goal through another arm of the United Methodist Church. While I'm sad for us at SC, I'm very excited for him and for SMU! I believe that he will make an impact for Christ in that community as well! Here is his take on the move. Please join me in praying for Steve and his family as they all adjust to life outside of Winfield.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


A house is not a home......

Visit our progress in building our new home.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Youth Pastor Job Opening in Goddard, KS

Youth pastor, 20-30 hours per week, salary and health insurance, work with middle and senior high students. Musical ability would be an asset. Position opens July 1. Send resume with references to at Goddard UMC.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Faith vs. Religion

There has been an on - going debate within my conscience regarding faith and religion. These are two subject matters that I have never really given much recognition to until about six months ago. Since then, however, it has been like a non - stop ping pong match inside my head and quite frankly, my brain is a little tired (not to mention, bruised).

That is way I am reaching out to you, my fellow compadres in Christ. Is there truly a difference between faith and religion?? Are people who attend church doing so out of faith or merely out of habit?? To elaborate even further, is going to church absolutely imperative to living a Christian lifestyle or can a person still maintain a strong relationship with God despite not going every Sunday?? More than anything, however, can faith exist without religion and vice versa??

Please give thoughtful consideration to each of these questions as well as to the following : what do you feel are necessary components to maintaining a healthy and maturing relationship with the Lord?? Also, how does someone truly immerse themselves in culture while continuing to embrace who he or she is as a child of God??

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Here's how to Get Mapped on the Builders in Ministry - Around the World map!

Hey Builders in Ministry!

Here’s how to stake your claim on a piece of our Builders in Ministry – Around the World map!!

1) Follow this link to our map: <,-91.494141&spn=8.452293,19.6875&z=6>

2) The Google search bar is located at the top of the page. Type in your address (ex. 100 College St, Winfield, KS 67156) then click “Search Maps”. This will bring up a map with your location.

3) In the box, below your address is “Save to My Maps”, click here and save to Builders in Ministry – Around the World.

4) Once you are plotted on the BIM Map, edit your window in the following ways:

a. Replace your address with your name, then put your address, phone, website, or other contact information in the window below;

b. Replace the blue teardrop icon with a purple teardrop for your home address or;

c. Replace the blue teardrop icon with a purple BIM logo (located in My Icons) for your place of ministry;

d. Replace the stock photo with your own photo of your church, youth group, home, or family – what ever you’d like.

e. Add any additional information you think might be useful to other Builders in Ministry – what you do, focus of your ministry, etc.

5) Save your work and then check to see who else is mapped! If you don’t see some of your fellow Builders in Ministry, share the link and have them get mapped!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Greetings from Haysville

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hola fellow builders,
I think i am supposed to be working right now but as i was reading some of the posts i got very intrigued, so i decided to do my contribution. I would like to give some updates about what is going on with me and the ministry i am right now. Since February of this i have been working for the Haysville United Methodist Church as the new Ministry Development Youth Director. Since then everything has been a challenging experience. Being involved in ministry is an awesome thing, but when you get involved in ministry with a leadership position is a double awesome-ness. When i entered the ministry i did not have much "field experience" which it made a little bit rough to get things together. I have realized that God is the one who equips you do to whatever ministry He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10).
One integral part of my faith formation was the Discipleship program at Southwestern College and it faith community or i should say my SC family. I have a lot of respect for the program that taught me and prepared me with the tools and resources i am using in ministry right now. I have never thought i would end up being a youth director but i guess God has mysterious ways and places He will take you. Like i said, I haven't been in this church for that long, but the long i have been in here, i already have experienced feels of joy, challenge, frustration, love, pain, admiration, etc, that ministry has within its realm. I must say that my perspective of the church has totally changed and now more than ever feel that tremendous, driven feeling of seeking the one true God.
Since my first day here i have been blessed with the opportunity of being coached or helped by a man (Todd Guinn)that i have a lot of respect for and for his ministry. We have a responsibility to care and pray for each other not only because we are fellow Builders but because we are ONE body that share ONE vision and ONE common goal, therefore i encourage you to pray for your brothers and sisters that they may find rest and strength to proceed to the end of the race

In His Name
Elohei Avraham Elohei Yitschak velohei Ya'akov.
Joel Alejandre

Announcing a BIM - Around the World Map

I'm working on creating a Builders in Ministry - Around the World map. You can use this map to locate fellow Builders, plan your next youth or mission trip or just stay in touch.

Just think - You're heading from point A to Point B. But . . . there are 2 Builders in Ministry along your route!! Potential for: fellowship, joint youth/mission trip, a place to crash for the night? The list can go on and on and so can the opportunities - not just for you, but for those with you!!

If you like to be included, please email your address to me at or leave it in the comments.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cannot Put a Band - Aid on This One.....

Only a few of you were present when I came back to my ol' college stomping grounds and gave my (brief) testimony. It was hard to encompass all that has transpired since I began embarking hard core on my journey with Christ.

The premise of this testimony surrounded the immense struggle I have had living with generalized anxiety disorder and depression since the age of eight. It has not only effected how I relate to my peers but also how I approach my relationship with God.

I have expressed a lot of resentment, bitterness and anger towards Him during my quiet times. It is hard to comprehend how these illnesses coincide with any plan that the He has for me. I mean, how is He going to use someone like me who is so screwed up emotionally to share His love with others when I cannot even love myself??

I truly desire to be rid of the mess that has become my life. I have isolated myself from everything that I truly am passionate for : people and writing. These two entities have really been the only things that have made sense to me.

Both are freedoms of expression. People are able to choose how to live life and engage it while writing has endless possibilities when it comes to developing a story and then choosing how to tell it.

I am hoping that eventually the script that God has created for me will resonate with my heart, freeing it of all the dirt and filth that has prevented it from truly beating.

Greetings From A Yellow Sanctuary--Meg Mojica

Nestled deep in the loving community of Winfield,KS sits a perfect, little yellow sanctuary. An ideal place for a recovering workaholic and future seminary student to find rest and renewal. With a daily schedule of staff meetings,volunteer recruitment, inventory, lesson planning, and discovering multi-sensory ways to explain the eucharist to seven-year-olds, an Assistant Minister and Children's' Director's job is never done. With this said, my house has become my safe sanctuary.
Every morning my kitchen morphs into a stage for holy jam sessions on my guitar, my argyle chair by the lamp is perfect for the works of Bonhoeffer, Jones, and Green, and the coffee table often holds card games or the tea cups of friends who fill this sanctuary with laughter. My name is Meg Mojica, a 2008 graduate of SC who happened to land her dream job in her college town. A Texan, I thought my time in Kansas would end at graduation, and I would be summoned to move on to my next life chapter. Little did I know, God would write the next chapter in Kansas as well.
The staff at First United Methodist Church of Winfield is exactly what a church staff should be. They are humble, equipped, constantly working towards Christian perfection, and above all, open to the Spirit's lead. We are a team. Though I have been involved in church leadership since 2003, this is the first time that Sunday morning worship is not our top priority, outreach is. Yes, Kimball would be proud. Very few local churches reach this point, and it as an honor to wake up every morning and head to Millington street.
Though I live in a yellow sanctuary, I am currently in the "wilderness". I have been offered a full-ride scholarship to an extremely elite seminary in the south. Though many would take this as a sign of God's call, my excitement is, well, nonexistent, (don't tell my grandmother), and for some reason...I do not feel called to journey there in the fall. As mentioned earlier, the happenings of Winfield First are rare, what if God still has plans for me in Kansas?

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm at SC!

Hey everyone! This is my official first blog-- ever! I'm excited to see how it works and connects us around the world! After finishing my degree at SC I received my masters from Oklahoma State University in Music Performance and Pedagogy. Now, I am back at Southwestern working in two different worlds. I'm adjunct with the music department teaching theory classes, woodwind methods, flute, and running the Community Music School Program. I am also the Assistant Director of Campus Life. Needless to say, life is busy! It's awesome though! God is teaching me everyday and I couldn't ask for more.

I just want to encourage everyone to pray for SC and the people here. It is easy to forget to pray for the things you are so directly connected with, but we can always use prayer. God is doing some amazing things here and I know it is in the hearts of the ministry team to follow Him wherever He is taking us. Prayers are always welcome!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Greetings from Haysville

Hola fellow builders,
I think i am supposed to be working right now but as i was reading some of the posts i got very intrigued, so i decided to do my contribution. I would like to give some updates about what is going on with me and the ministry i am right now. Since February of this i have been working for the Haysville United Methodist Church as the new Ministry Development Youth Director. Since then everything has been a challenging experience. Being involved in ministry is an awesome thing, but when you get involved in ministry with a leadership position is a double awesome-ness. When i entered the ministry i did not have much "field experience" which it made a little bit rough to get things together. I have realized that God is the one who equips you do to whatever ministry He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10).
One integral part of my faith formation was the Discipleship program at Southwestern College and it faith community or i should say my SC family. I have a lot of respect for the program that taught me and prepared me with the tools and resources i am using in ministry right now. I have never thought i would end up being a youth director but i guess God has mysterious ways and places He will take you. Like i said, I haven't been in this church for that long, but the long i have been in here, i already have experienced feels of joy, challenge, frustration, love, pain, admiration, etc, that ministry has within its realm. I must say that my perspective of the church has totally changed and now more than ever feel that tremendous, driven feeling of seeking the one true God.
Since my first day here i have been blessed with the opportunity of being coached or helped by a man (Todd Guinn)that i have a lot of respect for and for his ministry. We have a responsibility to care and pray for each other not only because we are fellow Builders but because we are ONE body that share ONE vision and ONE common goal, therefore i encourage you to pray for your brothers and sisters that they may find rest and strength to proceed to the end of the race

In His Name
Elohei Avraham Elohei Yitschak velohei Ya'akov.
Joel Alejandre

BIM week next year--Worship

Next years topic of discussion will be Worship. If you have any interest in helping with the discussion please post your ideas. Thanks, Steve
I'm so glad to be a part of this! What a wonderful way to communicate and to connect with one another. And I'm all for this since I didn't make it home for the BIM Week. And I SO wanted to hear Tony Jones speak after hearing rave reviews from an adjunct professor.

Currently, I'm in KCity, MO, working on my masters. I should be more enthusiastic, but I'm so tired, even after a one week break. I really enjoy seminary. I am thankful to be here, and I'm even thankful for the challenges this place puts forward for my heart and my mind. I'm surrounded by people who love God and love people. They are teaching me so much about how God is working in the world through us. This place always has its moments of testing, but they are quickly followed by moments of community and the joy that brings.

Again, I'm so glad to be on this blog, able to connect and catch up with those fellow Builders who are in ministry, living for God and following their call.

Best wishes!

Kim Swartz

Monday, March 30, 2009

hey everyone

Good morning good morning!

I trust this finds you well.

I'm still a student at Southwestern College, nearing the foreboding graduation (God willing, to be  within a year).  In my time here, I've gotten to meet various builders who are active in ministry, and are very willing to share with me their wonderful experiences from their recollections of years past (in the recent and not too recent years past).

Meeting other builders (especially those in ministry) has been an encouragement to me (and other students), especially in person (as opposed to just meeting online, like here, but it's all good too=).

Anyway, the students atSouthwestern College are still kept plenty busy being involved (or overcommitted, as professors would sometimes comment that they are). There is always a artsy fartsy performance by one of the various musically talented groups (e.g. A Capella choir, orchestra, jazz combos, theatre), just this week, the theatre produced a spectacularly dramatic production called "Urinetown" (supposedly a pun on 'You're in Town').

But yet, there is also a lot of service done for the community by the school. Both leadership and discipleship students serve the community here in the various activities/events they plan both on and off campus.

Our campus is also striving to go green, along with the national effort across universities and colleges all across the US, in the country's attempt to Go Green!!!

There’s been numerous small groups set up in the past few semesters, as well as the established groups like The One Thing (TOT) and prayer group who are also growing from strength to strength. Just recently, a new group for guys, known as Manistry (it was picked over some other not as good choices) has been set up.

With all the fellowship that’s going on in Southwestern College, we would be glad if anyone came to visit with us to learn and grow together, from one another.


Yours truly,

Albert O. II

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Greetings from Illinois

Hello everyone! This is Jeremiah Thompson, as some of you can remember I worked in the Campus Ministry office from 2003-04 while I was a US2 Missionary with the UMC. I am currently the Associate Pastor at the Mahomet UMC in Mahomet, IL (a town just to the west of Champaign Illinois, and about 2 hours south of Chicago.) I hope everyone is well. I know many of you are in the Chicago Area in seminary and I would be delighted to see anyone. My wife and I love guests. Also, I am currently working towards full ordination in the UMC, having been commissioned in the UMC in 2007, if anyone is going through the process and would like some advice, or other support I would be happy to help. I hope to hear from some of you soon. Take care and blessings,


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Checking in from Chicago

Hey fellow Builders in Ministry. While I haven't entered the blogging world yet, I am happy to connect with you all in yet another online relationship. I hope my digital greeting brings you good tidings. Things are well here. I am rounding the corner on the second year of my MDiv and will have another year of classes before graduation in May of 2010. I have a big summer planned as I will be commissioned a provisional elder at annual conference and then will tie the knot with my fiance Ashley on Aug. 1. Ashley is on track to be a deacon and I am dragging her back to Kansas with me when we are done with school. Who knows a year from now we could be coming to a church near you!

Anywho....I wanted to see if any of you would be interested in a Sojo community night at Annual Conference. I imagine there will be a few others around and I would love to reconnect. Ashley and I are trying to lock down some friends so we don't end up being the friendless pastor couple (shudder). Let me know what you think, and we can just set a time to meet somewhere in S-town.

Hope you all are well.
Adam T.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Want to Post?

Anyone can comment, but I need some folks to post as well. So, send me your email and I will get you set up to post. Thanks, Steve (

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Are you a blogger?

I'm sure that there are several out there that regularly write a blog! We would love to have a blogroll here on the BIM blog. Leave us a comment with your blog address and we'll get the blogroll loaded up! Here's my blog:


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

BIM member Beth Wilke

Hi Fellow Builder in Ministry.
After 15 years as serving as Director of Ministries at Winfield First United Methodist Church, I felt that God was calling me in a new direction. I attended Licensing School last June and am now a Licensed Local Pastor . I was appointed as Associate Pastor at our church last November. This summer I will begin a five year journey through Course of Study. At this time my plan is to continue as a Licensed Local Pastor. I am on the BIM facebook and would love to have you join me there. Also, I would love to hear about your ministry here on the BIM blog. Beth

Monday, March 16, 2009

Test Post

Checking to make sure this is working!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Builders in Ministry's new blog

The builders in ministry blog is a place for alumni and friends of Southwestern College in all forms of ministry to share their ministry with others for encouragement, mutual support, networking, possible collaboration, and fellowship. The dream is that the love and learning of Builders in Ministry week can continue all year round. Also, we have a common pilgramage as Builders and athough we are scattered accross the globe we are still one in our desire to serve the Lord. Please come to the blog with a summary of your ministry and invite others to join in.