An Ecumenical Campus Ministry

The primary focus of Campus Ministry at Washburn University is the development and strengthening of Christian faith in students; through student participation and peer ministry. Campus Ministry also relates to staff, faculty, and administration. Participation is open to all students and staff of Washburn University. This Ministry acknowledges as its head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of humankind. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession. It looks to the Word of God in Scripture and to the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the church in every generation to make this faith its own.


The United Methodist Church cannot survive without capable clergy and lay leaders. Although we are extremely pleased with the contribution that second career pastors provide, we also need young leaders. Young leaders are needed to address the needs of the future of our church since they are more in-tune with the needs of the next generation. Campus ministry provides a prime source for such leaders. Where better to encourage, develop and inspire our young leaders than when they are learning, absorbing and setting a course for their lives. But how can we have effective campus ministry without inviting and functional facilities. Campus ministry should be able to focus on students, not be tied down with limited facilities as is the case at Washburn Campus Ministry.


The existing building was purchased in 2000. It was known to be in bad shape at that time, but the location was ideal for campus ministry, being on a busy corner directly across the street from the campus, near the Living-Learning Center and just up the street from the new apartments being built north of 17th & Washburn. The existing house has many problems. The foundation walls are cracked. The porch roof had settled and was recently leveled. The siding needs to be replaced in several locations. The fascia around the roof is rotted. The windows and some doors need to be replaced. The house is not insulated. The heating system is an inefficient gravity system and needs to be replaced. The building has no central air conditioning. The plumbing and wiring need to be replaced. Repairing the building is simply not economically justifiable. Even if it were practical to repair the existing structure, it is not satisfactory for effective campus ministry. The building is not ADA accessible and the spaces are not sufficient for the desired programs. The basement does not have sufficient headroom and is not satisfactory for any use except storage. The building must be replaced with a new facility designed for the desired ministries.


For the Campus Ministry program to meet its full potential, new facilities need to be constructed. In order to allow Campus Ministry to be fully effective, the proposed facility would need to be developed through the following process:

Dec. 24, 2007 Space Size Area Remarks 12 people, inviting, soft seating, near entry 6 people, computer spaces 80 people for lecture, 50 at tables Communion table, pillows for knelling, keyboard, drums, 20 people. windows to entrance 2 ovens, 2 microwaves, serving window.

Lounge Study Activity Worship Pastor's Office Outer Office Kitchen Pantry Table & chair storage Misc. storage Janitor Meeting room A Meeting room B

14x21 10x14 30x35 14x20 9X13 9X13 13X18 7x12 9x14 9x14 5x7 11x14 11x14 10x14 ea

294 140 1050 280 111 111 234 84 124 124 35 154 154

sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf sf

12 people, open to other meeting room. 12 people, open to other meeting room. With showers In reinforced first floor room or in basement.

Resident rooms (4) Resident restrooms Storm Shelter


Total Total required with hallways, stairways, restrooms, etc.

3455 5000

sf sf


Proposed Site Plan:


Proposed Floor Plan:


Estimate of Cost for the New Facilities:
The estimated cost of the new facility, including demolition of the existing house, design, site work, construction and furnishings is $1,270,000. This is projected for construction in 2009.

Washburn Campus Ministry Building Estimate
Dec. 24, 2007

Unit Description Estimated cost of building (inflated for construction in 2009) Demolition of existing house Building construction: Basement (unfinished) $62 $/sf 5000 $310,000 5000 $835,000 $ 1,145,000 Architectural (7%+$10,000) Total estimated cost of building Furnishings Contingency (5%) Total estimated cost of the new facility Use $ 90,640 $ 1,242,640 $ 30,000 $ 62,000 $ 1,334,640 $ 1,350,000 Main floor (w/ site work) $167 $/sf $ 7,000 Cost Unit Quant. Cost Total


1. This is a preliminary design. Much more input and thought will be required for the final plan. 2. The facility needs to be flexible for changing needs. 3. The main entry needs to be visible and inviting from the corner of 17th and Boswell to attract and draw people into the center. We want to make use of the excellent location on this busy corner. 4. A patio and basketball goal along 17th would provide an inviting exterior environment thus students and Washburn staff would want to stop by. 5. Consideration needs to be given to security, minimizing entry doors and allowing entries to be supervised. 6. The lounge and study area should be located immediately inside the door. The lounge could have windows looking out to the entry and 17th St., and the study should have a more secluded feel. Currently the existing structure does not allow for a study. 7. The offices might be located along the front to allow the staff to observe those entering the building, those passing by, and those on the patio as well as those in the activity area of the building. The existing structure does not allow for the minister to seem to be easily accessible. 8. The kitchen should be located near the parking for ease of carrying in supplies. It should be next to the activity area and be near the patio. 9. This design provides dorm rooms for student staff members. There are varying thoughts on this. That decision will need to be made before final design. 10. The lot is very tight considering the space needs for the ministry programs. This design uses all of the buildable area. A basement should be provided considering the limited storage on the main level. The basement could also be used for mechanical systems, water heaters, etc. Other thoughts would be to utilize the basement for a student gathering place where they can engage in board games, table top games and other positive forms of recreation. Although it might require an expensive elevator, it may be worthwhile to consider placing the dorms on the second floor, thus allowing more flexibility on the first floor. If an elevator was installed, it would also allow more use of the basement.


One of the problems with religious buildings is that, in order for the effort to be effective, funds need to be spent on ministries, not maintenance. Although maintenance costs on a new building will be small for the first several years, even newer buildings require some inspections and maintenance. After a few years, carpets will need to be replaced, then the roof, maybe the furnace, etc., etc., etc. It is with this in mind that we desire to set up an endowment fund from the very beginning so funds are available when the needs do arise. Please consider the following as a means to ensure that operation funds may be used for ministries and not need to be diverted for maintenance.

Calculations for Washburn Campus Ministry Building Endowment
Dec. 24, 2007

A limiting factor for any Campus Ministry is funds for ministry programs. Often a large portion of the available funds are required for building maintenance, utilities, etc.. The desire is to set up an endowment fund to cover as much of the building costs as possible, thus maximizing the funds available for actual ministry. A 5% return on investment is assumed, with the earnings to be used for building costs. The following steps show how varying amounts in the endowment fund would impact the ministry. Obviously the larger the endowment, the more funds that would be available for ministry. Total Description STEP 1: Long term maintenance: This would include painting, replacement of carpet, reroofing, mechanical equipment, etc. Estimated average annual amount required = 1/2% of the cost of the building. At the start, the building will not require much maintenance so this fund can build up for Future needs. Annual funds required: $1,300,000 x 0.5% = $6,500. $130,000 $130,000 Endowment required to cover this cost: $6,500 / 5% return = STEP 2: Ongoing maintenance: Per Step Cumulative Total


This would include ongoing normal maintenance of heating & air conditioning, etc. This would not include janitorial and yard work that might be handled by students. Annual funds required based upon experience with other buildings = $3,000. Endowment required to cover this cost: $3,000 / 5% return = STEP 3: Building insurance: Annual cost of building insurance = $5,000. Endowment required to cover this cost: $5,000 / 5% return = STEP 4: Snow removal: Estimated annual cost of snow removal = $1500. Endowment required to cover this cost: $1500 / 5% return = STEP 5: Utilities: This would cover utilities not including phone. Estimated cost of utilities = 5000 sq. ft. x $1.70 /sf annually = $8,500. Endowment required to cover this cost: $8500 / 5% return = $170,000 $490,000 $30,000 $320,000 $100,000 $290,000 $60,000 $190,000


Just imagine the freedom for the ministry if all of the above expenses were covered by an endowment and all the campus ministry funds were available for ministry.

“I became involved in the Wesley Foundation at KSU after being invited by a friend. I attended the social gathering, played games there and attended worship. I became involved in projects to improve race relations. This was a formative time in my life and set the course for my future. I have continually been involved with the church since that time. Now retired, I am still very involved with the church both at the local and conference level. What would my life have been without the influence of campus ministry? Thaine Hoffman, Conference Lay Leader

Call to Action

The Future of Campus Ministry is in Your Hands

We invite you to consider what God has done for you and what you could do in return. Please prayerfully consider the affect you could have on countless lives by helping to see the need for new Campus Ministry Facilities become a reality for the Washburn campus. We need your help in order to provide such ministries to the present day students. How can you help?