The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN)* has been the main point of intersection between my faith and my scholarly pursuits. With the connections that I have made through the ESN and the vast amount of resources that the network has provided, I now feel far more confident about being a Christian in a largely pluralistic and postmodern profession. As a graduate student, I don't feel so alone anymore as I know that the ESN and Intervarsity are behind me. Furthermore, I absolutely cannot wait to become involved in a faculty group down the road as God calls me to be a light in a secular university. — Joshua, grad student in history, Auburn U.
Praise God! Would you prayerfully consider investing in a ministry which connnects those on the academic journey with resources, local communities, conferencing (including focused sessions at Urbana), google hangouts, informal mentoring relationships, and much more?
Although we have a lot of volunteer hours given by grad students and faculty, our limited staff team on a small budget ($150,000) requires the funding to engage in creating the resource material (including Emerging Scholars Blog), traveling/being present at conferencing, scholarship to students conference (e.g. Urbana), connecting, and much more.
*The Emerging Scholars Network is called to identify, encourage, and equip the next generation of Christian scholars who will be a redeeming influence within higher education.
The bigger the change we hope for, the longer we must be willing to invest, work for, and wait for it. ― Andy Crouch, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (InterVarsity Press, 2008)