The quarterly ministry update from Micheal Hickerson and the Emerging Scholars Network. Thank you for partnering with us!
Ministry Update from Micheal Hickerson

Dear friend and supporter, 

Thank you for your prayers and partnership! I have several exciting things to share with you this month.

National Discipleship Proposal

In July, Graduate & Faculty Ministries Director Bobby Gross and I submitted a proposal to InterVarsity’s Discipleship Task Force, for consideration as part of IVCF’s 2012-17 national strategic plan. We proposed creating a set of resources and models to equip undergraduates to follow Christ in their studies, work, and life.

The proposal has passed the first round, but we won’t find out whether it will be adopted (and funded) as part of the national strategic plan until this spring. Funding would include support for myself and possibly a second ESN staff member. Please pray for a favorable decision regarding this proposal.

Equipping InterVarsity Staff

In August, Faculty Ministry Regional Coordinator Howard Van Cleave and I met with undergraduate InterVarsity staff from Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia at their regional staff meetings. We hosted a workshop on Faculty Ministry and ESN, and I was able to have conversations with staff from several campuses (including a new InterVarsity staff member at the University of Cincinnati) about how they can serve the emerging scholars within their chapters. Please pray for these conversations to develop into deeper partnerships.

New Records on the Emerging Scholars Blog

In August, the Emerging Scholars Blog set a new record for most visits! This was due to some terrific guest series: InterVarsity’s Kami Rice shared reflections while visiting Christians in India, and recent PhD recipient Hannah Eagleson wrote about “What I Wish I’d Known about Graduate School.” Currently, anthropology professor and ESN mentor Kevin Birth is sharing stories about life as a faculty member. You can read along at

Thank you for your prayers and partnership. Sharing this news with you is very encouraging, and I hope that you feel as I do that we are making a difference on campus.  

In Christ, 

Emerging Scholars Network

ESN by the Numbers


June 2007: 2,695
June 2009: 3,382
Today: 3,807

Financial Update

The faithfulness of my financial partners continues to amaze me. At the end of the 2010-11 fiscal year on June 30, donations to my ministry account came within $500 of my expenses for the year. This is, by far, the best financial result since I joined InterVarsity staff. Thank you! Here is a snapshot of my 2011-12 finances:

2011-12 Goal $85,000
Current commitments $40,000

Internal support $28,000*
Remaining to raise $17,000

This means I need to raise an additional $1,417 per month in sustaining gifts.

Important donation note: Our online donation system will be offline until September 19th. After then, you can make an online donation at:

*Internal support for my role as Graduate and Faculty Ministries Web Manager.

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