If you’re looking for a campus ministry at K-State where you can come together with other young adults to deepen your spirituality, think about important issues, develop healthy relationships and make a difference in the world by serving others, you’ve come to the right place!  ECM is a place and a people where engaging in these things—spirituality, study, sociality and service—are part of everything we do. 

ECM stands for Ecumenical Campus Ministry.  “Ek-you-men-i-kuhl” is an ancient Greek word that describes efforts to bring together diverse elements in a way that celebrates their unity.  More specifically, it usually refers to the efforts of Christians to seek and to celebrate the things that unite people of faith, rather than dwell on the things that divide us.  “Ecumenical” is a still great word, even if it is hard to pronounce.  It aptly describes what ECM—and two thousand years of Christian practice at its best—is all about.  To find out more about what that looks like at K-State, read on.


ECM is on the move! Literally. On July 1,2013, the Ecumencial Campus Ministry at Kansas State University embarked on a new stage of its journey. After fifty-two years at 1021 Denison Ave, the ECM Board of Directors elected to relocate the ministry to 904 Sunset, just two blocks away from our previous location, where we will build a new, more versatile and energy-efficient building that will serve as our campus center for future generations of K-State students and the Manhattan community. Meanwhile, during this year of transition, we will be meeting in various places. Be sure to check the calendar below, regularly, for details about upcoming events, times and locations. Our new building should be up and running on or before February 26, 2015!

Ecumenical Campus Ministry at Kansas State University will host the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Paulsell, Harvard Divinity School Houghton Professor of Practice of Ministry Studies, February 28-March 2, 2015. As part of Dr. Paulsellís visit, she will present a public lecture on the topic of hearing and responding to our own calling, Monday, March 2 at 7:30pm in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. Dr. Paulsell will also present the message in worship at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Sunday, March 1 at 10:30am and she will be present at various other events during her short residency in Manhattan.

Dr. Paulsell studies the points of intersection between intellectual work and spiritual practice, between the academic study of religion and the practices of ministry, and between the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher. She is the author of "Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice" and co-editor of "The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher." She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Paulsellís visit is made possible by grants provided through the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the Kansas Bible Chair of the Christian Church in Kansas (Disciples of Christ).


Worship can take many forms, from so-called “traditional” services with hymns, scripture, prayers, and a sermon, to contemplative experiences full of personalized rituals and time for reflection, to exuberant expressions of praise with music, dance, and drama. The options are only limited by the imagination.

Beginning this fall, ECM will establish the Worship Outreach Team (WOT) to closely examine the art of worship as part of our work with the Lilly Endowment’s Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation initiative.

What: A team to contemplate, create, and present worship experiences in a variety of styles and formats to congregations throughout Kansas.

When: Approximately 4-6 Sundays per semester with regular worship planning sessions between and an informational meeting at the beginning of the semester.

Why:There are many reasons. Here are just a few:

  • To gain experience creating and presenting worship  
  • To explore the devotional nature of worship creation
  • To meet other congregations and worshippers throughout the region
  • To experience a variety of worship styles and formats

Who: Anyone and everyone. The WOT will not only need individuals to present worship but also “behind the scenes” to help create and assemble the materials we will use within each service. The WOT needs persons with skills or interests in, but not limited to:

  • Writing/Editing
  • Music
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama/Storytelling
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Children/Youth

If that sounds like you, or want to know more, email David Wood - ecmvocations@gmail.org