Vice Presidnt of Ministries: Kelley Ige
Why Am I Campaigning
This role speaks to the passions of my heart. The first thing that I heard from God was to go through the process of running; little did I know that even deciding whether to run or not was a huge part of the process. Looking back, it’s crazy to realize that I was so intrigued with VPM that, as a little freshman at SPU, I met with Audrey Riddle (VPM 2012-2013). This position is a great point where government and ministries intersect. Through this discerning process, I have wrestled first with the fear of inadequacy, to which God responded, “Adequacy is my responsibility, not yours.” Shortly after, I began to question if I find self-worth in having a title; thus, I thought that surely it’s not the right time. Therefore, I let go of the idea of running, the pressure of needing to have a title, and surprisingly found peace in just being Kelley, nothing else after my name. It was then that I was able to look upon this position with clear eyes.
With all fears and pressures stripped away, I was able to see why I was so drawn to this position in the first place. My heart reignited at the realization that VPM is a beautiful platform to live out what I am passionate about: connecting others to collaborate and advance the Kingdom as one body.
I am a lover of God, laid down and ready to embrace and usher in the change that He is calling forth. This is my heart. Though unconventional, I will not pretend to have a neatly mapped out plan of exactly what will take place next year, as SPU’s ministries will be experiencing drastic changes. This campus is coming alive. The harvest is ready; the time to act is now. I believe He is calling for unity. What I offer you is fresh perspective, open hands, and a passionate heart.
As Vice President of Ministries, I would first, work with the ministry coordinators to unify campus, second, collaborate with faculty to come together with students of the same heart, and finally, combat human trafficking.
Unite the Ministries and Campus
Uniting the ministries is my primary goal. When leaders are united, others will
follow suit. Listening to what has been impressed on each of the coordinators’ hearts for
next year and finding common ground is crucial in pursing this unity. I am prompted by
the story of Esther. Mordecai tells Esther that if she does not speak on behalf of her people,
God will bring restoration in another way. That’s key. God’s movement is not contingent
on our specific obedience; He will be made known, whether through us or another.
However, He gives us an awe-inspiring moment to risk asking ourselves this question: what
if we have certain skills, passions, and positions that would be of opportune timing? Next
year, I would speak this truth over the ministry coordinators, as we reach a cohesive
direction and prayerfully move forward in line with His word. Just by being on campus and
engaging in conversations, I’ve encountered an abundance of hungry hearts, but many
don’t know how to get connected. Thus, I would work with coordinators, specifically engaging Sharpen and the SMC staff, to link as many students as possible with ministries of
Connect with Faculty
Furthermore, another need that I see for the SPU community is a closer connection with faculty that is actively involved in students’ lives. Discipleship is an important aspect of the body. Wisdom comes from all ages, especially our faculty, who have open hearts and are ready to invest. Therefore, I want to provide more opportunities to connect with them outside of the classroom. For example, collaborating with faculty who would be willing and available to speak to students at hall events or any ministries gatherings.
Combat Human Trafficking
There is a Hawaiian proverb that reads, ‘pūpūkahi i holomua,’ which means ‘unite to move forward’. Therefore, our unity is only the beginning. As a unified campus, we can then move to combat human trafficking and advocate for its victims. Through education and awareness by joining hands with our Set Free Club, change is made possible.
Experienced in Leadership/Work Ethic
I would bring the skills of student government motivated by the heart behind ministries. I have a wide array of leadership and teamwork experience. From my involvement in student government all four years of high school and now an officer of the ‘Ohana ‘o Hawai’i Club, I have had the opportunity to work closely with many different personalities. Also, speaking directly to the responsibility of ministries retreat, I was the Vice President of Programs for a statewide club, where I had the opportunity to hone my skills of planning social events, camps, and such.
Collaborative is my leadership style, which cultivates an environment of openness aimed at forming diverse ideas into a beautifully cohesive one. My high school promoted servant leadership, which helped to shape my definition of a leader. Being a Student Ministries Coordinator this year has continued to deepen my understanding and ability to live into this way of leadership.
Combining Passion and Skill
Underneath the layer of beneficial skills I possess, I would bring an exuberant and attentive heart. I say both exuberant and attentive because I have learned that raw zealousness can be harmful, yet knowledge without a fiery spirit is dead. Therefore, I would bring a spirit of wisdom and zeal. I have an aptitude and passion for connecting people. I enjoy seeing a passion or skill in someone and connecting them with others who are of that same heart or have complimenting skills. It is explosive when we are able to combine passion with skill. As VPM is someone who coordinates ministry coordinators, it would be an excellent opportunity to support and connect those leaders with others who are of that same heart.
Ka ‘Uhane, Holy Spirit, is going to shift the atmosphere next year, and I would be honored to be your Vice President of Ministries as we, in God’s stride, unite and move forward.