We Miss You!
We are always glad when our alumni stay engaged with us, but there are a lot of you we are not hearing from! We are more than happy to share with you the ways you can stay involved and hear about all the opportunities and resources we work hard to develop for you.
The most important way to help you stay connected with your Alumni Office and everything going on at Asbury is to make sure your contact information stays current. Any time you have a change of address, phone number, email address, or anything else, please email us at email@example.com, and we will be happy to update your record for you. This email address is also where you will want to send any comments, suggestions, updates about your ministry, questions, pleas for help, or even occasional greetings. We love to hear from our alumni! If we can serve you in any way, you can find our staff there. Please contact our Alumni Coordinator, Patricia Taylor, directly if you need immediate assistance at: 859-858-2085.
In order to keep you informed, we hope that you are on the mailing list for the Alumni Link email that comes out every month. If you are not currently receiving the Alumni Link e-newsletter monthly and would like to, please let us know! This is where we post helpful articles, updates on what is going on at the seminary, new resources, job and ministry opportunities, and much more. Additionally, you can subscribe to receive the Asbury Herald, our print publication. For those two things, we will simply need your best mailing address and your best email address. We also have a facebook page here and a twitter account here if you would like to follow us on social media.
On our recently launched website, Asbury for Life, you will find both a prayer section with a prayer request wall, a spiritual formation and soul care blog, and a place for a yearly day of prayer to take place in the digital world. All these resources can be accessed here. We also have another feature exclusively for degree-holding alumni. It is called Thrive U and can be accessed here. Thrive U is a resource that will allow you to view video content from popular classes here at Asbury, on the off-chance that you were unable to take that particular class or would like to brush up. You can also use this content within the context of your ministry if you like. You should already have access by using your normal Asbury username and password that you use for Connect. If you have any issues logging in, please contact me personally, and I can assist you.
Also, because we do consider our graduates and their families to be part of our permanent family (Asbury for Life!), we also provide some special services for them throughout their lives. Whenever we discover that one of our alumni has passed into glory, we send their first of kin (when available) an honor alumni Bible in honor of their legacy of faithful service to the people of God. Also, when our alumni retire from ministry, they and their immediate household are eligible to apply for the Shepherd’s Fund, which pays out up to $10,000 per year for approved medical expenses to honor them for their service and care for those who have cared for the Church. You can apply for the Shepherd’s Fund here. In addition, we also invite back our 50 year graduates every year and honor them as Golden Graduates during commencement weekend. They get a two-day complimentary stay, and we wine and dine them and give them more gifts than they probably want to take on the airplane ride home!
If you would ever like to visit Asbury in the future, we always enjoy meeting with alumni over coffee or tea in the hospitality space we have set up in our new office suite, which is located in M102, just as you enter the building where Royal Auditorium is on the Kentucky Campus. We have the tendency to lavish our alumni visitors with token gifts that are specifically created for our alumni (you cannot get this premium swag anywhere else)!
We also offer renewal retreats that are custom made for the attendees specific needs, giving alumni an opportunity to come and be refreshed and renewed for ministry. Find out more about renewal retreats here. We are also happy to work with Enrollment Management to provide hospitality and campus tours to any prospective students you may send our way. We would love to show them around and give them a taste of the Asbury experience. We also would like to show them all our Alumni Office has to offer our graduate families as this is a major consideration when choosing a graduate school.
If you ever need quality applicants for a job position or are interested in more information about official recruiting of Asbury graduates as well as current students, our office can also help place job opportunities in all the appropriate areas to ensure our Asbury family can view them and apply. We also work closely with the team that handles official recruiters who wish to visit campus.
As you can see, we have a lot to offer our alumni and love to serve all of you in any way we can. We are continually developing more resources and more tools to support those of you who are out there on the front lines, bringing the whole Bible to the whole world! We would love to keep in close contact with you and follow your journey in vocational ministry. And, as always, if there is ever a way we can serve you, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email, phone, or even snail mail (you wouldn’t believe how much fun we have with mail time when alumni send us greetings).