Freshman mentors are paid. Resident assistants are paid. Student tour guides are paid. Students tutors are paid. Chapel card scanners are paid.
But campus ministry coordinators are not.
They do not receive room and board compensation either. But they are responsible for planning over 25 floor worships and two chapels a year. They can also plan other activities to enhance their floor’s spiritual life. They have to meet once a week with their resident assistants and once every other week with Grace McBrayer, director of volunteer service and outreach ministry.
The program was almost cut in 2010 because of budget cuts. Instead, it was kept as a volunteer-only position.
They should be paid once again.
Yes, the university is still having budget issues. But the priority of the campus is to have “Christ at center.” What other student position has a greater impact on the campus’ spiritual life than CMCs?
Depending on the dorm, some CMCs are given a $40 budget per semester to spend on floor events. They get $5 per student for any books they may need for a small group study. One CMC said they were told to spend all of it to make sure they keep getting a budget every year.
If they are paid, CMCs should still be held accountable for their position just like any other paid job on campus to ensure they are properly fulfilling the duties of the job.
“I definitely think we should be paid,” a former CMC said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into it. It’s basically like another job for me, but it wasn’t paid. I wouldn’t have had to work other jobs as much if I was paid as a CMC. I needed some income to live off of.”
Before their salary was cut, CMCs were paid $1,000 for the year. We’re not saying that CMCs be paid this again, but they at least deserve some compensation for their hard work.
The Huntingtonian editorial is written by the editorial staff: Jared Huhta, Laura Good, Alex Hoffman, Brooks Hooley, Michelle Embree, Jaime Hillegonds and Breanna Amico. It reflects the viewpoint of the editors only and does not represent the viewpoint of Huntington University. The staff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.