Element’s call to be “a church of all ages reaching college students on a university campus” has provided many incredible opportunities and some unique challenges. From the early days as a small church plant (full of young people), the ministry was sustained through members’ tithes and offerings. While this supplied the ministry’s most basic needs, advancement or growth always required additional finances. In those early days, the pastors raised the money for Element’s advancement through the circle of people they knew. As the size of the ministry increased, it was apparent that Element’s growth and advancement would require a more expansive funding strategy. While internal member’s tithes & offerings still sustain the ministry’s basic needs, the Support Raised Staff (SRS) program was birthed to effectively staff the ministry and enable staff to raise funds for the ministry from the circle of people they knew. Today, this approach to fundraising (each staff member is responsible for raising funds for Element) continues to be the most effective approach for ministry expansion in regards to staffing the unique ministry of Element Church.