The Missionary-in-Residence program at Union University provides temporary housing for career international missionary personnel on stateside assignment. The purpose of providing this housing is to meet the needs of the missionary family as well as to provide awareness and education concerning global missions for members of the University and surrounding church communities. Through the ongoing presence and strategic involvement of international missionaries on campus and in the churches of the region, many are able to gain greater insight into the work that God is doing throughout the world through international missions.
Each year, several hundred Union students participate in short-term missions both domestically and internationally, and the number of graduates who are entering international missions is exciting. Currently, recent Union graduates are serving in international missions in Poland, Botswana, India, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and more.
As the Office of Spiritual Life seeks to meet students where they are in their relationship with God and to help them take the next step toward a life that connects fully with God's global purpose, the opportunity for students to experience God's global heartbeat through the life of a current international missionary is exciting and has great long-term potential. While Union University seeks to prepare students for lives of service to Church and society, the Missionary-in-Residence Program is a formative influence as students consider the specific areas to which their lives will be dedicated.
The Missionary-in-Residence program is coordinated through the Office of Spiritual Life. Missionaries in residence (MIRs) live on the Jackson campus or in off-campus housing provided by the University. MIRs are preferably alumni of Union University. Selection for the Missionary-in-Residence Program at Union as well as specific agreements between the University and missionary personnel are decided by the Office of Spiritual Life. The application for consideration as an MIR at Union is available for download below. Please download and save the application to your computer. "Upon the completion of the application, please email the saved Word document per instructions included with the application to Elizabeth Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.