Chaplaincy

A healthy spiritual life is one of the steps toward wholeness and healing. For men and women facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction, growing closer with God can help put back together the pieces of a broken life.

 

For this reason, the Mission focuses on discipleship of its students so that they might become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities has embedded chaplains in every program, including children and our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities. According to the Chaplains Department, their goal is to “invite people to the love of Jesus by being conduits of hope through humility.”

Providing Spiritual Support

On a practical level, chaplains provide spiritual support and encouragement through personal relationships. On any given day, chaplains will:

  • Help organize daily Chapel services or lead Bible studies
  • Offer spiritual support to individuals
  • Provide spiritual and pastoral care to residents and their families during crisis

This support adds to the case management, clinical support, education and career development, addiction recovery, and other services that the Mission offers to help people gain a stronger foothold in life. The Chaplain’s Department works closely with these other areas to provide the most comprehensive wraparound services available to people who are homeless in our community.

Taken together, all the services at the Mission, including spiritual care, help each person navigate the complexities of the human experience.

Pastoral Care for Students and Guests

Students and residents are discipled as they grow in their understanding of the person of Jesus and learn about God’s Word. Chaplains lead students and guests into a relationship with God and help them understand the implications of their faith to everyday life in such areas as relationships, finances, and emotional health.

Through relational connections, students grow in becoming apprentices of Jesus.

Spiritual Health of the Staff

Staff members at the Mission also have opportunities for spiritual growth through the ministry of the Chaplains Department. Chaplains encourage the spiritual growth of staff at the Mission through:

  • Staff retreats offered in the fall and spring
  • Classes
  • Prayer walks
  • Personal meetings

Educated and Experienced

Chaplains at Union Gospel Mission are ordained, licensed ministers of the gospel. All have significant life and pastoral care experience that helps them to effectively care for the needs of the men, women, and children in their care.