Faith Formation

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.

Faith formation is at the core of who we are. We believe that encountering the Gospel of Jesus leads to life transformation. As we address the core issues that lead to homelessness, trauma and addiction, spiritual health is central to experiencing healing and wholeness. That’s why we include faith formation and discipleship in all that we do.

For those who are new to faith, we encourage them to become followers of Jesus Christ. For those who have taken steps of faith, we walk with them as they deepen their relationship with Jesus.

We offer chapel services, Bible studies, devotions and chaplain support to everyone who comes to us in need. The Mission has held a chapel service every night since 1902. Services include worship, teaching, prayer and connection with others. Volunteers and staff members also provide Bible studies during the day and evenings. Our chaplains offer spiritual support to all guests and residents.

Chaplain Support

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

For this reason, UGMTC chaplains are involved in every program at the Mission, including our emergency shelter. Our holistic care is supported on every level by our chaplains. The vision of our chaplains is to “invite people to the love of Jesus by being conduits of hope through humility.”

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

  • Organize daily Chapel services and lead Bible studies
  • Offer spiritual support to guests and residents
  • Provide spiritual and pastoral care to guests and residents and their families during a crisis
  • Teach classes based on curriculum focused on prayer, ministry and the life of Jesus
  • Outreach to the local homeless community

Chaplain support is part of each resident’s overall care. Chaplains work closely with other service areas—mental health, case management, support services, education and residential programs—to provide the most comprehensive, wraparound services available to those in our care.

Pastoral Care

Chaplains lead our guests and residents toward a relationship with Jesus Christ and help them understand the implications of faith in areas of everyday life such as relationships, finances and emotional health. Chaplains come alongside participants as they grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and learn about the Bible. Through relational connections, guests and residents grow in becoming followers of Jesus.

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.

Give to offer true hope.

Your most generous gift today provides spiritual support along with meals and care for men, women, and children. Give what you can and provide Bible-centered discipleship that changes lives from the inside out.