The Missionary-in-Residence program at Southwestern Seminary provides temporary housing for career IMB missionary personnel on stateside assignment and/or career NAMB personnel on special assignment. The purpose of providing this housing is to meet the needs of the missionary family while providing awareness, encouragement, and education concerning missions opportunities for Southwesterners and SBC churches. Through the ongoing presence and strategic involvement of SBC missionaries on the SWBTS campus, MIRs will contribute to the fulfillment of the Mission of the WMC by helping to inform, inspire, equip, network, and engage all Southwesterners in God’s vision for his church as expressed in Revelation 7:9-12.
Each year Texas Baptist College and SWBTS students participate in short-term missions, both domestically and internationally, and the number of graduates entering career domestic and international missions is growing. As the SWBTS World Missions Center strives to actively engage every Southwesterner in the task of global evangelism and discipleship, passionately seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God, the opportunity for students to experience God’s global heartbeat through the life and ministry of a current SBC missionaries is too great of an opportunity to miss. The SWBTS Missionary in Residence program, coordinated through the World Missions Center, provides an opportunity for this interaction.
Serve in Cooperation with the SWBTS World Missions Center Team
The vision of the World Missions Center is for every Southwesterner actively engaged in the task of global evangelism and discipleship, passionately seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God. As an active member of our WMC team, the MIR is expected to use his/her unique gifts to minister to students, faculty, and staff for the purpose of engaging all Southwesterners on Mission with God, to the end that the “…Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations…” (Matthew 24:14). MIRs are expected to give about 20hr per week to their mobilization role.
Intentional Engagement in Seminary Student Life
Relationships with students naturally develop as MIRs become integrated into Seminary and student life on the Southwestern Seminary campus. We encourage MIRs to proactively pursue relationships with students. Many students on our campus are interested in missions involvement. Eating in the cafeteria, attending Chapel, participating in SWBTS athletic events and intramural games, inviting students to the WMC for coffee, and simply being available for impromptu visits in the WMC and the Naylor Student Center are key entryways into the lives of students on campus.
MK’s (Students of Missionaries)
We are fortunate to have a number of students that are children of missionaries (MK’s) attending SWBTS – including MK’s of our Baptist partner mission agencies abroad. Missionaries have experience in the challenges related to changing cultures and adapting to new norms and expectations. MIRs are, therefore, in a unique position to support, encourage, and guide these students. In many instances, you will be able to speak into their lives in a way no one else on campus is able to do. A primary role of the MIRs is to lead in providing fellowship opportunities for students of missionaries. We anticipate this to take the form of both group events and activities as well as individual relationships. MIRs are encouraged to work with the WMC, Student Life, and SWBTS’s International Student Ministry & Services to plan events, keep in touch with students of missionaries throughout the semester and semester breaks, and anticipate needs among our MK’s.
SWBTS Classes (Enrollment and/or Auditing)
Church and Convention
There are also opportunities through the WMC MIR Program to speak in associational meetings and state convention gatherings (both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention) to share first-hand accounts of God’s movement around the world. These speaking engagements allow MIRs to serve as a vital link between Southwestern Seminary and area churches. MIRs have the freedom to schedule such events and engagements around family needs and any events/meetings required by IMB and/or SWBTS. The Office of Church Relations is available to work in cooperation with MIRs to coordinate speaking engagements.
The MIR Application is available online (http://www.swbts.edu/wmc/mir/) or via email upon request.
Southwestern Seminary has two fully furnished, on-campus homes used exclusively for MIRs. These homes are also equipped with wireless internet service. In addition to campus housing, the WMC will provide MIRs with access to the amenities and privileges listed below.
To facilitate access, a SWBTS ID will be provided to MIRs. However, it is necessary for MIRs to submit a SWBTS Background Information Release Form to our Human Resources Office in order to receive an ID badge. This is standard protocol for all campus volunteers, employees, staff, and faculty. The SWBTS Background Information Release Form will be sent to you via email once your MIR housing application has been received and approved by the WMC.
Should you have questions about any of the MIR policies or difficulty gaining access to any of the WMC amenities listed above, please contact the WMC and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Are you interested in being a Missionary in Residence at Southwestern Seminary? Please fill out the short inquiry form below.