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Missionary in Residence


TITLE: Apply Missionary in Residence
Spiritual Life
LOCATION: Longview
POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Missionary-in-Residence (MIR) program began in 1980 to reinforce and promote the missions orientation of LeTourneau University.  The program is designed to actively involve a furloughed missionary in the academic and student affairs programs of the university.  The Missionary-in-Residence appointment is for one year.  The tenure of an individual may be extended to two years if mutually beneficial to the missionary and LeTourneau.  Financial support will continue through the missionary's own mission board, and the university will provide housing and other specified benefits.

PURPOSE:

For the University:

  • To express the university's commitment to world missions and to promote mission engagement among students, faculty and staff.
  • To strengthen the cross-cultural program by adding personal perspectives from field and mission board experiences.
  • To provide leadership for the annual missions emphasis week (GO Week) and the spring break and summer missions program.

For the Students:

  • To provide a role model in missions.
  • To counsel students who are contemplating service on the mission field.
  • To encourage international students, third culture kids and those students whose parents are missionaries.
  • To support campus missions organizations.

For the Missionary:

  • To provide the opportunity for personal growth in an educational setting.
  • To provide an opportunity to serve the cause of missions by influencing future missionaries.
  • To enhance the missionary’s effectiveness on return to the field.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • An active and maturing Christian faith.
  • Five years of successful experience on the field with an established evangelical mission agency and the recommendation of those who are knowledgeable regarding this experience.
  • Master's degree or equivalent, preferable
  • A capacity to communicate and teach effectively.
  • Proficiency in some academic subject area or university need.
  • Ability to relate well to college age students with sensitivity to their personal and spiritual needs.
  • A desire to share his/her vision and experience with others.
ON-CAMPUS RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Involvement in the planning of all aspects of GO Week under the supervision of the Campus Pastor and in coordination with the Spiritual Life Coordinator. The primary responsibility of the Missionary-in-Residence (MIR) is to build a team of student leaders who will work with the MIR and Spiritual Life Office to develop the conference theme and objectives, correspond with and host mission representatives, and coordinate the activities and programs of the conference.
  • An active ministry of involvement with and encouraging of students whose parents are missionaries, as well as ministry to international students and third-culture-students.
  • Serve as the faculty advisor to Mu Kappa, the campus chapter of a national “missionary kid” (MK) organization. This will involve hosting Mu Kappa monthly dinners monthly at the MIR residence, and being the faculty sponsor of any off campus over-night events.
  • Serve as resource person and possibly faculty/staff sponsor for the spring break and summer missions program administered by the Campus Pastor.
SPOUSE OF THE MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE:
  • The spouse will also be designated as a Missionary-in-Residence.
  • Major responsibility will be encouraging students whose parents are missionaries, internationals and third-culture business people.
  • The spouse of the MIR may not be employed otherwise without the written consent of the University Chaplain.
BENEFITS TO THE MISSIONARY:
  • Furnished duplex apartment, rent free with utilities paid (except long distance phone service)
  • The opportunity to take one course per semester.
  • Moving expenses paid up to $1,000.
  • Free tuition at LeTourneau University for unmarried dependent children and spouse during the time of residence.
  • A MIR activities budget will be provided for aid in hosting visiting missionaries, MKs, and international students.

POLICIES INVOLVING MISSIONARY BENEFITS

  • Moving Expenses: The moving allowance covers transportation costs such as, oil, rental fees, motels, and commercial travel up to $1,000.  Arrangements for reimbursement or advancement of moving expenses must be made with the Vice President for Business Affairs of the University.  Receipts for moving expenses should be presented to him after arrival on campus.
  • Housing: The Missionary-in-Residence furnished duplex apartment is located near the University at 504 Evelyn Drive. 
    • Utilities for the house paid by the university include: electricity, gas, water, and sewer.  The utilities companies will send the bills directly to the University.
    • Telephone bills are the responsibility of the Missionary-in-Residence. However, should there be a telephone installation charge, it may be reimbursed by presenting a copy of the receipt to the Vice President for Business Affairs.
    • Routine upkeep of the house and grounds are the responsibility of the Missionary-in-Residence. Repairs to the house are the responsibility of the University.
  • Responsibilities: The missionary will maintain his relationship with his mission board and will remain under its authority during residency at LeTourneau University.  The college does not provide any other fringe benefits except those described above.  A missionary may not be involved in any part-time work except that which involves normal deputation activities.
  • Financial Support: The missionary will continue financial support and benefits such as health insurance through his/her own mission board.
  • Term of Appointment: The appointment will be for one academic year.  The term may be extended to a maximum of two years if agreeable to the University and the missionary.
  • Acceptance: Appointment as Missionary-in-Residence is considered final when the appropriate signatures of agreement and educational documentation are received.
  • The MIR will be able to provide administrative support to his mission via conference call, Skype, and other electronic means during his term as MIR.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION OR NOMINATION:

Applications will be reviewed in the order received and will continue until the position is filled. In accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, applicants for employment who are in agreement with the educational mission of LeTourneau University and applicants for admission to educational programs or activities are considered without discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, handicapping condition, national origin or genetic information. Inquiries about this policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (903) 233-4170.

A Faculty Application is required (available from www.letu.edu/jobs or from the Business Office, LeTourneau University, 2100 Mobberly Avenue, Longview, TX), along with the Supplemental Missionary-in-Residence Questionnaire and a current résumé. Send completed materials to:

LeTourneau University
ATTN: Human Resources
P.O. Box 7001
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
FAX (903) 233-4103
E-mail address: HumanResources@letu.edu

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:

LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community.

LETU is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 85 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, aviation, business & technology, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, nursing, psychology & counseling and theology & vocation. LETU's 2,700 students represent nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and around 50 different denominational groups. In addition to residential programs at the main campus in Longview, Texas, students are enrolled in a robust suite of online programs, as well as innovative hybrid programs in the Dallas and Houston areas.

LETU is consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges," and the engineering program is ranked nationally. LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org) to award associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. LeTourneau University's engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: 410-347-7700. The Carnegie Foundation classifies LeTourneau University as a Master's (Comprehensive) University II.

The 162 acre main campus is located in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city with an MSA of over 190,000, nestled among the beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes of East Texas. It is approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.

See https://www.letu.edu for more information.