RESIDENCY

PROGRAM

MORRISON HEIGHTS COLLEGE MINISTRY

RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Equipping and releasing leaders for Kingdom growth on college campuses.

WHAT IS A COLLEGE RESIDENCY

PROGRAM?

Morrison Heights College Ministry exists to make disciples of Jesus among college students.

To this end, we have created a residency program to develop young men and women as leaders in the church and to release them to engage areas of campuses that are underserved by the church. Residents make a one or two-year commitment to leading and serving within the college ministry while being coached by church leaders and pursuing a seminary education.

But maybe you're wondering... why?
Here's what animates us: seeing college students become followers of Jesus, own their faith, disciple others, and then take the Gospel to the corners of the earth.

Additionally, we have a burden for college campuses that are largely unengaged by local churches or on-campus ministries. Jackson alone is home to five residential college campuses that enroll over 30,000 students.

Thirty thousand college students — all of whom will give their lives to something.

We want to ensure that "something" is Jesus.
The reality is, in Jackson, the students who are easy to reach have probably already been reached. We can account for approximately 2,000 students out of nearly 30,000 students who have been reached by either a local church or a campus ministry. That leaves 28,000 students who are spiritually distant from God and his church.

We need leaders who are willing to go into the hard places on college campuses and bring the spiritually distant near to God.
With this in mind, the Morrison Heights College Ministry Residency exists to accomplish two purposes:
• To invest in a develop future leaders for the church and ultimately the kingdom of God.
• To release leaders in a missional effort to engage spiritually distant portions of campus.
We hope that you will prayerfully consider investing in this kingdom effort.

MEET OUR

RESIDENTS

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CORTNEY EARNEST

My name is Cortney Earnest, and I am from Houston, MS. I graduated from Mississippi College in May of 2021.

At Morrison Heights'  College Ministry, I was discipled and taught how to live my life on mission for the Lord. Many people poured into me, and the Lord provided opportunities for me to pour into others. The Lord allowed me to disciple some of the girls in the college ministry, share the gospel with many through our community groups, and see some of those surrender their lives to Him.

My role as a resident will be to go and share the gospel with students on the college campuses in our community and to mobilize our students to go places where the gospel is needed most. I am thankful to be a part of a ministry that is passionate about sharing the gospel and glorifying the Lord. I cannot wait to see how the Lord continues to use Morrison Heights College Ministry to make His name known!

CHRIS WILLIAMS

My name is Chris Williams and I am from Madison, MS. I graduated from Mississippi College in May of 2021. I love to travel, hike, eno with friends, do photography, and  eat international food!

I heard the gospel and became a believer early in childhood, but I did not grow in my faith until I began attending Morrison Heights' College Ministry, my freshman/sophomore year of college. At Morrison Heights' College Ministry, I was first discipled and taught how to leverage my life for the Great Commission. The church was integral in sending me overseas as a summer missionary, which developed my deep affinity for unreached peoples and international church planting.

As a resident, I will lead in disciple-making on Jackson State University's campus and mobilize students to leverage their lives for the mission of God through the 1:Eleven Project, our ministry's summer missions effort.

My prayer is that God would use this ministry to develop future church planters, church leaders, ministers, and marketplace missionaries for the sake of God's name being worshipped among all peoples!

STORIES OF

IMPACT

JON HARDING

In the summer of 2020, as I prepared to transition into life after college, the multitude of different paths that my life ‘could’ take seemed overwhelming and led to a great deal of worry, overthinking, and general confusion. 

Despite the uncertainty, there was one immovable conviction that guided me through this season of big decisions: because my time on earth is “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”, I urgently desired to honor the Lord with my limited time, energy, and resources. I longed to leverage my life for something that counted with eternity in view. 

By the grace of God, the Morrison Heights College Residency gifted me the opportunity to walk in obedience to this conviction and gave me the platform to make a Kingdom impact among college students and the peoples of the Jackson area. 

My specific part in this effort to make a Kingdom impact was to focus on the engagement, development, and mobilization of freshmen students. 

One key moment stands out to me: a winter mission trip to the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. I led a team of thirty students to spend a week in the city. The team experienced unity in a new and fresh way that was centrally founded upon gospel confidence and the need to meet brokenness within the city with the reconciliation found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God used a mere eight days to re-order the lives and priorities of thirty students toward radical, missional living. As I was tasked with the organization and leadership over a short-term mission trip, this life-changing experience opened my eyes to the value of biblical shepherding.
Through my investment as a resident, we saw an increase in freshmen engagement from a handful to thirty-one freshmen involved in intensive discipleship (Huddle) and more than fifty freshmen engaged in missional communities. These freshmen are now sophomores who plan to disciple others this coming semester.
My time in the Morrison Heights College Residency equipped me with both education and skills, in addition to blessing me with valuable mentorship. The experience helped provide critical clarity in my call to vocational ministry, and showed me the true heartbeat of a gospel minister. I can confidently say that my time in the Morrison Heights College Residency led to spiritual and emotional growth unmatched by any other period of my life. God has used this year, his Church, and this program to bolster my faith in a profound way, give me my footing in gospel ministry, and most importantly, bring college students to discover the “surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”  

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” — Luke 10:2 (ESV)

I pray that God would continue to raise up more laborers and MHCM Residents for the glory of his name!

OUR PURPOSE

We exist to proclaim the greatness of God through Jesus Christ as the eternal hope of all peoples.
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