Tyson House is a joint Lutheran and Episcopalian campus ministry in the heart of the beautiful University of Tennessee at Knoxville. We strive at all times to be a foundation for students to grow and flourish in their time at UT through worship, service, and meaningful community.
Because we are a Lutheran and Episcopalian ecumenical ministry, we strive to follow the mission statements of both the ELCA and the Episcopal Church, as well as that of our own ministry. You do not have to be Lutheran or Episcopalian (or even Christian!) to be welcomed as a member of our community at Tyson House, but these mission statements are at the heart of everything we do.
The mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America:
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world.
The Five Marks of Mission of the Episcopal Church:
The mission of the church, … is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
The 2012 General Convention established the Anglican Communion Five Marks of Mission as a mission priority framework for the 2013-2015 triennium:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Our own mission statement, based off of these and our own ministry’s spirit, is as follows:
The Mission of Tyson House – A Joint Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry is to anticipate and respond to the spiritual, religious, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (“the University”), and in surrounding communities.