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Spiritual Life Assistants

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WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL LIFE ASSISTANT?

Through a partnership between University Ministries and Residence Life, Spiritual Life Assistants (SLAs) are student leaders who help fellow students find community within their residence halls and explore faith formation opportunities available to them during their time at Belmont.

An SLA is someone who loves God, loves people, and wants to help other students engage and explore spiritual life on campus. This happens in two primary ways:

  1. COMMUNITY – SLAs participate in the life of their assigned residence hall by building relationships with residents, partnering with Residence Life staff, and attending community events and gatherings.
  1. FAITH FORMATION – SLAs serve as mentors while also connecting students to things like Chapel, Belmont on Mission, Faith Development Organizations (FDOs), and other faith formation opportunities.

RESPONSIBLITIES

Spiritual Life Assistants partner with Residence Life:

  • SLAs spend at least 2-5 hours per week developing community in their assigned residence hall. This includes holding weekly “Lobby Hours” as well as attending Residence Life meetings and events.
  • SLAs partner with their Residence Director (RD) and Resident Assistants (RAs) on community events and service projects.
  • SLAs meet as a team with their RD once a month to catch up, go over upcoming events, and look for opportunities to serve their community.
  • SLAs participate in some Residence Life training.

Spiritual Life Assistants serve as ambassadors for University Ministries:

  • SLAs connect students to faith formation opportunities on campus (Chapel, FDOs, special events, etc.) as well as off campus (local churches, Belmont on Mission trips, etc.).
  • SLAs assess spiritual needs in their residence hall and facilitate prayer time and small groups as needed.
  • SLAs meet as an entire team twice a month with the Director of Faith Formation & Engagement for training, updates, and other team activities.
  • SLAs participate in Lead Week (an essential time of training that occurs the week before the fall semester begins) and Move-In Weekend for new students.

BENEFITS
  • Significant leadership and ministry experience
  • BOLD credit
  • $500 credit toward a Belmont on Mission trip 
  • Preferred desk hours (paid) at assigned residence hall 
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Full-time student status (12-18 credit hours)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Must be a growing and committed Christian
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Complete an online application
  • Letter of recommendation from a spiritual mentor
  • Interview with members of the University Ministries staff

Apply Here!


What if I have questions?
Please contact Tim Wildsmith, Director of Faith Formation & Engagement
tim.wildsmith@belmont.edu / 615.460.6419