Youth Immersion


An urban immersion is a short-term mission trip that provides practical, hands-on experience to groups who have the desire to work alongside local churches and organizations ministering to under-resourced populations and people in the city who are in need of hope, help, and the gospel.

Our passion is to have young leaders shaped by relationships that press them to move beyond their borders of comfort and prior engagement. By training up young leaders to leverage their voice and influence to be advocates for the poor, we seek to cultivate co-laborers who are prophetic practitioners of biblical justice!

If you are the leader of a church group, college ministry, etc and are interested in bringing a group of young adults to the city for an urban immersion, one option is a Self-Lead Urban Immersion. Choosing a self-lead urban immersion means you as the leader are responsible for housing, coordinating food, communication with the Union Gospel Mission, any additional lessons, and group debriefs. The Union Gospel Mission will partner with you by providing unique serving opportunities, space for lessons and debriefs (when available), a curriculum outline for your use, and additional coordinating support from our staff.

Another wonderful option is scheduling an urban immersion trip through Kaleo Missions, one of our trusted partners. Kaleo Missions creates short-term missions experiences in the United States for the purposes of encountering Christ, transforming lives, empowering ministry, and inspiring the Church. Union Gospel Mission partners with Kaleo Missions by offering unique service opportunities and intentional, relational exposure to urban issues such as poverty, addiction, and homelessness within the context of the Mission. If your group is interested in a short-term mission experience in Portland please visit to learn more!

If you are interested in learning more about Urban Immersion, please contact Lindsey Card, Community Mobilization Coordinator: OR (503) 274-4483 x505.