Encourage, Teach, and Transform

Our Ministries

The ministry of the Hinton Rural Life Center offers a broad range of programs and seeks to impact the lives of individuals, small groups, churches, and organizations through spiritual formation and personal growth. Through Program Ministries at Hinton, we engage in ways that encourage, teach, and transform. We believe that participants should always leave a Hinton event with new insight into faith, clearer perspective on ministry, greater depth of personal understanding, and practical resources for the continued journey.

Download our ministries flyer for a one-page summary of our services and resoucrces:

Quick Facts Resource Sheet

Stone Cross at Hinton Rural Life Center
Garden Ministry WNC

Garden Ministry
Hinton Center’s garden not only provides fresh vegetables for our guests, the yield is intentionally planned for an overage that is shared within the community.

The Clay County Food Pantry and Matt’s Ministry are two recipients of Hinton’s harvest, and a UMAR home for adults with disabilities also receives a portion.

The MissionAires children’s group from Hayesville FUMC has been the spring kick-off planting team each year by getting seed potatoes in the ground. They learn early the value of gardening while volunteering their time to help feed their neighbors.

Firewood Ministry

If you depend on wood as your primary source of heat, yet you are having a difficult time gathering up firewood or you’re not able to afford it…..Hinton Center would like to help! By calling Hinton Center, we will make a load firewood available to you at no cost. Interested parties, please call Hinton Rural Life Center at (828) 389-8336.

No one should go cold or have to choose between medicine or a warm home because of a lack of heating resources.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Hinton Center needs volunteers throughout the year to help split/deliver firewood. If you, your family, your church group, or a group of friends have some time you could volunteer to our Firewood Ministry, please call us!

firewood volunteers
community collaborative

Poverty Initiative
For more than 50 years, Hinton has provided opportunities for service and for deeper connection in the local, rural community. As a community catalyst, Hinton has been able to help connect people to people and to encourage awareness and understanding around issues of poverty. Through grant funding from The Duke Endowment, Hinton has embarked upon a new, two year poverty initiative, Partnering for Change: Creating a Community of Mutuality and Engagement. Hinton has the opportunity to encourage conversation between a broad range of community leaders in Clay and Cherokee Counties in North Carolina and Towns County in Georgia, to better understand the character of this wider community through a 10 month process with an asset based community development planning study, and to offer opportunities for community leaders to learn and to broaden perspectives on poverty.

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Church Vitality
Hinton Center has a long-standing commitment to serving small and rural churches. and, out of this well-established focus, has crafted a new process by which Hinton supports and resources these churches. Hinton recognizes that the majority of United Methodist churches are categorized as small (100 average worship attendance or less). Therefore, we encourage small and rural congregations through a process of transformational ministry whereby congregations respond through active, missional engagement. Ultimately, Hinton wants to spark renewed, creative thinking so that congregations are able to bear witness to Christ, connect with their communities, and experience fruitful ministry by working with local churches to plan workshops or retreats that benefit small and rural churches.

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Small Church

Wish List

As a nonprofit, Hinton Center relies on volunteers and generous donations from both local and national partners. Below is our “wish list”. These items would be beneficial to our ministries, and help us best serve those in need.

To donate, or for more information contact:

Markers, paint brushes, new weed-eaters, electric pressure washer, corded hand-drills, ear plugs/covers, paper, food coolers, LED candles, reams of copy paper, tarps, grill lighters, footballs, garden tools, kayak, canoe, brown paper lunch bags, heavy duty trash bags

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