Mission Outreach and Service

Building Relationships, Loving Neighbor

Hinton Rural Life Center is “Count on Me, NC” certified for COVID-19 protocol compliance!


Dateline: September 2022

We are excited for missions 2023 and our theme of “Mission Reframed”!

Again, we’re encouraging early registration, as many of our Summer 2022 weeks filled. The mission week will run from Sunday – Thursday, with the option of making pre-arrangements to stay overnight on Thursday for fun “free” time that day, then head home Friday. We’ll have the Zoom lunchtime pre-meeting the week prior to a group’s arrival, asking that all adults attend.

We offer year-round mission opportunities throughout the year, for individuals, families, campus groups, youth mission teams, church groups, and more. Contact us with questions or for more information.

We’re still keeping everyone’s health and safety a priority and make updates to our protocols/guidelines as needed.

With joy,

Rev. Dawn Martin
Director of Program Ministries

Mission Opportunities at Hinton Rural Life Center

Through Hinton’s Mission Outreach Program, teams typically serve for a Sunday-Thursday or weekend on Safe and Healthy Home Repair projects in the local Appalachian community. Projects may include: building wheelchair ramps, porches, and steps; underpinning mobile homes; painting; repairing floors; and helping with yard work.

Our mission emphasis is not just on construction or completing projects, but on building relationships with our neighbors. Through hands-on work and building relationships, mission team members open themselves up to being served in return.

Who will you serve?
Hinton focuses on serving the area of Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina, as well as Towns County, Georgia. In these three counties, an average of 18% of residents live in poverty. Many of the neighbors we serve are single parents, the elderly, individuals who have a disability, or people who are unemployed. Although statistics can give us insight, we encourage mission team members to develop personal relationships with the neighbors they’re serving in order to learn their unique story.

How will you grow?
Our staff incorporates learning goals into everything we do. One of those is for each mission outreach participant to grow in understanding Appalachian culture and rural poverty. We also want participants to grow spiritually. We’ll provide intentional time for learning more about and reflecting on God’s calling to a life of service, as well as time for your group to grow in relationship with one another.

Serve AND Retreat
Your week or weekend at Hinton Rural Life Center will include lots of physical labor, however, you’ll also experience the hospitality of being a guest on our campus, as we are also a retreat facility. We provide beds and linens, as well as delicious meals by our executive chef. Enjoy afternoons jumping into the lake, playing  disc golf or corn hole, reading under a tree, or taking a prayerful walk at the Labyrinth. Our ultimate goal is to serve our local community, but we also want you to have time to rest and renew.

Click HERE to learn about Hinton’s ministry opportunities for young people!

2023 Summer Mission Outreach

2023 Summer Mission Dates

– Week 1:  May 28 – June 1
– Week 2: June 4-8
– Week 3: June 11-15
– Week 4: June 18-22
– Week 5: June 25-29
– Week 6: July 2-6
Week 7: July 9-13
Week 8: July 16-20     FULL
– Week 9: July 23-27
– Week 10: July 30-August 3

What’s a typical day of Summer Missions? Click  HERE

Click HERE for a Summer Missions 2023 flyer!

Cost to Attend — $395/person 

Early Bird Discount! — If first deposit received by 1/15/23 and all forms are turned in by 5/15/23, 10% discount for entire group is applied to final payment amount, due 5/15/23, with forms. (For a group of 15, that’s a savings of $592.50!)

Please note our new payment schedule/refund policy:
  • Deposit: due to register ($150/person)
  • Second payment: due by 3/1/23 ($100/person)
  • Final payment: due at least 30 days prior to your arrival


Click  HERE to register your group online for 2023 summer missions.

Click 2023 Group Application to download a summer mission group application.

Click  HERE to go to our Resources Page to download required forms.

Click HERE for lists of area activities and eateries to enjoy while you’re here.

What does the $395/person, all-inclusive experience include?

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Lodging (beds, linens, towels provided)
  • Sunday afternoon arrival, work Mon-Wed, depart after Thursday breakfast; consider adding an optional fun day and overnight so your group can enjoy area activities!
  • Programming and worship led by Hinton Rural Life Center staff: Appalachian Culture Night, a poverty awareness activity, two worship services, devotional booklet for each participant, daily group devo times, Staff/Camper challenges, and much more!
  • Project materials, tools, and supplies

Who can attend?

  • All ages are welcome*: individuals, families, youth groups, college groups, Sunday school classes, etc.
  • 1:5 adult to youth ratio is required; groups must provide their required number of adults.
  • Youth under age 12 must have a parent present.

What should you pack?

Click to download this packing list and share with your team members:  Summer Missions Packing List

Summer Staff Opportunities

Service Ministry Leaders 

Hinton Rural Life Center equips 8 to 10 college-aged young adults to work during the summer as Service Ministry Leaders. The Service Ministry Leaders (SMLs) help lead teams, hold small group discussions, facilitate lunchtime devotions, foster relationships between volunteers and community members, and lead programming throughout the week. In addition to being First Aid/CPR certified, our SMLs go through extensive, intentional training before our summer mission teams arrive.

Full Job Description: 2022 Service Mission Leader position

Application, due 2/15/22: 2022 SML Application

For an online application, click HERE


Staffers in Training (SITs)


“Mission Reframed” — Staffers-In-Training In-Person Event — Fri-Mon, January 13-16, 2023

Ever thought about being a summer staffer at Hinton Rural Life Center? Interested in learning more leadership skills? Want to serve others to help make a difference? Consider joining us for this FREE WEEKEND EVENT for high school juniors/seniors and college freshmen/sophomores.

IN-PERSON – Join us at Hinton Rural Life Center, starting with dinner Friday, January 13, and going through lunch on Monday, January 16.

SESSIONS include dynamic and engaging workshops the “REFRAME” missions, leadership, rural community, entrepreneurship, devotions, and creativity. You’ll get hands-on “staff” experience leading our rural poverty simulation and working with a mission team. And, of course, there will be lots of fun!

FREE EVENT! REGISTER BY JANUARY 1. There are a limited number of spots available. Online registration to come!

Contact dawn@hintoncenter.org or text 828-361-9654 for more info!



Staffers-in-Training Ministry Description

Hinton Rural Life Center sees the importance of encouraging and equipping youth for ministry. We believe that through pairing internship and missional experiences, we can foster the development of youth leaders. During summer missions, churches and group leaders can identify youth who demonstrate current or emerging leadership skills, show interest in missions and ministry, and are discerning a call into ministry. They will become “Staffers-in-Training” (SITs) while on their week-long mission experience at Hinton Center, learning more about what our college-aged Service Ministry Leaders do, shadowing them for a half day, and having personal faith formation and discernment conversations with them, our seminary intern, and others in ministry roles.

The SITs will engage in summer staff devotion time and prayer, leading lunchtime devotions, talking with other youth and homeowners, and learning about working in a ministry setting. Typically, they are then invited back for MLK weekend in January for leadership development, working with a mission team, and exploring ministry. (This will be a virtual training event, as needed.) Rising juniors and seniors in high school and freshmen and sophomores in college would gain a lot from this program.

We launched the SIT program in July 2018 and had our first GPS weekend event in January 2019, thanks to a grant through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Young Clergy Initiative of The United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact dawn@hintoncenter.org.

Summer staffers Rachel and Jai explain how Hinton Center transformed their lives

August to May Mission Opportunities

August to May Customized Weeks/Weekends, Campus Ministry Specials

In addition to our Summer Mission Outreach ministry, we offer week-long and weekend opportunities for groups to serve from August through May.

Mission teams — including youth, adult, and intergenerational — are invited to contact us about creating customized week or weekend mission opportunities. You’d be surprised at what can be accomplished and the relationships that can be built, even within a weekend experience! We especially encourage campus ministry and service organizations to come by offering a discount package.

Registration fees include meals, basic project materials, and lodging. Hinton Center will work with your schedule and accommodate your needs for worship and programming.

College-age groups are encouraged to call for fall and spring break mission opportunities.

Call 828-389-8336 or email missions@hintoncenter.org for more information.

Apply for Home Repairs / Safe & Healthy Housing Assessment

There are no financial guidelines or requirements for having a Safe & Healthy Housing check done at your home. Hinton Center hopes to see the entire community health and safety improve, because your zip code is a better predictor of health than your genetics! Did you know that?

However, in order for Hinton to make repairs to your home, there must be financial need or extenuating circumstances.

Download, print, and read both pages of our Safe & Healthy Housing Application form.

Safe & Healthy Housing Assessment Information

Once you are ready to proceed, click on the link provided here to fill in and submit and on-line application:  On-line application

Or you can download the application here and either mail it or bring it to Hinton Center.