Mission Outreach and Service
Building Relationships, Loving Neighbor
Hinton Rural Life Center is “Count on Me, NC” certified for COVID-19 protocol compliance!
2021 MISSIONS UPDATE
COVID has certainly changed a lot about life. At Hinton Rural Life Center, we are hopeful for summer missions 2021. We know how important it is for all of us — youth and adults — to be engaged in service and helping others. Maybe more now than ever before.
We want to keep teams and our neighbors healthy and safe, and we are abiding by state and local government regulations and healthcare guidelines, while also encouraging groups to abide by their own state guidelines. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page, linked above, for the most up-to-date information.
We’re currently accepting applications for Summer 2021. We’ve also created a virtual missions option for teams who are unable to physically join us during the summer.
Friends, these are certainly uncharted waters. There is a lot of uncertainty, but you can be sure that we are taking precautions and putting different protocols in place at Hinton Center. We are prayerfully hopeful.
Rev. Dawn Livingston
Director of Program Ministries
Mission Opportunities at Hinton Center
Through Hinton’s Mission Outreach Program, teams serve for a week or weekend on a 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.
Scroll down for more information and links for required forms and registration.
2021 Summer Mission Outreach
What does it cost to attend?
Early Bird Special Discount! — If first deposit received by 12/1/20 and all forms are turned in, 10% discount for entire group is applied to final payment amount, due 5/15/21, with forms. (For a group of 15, that’s a savings of $592.50!) Note: For 2021 Summer Missions, the Early Bird Special deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021!
- Total fee for all-inclusive experience: $395/person
- First deposit with group application: $150/person (non-refundable after 12/31/20)
- Second deposit and confirmed number of participants: $100/person, due by 2/1/21 (non-refundable)
- Final payment (remaining balance) and all forms due 5/15/21
2021 Mission Team required forms coming soon!
Click HERE to go to our Resources Page to download required forms.
What does the all-inclusive experience include?
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Lodging (beds, linens, towels provided)
- Programming and worship led by Hinton Rural Life Center staff: Appalachian Culture Night, a poverty awareness activity, two worship services, devotional booklets 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 his/her parent present.
*Except for Week 7 (July 11-16), in which youth participants must have completed grades 8-12.
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: 2021 Service Ministry Leader position
Application, due 2/15/21: 2021 SML Application
For SML Online Application, due 2/15/21, click HERE.
Field Manager of the Summer Missions Outreach Program assists Construction Ministry Coordinator in overseeing and coordinating all work-site activities during the Summer Mission Outreach Program. Field Manager manages supplies and tools for many different projects, as well as coaches and teaches Service Ministry Leaders (SMLs) in basic construction skills and work-site management skills. Field Manager works to improve the organization of the different work sites and to enable ministry partners* to accomplish the tasks at hand with success.
Field Manager empowers SMLs to be passionate, hardworking, motivated, enthusiastic, organized, cohesive, and Christ centered. The Field Manager position is an 11-week, summer position. Field Manager is required to live on campus through the summer program and must commit to working full days with long, hard hours. Housing and most meals are provided, and Field Manager is expected to eat with groups during mission weeks throughout the summer. A typical Hinton day may last from 7:00 a.m. until roughly 9:00 p.m., but may vary upon assignment.
Full Job Description: 2021 Field Manager position
Application, due 2/15/21: 2021 Field Manager Application
For Field Manager Online Application, due 2/15/21, click HERE.
Staffers in Training (SITs)
VIRTUAL SITs TRAINING EVENT — January 16, 2021
Go HERE for info flyer with virtual schedule and links to student applications and nomination forms. Applications due December 14!
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 email@example.com.
Summer staffers Rachel and Jai explain how Hinton Center transformed their lives
August to May Mission Opportunities
August to May Customized Weeks or Weekends
Hinton Center’s Mission Outreach is a year-long endeavor. In addition to our Summer Mission Outreach ministry, we offer week-long and weekend opportunities for groups to serve from August through May.
Teams are invited to contact us about creating customized week or weekend mission opportunities. You’d be surprised what can be accomplished and the relationships that are built within a weekend experience.
The August – May experience of 3 nights, 2 work days is $225/person (register by 4/1/19 for discount of $200/person; applies only for August – December 2019 dates). Fees include 7 meals, basic project materials and lodging. For the August – May experience, Hinton Center will work with your schedule and accommodate your needs for worship and programming. Full week and 2-night options also available. Contact us for more information.
College-age groups are encouraged to call for spring and fall break 2020 mission opportunities.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.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 2020 Safe & Healthy Housing Application form.
Once you are ready to proceed, click on the link provided here to fill in and submit and on-line application: On-line application