Mission Outreach and Service

Building Relationships, Loving Neighbor

Mission Opportunities

Through Hinton Center’s Mission Outreach Program, teams may serve for one week or a weekend working on a variety of safe and healthy home repairs 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.

At Hinton Center, we encourage an emphasis not only on construction but on building relationships with our neighbors. Through hands-on work and building relationships, you will open yourself up to being served in return.

Who will you be serving?
Hinton Center’s Mission Outreach Program focuses on serving Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina, as well as Towns County in 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. Statistics can give us some insight, however, we encourage mission team members to develop personal relationships with the neighbors they’re serving to learn their unique story.

Our staff incorporates different learning goals into everything we do. One of those goals 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.

Your week or weekend at Hinton Center will include lots of physical labor, however, you’ll also experience the hospitality of being a guest at our comfortable retreat facilities. Enjoy afternoons jumping into the lake, playing a game of disc golf or corn hole, reading underneath a tree or taking a prayerful walk at the outdoor labyrinth, and eating delicious food made by our Executive Chef. Our ultimate goal is to serve our local community, but we also want you to have a formative time to rest and renew.

Summer Missions Outreach Information

2020 Summer Mission Dates

Summer 2019: Limited dates available. Contact Hinton Center to learn more.

Our 2020 Mission Outreach theme is “Treasured” and is based on 2 Corinthians 4:6-9. “But we have this treasure in clay pots so that the awesome power belongs to God and doesn’t come from us.” (2 Cor 4:7, ceb)

2020 Summer Mission Outreach Dates:

– Week 1:  May 24-29
– Week 2: May 31- June 5
– Week 3: June 7-12
– Week 4: June 14-19
– Week 5: June 21-26
– Week 6: June 28- July 3
– Week 7: July 5-10  mixed week*
– Week 8: July 12-17
– Week 9: July 19-24
– Week 10: July 26-31

What does it cost to attend the 2020 Summer Missions Program?
Early Bird Special Discount! — If first deposit received by 12/1/19 and all forms are turned in, 10% discount for entire group will be applied to final payment amount, due 5/15/20. (For a group of 15, that’s a savings of $592.50!)

  • Total fees for all-inclusive experience: $395/person
  • First deposit with group application: $150/person (non-refundable after 12/31/19)
  • Second deposit and confirmed number of participants: $100/person, due by 2/1/20 (non-refundable)
  • Final payment and all forms: Balance due by 5/15/20

Find all required forms and applications here.

What does the all-inclusive experience include?

· Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

· Lodging

· Programming and worship led by Hinton Center: Appalachian Culture Night, a poverty awareness activity, two worship services, devotional booklets for each participant and daily group devo times, Staff/Camper challenges, and much more!

· Project materials/ supplies

Who can attend the Summer Missions Outreach Program?

  • 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 own chaperones.
  • Parent must be present for youth under age 12.

*Except for “mixed week,” where youth participants must have completed grades 8-12.  For “mixed week,” site teams are made up of youth and adults from different church groups.

Summer Packing List & Schedule

Service Ministry Leaders

Service Ministry Leaders 

Hinton Center equips 8-10 college-aged young adults to work in 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. SMLs go through intentional training before volunteers arrive in the summer and are also First Aid/CPR certified. (Full description here: ServiceMinistryLeader2019-Posting

Field Manager 

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 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 Service Ministry Leaders 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.

Staffers in Training 

Hinton 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. They are then invited back for MLK weekend in January for leadership development, working with a mission team, and exploring ministry. This God Powered Search  event — GPS — is offered, pending grant funding. 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 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 missions@hintoncenter.org for more information.

Apply for Home Repairs

To qualify for assistance from Hinton Center:

  • The person must own (not rent) the home or property.
  • It must be a safe working environment.
  • There must be a financial need (or extenuating circumstances).
  • Hinton typically makes repairs within a 1-hour drive-time radius of Hayesville, NC, within Clay and Cherokee counties (NC) and Towns County (GA).
  • Repairs cannot involve roofing.

Option 1: Read and fill out our online home repair application, using this link: Online Home Repair Application

Option 2: Download, print, and read both pages of our home repair application form, then fill out and return to Hinton Center by April 15.

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