Mission Outreach and Service

Building Relationships, Loving Neighbor

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

MISSIONS UPDATE – Missions update as of 8/30/21

We are thankful for an exciting summer missions 2021! We had over 400 participants, and with our COVID protocols in place, we navigated a healthy summer (yay!!).

At this time, we plan to have updated protocols and guidelines in place as long as they are needed. We are hopeful groups will join us this fall and coming spring, and we are already registering groups for summer 2022.

What should you know about summer 2022? 

We encourage early registration in case we need to limit numbers of teams/participants each week.

Our missions week will again run from Sunday – Thursday, with the option of making pre-arrangements to stay overnight on Thursday for fun “free” time that day and head home Friday.

We’ll have the Zoom lunchtime pre-meeting the week prior to a group’s arrival, asking that all adults attend.

Contact us with questions or for more information.


Rev. Dawn Livingston
Director of Program Ministries

Click Here for Virtual Missions & COVID-19 Updates

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.

More information on 2022 Summer Missions information coming soon.
Click 2022 Group Application for a summer missions groups application.
Click here to register your group online for 2022 summer missions.

Scroll down for more information and links for required forms and registration.

2022 Summer Mission Outreach

2022 Summer Mission Dates

2022 Summer Mission Outreach weeks are below.

Contact Rev. Dawn Livingston to check availability before submitting registration form. dawn@hintoncenter.org or 828-389-8336

– Week 1:  May 29 – June 2
– Week 2: June 5-9
– Week 3: June 12-16
– Week 4: June 19-23
– Week 5: June 26 -30
– Week 6: July 3-7
Week 7: July 10-14 
Week 8: July 17-21 (full)
– Week 9: July 24-28
– Week 10: July 31-August 4

What’s a typical day of Summer Missions? Click  HERE!(Please note that this typical day is modified in 2022 for a Sunday-Thursday experience.)

What does it cost to attend?
Early Bird Special Discount! — If first deposit received by 12/1/21 and all forms are turned in, 10% discount for entire group is applied to final payment amount, due 5/15/22, 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 3/1/22 ($100/person)
  • Final payment: due at least 30 days prior to your arrival


Click  HERE to register your group online for 2022 summer missions.

Click 2022 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 all-inclusive experience include?

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 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.

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)

2022 SITs TRAINING EVENT — Info coming SOON!

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.