International Ministry Development
Hillside Missions is interested in partnering with churches to establish Christian community in places around the world where access to the Gospel is either non-existent or severely persecuted, to be a resource in the formation of strategic international mission among churches, and to help make international compassion contagious.
As the Church Relations wing of Hillside Missions Organization, it is our task to connect churches to the unreached world. That happens in many different ways and through different levels of engagement. The common thread throughout or relationships with churches and organizations is the desire to be in community together. We are always meeting with pastors and leaders of churches and organizations to introduce ourselves and establish friendship, and to uncover ways for us to be in ministry together.
While some churches consider and rely on Hillside to be their church’s missions organization, we also encourage churches with active missions programs to develop strategic mission statements to outline what their international ministries will look like. We place emphasis on long-term relationship and community building throughout all the different facets of our organization, and as a result, we encourage churches to write an international ministry statement aimed at ten-year goals. These always leave room for growth and for adaptation, but aim the church’s resources at a specific target, such as establishing a church among a previously unreached people group. We then help the church build back to the present, filling in other goals along the timeline. This way, the church is able to escape the perils of basing their international ministry solely on need.
Since Hillside does not desire to replicate existing missions involvement within a church, we have the privilege to partner with a wide spectrum of overseas ministries. This helps connect more churches to more places in the world where long term work is already taking place. This means long term workers have a steady pipeline of short term teams being developed across traditional denomination lines, as well as across a wide-ranging scope of skills and trip purposes.
We’re excited about the work we do, and we’re both humbled and grateful that God allows us to a part of what He is doing among the nations: drawing them unto Himself. We hope to meet with you soon, and continue to pray constantly for you and your church.