We’d love for you to be a part of what God is doing through missions at West Jackson!
Each year, we send teams on mission all around the world. Whether you have never been on a mission trip, or you have served several times before, we have opportunities for all levels of experience. We’ve organized our trips by levels to give you an idea of what to expect on the field (listed in the dropdown below). Click on the tabs above to learn more about our Local, North American, and Global mission partners, and how you can serve.
We’ve labeled all of our mission trip opportunities by levels to give you an idea of what to expect on the field.
• Level 1
Local, State or North American Mission Trip, family friendly, very safe, easy travel. Examples: Nashville, Cincinnati.
•• Level 2
North American Mission Trip, outside of the state, family friendly, very safe, travel requires flying.
••• Level 3
International Mission Trip, family friendly, safe, travel requires flights longer than 5 hours.
•••• Level 4
International Mission Trip, not family friendly, moderately safe travel, requires flights longer than 8 hours.
••••• Level 5
International Mission trip, not family friendly, not safe, travel requires flights longer than 8 hours.
Are you interested in being a part of what God is doing at Hartland? Here are some ways you can partner with us in serving these neighbors.
Fall 2022 marks the 16th anniversary of the Hartland Apartments Ministry. The ministry meets most Monday nights during the school year from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. for Bible study, with a meal and fellowship each week for 160+ area children and youth.
Leaders: Sylicia Fuqua and Lori Camp
Lighthouse Layne is a tutoring program offered to the children in the Hartland community. The tutoring takes place in the Community Center at the Hartland Apartments from 5:00pm – 5:45pm on the Mondays the ministry takes place. If you would like to help tutor Hartland residents, contact our leaders today.
Leaders: Jennifer King and Janice Thomason
A few years ago, a couple of our church members felt called to plant a church in the Hartland Apartments area. In the summer of 2015, they held their first service in the Community Center at the apartment complex. The church now meets every Sunday for worship at 11:30am. Currently they are in need of families who will join with them to reach the unchurched in and around the apartments.
Leaders: Tommy and Nancy Tucker
There are so many ways to serve at Hartland each week and throughout the year. Here are just a few examples of continued needs for our ministry:
Each spring, our church comes together as a West Jackson family for a day of service projects around the city of Jackson called SERVE731. Projects typically include light construction and painting, hospital ministry, nursing home ministry, meal delivery to shut-ins, distributing care packages to the homeless, and partnering with local ministries. But we also serve many of these same agencies and fill needs throughout the year. Read more below for some of the ways in which West Jackson serves within the Jackson community and beyond.
Operation Hope Neighbordhood Ministries is a faith-based non-profit that enhances the lives of families in need through childcare, food, and beyond.
Every Wednesday men from West Jackson take part in a weekly Jail Ministry. The men give devotions, share their faith, give away free Bibles and Christian resources. If you would like to receive more information or volunteer please contact Andy Akin or Alan Teel.
Every third Thursday of the month, our church is responsible for providing and serving the dinner meal at RIFA. This is a free meal for adults and families who are in need of a hot meal. Volunteers are needed to prepare, deliver and serve, as well as clean up. Meal prep and delivery is from 3:00pm – 5:00pm and the meal is served from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Contact Alan Teel for more information.
Every third Friday during November through April, West Jackson hosts Room in the Inn, an outreach of Area Relief Ministries to the homeless men of Jackson. Volunteers are needed to serve meals and fellowship with the men. We also need a few men (ages 18+) to spend the night while the men are on our church campus. Donations of the following are always accepted: soap, shampoo, lotion, and other toiletries (all travel size). Please bring donations to the church office and mark them for “Room In The Inn Ministry”.
Community groups, families, and individuals are needed to provide cupcakes/brownies, ice cream, and drinks to celebrate birthdays at youthtown. Devotional books are also given to the young men celebrating birthdays. Contact Krista Holland for more information!
In July of 2016, West Jackson began a partnership with Tapestry Church in Calgary, Canada. Lead Pastor Kelly Reid and his wife Brooke (a former member of West Jackson) needed help with their soccer camp outreach. A team of seven spent the week coaching soccer and sharing the love of Jesus. Each year, we send a team to Calgary to help with the soccer camps and backyard Bible Clubs.
When natural disasters occur in the United States, Baptist disaster relief teams are sent out to help in a number of ways. You can serve a meal to volunteers and residents, provide general assistance and clean-up, and even help rebuild. Let us know if you have an interest in being part of our teams when these needs arise or would like to receive formal disaster relief training from our regional association.
Trip Level Descriptions can be found on the “On Mission” Tab.
West Jackson is committed to a strategic partnership through the International Mission Board to reach a people group in rural India. Needs include building wells, training and encouraging pastors and church families, discipleship and more.
West Jackson began a partnership with Guatemala in 2017 to reach San Marcos and Tzununa through medical ministry, sports ministry, and church planting.
Over the years, West Jackson has sent members to Ethiopia through our connection to Indigenous Outreach International. IOI has been supporting and training pastors and planting churches in Ethiopia since 1999.
In Fall 2019, West Jackson sent out our first missionaries from within our church. Paul and Abby Helms helped plant a new English-speaking churches in Paris, France with Emmanuel International Church and their Plant Paris vision. Paul now serves as lead pastor of the largest English-speaking church in Paris.
Trip Level Descriptions can be found on the “On Mission” Tab.