Neighboring and Missions

We believe everyone is called by God to serve as Christ’s representatives in the world. We're committed to recognizing and utilizing the unique gifts and talents of each person, whether they're part of our church or not. Our goal is to be good neighbors locally and globally.

Instead of traditional "mission work," we embrace a concept called "Neighboring." This approach focuses on recognizing the abundance of gifts within our community and inviting everyone to contribute to the work of the Holy Spirit. We aim to work alongside people rather than for them or to them, prioritizing mutual relationships and restoring dignity and agency to those affected by poverty.

While resembling traditional missions, our Neighboring work seeks to empower all members of our community to uplift each other. We honor our church's history of service while adapting our approach to include and empower everyone.

CLICK HERE for a list of resources to learn more about Neighboring and Asset Based Community Development. 

It is through mission outreach that we exemplify the spirit of Christian love to those in our own local community and around the world. 

FUMC Hurst has formed Sacred Partnerships with a number of organizations. We encourage you to be a part of one or more of these important missions. 

Sacred Partners

We know there are tons of ways to live out our discipleship-in our homes, in our church, in our community and in our world. Below are some of the ways you can be a disciple in action! 

  • Adopt-A-School mentors and tutors are needed always. Meet with a student for only 30 minutes a week or month.
  • Buy some extra school supplies to donate to our Adopt-A-Schools (in August and January).
  • Join our backpack feeding ministry team.
  • Respond to an open CarePortal request.
  • Fill up a purple thanksgiving bag or two for our Thanksgiving turkeys (November only).
  • Volunteer to be a fill-in worker with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Become a trained Emergency Response Team volunteer with UMCOR.

If you'd like information on any of these opportunities, please contact Rev. Matt Ybanez.