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Accepting the Challenge

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – ACTS 1:8

Our Commitment

As an evangelical, Southern Baptist church, Hillcrest has always had a vision for being obedient to the Great Commission task of our Lord. Our church motto, “Becoming Like Christ,” has come alive through the testimony and faithfulness of our people in sharing God’s love with others, baptizing them, and discipling them in God’s unfailing word.

It is with a commitment to that task that we dedicate ourselves to sharing with all those who will hear: the truth of God’s word, the fullness of God’s love, and the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of whom the scriptures so faithfully testify.

Today Hillcrest, as a Global Priority Church, is uniquely positioned to fulfill our mission of making disciples of all nations as described in Acts 1:8. We apply ourselves to this task by implementing a comprehensive, integrated, and intentional strategy of evangelism, ministry, and missions as directed by our pastoral staff and Missions Leadership Team.

As we read Acts 1:8, we realize that our Lord commands us to be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. As followers of Jesus, we are supposed to be witnesses to each and all of these areas at the same time.

The eight “Kingdom-growing” responses of our commitment to Acts 1:8 are to: prepare, learn, pray, give, go, tell, send, and multiply. These elements are expressed by: expository preaching with an emphasis on spiritual growth and a call to commitment; age-appropriate missions and ministry education and preparation; cheerful giving; strong missions partnerships; and acknowledgment of the responsibility that we, as willing servants of our Lord, have to reach out and share God’s love across the street and around the world.

Our Focus

As the body of Christ at Hillcrest, our “Jerusalem” lies in the individual neighborhoods, schools, offices, work places, and family/friendship relationships of our church members. These are the people to whom we are closest and for whom we are most responsible to share God’s love.

Dr. Brian Barlow

Missions Pastor

Brian has served as pastor of missions at Hillcrest since 2008. Before coming to Hillcrest, Brian and his wife Vicki served for fifteen years with the International Mission Board, SBC in West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Guinea) and the Middle East (Jordan).

During the Barlow’s last IMB assignment, Brian served as Director of the Baptist School of Amman. Under his leadership, the school was recognized as being one of the top private Jordanian national schools in the kingdom and one of the top schools in the Middle East.

Brian earned his masters and doctorate degrees in education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a B.A. in history and an M.B.A. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a graduate of J. M. Tate High School in Gonzalez, Florida.

As part of Hillcrest’s global mission outreach, Brian developed Hillcrest International Educational Initiatives Program. This program specializes in teaching ESL, TOEFL, Priority Phonics, and Character Education to non-native English speakers.

Brian and Vicki have three children – John, Anna, and Sarah.

As the body of Christ at Hillcrest, our “Jerusalem” lies in the individual neighborhoods, schools, offices, work places, and family/friendship relationships of our church members. These are the people to whom we are closest and for whom we are most responsible to share God’s love.

As an evangelical, Southern Baptist church, Hillcrest has always had a vision for being obedient to the Great Commission task of our Lord. Our church motto, “Becoming Like Christ”, has come alive through the testimony and faithfulness of our people in sharing God’s love with others, baptizing them, and discipling them in God’s unfailing word.

When was the last time you shared your faith with your spouse, your child, an extended family member, your co-workers, or your neighbors? God’s word commands us to be ready to share our faith at all times, to be ready to share the joy of Christ that dwells within us.

If you would like to learn how to share your faith then why not join us each Wednesday at 6:15pm at the missions station? The dedicated men and women who make up our visitation teams would welcome you to join them as they go out into our community and share the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Below you will find some tips and some aids that may help you share your faith with others. Remember – God only asks us to be faithful and share about Jesus with others as we have the opportunity, in the best way we can. We are to trust God with the results!

Do You Know Jesus? (FAITH)
Evangelism Tools
Evangelism Tools for Children
Language Evangelism Tools

Ministry Opportunities in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Our “Judea” is located among the peoples of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In partnership with our sister bay area Baptist churches, who are part of the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association, and other like-minded, Great Commission evangelical Christian partners, these are the people we reach with God’s love as “distant neighbors”.

As an evangelical, Southern Baptist church, Hillcrest has always had a vision for being obedient to the Great Commission task of our Lord. Our church motto, “Becoming Like Christ”, has come alive through the testimony and faithfulness of our people in sharing God’s love with others, baptizing them, and discipling them in God’s unfailing word.

When was the last time you volunteered your time to minister in our community? Was it yesterday, this week, last month, last year, perhaps never? This week would be a good time to start.

At Hillcrest we believe that every member should be a minister. We encourage our members to be active in some ministry both inside the church and outside the church.

The following is just a sample of those ministries that are meeting the needs of people in our community. For more information, please click on the name of the community ministry and it will take you directly to the ministry’s website.

Remember – God only asks us to be faithful and share about Jesus with others as we have the opportunity, in the best way we can. We are to trust God with the results!

Community Based Ministries

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
Health and Hope Clinic
Waterfront Rescue Mission
Safe Harbor Women’s Resource Center
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
Favor House: (850) 434-1177
Emerald Coast Hospice: (850) 474-7288 (contact Vangie)
Habitat for Humanity

Hillcrest Intensive Service Weekends

Hillcrest partners with several community based ministries on an ongoing basis. Several times in the year we do labor intensive ministry over a weekend. These projects typically involve renovation/repair work, new construction, paint, sawdust, hammers, noise, sweat, and getting dirty! Please check our church calendar for the event details.

Ministry Opportunities in North America

Our “Samaria” consists of those people living in North America. In partnership with the Florida Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board, we work together in identifying opportunities to share the gospel in places and ways that encourage and strengthen the local existing church.

As an evangelical, Southern Baptist church, Hillcrest has always had a vision for being obedient to the Great Commission task of our Lord. Our church motto, “Becoming Like Christ”, has come alive through the testimony and faithfulness of our people in sharing God’s love with others, baptizing them, and discipling them in God’s unfailing word.

When was the last time you volunteered your time to minister outside our local community? Was it yesterday, this week, last month, last year, perhaps never? This week would be a good time to start planning.

The following is just a small sample of those ministries that are meeting the needs of people in our region and in our nation. For more information, please click on the name of the ministry and it will take you directly to the ministry’s website.

Remember – God only asks us to be faithful and share about Jesus with others as we have the opportunity, in the best way we can. We are to trust God with the results!

Florida Baptist Convention Missions (short-tern Florida projects)
Florida Baptist Convention (short-term National projects)
Global Maritime Ministries (Port of New Orleans)
World Changers
North American Mission Board, SBC
Big Oak Boy’s Ranch (Gadsden, AL)

Mission Opportunities around the World

Our “ends of the earth” are just that, wherever in His creation our Lord bids Hillcrest come, where He has empowered us by the Holy Spirit, to partner with the International Mission Board and other evangelical Great Commissions Christians, to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to follow Him – not for our glory but for His!

As an evangelical, Southern Baptist church, Hillcrest has always had a vision for being obedient to the Great Commission task of our Lord. Our church motto, “Becoming Like Christ”, has come alive through the testimony and faithfulness of our people in sharing God’s love with others, baptizing them, and discipling them in God’s unfailing word.

When was the last time you volunteered your time to minister outside of the United States? Was it yesterday, this week, last month, last year, perhaps never? This week would be a good time to start planning.

The following is just a small sample of those ministries that are meeting the needs of people in our world. For more information, please click on the name of the ministry and it will take you directly to the ministry’s website.

Remember – God only asks us to be faithful and share about Jesus with others as we have the opportunity, in the best way we can. We are to trust God with the results!

Florida Baptist Convention Missions (International projects)
World Changers
International Mission Board, SBC

Florida’s DR command center located at 10915 Florida Blvd is a center point for a very active flood response. Only four days into the Baton Rouge response we have received over 800 requests for assistance. Our assessors are busy completing over 100 assessments during the first days of our response. Five C/R teams are now engaged mucking out homes damaged by the August 12th flood. The water level in some homes can be measured in inches but we’re finding that the damage in most homes is several feet.

Fifteen spray jobs and five muck out jobs have been completed to date. One of our assessment teams was instrumental in leading a family of three to the Lord on Thursday and another team had a profession of faith on Friday. God’s Spirit is active here!

By Monday 8/29 we will have 11 Florida C/R teams and over 100 C/R volunteers on the ground serving here in Baton Rouge Aug 28-Sept 3.

I wish I could say that these volunteers could complete the task we’ve been assigned but unfortunately the first wave is only the tip of the ice-burg; we will need many more teams before completing this task.

If you are serving or preparing to serve we thank you. If you are wondering if there would be work waiting for your team’s arrival, the answer is yes. We need C/R teams, Florida’s incident command team is expected to be operational for at least a month, and we desperately need C/R teams for the weeks starting 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, and 9/24 or any dates during this time period you or your team can serve.

Louisiana is open to our C/R teams bringing un-credentialed volunteers. If you know of church teams who are willing to bring teams, we will have plenty of work for them also. If church teams or individuals plan to work through Florida DR we ask that they coordinate their arrival and departure through our command center # 304-400-2598 or 304-400-2257 or e-mail dr.assistant@flbaptist.org.

To date the Florida volunteers have had 180 chaplain contacts, 4 professions of faith, shared the gospel 30 times and presented 71 bibles.

www.flbaptistdisaster.org

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2017 Hillcrest Missions Booklet

Each year we put together a comprehensive booklet with details about Hillcrest Missions. This booklet is filled with opportunities for people to serve others locally, nationally, and globally.

For more information about how to participate in Missions at Hillcrest please contact Dr. Brian Barlow in the Church Office at (850) 476-2233. You may also contact Rita Malone, his Ministry Assistant.

FAQs

Hillcrest Missions | Frequently Asked Questions
1) How do I decide which mission trip or ministry outreach is best for me?

God has gifted each of us with different gifts, talents, experience, education, abilities, and desires. Figuring out what you do and like to do best is a good place to start. God can use all of us in building His kingdom however so don’t be afraid to try something new!

2) What are the basic criteria I must meet in order to participate in a Hillcrest mission trip or ministry outreach?

There are several criteria that every participant must meet:

      a) be a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ

 

      b) be an active member in good standing of a Southern Baptist or other great commission

 

      evangelical Christian church

 

      c) complete an application form (completing the form does not guarantee acceptance)

 

      d) participate as necessary in training for the mission trip or ministry event

 

      e) work as much as needed to raise the funds necessary to fully pay for your expenses related to

 

      the mission trip

 

      f) be willing to make changes in personal habits and/or dress to avoid being offensive in another

 

      area or country. (This includes not smoking or drinking any alcoholic beverages while on the trip)

 

      g) be in reasonably good physical shape

 

    h) pray daily that God’s will be done and that He be glorified through this mission trip
3) Who typically leads a Hillcrest mission trip?

All team leaders are extensively interviewed by the pastor of missions. You can be assured that your team leaders are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to lead the team to accomplish great things for God!

4) How are trip finances handled?

All funds given for mission trips or ministry events are non-refundable. Any unused funds given for a specific mission project or trip will be dispersed only for other mission efforts. The Pastor of Missions and Evangelism will determine how these unused funds are dispersed. For more information concerning trip finances please contact Pastor Brian or Mrs. Rita.