In 2014, Southern Hills celebrated God’s faithfulness and 50 years of ministry here in South Oklahoma City. From the very beginning, Southern Hills has had a strong commitment to missions. One of the first orders of business was to establish giving 11% to missions. Fast forward half a century and you will still find a local body of believers in South Oklahoma City very devoted to giving, praying, and going across the street and around the world to share Jesus with people.
In 2012, Southern Hills revamped its strategy for taking to Gospel to all peoples. Missions was divided up into three distinct categories: local, regional, and international. The goal was, and still is, 100% involvement via the avenue of Sunday School.
Every Sunday School class has been challenged to address a local need. This includes things like our Encourager’s Food Pantry, Quilting Ministry, First Step, Hope Pregnancy Center, and Oklahoma Outdoor Outreach.
Each age division has been challenged to adopt a regional focus area. These partnerships have included Chicago (youth), Colorado (senior adults), and Boston (median adults). Currently our college students and young adults are partnering with Connection Church in NYC.
NYC 2015 Spring Break
The church as a whole aims to adopt areas internationally. A great example of this is Home of Grace Orphanage in Cambodia. Our people began giving and going before there was even a building. We continue to send teams over to meet the needs of the children and surrounding villages through evangelizing, VBS, and medical clinics.
World Missions Offering
The Cooperative Program is the Southern Baptist method of supporting mission efforts. 12% of every dollar given is forwarded to the Cooperative Program. In addition to CP giving, Southern Hills takes up a World Missions Offering. Members give throughout the year, but a heavy emphasis begins around Thanksgiving. Our World Missions Offering goal for 2016 is $555,000!
- NYC – March 10-16
- CrossTimbers – April 8
- Buenos Aires – May 26 - June 3
- Alcobendas, Spain – July 1-8
- Alaska – July 15-23
- Jacksonville, Florida (Sr. High) – July 22-29
- Jacksonville, Florida (Jr. High) – July 31-August 5
- Torrente, Spain – July 29-August 5
- McDowell, Kentucky – September 23-30
- McDowell, Kentucky – October 7-14
- Phoenix – October 14-21