Loving the World with the Gospel
Having a living faith means that we are committed to loving the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missions is the heartbeat of Riverland Hills. From our home community to the ends of the earth, we desire for all people groups to know and follow Jesus. This is the heart of Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations.”
Featured Mission Opportunity
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.
A Note From Our Missions Pastor
People often ask me, “What exactly does a missions pastor do?” My answer is this: If a pastor’s job is to get people in the door — worshiping God and studying the Word together — my job is to get them out the door — serving and sharing the gospel of Jesus from their home community to all people groups on earth.
We believe that there are five essential practices in reaching the world for Jesus: Pray, Go, Send, Welcome, and Mobilize. All of our mission efforts touch one or more of these categories and I encourage you to find a place where you fit well. Feel free to contact us with any questions and thank you for your interest in serving with RHMissions.
Nothing of eternal value happens apart from prayer! We want to faithfully lift up the needs of ministries and workers that we support through our prayers.
Pray Cola is dedicated to covering our community in prayer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The 23rd day of each month is our day to pray, and you can take part by selecting a 30 minute time slot dedicated to praying for the local community.
Bless Every Home
We believe God planted Riverland Hills with the primary purpose of helping transform our neighbors into vibrant, reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ. Would you consider ministering to your neighbors through a long-term, pray-care-share lifestyle?
Our local body of believers is connected to the following national initiatives and church planters:
Everlasting Church – Bronx NYC
Graffiti Church – Manhattan NYC
Global Gates – Queens NYC
Steel City Church – Pittsburgh, PA
Grace Works – Anchorage, AK
Freedom Center – Lynch, KY
River Church – Loveland, CO
Arborway Community Church – Boston, MA
Iglesia Bautista Camino de Gracia – Villalba, PR
Mosaic Church – Provo, UT
Midtown Two Notch – Columbia, SC
City of Refuge – Columbia, SC
Contact us for more information.
Our local body of believers is connected to the following international missionaries and missions organizations:
UPG = Unreached People Groups
IMB = International Mission Board
Other initials represent missionaries on the field whose names cannot be used.
(Fertit, Jule, Keiga, Midobi, Tumtum, Zaghawa)
South Asian UPGs
L-KW, TH, IMB Journeymen
North African UPGs
AG, IMB Journeyman
(Tunisian, Algerian, Libyan, Amazigh)
A & A C, Pioneers
Amazon Basin UPGs
M & N V, World Team
Huallaga Quechua, Peru
Arturo & Jordan, and Felix & Humbelina
Contact us for more information.
GOing is an essential element of the Great Commission to make disciples of all peoples! We want to be personally involved in gospel outreach by serving locally, nationally, and internationally. At the same time, we understand that not everyone can go everywhere, and so we must also be involved in SENDing gospel messengers to all nations. We want to support those whom God has called to cross-cultural ministry through our finances and other practical resources they might need.
Listed below are some local, national, and international opportunities for you to SEND or GO!
Local Missions Opportunities
Riverland Hills currently sponsors two clubs for elementary aged children at Harbison West Elementary and River Springs Elementary.
Contact Nova Leslie at email@example.com for more info and to get involved.
Heart4Schools is an effort of the South Carolina Baptist Convention to support students and teachers across the state by connecting every local school to a church who will love them and serve them well.
If you are interested in being involved with any of our generosity initiatives with local schools, please connect with Chris Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have teams of volunteers serving weekly and monthly in local jails and prisons, teaching God’s Word, facilitating worship gatherings, and mentoring incarcerated men and women.
If you are interested in serving one of these teams, contact Denny Gibbons at email@example.com, Henry Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kathy Perrich at email@example.com to get involved.
Daybreak works with women, men and families in the Midlands to make healthy, life-giving choices for themselves and their children. If you would like to know more please visit their website:
The Oliver Gospel Mission has been serving Columbia since 1888, providing emergency services, rehabilitation, and transitional programs for people experiencing homelessness and addiction. We partner with OG through regular financial contributions and volunteer ministry opportunities.
For more information, contact Jonathan St.Clair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence serves to stabilize the living conditions of dislocated men and encourage them to realize their potential in Jesus Christ.
For more information contact Brenda Sanders at email@example.com.
HomeWorks is a Christ-centered nonprofit providing home repair services to low-income homeowners.
To get connected contact Tom Syfert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Promise of the Midlands serves families facing homelessness through community-based services of prevention, shelter, and stabilization. We partner with Family Promise through regular financial contributions and occasional volunteer opportunities.
For more information, contact Laura Mohr at email@example.com.
We believe that loving our city is a year-round commitment to advocate for, and serve our neighbors, as we model Christ in our actions and relationships. Our hope is that Love Cola is a gateway for every member of Riverland Hills to live on mission all year long in their communities.
Love Cola Week
Love Cola is the community outreach branch of the Cola Network churches. We typically participate in two to four of these large service events each year. We partner with Love Cola through regular financial contributions and volunteer opportunities to join in with all Love Cola projects. Love Cola Week is the first week of October every year. Registration to join in on a service project will open closer to Love Cola Week, so be looking out for more info about various opportunities!
Sharing God’s Love provides families in our area with food, clothing, financial, and spiritual support.
Contact Shair Selke at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The Connie Maxwell House provides a safe, secure, and loving environment for at-risk children.
Contact Allison Johnson at email@example.com to get connected.
The mission of Game Changers is to change lives, regardless of one’s financial or social status, through inspiring hope, and reflecting the love of God. Game Changers provides life changing experiences to underserved youth in the Midlands.
We believe that one church can’t reach a city or a region by itself. That is why, at Riverland Hills, we are passionate about multiplying the church! Our desire is to see DNA for church multiplication infused in church planters across the United States. We have the privilege of supporting several church planting partnerships every year.
For more information on how you can participate in serving one of our church planting partners, please email Chris Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic Mission Trips
New York, NY
March 11-16, 2024
Adults 18+ (14+ with parent)
Salt Lake City, UT
May, 2024 TBD
College and Young Adults
New York, NY
June 20-23, 2024
High School Juniors and Seniors
July 21-27, 2024
Adults 18+ (14+ with parent)
God is making his name great among the nations and he has called all Christians to take part in his plan. If you sense God calling you to GO to a specific place or people group nationally or internationally, let’s talk! We want to help you on your journey to the nations and have partnered with several mission organizations to help SEND you wherever God leads. We work closely with the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board through the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as other faith-based mission agencies, to arrange short-term trips, internships or gap years, and even long-term missionary careers.
Possible Teams Being Formed:
Feel free to contact us if you’re interested!
Operation Christmas Child
Annually, before Thanksgiving, we collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items—and send them around the world to tangibly demonstrate God’s love and bring joy to a child in need! Boxes can be picked up from the church and packed in person from mid-October through mid-November. You can also build a box virtually until December 11 through the donation link below!
Build a Shoebox Online
Empower One exists to train and support local church leaders to plant churches in the hard places of Africa.
Compassion supports vulnerable children all around the world by partnering with churches in their area. When you sponsor a child, you care for and encourage them through prayer, letter writing and financial support. Become a sponsor by visiting their website:
A & A C
M & N V
God is bringing the nations to us! Thousands of internationals from unreached people groups now reside in our own cities and neighborhoods. We want to welcome them into our lives and show them a living example of Jesus’ love and concern for all people.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry serves internationals and refugees through conversation groups. Foreign language ability is not required.
If you would like to partner in welcoming people through conversation, contact Andrea Wegener at email@example.com.
Every Thursday at 12:00 PM, the USC BCM hosts a luncheon for international college students in the Columbia area. This free meal provides them a chance to connect with fellow international students, American students, and other local adults. The meal is hosted in the BCM building which is located at 819 Main St. Columbia, SC (Next to Domino’s Pizza).
Contact Adam Venters at firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
The harvest needs more workers! We want to continually awaken people to God’s heart for the nations and our role in His global redemptive plan through mission education and training.
Contact us below for more information on how you can be involved. We can connect you with local workshops and opportunities to learn more about what God is doing around the world.
Perspectives is a 15-week experience that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world – from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional, or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.
Columbia Class – Shandon Baptist Church | Tuesdays, January 9 – April 23 | 6:00-9:00 PM | Learn More
Irmo Class – East Lake Community Church | Thursdays, January 11 – April 25 | 6:00-9:00 PM | Learn More
*All Riverland Hills members qualify for a 50% scholarship
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