Missions

Highland Oaks Mission Ministry

The mission of God—the Missio Dei—is all around us. It is a continual process of God reconciling, restoring, and renewing all of creation back unto God’s self.  Here at Highland Oaks we strive to join our creator in this great work.  We want to be a community that comes alongside what God is doing in the world, whether that be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Southeast Asia, our neighborhood here in Dallas, or in our very own hearts. Ultimately, we believe that mission is not something we simply do but it is who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Below are a few ways we join God on mission. Along with these focused efforts, we are a church that understands discipleship as a life-long process of becoming more like Christ where the Missio Dei affects every aspect of our lives. We believe to be a disciple of Jesus is to be on mission with God through the work of the Spirit. 

Mark and Debbie Hooper 

Asia Initiative Director, Missions Resource Network (MRN)

Mark Hooper has been the Asia Initiative Director at Missions Resource Network in Bedford, TX since 2006. Mark and Debbie were missionaries in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in the mid-1980s. They then moved to Henderson, TN where Mark became the Director of Missions and Professor of Bible at Freed Hardeman University until joining MRN. Mark coaches numerous disciple-makers throughout Southeast Asia and with missionaries throughout the region to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached people groups. Mark and Debbie are also a Shepherding Couple at Highland Oaks and we are blessed to partner with them in their ministry. 

Kyle, Rebecca, Emma, and Korban Hooper

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kyle and Rebecca Hooper, along with their children Emma and Korban, are our mission partners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Arriving in 2014, the Hoopers pray for and develop relationships with persons of peace. In doing so, they follow Jesus’s command to go into the world and make disciples, who, in turn, make disciples. We are so blessed to partner with the Hoopers as they seek the kingdom of God in Cambodia and wholeheartedly believe in their disciple-making work.  

Pilgrimage Experiences and Spiritual Formation Cohorts

Each year, a group of 7-10 Highland Oaks disciples go on pilgrimage in order to encounter God in a new place and through new people. While on pilgrimage, they focus on the work that God does on them while in a different context. Where traditional short-term mission trips are outward facing—what “we” do for “them”—pilgrimages ask disciples to submit to the work of the Spirit in their own soul, asking what can this place and the people we encounter teach us about ourselves and God? Pilgrimages go to Mexico City, Mexico, the DFW area, a U.S.-based location, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  
 

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Josh Tracy, Sending and Missions Minister

Josh leads HOCC members in ways to partner with the mission of God through local and domestic
pilgrimages. Josh also serves as the liaison to our mission team and ministry partners while leading
 a conversation to equip the HOCC family for “global” sending.

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