Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is an interdenominational, non-profit
Christian Mission affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. We seek to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual & social needs of people through the love of Christ.
Foundational Objective: To meet the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the people of the Cumberland Mountain region.
We see all four needs as equally important. Through home repairs and day camps, Mountain T.O.P. seeks to meet all of these needs. We serve in partnership with other agencies, churches, governments, businesses, and community leaders to help develop the communities in which we work.
Mountain T.O.P.’s 5 Focus Areas:
- Eliminating Substandard Housing: to provide direct services and organizational support that addresses severe housing issues in our service area.
- Leadership: to foster growth among staff, participants, donors and the community.
- Community Development: to engage in solutions with community partners for holistic and sustainable community growth.
- Education: to provide and support opportunities for lifelong learning and personal growth for all ages.
- Health: to promote lifestyles that support healthy choices.
An Outcomes-Based Ministry
Mountain T.O.P. has always considered feedback to be a gift, and we are making great strides in collecting more of it. We desire to be an outcomes-based ministry. All programs that Mountain T.O.P. offers center around a Logic Model, which identifies a mission for the specific program and our short-term and long-term outcomes. Logic Models give us a direction for the questions on our surveys and evaluations, which are the main ways we collect data. We administer evaluations to all volunteers to gather feedback on their experience and how it impacted them. We give surveys to homeowners and the participants of our day camp programs to measure growth and impact.
We cannot deny that stories connect us: they draw us together and help us relate to one another. However, there is more to share. This hard data adds another dimension to the stories that we love to tell. These numbers and statistics complete the picture of ministry that takes place here on the Mountain. As you read through this Outcomes Report fill in the space between the numbers with your stories. Partner your Mountain experience with what the numbers say.
We are excited about what you’re about to read. We are excited because the Lord is good and has shown us, for the 42nd time, that he is always able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine.