Over the past eleven years I’ve had the opportunity to be a Pastor with the specific task of building, cultivating, and implementing communities formed around the gospel of Jesus. There have been lots of good times and lessons learned, but also some not-so-great things (usually poor decisions or planning on my part!). But, I can honestly say these last few years - leading the Gospel Communities at The Hill - have been so incredibly amazing. At The Hill, we want to be a people who enjoy and extend the gospel in all that we do. So, creating natural rhythms within Gospel Community life that correspond with that enjoying and extending has been a great joy of mine. And, you all did it! You took hold of the vision and ran with it… totally outdoing what I had dreamed up and making the rhythmic model of Gospel Communities better than expected. So, I want to thank you - from the Gospel Community leaders who weekly pour time, care, and emotion into leading their groups well, to the Padawans who are being groomed to one day lead their own Gospel Communities, to all of you who consistently make community a priority by being an integral part of your particular group. You all have be living evidences of the goodness of Jesus and His gospel played out for all to see. We love you all and are incredibly proud of you!
In Foothills, we are passionate about creating a safe and loving atmosphere where children can thrive and discover the Gospel. Each week, these smiling faces open their hearts to God as they learn to listen for his voice. As Team Members (volunteers), our biggest reward is witnessing the kiddos having fun, laughing, and growing in Jesus. The Children’s Ministry team looks forward to serving you and your children each week!
We are more powerful together! We believe that the two most influential environments for a child are the church and home. Let’s join forces and partner in the effort to share the Gospel of Restoration and Redemption.
We would like to invite you to explore if God has been calling you to serve in Foothills. The Hill Church is unique in the sense that it has a large population of college students. These students will be home for the summer. That’s where need arises for Team Members to rise up and serve in the Children’s Ministry!
If you would like to dive in and share the Gospel with the children of Foothills this summer, please email Meghan Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Member Highlight:
*Nicknames: At work I’m known as Nannerz or also as my instagram handle Hancooz
*From: Springdale, Arkansas
*Fun Fact: I just got a new dog, his name is Archie!
* Why do you like being a part of the Foothills Team? I love being apart of the Foothills team because I get to better know the families within the church and build relationships with the student volunteers.
*A story to share:
Something really awesome I have seen develop in Foothills is prayer for the nations. When it comes time to pray, all the kiddos are raising their hands to volunteer to pray. It has been a really cool to see this desire develop in the kids hearts!
Our Gospel Community Group mostly consist of young professionals. These powerhouse people stretch from the U of A campus to Springdale, and Cave Springs to Bentonville. In our GCG we have a student and a teacher, an accountant, a software designer, a banker, a physical therapist and occupational therapist, several women crushing it in corporate business, and the list goes on. I have never been surrounded by a group of people that cares so consistently and is so committed to loving each other well.
Last summer Andrew talked about what a crucial season our church was in for so many college students. I can personally attest that my years between 18-22 were incredibly sculpting. He talked about how we, as a church, have the unique opportunity to be nationwide and even global influencers for the Kingdom as we share our passion for Christ and then send out students from Fayetteville. So, after watching the cycles of our GCG and seeing the hearts and lives of the people within it, there seemed to be a perfect fit for our OUT Night ministry … doing what we do best! Caring for, nurturing, and showing Christ’s love to others by volunteering as Mentors within the bigger Hill community. We are choosing to intentionally use our skills and life experiences for Kingdom influence.
As we started piloting the concept of “mentoring” within the Hill, we ran into the difference of mentoring vs discipleship. I believe the honest answer though is that we want to do both! Mentorship involves meeting a younger believer where they are at in life and taking them a little further down the road in following Christ, taking the truth they are learning at the Hill/GCG/personal time with Christ and applying it to everyday life. Discipleship is the ultimate gut check for the Mentor though, are we replicating ourselves (mentoring someone on how to become us) or are we expanding an army of Disciples for Jesus (displaying the Christ in us as what the Mentee should desire to imitate)?
Whether it has been meeting to discuss a book of the bible, read through a devotional, confronting sin, or discussing the joys and struggles of following Christ – I believe that connecting with different ages across our church body has given both the Mentee and the Mentor a fuller picture of who The Hill Church is and who we are called to be as believers. The process of discipleship is alive, conforming both the mentee and the mentor into the image of Christ. I am zealous to see the impact on NWA when the people I love and Christ partner in prioritizing share truth and time with each other.
Since the beginning of the Church in Acts 2, communities of believers centered around Jesus have been the primary way of living out the gospel. In the early days of the Church, this was done for necessities sake – large buildings weren’t the norm so churches met in homes. But, as Jesus has continued to save sinners, and culture has continued to change – most churches meet at a centralized location, have their own names, and unique visions for how to live out the teaching of God in their contexts.
With this shift, the concept of what we call Gospel Communities has become incredibly important to Christian community. The larger a local body of believers grows, the need for smaller groups of those same believers grows as well.
Because our hearts are deceitful (Jer. 17:9) and without having loving, gracious, and trusted voices of other believers consistently speaking the truth of the gospel into our lives, our hearts are at risk of loving our sin more than our Savior.
So, our vision for Gospel Communities at The Hill is to have Gospel Communities throughout Fayetteville (and other cities in NWA) filled with people striving to enjoy and extend the gospel of Jesus… together. These Gospel Communities live out spiritual disciplines in a monthly rhythm of Up Nights, In Nights, and Out Nights.
These rhythms guide us to focus on God (Up Nights), build gospel-centered community (In Nights), and serve others (Out Nights) – all of which are foundational to living out a well-balanced, spiritual disciplined, Christian life. And now, we’re excited to start sharing stories of what God is up to in our Gospel Communities. On a frequent basis, different Gospel Community leaders and members will be writing about their experiences in their Gospel Communities.
It’s our hope that as you read these stories, you’ll be encouraged and excited that Jesus is moving and active among His people.
The Hill is starting a women's ministry! To kick it off we are launching a Tuesday evening women's Bible study starting March 6th at 7:00. We will be going through Jen Wilkin's study on 1st and 2nd John. Each week will involve daily homework and one audio teaching designed to build your Biblical literacy and study methods. Additional activities, group discussion, and fellowship will also be incorporated to promote a passionate pursuit of knowing yourself and knowing Jesus more. We want all women at The Hill to feel connected, valued, known, and empowered. Cost is $15 to offset printing supplies. If you have questions, feel free to email Amanda Wherry at email@example.com. Click here to register! https://thehillchurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/114623
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