What we know as The Heights Fellowship actually began as a prayer as far back as 1995. A group of Christ-followers meeting in what was then called the "Vision 2000" committee began to think and dream of a church that would reach the growing community of unchurched, dechurched, and poorly churched people in Lubbock County.
These "visionaries" believed that to reach this community they would have to "do church" in a way that had not previously been done. Hence, the concepts of "not church like you expect" and "deliberately different" were born.
Over the course of time and prayer, God provided the space. THF's mother church, Bacon Heights Baptist Church became aware of some acreage on South Slide Road at 110th Street. The property was the former Treasure Island Golf Complex, now defunct. In addition to the acreage, there were three existing buildings included in the sale. The asking price was far more favorable than other commercially zoned property in the area. Consultations were made, and the property was purchased in late April of 2001.
Construction & Preparation
Through the summer of 2001, improvements were made on the buildings to make them "church ready." Walls were added, wires were pulled, painting was done, carpet was laid, decorating was done, and on and on. The pictures below give a little sense of the progression from club house to house of worship.
God was preparing the people He would bring to THF once the doors were opened. Over the course of Spring and Summer of 2001, God was calling out people for this special work. Thirty-one families eventually responded to the original call to start this new work in southwest Lubbock.
Under the direction of Dr. Charles Murray, then pastor of Bacon Heights Baptist Church, they were trained and prepared for this new way of "doing church."
As prayers continued to be levied to God, renovation came to a completion. On September 9, 2001 the first service was held at 6:00 pm that evening. The Heights Fellowship was born.
|The Dream Continues
What God birthed, He also blessed. THF began to grow. By the January of 2006, she was holding three Sunday morning worship services. Attendance was approaching 600 souls (the small auditorium barely held 200 people). Lives were being transformed and the "old" place was beginning to feel awfully "closed" and cramped. THF had outgrown its birthplace.
A serious effort was undertaken by the THF elders to locate a new home for the church. Consideration was given to purchasing land and building a new facility, but God closed that door several times. As the search expanded to existing properties, one property began to emerge as a possible home. It was the old American Legion Bingo Hall at 66th and Iola. It was a 20,000 sq. ft. property (approximately triple the size of the original THF building. In October, an agreement in principle was reached with the building owner to lease (with an option to buy) for three years and THF's creative energy was directed toward it's new Home.
The remodel effort began in earnest just after Christmas 2006. Thousands and thousands of volunteer and man hours were committed to the project. Most of the construction was completed as Winter gave way to Spring. On April 1, 2007, THF held its last Sunday celebration service at the original building. At its conclusion, volunteers swarmed the old site to pack and move. They moved most of the contents of the church in a single day. Then, working feverishly for the next week, the THF volunteers readied the new building for Easter services the next Sunday.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007 almost 1,200 people from the Lubbock community celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and God's provision of a great new home for The Heights.
The Heights continues to passionately pursue God on this amazing journey which He started us those few, short years ago. As we journey, we hold to God's promise in Isaiah 43:19: For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun!
Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness
for my people to come home.