[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n October of 2000, two couples that attended a local church in Fayetteville, Arkansas began to pray about the possibility of starting a new church that would allow them more freedom and flexibility in practicing their Christian faith. They desired to be part of a church body that had a ministry based on small groups and a celebrative, contemporary style of worship. They wanted a church that was a place of healing for the spiritually wounded, and appealing to their unchurched friends, as well as believers from other traditions.
By January of 2001, that core group had grown to six couples who began to pray more earnestly. After finally receiving what the group believed was affirmation from God, on May 27, 2001 fifty-two people met at Holt Middle School to begin an adventure of grace called New Heights Church. From the beginning New Heights has had a passion for prayer and an openness to follow God's lead, even if it didn't seem to make sense.
At that time no one could imagine what God would do, but it soon became evident that He was up to something significant. The core group who began the church had a heart to help the hurting and broken in their community, and God added to that a heart to reach the nations with the good news of Jesus.
The congregation experienced dramatic growth. By 2012 the average Sunday attendance hovered close to 2000 people, and The Boys and Girls Club where New Heights now met could no longer hold everyone. Rather than build their own building, New Heights decided to partner with The Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville to expand their facility to better serve both the church and the club. The project was completed in early 2015 and was a huge win for all involved: the church, the club, and the community.
It has been thrilling to see God build a richly diverse but unified congregation. New Heights has become home to people of many different ethnic, socio-economic, theological and educational backgrounds. A passion for prayer and for reaching the hurting and broken with the good news of Jesus still drives the church, and is expressed in their vision to Love God Passionately, Love People Tangibly. It's exciting to think about what God will do next!