Welcome Back College Students!
Welcome back to Foothills—your home away from home! We’ve been eagerly awaiting your return all summer long! Whether you’re a familiar face or new to the scene, we’re thrilled to have you here with us at Foothills. Leaving home and going out on your own can be both an exciting and quite terrifying time. We want to do our best to help and minister to you in any way that we can. Having a rooted congregational life is essential for our spiritual development and to ensure we are being of service in the body of Christ. We want to take this opportunity and provide four reasons why you should consider working with us here at Foothills.
We Treat You Like Family
We’re not just a congregation—we’re a tight-knit family of diverse age groups. To some members, you will quickly be adopted as an honorary grandchild. Others may have children around your age and adopt you as one of their own. Some are just a few years older than you and will be like your older siblings. We have several younger children who will look up to you as their older siblings and mentors. There are fellowship and service activities scheduled throughout the year to foster this kind of atmosphere. The Bible teaches us that the church is a family, and we are to treat each other as such (1 Tim. 5:1-2).
We Provide Opportunities to Serve and Grow
You are not just the future of the church, you are the church of the present. We have opportunities for every college student to get involved in the work of the church. The church is not designed to be a passive activity where we are simply spectators. We want to engage every member of our congregation in the work of God’s Kingdom. Our young men are involved in leading worship, leading singing, leading prayers, serving on the Lord’s table, and even giving devotionals and preaching sermons. Our young ladies are involved in teaching children’s classes and are invited to be a part of a group that we call WOVEN. This group aims to serve the community and the church worldwide in a number of different ways. College and young professionals are encouraged to take part in weekly Bible studies in addition to our usual meeting times: Men’s Group and WOVEN. These groups and other activities are planned throughout the school year for our CYP (College and Young Professional) group to help strengthen your own faith and build connections with each other.
We Strive to Be Sound in the Faith
Probably one of the most important reasons to consider Foothills as your “home away from home” is the fact that we strive to be sound in the faith (1 Tim. 1:10, 2 Tim. 1:3, 4:2, Titus 1:9, 13, 2:1, 2, 8). We believe and teach that the Bible is the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We want to teach and preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). We will not add to or take away from God’s inspired Word (Deu. 4:2, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19). We will earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3) and not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16), remembering always to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). We want to provide a balance in our classes and from the pulpit, not leaning to the right hand, or to the left (Deu. 5:32, 17:20, 28:14, Jos. 1:7, 23:6).
We Strive to Be a Loving Congregation
We take what the Bible says about love very seriously (1 John 4:16-21). God has called us to love each other, and we want that to be part of our identity and daily walk. Love does not mean that we compromise on the truth. This word love is the word agape, the kind of love which is based on value and service. This kind of love is a decision, not determined based on personalities but based on our shared love for Christ and His church. We learn how to love when reflecting on how God loves us (John 3:16, 1 John 3:16).
So, as you settle into college life, remember that Foothills is more than just a place—it’s a community that’s got your back. If you’re seeking a place to call home during this exciting journey, we’re right here for you.
Welcome back to Foothills—where you’re a member of the family.