Matthew 28:19 says: Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
At Higher Trails Church, we take Matthew 28:19 seriously. As a church body, we recognize the need to develop and train everyone within the church to equip them to go out to the nations and bring people to Christ. To accomplish this, we offer several ministries to meet the needs of everyone at Higher Trails Church.
The Arena Ministry at Higher Trails Church, led by Director Ty Phipps focuses on reaching individuals who might not typically attend church. It utilizes the unique setting of a rodeo arena as a platform for engagement and community connection. This ministry is part of the church's broader mission to create a welcoming, family-oriented environment centered on Christian values. The arena serves as a venue for various events, including the Higher Trails Championship Rodeo, which attracts a large audience and offers sponsorship opportunities.
Connecting with Christ Ministry
The "Connecting with Christ" ministry at Higher Trails Church, led by Director Derrell Barksdale, focuses on adult Bible study classes. Its mission is to strengthen the body of Christ and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, both individually and collectively. The ministry emphasizes true Bible teaching and training, providing a robust platform for Christians to deepen their faith. Classes are offered on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with childcare available for certain sessions.
The Enrichment Ministry at Higher Trails Church, directed by Jack and Christi McLain, is dedicated to fostering a deeper faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. It offers a range of programs like Ignite Ministries, which includes Ignite Passion, Ignite Men, and Ignite Women's Ministry. These initiatives aim to ignite a passionate pursuit of God, encourage Godly connections, and empower individuals to impact the world for Christ. They also offer a discipleship program to help fulfill the "Great Commission" of making disciples of all nations as well as baptism classes for those who are ready to take the next step in their faith journey.
The Fellowship Ministry at Higher Trails Church, led by Director Richard Gowens, encompasses a variety of sub-ministries aimed at building community and fostering deeper connections among members. This includes the Motorcycle Ministry, MAC3D (Men About Christ), Blessed Breakfast, and Jr. Rough Stock. Each segment of the ministry serves a unique purpose, from engaging in archery and motorcycle riding to hosting communal breakfasts and preparing children for life's challenges through rodeo activities. Their mission is rooted in spreading God's word and sharing the love of Christ.
HTC Productions Ministry
HTC Productions at Higher Trails Church, led by Director Randy McNair, comprises a team with diverse technical skills dedicated to ensuring seamless operation of sound, media, and lighting during services. The ministry also handles digital marketing, including YouTube, social media, website, and advertising, with a mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through these channels.
The Kids Ministry at Higher Trails Church, directed by Nichole Miller, offers a nurturing environment for children to grow in their faith. The ministry focuses on teaching the Bible through Sunday School using the "Generations of Grace" curriculum, applying biblical principles in Children's Church, and fostering relationships during Mid-Week Bible Studies. Activities include games, snacks, and lessons, with special events throughout the year. The ministry aims to help kids build a strong foundation in their faith journey.
No Fences Ministry
The No Fences Ministry, directed by Kaylee Barksdale at Higher Trails Church, aims to reflect God's generosity by extending mercy to those in need. It provides support during times of hardship, embodying the Christian principle of carrying one another's burdens. This ministry is a vital part of the church's outreach efforts, focusing on offering a helping hand in difficult times.
Praise & Worship Ministry
The Praise & Worship Ministry at Higher Trails Church, directed by Scott Cowen, focuses on leading the congregation in worship through music. This ministry is integral to the church's services, creating an atmosphere that encourages spiritual growth and connection. It emphasizes the importance of worship in expressing love and devotion to God.
The Safety Ministry at Higher Trails Church, under the direction of Eric Murray, is focused on ensuring the safety and security of the church community. The ministry is responsible for creating a secure environment for all church activities, emphasizing the well-being and protection of its members. This role is vital in maintaining a peaceful and safe atmosphere for worship and fellowship.
The Student Ministry at Higher Trails Church, led by Director Bob Burney, caters to middle and high school students. It focuses on guiding them in their spiritual journey through fellowship, worship, and Bible study. The ministry provides a welcoming space for students to explore and deepen their faith, helping them navigate the challenges of adolescence with Christian principles.