(Click here to view a PDF of Church of the Highlands’ master plan.)
This morning was an exciting time at Church of the Highlands. I had the opportunity of casting vision for our faith family. Also, I made three key announcements for our church:
1) We Are Moving Forward to Erect Our Permanent Sign On Highway 58.
We have the cash in hand, and will move forward to erect our permanent sign along Highway 58, which will result in 28,000 cars daily seeing that our church has a presence on this major thoroughfare through Chattanooga and north/east Hamilton County. We have already begun the permitting process.
Our goal is to have the new sign installed by January 1, 2015.
2) We Are Partnering with a Horse Ministry with 15 Horses that we will call “The Highlands Riding Center.”
Our church has a 44-stall horse barn. We will partner with what is currently known as “Hixson Therapeutic Riding Program” to become one of our ministries and change its name to “The Highlands Riding Center.” They are their own 501(c)3 and will hold all of the liability of the riding center.
This ministry helps our special needs friends, autistic kids, and those who have been abused to experience healing through Christ with the help of horses and therapists. Also, people who want to board their horses can pay to do so at our church. Furthermore, people who want to take riding lessons or just ride on that portion of our land can do so.
We will build a horse arena, and already have the materials for it. We will need volunteers to actually construct the arena. We plan on having rodeos on our campus.
Also, our kids and student ministries will be able to use the horses from time-to-time. I envision people driving on our campus and seeing our indoor skatepark (that seems to be one of the best things we’ve ever built), seeing our olympic-size swimming pool (which is a HUGE hit in the summer), and future equestrian center to see that we are indeed biblical, creative, and fun as we seek to reach people for Christ.
Our goal for the completion of all renovations to be ready for The Highlands Riding Center is January 1, 2015.
3) We Are in Serious Negotiations to Develop Condominiums On the South End of Our Campus, Along Highway 58.
This is not a done deal, but our church is meeting with a leading developer to build 60 units to create vacation style condos right off of the lake. You will see re-zoning signs up on the Highway 58 side of our campus for this purpose.
With our unique location on Harrison Bay, this creates an opportunity to construct some facilities with amazing views. This deal will make it much easier for us to have the money needed to build our new worship center.
All of these things have resulted in a renewed master plan for our church.
- View the Vision 2020 Handout: click here.
- View the Renewed Master Plan: click here.
- The Vision Message from This Morning will be Viewable via Video Later This Afternoon: click here.
Church, I love you and am so grateful to serve as your pastor. This is such an exciting church, and we have such a bright future ahead!
Dr. Jeremy Roberts
P.S. To learn about our future worship center, click here.