THE WELL STORY
In the early 2000's, there was little church-based ministry to the collegiate students at the University of North Alabama. The youth minister at Highland Baptist Church saw this as a real need and decided to start a small Bible study and began praying about ministering more effectively to the campus. That small Bible study, called The Well, became a watering can for dry ground, and quickly grew to over 200 students in a few short years. With that growth also came the starting of a Tuesday night, student-led worship service. In the summer of 2010, I joined the staff as Highland's first full-time college pastor. My team and I began implementing a leadership, small group, and outreach structure into the ministry's vision and saw the ministry flourish once again.
In the winter of 2014, God began to open our eyes to the growing collegiate church planting movement that was happening on campuses across the nation. In many ways, God had been preparing The Well for this transition since its inception. In the summer of 2015, with the help of the North American Mission Board, we began the conversation about what this would look like in our context. After over 18 months of prayer, and many hours of planning, we officially launched The Well Church as a campus of Highland Baptist Church in August of 2015.
During the 2016 spring semester, the Lord laid an opportunity at our doorstep to launch a second campus in the neighboring city of Huntsville, AL. After a summer of studying God's Word with our new friends in Huntsville and seeking the Lord's will for this ministry, we will officially launch our newest service on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 6:30p.m. in the sanctuary of University Baptist Church.
God has given us a specific calling to take his Good News to the the university campus. The 22 million students who walk on university campuses in the US everyday represent the best and brightest 18-25 year olds on the planet. This alone solidifies our belief that the collegiate campus is the most strategic mission field in the world. We cannot sit back and allow students to spend 4 years (or more...) in our cities during one of the most transformational times of their lives and refuse to engage them with the Gospel. For this reason, God has called us to plant churches on collegiate campuses. It is our goal and desire that every student on every campus in the state of Alabama would have to step over the Gospel of Jesus on their way to graduation.
--Allen Tate, Campus Pastor, The Well Church
The Well Church is the Collegiate Church Planting Network of Highland Baptist
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Sun 6:30PM (University Baptist Church, 809 Jordan Ln NW) *Starting August 28
SMALL GROUPS (TRIBES)
Weekly In homes, restaurants, and apartments throughout Huntsville *Starting Fall 2016
LAUNCH PARTY - MONDAY AUGUST 29, 6:30PM
Sun 10AM (UNA CAMPUS/ STONE LODGE) *Starting August 28
Tues 6:30PM (219 Simpson St) Starting August 30
SMALL GROUPS (TRIBES)
Weekly In homes and apartments throughout the Shoals
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
It is our goal to create multiplying disciples who are committed to Faithfully serving Christ's Bride, the church.
Not a college student?
You're welcome too! While God has given us a vision to reach University Campuses for Christ, we realize and emphasize how strategic non-college students are in that process. We're about making Christ's Gospel known, and will mobilize any and all who want to join us in this mission.