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The Walking Dead

Hey Highlands Family!

This weekend we’re starting a brand new series called, THE WALKING DEAD!!! This is a series about The End of Time! I’m often asked, “Do you think we’re living in the Last Days?” This is an age-old question that both believers and non-believers frequently discuss.

THE WALKING DEAD will be a great series to invite your family and friends to attend. Did you know that 85% of all U.S. Christians came to know Christ because someone invited them to a church service where they heard the gospel and eventually gave their lives to Christ? The power of an invitation is huge!! At Highlands, we do a couple of series a year that are definitely attractive to people who are far from God. The WALKING DEAD is one of those series with this target in mind. So, my challenge is for you to not only invite your friends, but I want to encourage you to take a risk and step outside your comfort zone and invite people in your sphere of influence that you know if they died today, they would die lost. They would die without any knowledge of a God who created them and that He has a purpose for their life. They would be eternally separated from God.

How long has it been since you have actually invited someone to church? This is a great question for you to consider. A lot of research has now surfaced that reveals the major differences between growing churches and dying churches is whether people are inviting or not. Growing churches have people that are inviting others at least three times a month to attend a service with them. You are the best marketing we could ever have at Highlands. So, please, take a chance and let’s be willing to pass on the adventure of the Christian life that God has captured our hearts for, to those that desperately need His hope.

In Him,

Pastor Allen

Breaking News!!

Dear Highlands Family–

I wanted to let you know about something very important that’s happening at Highlands Fellowship. This weekend we open up a BRAND NEW CAMPUS IN WISE, VA. If you know anyone in the Wise, Norton, Coeburn, or Pound areas, call them and let them know about this opportunity. Services will be at Camp Bethel (9050 Camp Bethel Rd, Wise, VA 24293) at 11:00 am.


I can’t wait to see you and your friends this weekend!! Check out all of our locations and service times here at our website:

Join me in praying that God would write another amazing story this weekend!!!

I love our church!!!

Pastor Allen



I hope you’ve had a GREAT summer! We have had an INCREDIBLE SUMMER at Highlands!! We have baptized well over 200 people just in the last 3 months. YAY GOD!! As the kids get back to school and vacation season winds down, I want to share with you what is getting ready to happen at our church for the approaching fall season.

This coming weekend is gonna be SUPER EXCITING as we KICK OFF a Brand New Series called SEPTEMBERFEAST. It begins this Saturday August 30th (Bristol Only) and Sunday August 31st at every other campus! This is an awesome opportunity for you and your friends to take your next step in your spiritual growth journey. We still have tickets available for Sessions beginning September 5 & 6 and you will be served a delicious meal from some of the area restaurants that will cater to each of our campuses. What could be better than taking your next step spiritually while eating a great catered meal? Check out the website for times and locations. It’s so easy to sign up online.

Another major transition at Highlands this fall will be shifting HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY to WEDNESDAY NIGHTS. As you know, we have a heart to reach high schoolers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. After canvassing our high school students, studying churches all across the country (who are actually reaching high school students), and spending much time before the Lord, we decided to make this shift. Our HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY will be called 633 and that is also the time it meets every Wednesday night. It will be EXCELLENT in every way – LIVE BAND, GREAT VOLUNTEERS, ENGAGING MESSAGE, FUN, FOOD and GAMES AT EVERY CAMPUS!!  THIS NEW MINISTRY KICKS OFF ON SEPT. 10TH AT 6:33PM. If you would like more information, want to volunteer, or just want to see what’s going on there will be a preview service on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:33 at every campus. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about this shift. Just email me at

Finally, one more major announcement! We are opening up a NEW CAMPUS in WISE, VA!! We will launch with a FUN DAY on Stepember 13th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM. Blow ups, food, fun, and excitement to get the word out to the community about our NEW CAMPUS. Then on SUNDAY, October 5th at 11:00AM, we will have our first service. We will be meeting at CAMP BETHEL in the community of Wise, Va. Jeff Rolen has agreed to serve as our campus pastor for our Wise Campus and he can be reached at if you would like to help get this campus off the ground. Why Wise you might ask? Because Wise County is the 7th most unreached county in the state of Virginia. I know, that surprised me as well! Highlands, we can’t sit idly by and let 1000′s of people in Wise County go through life without knowing there is a God who loves them and has a plan for their lives. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in WISE and the surrounding areas. Your heart of generosity has allowed us to fulfill this dream of planting a NEW CAMPUS in WISE!!

I look forward to speaking to you this weekend! I have a message that is burning on my heart that I believe God has given me to share with all of you. I am honored and humbled to serve you as we continue to see God do things in a miraculous way. I love you all so much!!


Pastor Allen

Global Leadership Summit

On August 14 & 15 Highlands Fellowship is hosting the Global Leadership Summit at the Abingdon campus. We’re convinced that leadership is critical to church vitality. A church’s effectiveness in pursuing its God-given mission is largely dependent on the character, devotion and skill of those who make up its local body.

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is designed to build spiritual muscle in the lives of every Christ follower. Because Highlands Fellowship is a host site, we have a special rate of $109.  To get this rate, please enter this code “LEAD14HS” when you register.  There is also special rates for students and faculty of $79.

You can register on our website at

Check out this video:

I hope you will join me as we host this event and enhance our leadership skills to be more effective leaders and followers of Christ.

Pastor Allen

Fourth of July Weekend!

Hey Highlands Family,

WOW!! We just finished up our third week of CAMP!! Hundreds of children and teenagers have been to a Highlands Camp, and God has done amazing things in their lives. Every week we have seen salvations, baptisms, recommitments, etc. THANKS to the 100′s of volunteers that made our summer camps possible. I have a real heart for camp because I was saved at a summer camp when I was 16 years old, and I’ve never been the same!! Already can’t wait for next years’ camp season!!

I hope you have an incredible July 4th weekend!! Holiday weekends are an amazing time to gather with family and friends and celebrate our freedom and our love for each other. This weekend, most of us will cook out, eat more than we need, watch some fireworks, and see some friends and family that we haven’t seen for awhile. Brenda and I are having the interns over for a cook out and fireworks on the 4th. All of my kids are so excited to have a 4th of July party with the interns!! So much so, that they have actually volunteered to help clean the house!! This is a modern day MIRACLE!!

I hope to see you this weekend at one of our services. I’ll be finishing up our SIX FLAGS SERIES and I’m speaking on, “OUR GREATEST FEARS”! I promise it will be a fun filled weekend. This would be a great service to bring a friend too. All of us have some fears we struggle with! Don’t forget Highlands has a Saturday night service at our Bristol Campus at 6:30PM if for some reason you will be away on Sunday. Check out everything that’s happening at Highlands on our website:  Also, if you’re on vacation, you can watch the service online at the same website.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend,

Pastor Allen

Weekend Happenings

Hey Highlands Family,

God continues to do amazing things in our midst. He is changing lives every weekend for all eternity!! WinShape was another huge success with 261 kids, 10 salvations, and two baptisms!! Thanks to all of our WinShape volunteers for an unforgettable camp experience!! Many of you helped sponsor a child that otherwise could not afford to attend, so let me say thank you for that as well. My kids love WinShape and are already counting down the days till next year.

As I write this email, we are in the middle of our AMPLIFY High School Camp!! This year AMPLIFY sold out, so we have a full camp with overflowing cabins!! It’s going great and the teens are loving it! Next week is our AMPLIFY Middle School Camp and there are just a few spots left. Camp is one of the best items to invest in for your children. More people give their lives to Christ during Camp than any other time. So, if you want to keep your kids on fire for God’s purposes, get them to Camp!!

I know summer is in full swing, and if your in town I hope to see you at a Highlands service this weekend. We will be honoring our military this weekend in observance of the upcoming July 4th weekend. Our Six Flags Series continues and I’ll be speaking on the subject of our FREEDOM!! I can’t wait to see what God will do as we get together to learn more about what He has made available for us!! This would be a great service to bring your unchurched friends and your visiting relatives. Who knows, God might capture their heart while they’re here. I’m more convinced everyday that our lives are so much better when we have a relationship with Jesus.

Our Leadership Pipeline is growing. This sumer we have 9 interns and one resident! I introduced all of them to our church last weekend. If you missed, go and watch the service through our website. ( These young men and women are incredible. They have come to Highlands from as far as North Dakota!! Stop by the Foundry and meet them. If you’re really brave invite them over for a cookout or fun day! You’ll be glad you did!!

So humbled to be part of such an amazing place!

Hope to see you soon,

Pastor Allen

Summer Camp

Hey Highlands Family,

Is Summer Camp really worth it?

Your children will be free from social media, video games, boredom and more which is totally worth the price of admission!

What will they do? They will spend time outside learning different skills, take part in awesome worship experiences, and be loved on by caring volunteers. They will come away from camp with a better understanding of WHO JESUS is and how much He loves them and how they can show that love to others! It’s an investment worth making!

Elementary School Camp (completed 1st-6th grades)

WinShape Camp is a day camp that offers your child the BEST.WEEK.EVER! It will take place from Monday, June 16th through Friday, June 20th. Be sure to sign your kids up TODAY! You can find out more information and register at

Middle School Camp (completed 5th-7th grades) and High School Camp (completed 8th-12th grades)

From zip lining, to rafting, to outdoor worship, and more, Amplify will be a week your child won’t soon forget!  Amplify is an overnight camp that takes place for High Schoolers from Sunday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 26th and Middle Schoolers from Sunday, June 29th through Thursday, July 3rd. Be sure to sign your kids up TODAY! You can find out more information and register at

I hope you will consider signing up your children for camp this summer. It’s amazing how many children receive Christ at camp, and how many lives are forever changed!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend as we continue our series, SIX FLAGS!! I’ll be speaking about - GOLIATH:
Overcoming Your Giants! It’s going to be an awesome weekend.

In Him,
Pastor Allen

Lake Baptism

Hey Highlands Family,

Have you ever thought you would like to be baptized the way Jesus was baptized? If so, then this is your chance!! This Sunday is our LAKE BAPTISM and COOKOUT at South Holston Lake!!  We have reserved Washington County Park for this occasion. Get your FREE TICKETS at the event table at your campus to get in the park and for a delicious hamburger with all the fixings!! It’s going to be an awesome day where we bring all of the Highlands Family together and celebrate with so many as they take their next step of being baptized like Jesus!! The weather looks great, so bring a lounge chair and join us at the lake after both services on Sunday!! Go to for more details.

This weekend we Kick a Off a Brand New Series called “SIX FLAGS”.  I can’t wait to get this series started! It’s gonna be so much fun! All I’m saying is – if you’re in town, you don’t want to miss it!!

So, invite some friends and family!! I can’t wait to see you this weekend!!

In Him,


Summer Begins!!

Hey Highlands Family,

I know on the calendar that summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21st, but in my family, we always started early and kicked off summer during Memorial Day Weekend – which is this weekend!!! Yay!! I love summertime, and I can’t wait for this summer at Highlands. We have something special planned for every weekend!! It’s truly going to be OFF THE CHARTS!! I know everybody needs a vacation, and I hope you have the most amazing vacation ever this summer!! When you’re in town, come to one of our services and experience all God is doing up close, and don’t forget when you’re traveling, join us online to watch our services LIVE from anywhere in the world!!! Our Saturday night service at our Bristol Campus is another option for you during the summer months!! Saturday Nights at 6:30PM – Church like you’ve never experienced before!!

This weekend, we’ll be teaching on the subject, “I BELIEVE IN GOD, BUT DON’T TICK ME OFF!!” God’s Word has so much to say about anger. Do you ever get mad? Have you ever struggled with a bad temper? If you said “NO”, you just lied!! We all have times when we get angry. Even Jesus got angry for crying out loud!!  So, I hope I get to see you this weekend as we finish up this series!!

Next weekend, we begin a BRAND NEW SERIES that is going to be so much fun!! SIX FLAGS!!! All I’m saying is – YOU DON”T WANT TO MISS THIS SERIES!!! Six weeks of action packed, roller coaster bible stories that are sure to give you a thrill!!

Summer is a great time to join or start a small group! And it’s a wonderful time to invite some of your friends to a church service. We are committed as a church to setting goals that can only be reached by God’s Power!! The church belongs to Him, and He will build His church. We have set a God-sized goal of raising up the next generation, planting new Highlands Campuses as God leads, and growing to 6000 weekend attenders. God already knows who is part of that goal, and He gives us the privilege of inviting friends, family, and neighbors to join Him where He is working.

Thank you to those who continue to be faithful in biblical giving while you’re traveling. And if you haven’t signed up now is the time to commit to give online like so many other Highlanders are doing!! You are some of the most generous people I have ever met!!   Remember to check out everything that’s happening at Highlands on our website at

God’s continues to write His stories of so many changed lives every weekend. I love our church, and I am so humbled to serve as your pastor!!

Believing God will meet and exceed every goal,

Pastor Allen

G3 Conference

Hey Highlands Family,

Can you believe it?  The international pastors arrive this Friday!  For the following 10 days, we will have guests from Czech Republic, South Africa, Costa Rica, Argentina, Haiti, China, Japan, Oman, Hungary, Austria, Algeria, Belgium, Mauritius, and Columbia. This is going to be an incredible conference on target with our vision of having a Highlands trained pastor/leader from every country around the world!! We encourage you to take some time out of your busy days to meet, encourage, and love the pastors at some point in the week. One of the best opportunities to meet the Global Pastors is to take SESSIONS One01 – Four01 next week. If you have not taken your next step, this is a great time for you to do it!! We will feed you dinner and provide childcare. You can see the days and times the sessions are offered on our website.

Be in prayer for the entire G3 Conference, for safe travels as the pastors leave their homeland and travel to Tri-Cities Airport; pray that no one gets lost!  Pray that throughout the entire 10 days all we say and do will show the love of Christ, that the conference participants will grasp the Purpose Driven teachings and go back home and implement what they’ve learned, all for the global glory of God.

Don’t forget about the Leadercast on Friday, May 9th beginning at 8:30AM. Come and hear from  these great leaders from both the church world and the business world: Andy Stanley, Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, and Simon Sinek. Plus, all of our international guests will be participating in this event as well. Tickets are available on our website at
Graduation for the G3 is set for Friday, May 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is the highlight of the week and gives the opportunity for the pastors to speak a little about their church / country and about what the week has meant to them.  Alex and the Worship Team will have some kickin’ music and it will be a defining moment in your faith journey. If at all possible, you really should come out on Friday night to our Abingdon Campus.

I am so humbled to serve as your pastor at Highlands!! We have a great church because you are a great family!!! Thanks to all of you for your generosity to our ministry so that we can offer conferences like the G3 as we seek to follow God in changing our world for His Glory!!!

In Him,
Pastor Allen

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