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Hey Highlands Family,    As I write this email our church is riding one of the biggest waves of God’s Presence in our history! Almost 20,000 tickets have been given out for our FROZEN production this coming weekend!! I’m in AWE of all God is doing!! This is definitely the favor of God!! For a church to have 5 times its average weekend attendance in one weekend is unheard of!! That’s the reason I don’t want us to miss this opportunity God has brought our way!!

    First, I want to THANK YOU for inviting 1000′s of people. You have made the invite to all your family, friends, and co-workers and they are coming!! This is HUGE!! I’ve had so many emails from people that have shared about people they are bringing that have never been to a church service in their life!! This weekend you’re bringing the brokenhearted, the discouraged, the sick, the addicted, the lonely, the forgotten, the hopeless, and the list goes on. I honestly believe this weekend will change families, and eventually change communities by allowing those far from God to hear the message of HOPE that only God can give!!  One of the biggest temptations believers face when it comes to reaching people far from God is to give up. I get this, but in these times we must remember God has never given up on us, and maybe, just maybe this will be the weekend where they start a relationship with Jesus.

   Second, would you come early and love on all the people that will come? Bring a heart full of patience and peace and just help people see our church for who we are! At Highlands, we’re all about creating a church where imperfect people love to attend!! You may even have the opportunity to give up your seat for a person far from God to hear the gospel!! Bring your best attitude and smile a lot!!

  Third, I am begging you to pray for every service. We now have 44 services, and most of these are SOLD OUT!! I believe the enemy will fight every service. Pray for all of our volunteers, all the performers and characters in FROZEN, pray for walls to be broken down, and pray for me as I share the gospel, and pray that every person who needs Jesus will respond by either accepting Christ or at least be drawn closer to Him.

REMINDER: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each service. Your ticket will be taken at the door, and at 10 minutes before each service the service is open to all, with or without a ticket!!



This Weekend!

Hey Highlands Family,

Do you ever get stressed, irritable, and worn out in the days leading up to Christmas? If so, then this weekend at Highlands is for you!! We have Ryan O’Quinn, a Christian comedian that will be helping me with the message! No kidding, it’s gonna be so much fun!! Ryan is originally from Grundy, Va., but for the past several years has lived in LA. Ryan works with Lifeway Christian Bookstores, and speaks in churches all across the country sharing God’s Love through humor. This is definitely a weekend to bring a friend or a family member!!

As I told you last week, I really believe God just wants me to encourage you in this Christmas Vacation series! We learned to LIVE a LITTLE last week. This week it’s all about, LAUGH a LITTLE, and next week, LOVE a LITTLE! My goal in this series is to provide you with the most JOY you have ever had during a Christmas season!!

Don’t forget to get your FROZEN tickets!! This year we are actually taking up tickets at the door to get you a seat. We’ve never seen anything like it before!! Thousands are coming to our church during FROZEN weekend!!

God is such an awesome God!!

I love our church!!

Pastor Allen

New Christmas Series

Hey Highlands Family,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!! Thanksgiving Day was amazing! I came down with some kind of sinus/flu bug, and have been a bit under the weather this week. The family all headed to my mom’s for Thanksgiving meal, and I stayed at home. While I’m wallowing in self pity missing the best meal of the year, it occurred to me I now had approximately 4 hours of complete quiet. Of course, the family dog, Oreo, kept me company!! Dogs are the best you know!! Those 4 hours became an interesting time for me as I thought about all the people in my life I am thankful for. I have an amazing family, incredible friends, and the joy of pastoring one of the greatest churches in the world!!

Honestly, I love the Highlands family and every time we are together, I realize how blessed I am. Thank you so much for CREATING A CHURCH WHERE IMPERFECT PEOPLE LOVE TO ATTEND!!

This weekend I get to kick off our Christmas Series called “Christmas Vacation.” My goal in this series is to help all of you have the most joyful Christmas season you’ve ever had. This is definitely a series that your unchurched, imperfect, family and friends would enjoy!

Don’t forget to continue to pray about your part in helping Highlands fulfill our vision that I shared last week. Many thanks to those of you who gave or made a pledge to fulfilling our “Just One, Continuing the Decade of Destiny” Vision!! We have extra copies of the Vision Book if you missed last weekend. You can pick one up at the Purpose Center or upload from from our website.

Don’t forget to get your FROZEN tickets soon. FROZEN at Highlands Fellowship will be at every campus and it is going to AWESOME!!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend,


Pastor Allen

Weekend Update

Hey Highlands Family,

Can’t wait to see you this weekend!! God is doing amazing things in our midst! Every time the church gets together at each location, God’s love is there and lives are changed, hearts are mended, relationships are restored, and the list goes on… ONLY GOD!!

For the past few weeks I’ve been in a series called IN THE ZONE! All of us know what it means to be IN THE ZONE! In this series we covered how to get:

  • Our families IN THE ZONE
  • Our work life IN THE ZONE
  • Getting our life IN THE ZONE of God’s will.

This weekend I finish up the series with HOW TO GET our CHURCH IN THE ZONE!!

I’m looking forward to an incredible weekend!

I am going to share what I believe to be God’s VISION for our church!!

Pastor Allen

Time Change Weekend

Hey Highlands Family,

WHAT A WEEK! Man, I’ve been so excited to write this email all day! It’s been wild around our campuses with the stories and the excitement that came with the Walking Dead series! People came, people heard, and people’s lives were changed by the gospel. Excited to share with you some of the PRAISES just from last week!
  • 5 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior last weekend!!!
  • 2 people made their faith public through baptism!
  • We had almost 4000 PEOPLE at all of our locations last weekend!!! God is on the move people, all up and down the Appalachian Corridor.
  • Our average attendance was up 23% from 2013, with a total of 744 people attending more than last year!!!
  • Bristol Campus was up 22%, and THEY BROKE THEIR 1000 MARK with 1013 people this past weekend!!! WAHOOO BRISTOL!
  • Abingdon Campus saw an average attendance increase of 11%!
  • Abingdon Chapel also had an increase from last week with 51 people!
  • Johnson City Campus saw an average attendance increase of 42%, a total of 103more people than in 2013!!
  • Marion Campus ALSO saw an average attendance increase of 42%, a total of 92 more people than in 2013!!! THAT’s AWESOME!
  • Wise Campus continues to grow with 135 people attending for the 4th weekend since they launched! WAY TO GO WISE!!!
  • Online Campus saw an increase of 84% in attendance compared to 2013 on this weekend. They had a total of 334 people view the last weekend of the Walking Dead online!!
  • Our TOTAL ADULTS for this weekend increased by 979 people compared to 2013… That’s an increase of 45% compared to last year. Only God could have done that guys, only God!
This weekend we launch a BRAND NEW SERIES called “IN THE ZONE”! I can’t wait to see what God will do. I really believe this series will be a GAME CHANGER for our church as we move ahead to accomplish all God has for us to do!!

YAHOOO!!! an extra hour of sleep!!

Bring some friends and let’s look at how to get our families living “IN THE ZONE” this weekend!!

Can’t wait to see you!
Pastor Allen


Hey Highlands Family,

The Walking Dead Series has been incredible!! You guys have invited hundreds of people to a service during these past three weeks. This weekend I’ll be finishing up this series with a message about HEAVEN! I want to ask you to invite unchurched, imperfect people to a service this weekend. Matter of fact, I believe as you read this short note, God is bringing someone to your mind that you need to invite. Take the risk and make the ask!! Who knows, maybe God will capture their hearts this weekend like He has so many others during this series.

Can you imagine getting to heaven one day and having friends and family coming up to you thanking you for the risk that you took to invite them to a simple service where they heard the gospel and made a decision to invite Christ into their lives – a decision that changed their eternity.

In my job, I’ve done well over 1000 funerals. During a funeral, the only thing that matters is did the deceased know Jesus or not. If they did, I’m able to comfort the family with this scripture: “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8). If they did not know Jesus, there is no comfort I can give about their loved ones’ eternity, rather I encourage the living to know Jesus. During our series, the vast majority of us have concluded, while looking at the scriptural evidence, that we are living in the Last Days of the Last Days!! The truth is: Jesus could come for us at any moment. And the question we all must answer: Are you ready if He came for you today?

I am so humbled that God has given me the opportunity to offer the HOPE of the GOSPEL so you can know for sure that you are ready to meet JESUS – the one who LOVES you more than any other!!

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”  (1John 5:13)

Can’t wait to see whose life God will change for all eternity this weekend!!

Pastor Allen

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: www.highlandsfellowship.com

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 ajessee@highlandsfellowship.com.

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 jrolen@highlandsfellowship.com 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 www.highlandsfellowship.com

Check out this video: player.vimeo.com/video/102386213?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

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

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