Waking the World Up to Jesus
When we gather for Worship or Life Groups, it is for the purpose of equipping us to fulfill our mission:
Taking personal risks to bring the Gospel to every relationship.
We gather for three things so that together, we can do one thing: live on mission 24/7.
In order for everyone to live on mission together, we have identified six personal Crossroads, providing clarity and a road map for getting started. These Crossroads are naturally occurring areas of life where you already spend a significant amount of time, which allows every member the opportunity to participate!
Consider identifying at least one of these areas as a personal ministry Crossroad:
Where I Live
Initiating relationships with those that lives closest to us
Apartment Life is a faith-based, non-profit organization that is motivated by the belief that every individual is created for community. Apartment Life sends CARES Teams to live onsite in apartment communities and live out God’s calling to love their neighbors through practical, intentional, and everyday ways.
We really don’t have to go far to find people who are in need. Your neighborhood could be one of the greatest untapped ministry opportunities. Become a catalyst in your neighborhood and enter into relationships with others for the Kingdom’s sake.
If you are interested on serving in the Where I Live CROSSROAD, please contact Richard Covington at [email protected] or 972-238-6047 x265.
Where I Work
Reaching out to those you interact with regularly in your work environment
HEIGHTS MARKETPLACE AMBASSADORS
A gathering of business men and women who seek to live on mission in their workplace. These ambassadors engage with coworkers and invite them to events that will further allow the opportunities to share the gospel.
The Jobseeker’s Ministry exists to minister to unemployed and underemployed people through Biblically based spiritual encouragement with focus on God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during a time of transition.Team Members are needed to help coordinate and plan job seekers workshops, maintain current job postings, encourage those in a time of transition, and assist in other duties pertaining to job transition.
A monthly gathering of young professional women who navigate career and explore faith together. Volunteers are needed to host tables of guests, help with administrative needs, invest in women as they explore faith questions.
If you would like additional information on serving in the Where I Work CROSSROAD, please contact Richard Covington at [email protected] or 972-238-6047 x265.
My Kid's World
Cultivating relationships with those involved in your children’s extracurriculars
This CROSSROAD is dependent on the individual engagement of your family. The goal is to leverage the opportunities your kids are involved in, to relationally engage with other families.
If you would like additional information on serving in the My Kids World CROSSROAD, please contact Richard Covington at [email protected] or 972-238-6047 x265.
Engaging with the Hispanic-American families in an area south of The Heights
BUKHAIR ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EVENTS
Bukhair Elementary, our Richardson ISD partner school, has a variety of events throughout the year that provide opportunities to better connect the students and their families to the Bukhair community and continued learning. Join us as we provide support for these events and continue to support this community.
BUKHAIR ELEMENTARY STAFF CARE
The Heights has had a ten year partnership with Bukhair Elementary, our Richardson ISD partner school. It is our hope to increase our presence on campus as we support and care for the faculty and staff. Join us as we continue to build a relationship on this campus to further the gospel.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) CLASSES
The goal of this ministry is to transform lives by providing English as a Second Language instruction to adults who live or work in the Park Central and surrounding area. Classes currently meet at The Heights Creekside campus on Tuesday and Thursdays, from 10am-12pm and 6pm-8pm.
KIDS HOPE MENTORS
Kids Hope USA develops one-on-one relationships through the creation of church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships. Mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow and succeed. Prayer Intercessors are also needed to pray for the mentoring relationship and the well being of the child.
KID’S BEACH CLUB
Kid’s Beach Club is an innovative ministry established to mobilize the church to go out into the community and engage with students in order to share the message of Christ. Beach Club is an after school program for elementary age kids that is high energy and “kid centered” fun. Beach Club meets after school for one hour (3-4pm), one day a week (Wednesday), for 24 weeks. Each week, the lessons, games and activities incorporate the truth of scripture through fun.
KIDZ POINTE APARTMENT MINISTRIES
This ministry exist to ENGAGE the community by building trust-relationships through the children, youth, and adult programs in this apartment community. We currently have two apartment ministries at La Mirada Apartments and Teruko Springs.
For the past 10+ years, The Heights has been investing in the Park Central community. A consistent need has been for the kids to have an outlet to learn, compete and play sports. With that in mind, a soccer ministry was started that offers clinics, leagues, and practice. Volunteers are needed who can invest in the kids while playing soccer alongside them.
If you would like additional information on serving in the Park Central CROSSROAD, please contact Juan Navarro [email protected] 972-231-6047 x3254.
Stepping out to serve the foreign students who are new to the United States
BAPTIST STUDENT MINISTRIES: TUESDAY LUNCH
Every Tuesday, from 11:45-1pm the Baptist Student Ministries and local area churches host a free lunch for students to learn more about Jesus in the Comet Room on the University of Texas at Dallas campus. Students enjoy lunch and talk about American culture and faith topics. Table Facilitators host a small group of students as they discuss the topic of the day over lunch. Hospitality Volunteers welcome and serve students lunch each Tuesday afternoon.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INC. (ISI): FRIENDSHIP PARTNERS
Within 3 miles of The Heights, 6700 University of Texas at Dallas international students live and study, every day! The Heights partners with an on campus ministry called, ISI that will pairs you with one student. By building a friendship with them, you welcome these students to Dallas, introduce them to American culture, learn about their home and have an opportunity to share with them the love of Jesus. The Lord is truly bringing the nations to our community!
HEIGHTS HOME GROUP
International Students, INC. exists to share Christ’s love with international students at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Heights host a Friday night Home Group on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Together, they enjoy meals, activities around Dallas and enjoy a Bible Study that allows them to discover the truth of Christ’s love. Volunteers are needed to: be a home group leader and friend to international students and/or provide a meal.
Alpha is a series of sessions that explores life’s big questions, to say what you think, and to hear other people’s points of view. Each session looks at a different question revolving around faith and is designed to create spiritual conversations. This is a great evangelistic opportunity to engage the international community in our backyard with the gospel.
If you would like additional information on serving in the UTD/International Student CROSSROAD, please contact Ivan Low at [email protected] or 972-231-6047 x263.
Giving a voice to those who are marginalized in our community
Woven is a ministry of the Heights that seeks to raise awareness about adoption and foster care, equip church members to care for and support adoptive and foster care families in The Heights, and to provide support groups for those throughout our community who are involved in this area of ministry.
The Height’s Car Care Ministry is designed to provide basic automotive maintenance services at no cost and on a regular basis to our widows, single moms, and single women at The Heights. This is a true “justice” ministry, as those, who are knowledgeable in car maintenance, can help those who need assistance and are vulnerable. Skilled and Apprentice Mechanics are needed. For more information, please click here.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Circle of Friends is a weekly fellowship for adults with cognitive disabilities. It meets on the first three Tuesdays of each month throughout the school year. They provide fun activities and events throughout the year that allow the participants to engage in new opportunities. Examples include: gym night, prom night, karaoke night, etc. Volunteers are needed to invest in these participants and their caregivers.
Mosaic, a system of group homes in our area, welcomes volunteers to serve through their vocational centers and through the care of the group homes and residence. There are always maintenance items that need attention and the residents enjoy receiving letters and visits.
CORNERSTONE – HOMELESS MEALS
Cornerstone currently feeds 200 homeless men and women three times a week. The Heights sponsors every third Thursday of the month, but volunteers are needed for all of the following serving times:
- Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
- Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
- Sundays, 5:00 am – 7:30 am
CORNERSTONE – WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Every Thursday morning, women in the South Dallas area, gather together to study the living and active Word of God and to share breakfast together. Come be a part of the study by welcoming, providing breakfast and encouraging women.
HOSPITAL / NURSING HOME CARE
People are very vulnerable during the illness or death of a loved one. There are many real ministry opportunities that are available to people during this time.
Volunteer Chaplain Program: Volunteer to provide spiritual comfort, prayer and encouragement during difficult times.
General Volunteer: Many hospitals/nursing homes/VA hospitals rely upon numerous volunteers to help care for the many needs of their patients.
The Way is a ministry partner of The Heights that exists to share the revolutionary love of Christ with women involved in the adult nightclub industry. Their goal is to awaken hope and empower change as they minister to these women and connect them to community and spiritual resources. Every month, a group gathers at The Heights. Some go into the clubs, some pray for these women, and those who are actively building relationships in order to share the gospel. Would you consider being a part of sharing hope with them?
Assist the Church by equipping and igniting Christians to share their faith in Jesus Christ with the “least of these” – the incarcerated. Prison Ministry Teammates are invited onto the prison yard to share the gospel with the incarcerated.
The Prayer Shawl team is made up of a committed group of women who knit “shawls” for those who are undergoing various illnesses and life struggles. This ministry began in 2005. Over the years, the “knitters” have given over 4,000 prayer shawls to people in need. These include baby blankets, blankets for children, shawls for women and lap throws for men. There is always a need for another “knitter” on the team.
Our community is leading the nation in welcoming and helping refugees to resettle here in the metroplex. This ministry, in partnership with E3, is helping to make that transition easier. Be a part of welcoming, encouraging, befriending and sharing the gospel with the nations who are moving right next door!
Restored Hope strives to daily restore women and their children to normal lives who have been affected by the adverse conditions of life that include sex trafficking, slavery, abuse, poverty and interaction with the Criminal Justice System. Restored Hope offers a safe home.
TEXAS BAPTIST MEN
The mission of the Texas Baptist Men is to assist Texas Baptist Churches as they lead men into a relationship with Jesus Christ that will thrust them and their families into a lifestyle of missions and ministry that fulfills the Great Commission. Both men and women serve in the more than 17 ministries that TBM offers, Including disaster relief, builders, medical/dental, agricultural, and water purification. There are opportunities to serve locally, nationally, and internationally – for both skilled and unskilled volunteers. You might find yourself preparing food for the homeless in Dallas in a TBM mobile kitchen unit, ‘mudding-out’ homes in New Jersey following a hurricane, or building water filtration systems at an orphanage in Honduras. Being salt and light doesn’t necessarily require ‘volunteering’, either. The TBM outdoor ministry provides an opportunity for Christian men and women to network together for fellowship, and to share the message of Christ with individuals that do not have a personal relationship with Him.
Quilted Blessings Ministry is made up of a group of faithful Heights women who quilt blankets for those in need. This ministry began in 2014 because these women felt called to combine their love for quilting and their passion for serving others. So far, approximately 800 quilts have been made and given to those in need through various ministries around the world.
If you would like additional information on serving in the Justice Works CROSSROAD, please contact Richard Covington at [email protected] or 972-231-6047 x265.