Financial Freedom: Choice

October 15, 2017




In our continuing series on financial freedom, Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister, encourages us to drive the habit of the tithe, so that the habit of the tithe can drive you towards the goal of generosity.



Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Is God calling you to grow in your generosity? Have you driven the habit of tithing in your life? Pray and Ask God to reveal to you and your family what he is asking you to do.

Speak:  has money seduced you recently? Ask someone close to you to speak in to your life about the hold money/stuff might have on you.

Grow:  how can you grow in generosity? Where are you at currently and what does it look like to take a step of faith and trust God?

Love:  Why did God give us the discipline of tithing? How can your generosity be a conduit for God’s love?


  • The Gospel—Elijah Dally
  • A Mighty Fortress— Christy Nockels
  • What A Beautiful Name—Hillsong
  • In Christ Alone—Kristian Stanfill



Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

We want to do something FOR JOPLIN and provide a safe, fun place for families to bring their kids to trick or treat. So we are going to host a TRUNK OR TREAT.

People will turn their trunks into games with lots of candy and we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks!

Invite your friends, costumes are encouraged. 

You, your family, your group of friends can sign up to host a spot for a decorated trunk here.

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Bondage

October 8, 2017




Dr. Shane Wood, one of our Teaching Team, speaks about financial debt and how we should view it through the lens of Christianity.



Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray—Every time you come to a stop light this week, pray for God to reveal to you the needs of others around you. How could this awareness of the needs of others impact your understanding of your relationship with God?

Love—What relationships in your life do you engage in merely to “take” (i.e., to serve yourself)? What ways can you engage those same relationships from the standpoint of “giving” (i.e., to serve someone else)?

Grow—The first step is always the hardest toward eradicating debt or developing relationships based on self-giving. What are some practical steps you could take this week to disengage debt? What about a monthly goal? Or “debt-reduction” goal for the year?

Speak—Redeeming “self-serving” relationships takes difficult conversations fueled by piercing self-reflection. Ask the Lord to focus you in on one of these relationships, and this next week journal about ways you can engage the relationship “not to be served, but to serve.”


  • All My Fountains—Passion
  • One Thing Remains—Jesus Culture
  • Heart Abandoned—Kristian Stanfill
  • At The Cross (Love Ran Red)
  • How Deep The Father’s Love–Stuart Townsend



Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

We want to do something FOR JOPLIN and provide a safe, fun place for families to bring their kids to trick or treat. So we are going to host a TRUNK OR TREAT.

People will turn their trunks into games with lots of candy and we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks!

Invite your friends, costumes are encouraged. 

You, your family, your group of friends can sign up to host a spot for a decorated trunk here.

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Financial Freedom: Attitude

October 1, 2017




Dr. Mark Scott, Teaching Minister at College Heights, reminds us that God owns it all and gives us the capacity to give at all.

You may pick up a free copy of Barry Cameron's book in the Atrium on Sunday.

You may pick up a free copy of Barry Cameron's book in the Atrium on Sunday.



Use these questions to further explore the topic of the sermon:

Pray: Our text is a prayer of King David blessing God for his provision for the building of the temple. Do you believe God can bless you with resources in order to get done what he wants done? David blessed God in prayer before the people of Israel. Why not read this prayer (1 Chronicles 29:10-19) in front of someone else today.

Speak: We typically don’t like to talk about money. But perhaps a mark of Christian maturity is learning how to comfortably speak about money. Jesus spoke about it a ton. Talk to someone about this topic. Maybe you could even discuss why it is a subject so difficult to talk about.

Grow: King David reminds the people of God that they are just strangers and temparary residents and that their days on earth were like a shadow. Or, as Rick Rusaw puts it, “Our lives are really on loan from God.” How would remembering that help our attitude toward money? 

Love: You may have heard it said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Love and giving are inextricably connected. Add to that the element of joy and you have a formula for changing destinies. What does love dictate for the recent disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the surrounding areas?



  • The Gospel
  • 10,000 Reasons–Matt Redman
  • Heart Abandoned–Kristian Stanfill
  • I’d Rather Have Jesus–George Beverly Shea



6:00 PM, Monday, October 9, Atrium

If you are passionate or even just curious about making Christ known around the globe, join us for dinner (only $1!) and hear from our Global Partners and plug into one of our dynamic Impact Teams. We also have groups for kids–ages 2 through 12.



8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday, October 14

The Women of Hope Conference will feature Kay Moll as guest speaker, workshops, a continental breakfast, and lunch. The cost of registration is $20. Register in the Atrium or online at



Sunday, October 15

We invite you to express your appreciation for Brian’s five years of serving as our Children’s Minister! Join us in the Gym for a come-and-go appreciation party after the 9:15 and 11 AM services. We will have cards available for you to write in.



November 5-10, Katy, TX

We are partnering with Current Church in Texas to send a team to help with hurricane and flood relief. We invite adults (18+) with desire to encourage our church partner through presence, project, and prayer. We have 16 spaces available. You can sign up (it will send you to Managed Missions, follow the prompts to set up an account). The cost is $100 plus meals. Contact Ben Hedger,



October 20-22

reNEW is our Fall Marriage Getaway at the Bradford House Bed & Breakfast in Branson. This weekend is purposefully light on programming and intentional on rest. The cost is $269 per couple for meals, housing, and program. We only have a few spots left, so RSVP soon to Kaele Ward, Family Ministry Assistant, at


Trunk or Treat (plus Trucks & Trails)

Sunday, October 29 6-7:30PM

Invite your neighbors, co-workers, and friends for our outdoor Trunk or Treat event, costumes are encouraged. Enjoy trunks turned into games with lots of candy treats. Plus, we will have music, a hayride, and food trucks available to purchase snacks.


Posted on October 3, 2017 .

Don't Stay The Way You Are: There Is A Life

September 17, 2017




Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, shows us that there is a life that we were meant to live...the New Creation God designed us for.



Use these questions to help explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Paul has been concerned, all throughout the book of Galatians, with the tendency of the Christians to drift back into the Old way of life. Is this you? Is there any area of your life that you see yourself reverting back to some unhealthy habits and tendencies? Pray that God reveals to you what that is.

Speak: How is the fruit of the Spirit seen in your speech? So often, we explode on those close to us, our families, our coworkers. How is God transforming your speech so that you speak the words of life the way he does?

Grow: What fruit of the Spirit can you pray for this year? Pick one fruit (Love; Joy; Peace; Patience; Kindness; Goodness; Faithfulness; Gentleness; Self Control) and ask the Holy Spirit daily to produce that fruit in your life.

Love: How would all of your relationships be changed if you produced the fruit of the Spirit in the midst of them? Make this a focus for how to love those you are struggling to love.


Posted on September 22, 2017 .

Don't Stay The Way You Are: There Is A Path

September 10, 2017




In our journey of transformation, Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister, answers the question, "How do we become who we are meant to be?"

We surrender control to the God of resurrection.


Use these questions to further explore the message.

Pray: How does prayer keep you on the path of death, surrender, and then receiving the gift of life?

Speak: Who do you know that is drifting from the New way (the person God has planned for them to be) back to the Old way? Speak to them, warning them that the secondary rewards are not enough to sustain them.

Grow: The path from the Old, to the New is Death, Surrender, and then Life (elimination, imitation, incorporation). What in your life needs to die? to be surrendered? to be raised again?

Love: Our culture struggles with this idea that there is “one path” to the best life here on earth. Why is this so difficult in our culture? How can we be loving yet also stick to the truth of the good news of Jesus?

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Posted on September 19, 2017 .

Special Announcement About Brian Sitton, Children's Minister

September 18, 2017


Church Family, 
We would like to inform you of a family announcement that has to do with one of our ministers who is making an exciting life transition: 

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Dear College Heights family,

I have some big news: I have accepted a new job at a Christian organization across town. Since it would be very difficult to do both jobs, I will no longer be the Children's Minister here at College Heights. I still love this church, and my family will continue to be active members here.

I have loved this job and I have loved teaching your children about Jesus! But it seems when a minister leaves, people often wonder why. Well, it's very simple: God has opened the door to an incredible new opportunity where my job will be to create interactive digital ways to engage thousands of kids all across the country with the gospel. It's gonna be incredible!

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me serve in LaunchPad for the last 10 years. I have learned so much. Thank you to all of the volunteers who I got to work with at VBS and camps and Sunday School classes and small groups. What you do truly matters in the life of these children. Thank you for helping our kids feel like valuable members of the College Heights family.

I will be on staff for the next 30 days. After that, I will still be an active member of this congregation volunteering where I am needed. And yes, Paige is very excited for me to sit by her in big church.

I ask that you would join us in prayer during this transition:

  • Pray that God would provide an incredible leader for this ministry.
  • Pray for even more volunteers to join the LaunchPad team.
  • Pray for peace and wisdom for the LaunchPad team as they navigate this transition.
  • Pray that I would make a huge impact for God’s kingdom in my new job.

Thank you,

Brian Sitton
Children’s Minister
LaunchPad Commander

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We are going to miss Brian very much. If we could, we would keep Brian as a Children's Minister, yet God has called him and his family to a new chapter in their journey of making disciples of our youth. 
This is a win for the Kingdom. We are a church committed to raising up and sending out disciples. Although we are sad that we are losing a minister like Brian, we are going to rejoice with him and his family in this new season of their lives. They are going to an incredible organization, CIY, with an incredible mission and vision and influence for the Kingdom. So let's pray over Brian and his family, tell them how much we have valued and appreciated them over the years, and let's send them out, cheering them on. 
Now you are probably wondering, "What does this mean for our children's ministry, for our kids?" 
Great question. We believe this: If God has a plan for Brian, then he has a plan for us, too, and we are looking forward to discovering what that is. From now until December 2017, Ann Wolfe, our Early Childhood Minister, will also be serving as the INTERIM Children's Minister, overseeing everything from babies to 5th grade. We will increase the hours of some of her staff, help during this transition, as well as recruit a number of key volunteers and staff to help teach at our elementary program, Launchpad. Please tell her thank you for taking this on during this season, for this allows for us to not rush into a "quick fix" for our children, and gives us the space and time to truly do what we believe is best for the long-term health of our children's ministry. Please pray for us as we seek God's guidance in this vital ministry and that God raises up the right people for such a time as this. 

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  • Brian Sitton has accepted a job at CIY
  • His last day will be October 10, 2017
  • Ann Wolfe will serve as INTERIM Children’s Minister for babies-5th grade, from now until December 2017
  • We are taking time to create the best long-term plan for our children's ministries
  • We are looking forward to seeing what God does through Brian and College Heights in the days ahead

Posted on September 18, 2017 .

Great Day of Service 2017: Things to Know

September 13, 2017


The Great Day of Service has been an integral part of our College Heights culture for years and we are so excited to be serving our community again this year! 

Our goal is that in some way every home, business, street, family, and person we come in contact with on that day to be  blessed  by the love of God! We can do so much more when we do it together!

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  • We will have a worship service at 9:15 before serving our community on Sunday, September 24
  • We invite you to wear any of your previous Great Day of Service t-shirts, You Are Here shirts, or our new You Belong Here shirts!

  • At Noon, we will gather at Landreth Park (on Murphy Blvd.) for a church picnic. We will provide the food and we invite you to bring lawn games.

  • You could help us plan for the day better if you would sign up today (or you can stop by the Sign Up Counter this Sunday in the Atrium to register).

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Posted on September 13, 2017 .

A Day Conference for Widows: "Anchored in Hope"


Women of Hope is hosting a day-long conference called “Anchored in Hope” on Saturday, October 14, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in the College Heights Worship Center and Atrium. 

This is a unique conference designed for the support and encouragement of widows, and will feature Kay Moll as guest speaker, in addition to workshops, a continental breakfast and lunch, and many other special features.

This special day will focus on Jesus as your HOPE while you move through the various seasons of widowhood, and will cover topics all the way from finding your place and ministry in the church to good self-care to doing your own handyman jobs around the house! 

The cost of registration is $20 by September 30, $25 after September 30. You may register here.


More about Kay Watts:


Kay Moll is a graduate of Johnson University and the University of Tennessee. In May of 1969, she married Edward Watts, also a Johnson graduate. They moved to Walshville, IL in August of 1969 where they ministered to the Walshville Christian Church.  Eddie began graduate studies at Lincoln Christian Seminary and Kay taught junior high school in Mt. Olive, Illinois.  Eight months after their marriage, Eddie was killed in a car accident on his way back to attend Homecoming at Johnson.  

Following Eddie’s death, Kay moved back to Tennessee and worked at Johnson until December of 1971.  At that time, she went to Zambia, Africa where she served as a missionary with Zambia Christian Mission through 1979—teaching Bible classes in the public school system and working with young people in local churches. 

From 1980 - 1991 she was the Director of Operations with Good News Productions, International in Joplin, Missouri.  

After being a widow for 22 years, Kay married Tom Moll in December of 1991. Tom’s first wife Julie died from cancer after they had been married for over 23 years.  Tom was ministering at the time of their marriage to the Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kay then served as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Sunnybrook from1992-1998.

Tom and Kay moved to Mason, Ohio in the fall of 1998 where they ministered to Christ’s Church at Mason until their retirement in 2012. Since their “retirement,” Tom has served full-time as the Chaplain at The Christian Village at Mason, a retirement community of about 500 people and Kay works part-time at Liberty Bible Academy.

Many of Kay’s growing up years were spent on the campus of Johnson University where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Morgan, served as staff members. Her three sisters (Janis Weedman, Carol Fields, and Judy Mentzer), also graduates of JU, are very actively involved in Christian ministry. 

Tom’s three children, Lori, Rene, and Brian, have become a very important part of Kay’s life. Tom and Kay have fourteen grandchildren in whom they take great delight!


“Women of Hope” is a ministry for widows under the direction of the College Heights Women’s Ministry.

You can download this card to share with others!

You can download this card to share with others!


For more information, contact Carla Scott at 417.850.4762 or

Posted on September 7, 2017 .

Don't Stay The Way You Are: There Is A Goal

September 3, 2017




Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, answers our protest of "Why can't you let me be me?" with the declaration that "God loves you too much as you are to keep you as you are."


Use these questions to help you further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: How are you reverting back to the old, destructive way of life? Make a commitment to praying the declaration that we prayed at church every single morning, centering yourself on the goal of the new life in Christ.

Speak: Paul took extreme measures to argue, to persuade, and to challenge the church in Galatia to not drift back to their old way of life. Who do you know that also needs this encouragement? Knowing it will be hard, awkward, and difficult to have that conversation, how can you make a strong enough resolution in order to have that tough conversation ?

Grow: How are you growing towards the goal that God has for you–your “created intent for life”? 

Love: Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself, yet the key is first loving yourself the way God loves you so that you can love your neighbor the way God loves them. Do you believe God loves you as you are today and also is calling you to become who he created you to be? How do you love yourself AND desire to grow and pursue the goal?



I am a sinner saved by grace. 

I am a child of God, adopted by his love. 

I am a new creation, resurrected by his power. 

I am an Elect Exile, sustained by his hope. 


Use me today for your glory. 

Use me today for your mission. 

Use me today for your new creation. 

Use me today for your church. 


Make me a follower of Jesus. 

Make me a person after God’s heart. 

Make me submit to others I live with out of reverence for Christ. 

Make me a neighbor to those who need a neighbor. 


Today, I choose to make a masterpiece. 

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail; 

So today I reject the pain of regret and 

Choose the pain of discipline.


For you did not give me a spirit of timidity, 

But a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. 


I choose to renew my mind by setting it on things above, 

Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 

I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus,

The author and perfecter of our faith. 

I choose to embrace the cruciform life

To be crucified with Christ, sharing in his suffering, 

That I might also share in his glory. 


As a member of the priesthood of all believers, 

I ask you to fan into flame the gifts you have given me. 

I ask for wisdom, that I may speak the truth in love. 

I ask for boldness to proclaim the good news of Jesus

I ask for the heart of a shepherd, that I might share–

Not only the gospel of God—but my life as well. 


Sustain me, that I might be joyful in hope, 

patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. 

Produce in me the fruit of the Spirit

Rather than the works of the flesh. 

Today, I press on toward the goal to win the prize

For which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 

For I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, 

But Christ lives in me. 


Make me who you want me to be.

Posted on September 6, 2017 .

You Belong Here: The Lost

August 27, 2017



 Concluding our series "You Belong Here," Sy Huffer, our Lead Minister,  presents a year-long initiative to be relentlessly inclusive, making all people feel like they belong at College Heights, including those who do not know Jesus.


Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Sy said, “You are the reason Jesus came here.” Do you believe that? Pray to God, asking him to reveal to you how he sees you, not how you see yourself.

Speak: Who do you know that needs to hear the truth that they belong in God’s family? Commit to someone today to speaking to that person about Jesus’ invitation.

Grow: God is truly wild about you. Do you believe this? How can you grow in your understanding and realization of God’s love for you?

Love: Do you know someone that, like the kid hiding while playing hide and seek, they hide yet desire to ultimately be found? Do you know someone who is desperate and needs to be loved, like Zacchaeus, in the midst of their desperation?

Posted on August 31, 2017 .

Holy Land Trip 2020



7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 30 


Dr. Mark Scott, a member of our Teaching Team,  and his wife, Carla, are hosting a trip to Israel and Germany from June 1-13, 2020.

While in Israel, the group will see sites around the Holy Land and in Germany they will attend the historic Oberammergau Passion Play.

If you are even remotely interested, please come to an informational meeting in the Theater Room (Room K120), Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM.


A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat - so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of suffering and death from the plague, the Oberammergauers swore an oath that they would perform the "Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years. At Pentecost 1634, they fulfilled their pledge for the first time on a stage they put up in the cemetery above the fresh graves of the plague victims.

In the year 2020, the Community of Oberammergau will perform the Passion Play, they have preserved throughout the centuries with singular continuity, for the 42nd time. Since 1634, the most famous passion play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020 and is regarded as the most important passion play in the world.

The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests.

You can find out more about the Oberammergau Passion Play here.


Posted on August 30, 2017 and filed under Events.

Wednesday Night Programming Begins September 6!


We are excited to resume our Wednesday night programming on September 6! Most of the children and adult classes start at 7:00 PM, and the middle school and high school programming starts at 6:30 PM.


Contact Becca White:


Early Childhood (Babies thru Kindergarten) 7:00 PM

Our Early Childhood Ministry seeks to help young children grow in their knowledge of and love for Jesus through biblically sound lessons, fun and age appropriate activities, and safe, quality care. For more information go to

·       Baby City (0-1 year):  E Hallway (near the Atrium)

·       Toddler Town (2-3 years):  D Hallway (near the Atrium)

·       Kid Cadets (pre-k & kindergarten):  H Hallway (near the Fellowship Hall)



School Age (1st – 12th Grade) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

·       LaunchPad BLAST (1st – 5th Grade) 7:00 PM in the Gym

On Wednesday nights, we have LaunchPad BLAST, where we play awesome games, study a story from God’s Word, memorize that story, and talk about how to apply it to our lives in small groups. For more info go to

·       Kid’s Choir (1st – 5th Grade) 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall

On Wednesday nights, we meet to practice for our Christmas production: Fact or Fiction: The Christmas Edition. Contact Kathy or Richard Wright for more information.


·       Odyssey (6th – 8th Grade) - in the Atrium

We want to engage the hearts of middle school students with the truth of Jesus & proactively help them answer the "Why?" of their beliefs all while having fun & with trusted adult mentors. For more information go to

·       Quake (9th – 12th Grade) - in the Chapel

A fun environment for high school students to love Jesus through worship, teaching, discussion & challenges to make a difference in the world around them through the power of the Holy Spirit. For more information go to



(7:00 PM)

Contact Kaele Ward:



Practical Classes

·       Gospel Parenting – Titus Neuenschwander – Room K121

Is the Gospel big enough to help broken parents lead broken kids in a broken world? This 7-week discussion will help parents fret less about having “good” kids & discover the freedom of gospel-centered parenting.

·       Financial Peace University – Michael Hicks – Room K125

This 9-Week study features Dave Ramsey as he walks you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. (FPU membership $99, scholarships available by request.)

·       Orchestra - Todd Johnson – Room K124

On Wednesday nights, adults are welcome to come join together and enjoy one another’s company while they play their various instruments. All strings, brass, and woodwinds are welcome!


Care Classes

·       Grief Share – Jeff White – Room I105

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This group helps you face these challenges & move toward healing.

·       Divorce Care – Sharon and Dervin Roth – Room A108

Find help & healing for the hurt of separation & divorce.  This is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.



Bible Classes

·       Miracles of Jesus – Mark Scott – Choir Room K126

This class will study how to understand the miracles of Jesus as not just evidences of his power but as pictures of a new redeemed world.

·       Christianity 101 – Terry Bowland – Room L108

Whether you are a new believer or a seasoned saint, this class will provide a fun venue for exploring some of the basic aspects of what it means to be a Christian.


·       Thru the Roof Bible Study – Thru the Roof, 831 Sycamore

Thru The Roof is a ministry in which people with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to glorify God. Wednesday is designated for Bible study.  



Men Only

·       Real Men – Pat Boyer – Room B104

This 12-lesson video series brings together a group of dynamic speakers, challenging men to be stronger followers of Jesus.



Women Only

(Contact Carol Bowland:

·       Galatians/Ephesians - Donna Still ($9 Book Cost) – Room A101

This 13-week Inductive Bible Study will teach you how to discover God’s precepts, purposes and promises and enhance your daily Bible reading.

·       True Woman 101 – Heather Williams & Sheryl Bushnell - K123

Dig into the heart of true womanhood and discover the beauty, joy, and fulfillment of being exactly who He created you to be in this 8-week book study.

·       Uninvited - Single Moms Book Study – Room K F110/G102

Led by Angela Grantham & team of mentor moms, Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken--a love that does not reject or uninvite. Meet for supper at 6:15 PM with study beginning at 7 PM. Book cost $8.

Posted on August 24, 2017 .

Things You Need To Know (Events & Info)

August 22, 2017

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Vision Sunday/Breakfast Sunday/T Shirt Sunday

THIS Sunday we will be aging our annual Vision Sunday complete with free t-shirts and free breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 11:30 AM. T-shirts will be available in the Atrium. We will be casting our vision for the next year, so this is a great Sunday to invite friends and neighbors if they would like to know more about the church! 


Car Care

9:00 AM-12:00 NOON, Saturday, August 26

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (oil change, check fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.) for single moms, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Please contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.


Next Steps Coffee

9:15 AM, Sunday, September 3

Next Steps Coffee is a casual gathering for you to find out how you can take the next step in your journey with God. You'll have an opportunity to hear about who we are, what we do, and ask us questions. Come grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the Prayer Room (at the northwest corner of the Atrium) during the 9:15 AM service.


Wednesday Night Programming Begins

September 6

Our mid-week programming will begin on Wednesday night, September 6. We have classes for all ages. Children and adult classes begin at 7:00 PM; middle school and high school classes begin at 6:30 PM. Be on the lookout for more details in the very near future on our website, a blog post, email, or social media.


Orchestra Players Wanted

Starting Wednesday, September 6

Do you miss playing in your school band or orchestra? We are looking for players to provide beautiful music throughout the year as well as accompany our worship team on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM during the school year. Contact Todd Johnson at



Women of Hope Conference: "Anchored in Hope"

A Day Conference for Widows
Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
College Heights Christian Church
Worship Center & Atrium

Kay Moll, Guest Speaker
This edifying day is designed for the support and encouragement of widows, and will focus on Jesus as your HOPE as you move through the various seasons of widowhood.

More details to come.


Posted on August 23, 2017 and filed under Updates.

You Belong Here: The Stranger

August 20, 2017


The Sermon


In our second week of "You Belong Here," Dr. Mark Scott reminds us that for the stranger to belong here, we must intentionally receive them and be willing to learn from them.

The Prayer

It was our privilege to pray as a congregation for racial reconciliation, Barcelona, and the families of the police officers who were killed.

Let us be a church who prays about everything.

The Questions

Use these questions to help you apply what was spoken about in the message:

Pray: Beyond our text today in the next narrative we see Abraham “bargaining” with God about the city of Sodom (16-33). Do you pray for wicked cities? Do you feel comfortable bargaining with God in prayer? What would make this kind of prayer more acceptable to you?

Speak: Do you put yourself in a position to hear God speak to you? When the strange visitors came to Abraham they were immediately given Near Eastern hospitality (1-8). Abraham enlisted Sarah and his servants to create a perfect environment for listening to these messengers. How can you create the perfect culture for listening to God speak?

Grow: What does entertaining strangers look like for you? How could you take the next step in genuine biblical hospitality? People never forget how you make them feel? What changes can you make in your present openness to ensure people feel welcome in your presence.

Love: Let’s talk about love in marriage. Even though Abraham was as good as dead (Hebrews 11:12) and Sarah was passed “the age,” she remembered that intimate love was “pleasure” (12). Can husbands and wives celebrate the oneness of their home by bringing each other pleasure?

Posted on August 22, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

You Belong Here: The Foreigner

August 13, 2017




In the first week of our series, "You Belong Here," Sy Huffer reminds us that while pursuing holiness, we drift from the heart of God without also welcoming the foreigner among us.



Use these questions to further explore the theme of the  message:

Pray: We all have those people that if we could we would like to put them in our “Not Neighbor” circle. Who are they for you? Who do you struggle to love? Ask God to reveal that in your heart.

Speak: Who needs encouragement and support from you? Who can you invite into your community?

Grow: How can you grow in your holiness by pursuing the foreigner in our community? Take a step today by getting involved in including the foreigners into your community.

Love: Who is God calling you to love today?

Posted on August 15, 2017 .

Things You Need To Know (Events & Info)

August 10, 2017


This Sunday in the Atrium

College Heights engages refugees, immigrants and internationals in and around Joplin. We want to build awareness and awaken you to what is happening and how you can join. Learn more and consider engaging the foreigner through one of the four commitment areas of College Heights: Pray, Speak, Grow, Love.

Primetimers Lunch (Senior Adults)

11:00 AM, Monday, August 14, Atrium

Billies Stamps and her husband will be here to entertain us with Gospel Music. Lunch will be provided for $5.00 per person. Enjoy lots of fun and fellowship! Register at the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium.


Small Groups / Ministry Fair Kickoff

Sunday, August 20

We belong in community...and we serve the community. That’s how disciples change the world. We are asking two things of you that Sunday: 1) to get connected to a small group (if you are not already) and 2) to sign up to serve in ONE area of ministry (if you are not already). We belong together...and we serve together.


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Women’s Annual Ministry Fair & Fall Kickoff

6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 23

Come to the Ministry Fair in the Atrium at 6:00 PM to look over the new Bible studies in the fall and the different women’s ministries you can be a part of. At 7:00 PM we’ll have a light supper and program in the Gym. Bring your friends, small group, and neighbors to this fun evening! Buy your ticket ($10) at the Sign Up Counter August 6, 13, and 20. You can also register here. Child care is available if you register your child before August 20.


Car Care

9:00 AM-12:00 NOON, Saturday, August 26

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (oil change, check fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.) for single moms, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Please contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.


You Belong Here!

Vision Sunday—August 27

Would you like to help us launch out on hospitality? We will be serving breakfast in the south parking lot and we need greeters, servers, cooks, and set-up help. Stop by the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium to sign up for available time slots. For more information, contact Carol Bowland, x111.


Orchestra Players Wanted

Starting Wednesday, September 6

Do you miss playing in your school band or orchestra instrument? We are looking for players to provide beautiful music throughout the year as well as accompany our worship team on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM during the school year. Contact Todd Johnson at


New Stage Design

During August and September, we are staging a new set in our Worship Center provided by one of our long-time ministry partners, Christ In Youth. Christ In Youth provides events to thousands of teens and kids all over the U.S. and the world. In order to better prepare for their Fall and Spring student events, they have asked if they could test their stage setup in our Worship Center. We are excited to host them and to see that both ministries can benefit!

Posted on August 10, 2017 .

Jeremiah: Shattered Faithfulness

August 6, 2017




To conclude our Shattered series through Jeremiah, our Lead Minister Sy Huffer uses the songs of Lamentations to illustrate when faithfulness of God seems shattered, to remember what he has done and sing songs to God.



Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Are you in a place where it seems God isn’t being faithful? What does it look like to tell him how you feel and remember what he has done? Try that this week. Divide a piece of paper in half and write on one side how you feel and write on the other all the times he has been faithful to you.

Speak: Who do you know that is in the middle of a season of questioning God? Who can you share this practice with, of praising God and lamenting at the same time?

Grow: Growing means choosing God’s way everyday, yet the question we asked this morning was: How do you remain faithful when it seems God isn’t? What does this look like for you? What is God asking you to do to remain faithful, even when it doesn’t make sense?

Love: Loving God means doing what he says, because, ultimately, you trust him. Do you trust God, even when you don’t see him, even when you are questioning his faithfulness? What steps can you take this week to be faithful to him even when you don’t feel it?

Posted on August 9, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered No More

July 30, 2017




Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, demonstrates that though hope rarely seems rational in a fallen world, hope is foundational to restoration with God.


Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Does your heart break for the things that breaks God’s heart? Sin is a serious deal, yet on this side of the cross it can feel so light and soft. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the weight of your sin and the reality that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.

Speak: Who have you hurt because of your sin? What does it look like for you to follow the moaning of Ephraim, to accept discipline, return to the Lord, repent of your sins to the person you offended, confess to them your sins, and be sorrowful for what you did?

Grow: What area of your life needs to be brought back to the Lord?

Love: Although we need to take sin seriously, that doesn’t mean we have to punish ourselves or hate ourselves because of our sin. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. That first means we have to love ourselves. Do you love you? (Not in an arrogant way, but in the same way that God loves you in spite of your sin.)

Posted on August 2, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered View

July 23, 2017



Dr. Shane Wood, a member of our Preaching Team, talks about the skewed theology we attach to "popular" scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, and Psalms 118:24 and how this view can cause disunity between us and God. He asks the question, "Do you really trust God?"


Use these questions to further explore the topic of the message:

Pray—In Jeremiah 29:7, the prophet exhorts God’s people to pray for Babylon’s prosperity. What oppressive countries can we lift up in prayer to the Lord for their healing?

Speak—Many false prophets during the time of Jeremiah were speaking “words of the Lord” that were, in reality, “words from themselves.” Can you think of a time when you spoke “words of the Lord” for selfish reasons? If so, how did you (or should you) make this right?

Grow—Whether for political reasons, past wounds, age stage changes, or even medical reasons, many people feel isolated or in a personal exile. When you find yourself in an “exile” situation, how do you demonstrate trust in the Lord?

Love—Sometimes the Word of God can be used as a weapon against people around us. How can you use the Word of God this week to bless those around you instead?


Posted on July 24, 2017 and filed under Sermons.

Jeremiah: Shattered Leaders

July 16, 2017




Titus Neuenschwander, our Family Minister, brings Jeremiah to center stage in an interesting interview that focused on his life as a prophet and ended with an encouraging message on being leaders where we are.


Use these questions to further explore the theme of the message:

Morning Show Questions—What about the life of Jeremiah encourages you? Gives you hope? Breaks your heart? Frustrates you?

Pray—Jeremiah was asked not to pray for his people because God had decided to withhold mercy in handing Judah over to Babylon. When God asks Jeremiah this, what feelings or thoughts come to mind? Are there moments in life that your prayers shift to “God’s will be done”? What hesitations do you have about praying such a prayer?

Speak—Jeremiah never ceased to speak what God asked him to speak. But he often did itwith tears and a broken heart. He spoke the truth but it was not devoid of love. Is there someone in your life who needs to hear a message of truth spoken with humility and love? Will you share it?

Grow—What can we learn about a long life of faithfully living and obediently following after God?

Love—What about the life of Jeremiah encourages you to love others more?

Posted on July 19, 2017 and filed under Sermons.