Foothills Fellowship is a non-denominational, Bible-believing and Bible-preaching church in Albuquerque, NM that began in 1974 as Agape Baptist Church in the Foothills of Albuquerque when veteran missionary to the Philippines, Dr. Don Benson and his wife, Alice, knelt on a vacant, cactus covered lot and prayed for the birth of a church in the growing northeast heights neighborhood. Agape Baptist Church first met in a home, then a pre-school and, finally, in their own building completed in 1976.
In the mid 1980's, the church changed its name to Foothills Fellowship. By the mid 1990's, the congregation outgrew the multiple-service capacity of its original facility and began seeking space solutions. In the Spring of 2001, we moved into our present facility on Tramway and Candelaria.
In 1992, we adopted an unreached people group in Southeast Asia where there were no known believers among the 2.4 million people. In 1995, two men (who happened to be brothers) gave their lives to Christ. Shortly thereafter, their entire families came to Christ, and now - after 25 years of prayer, financial support, and sending our own people to live and minister among these people - we have seen a church movement explode with now over 1000 home churches meeting regularly!
In 2005, we felt led by the Lord to adopt another unreached people group...this time in North Africa. We again sent people from our church to North Africa to live and serve these people. Today, there are 3 known believers among this people group numbering 2.5 million. We continue to pray, give, and send people to North Africa with the hope that one day we will see a church movement explode there as well.
In 2013, we responded to God's call on us to bring the good news of God's kingdom into the International District in Albuquerque. We partnered with with Escuela Luz del Mundo (ELM) or "Light of the World School" - a Christ- centered, community-based school in the East Central Avenue neighborhood, and we partnered with other organizations that are bringing the gospel of Jesus to this part of town. Some of our families have even moved there - which led ultimately to us planting a church in the neighborhood in 2017!
Today, we are still a sending church - but now, we are working to equip every member of Foothills Fellowship to "go and make disciples" with whomever God has placed in their neighborhood or network of family and friends. Our strategy consists of training and life-on-life experiences utilizing the discipleship vehicles of Sunday worship, Discipleship Communities, and Huddles. Click here to learn more.
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 10:30; John 16:12-15; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (Luke 1:35; Romans 1:3-4; John 3:16)
We believe that man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners. (Romans 1:18-20; Romans 3:9-23)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. (Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:12-21)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven, and His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Hebrews 7:21, 25)
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 3:3-18; Romans 10:9)
We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
We believe in baptism by immersion of a believer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in testimony of his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Christ, and in confession that he is dead to sin and risen in newness of life in Christ Jesus; and that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until he comes. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-31)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment. (1 Thessalonians 4:15, 16; John 5:28,29; John 14:1-6; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9)
We believe in the glorious, certain, personal and physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this Blessed Hope has a vital bearing on the entire life and service of the believer. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John 3:1-3)
Foothills Fellowship exists to be a worshiping community of God’s people whose lives are shaped by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; and who participate in the mission of God’s Kingdom by proclaiming the good news locally, nationally, and globally.
Here’s what we mean…
Worshiping Community: We will be a unified community of Christ-followers who are founded on the Word of God and rooted in the story of God. We will learn from the worshipers who have come before us, understand our present role in God’s story and fully participate it in, and live in light of the day when the kingdom of God is fully consummated when Christ returns.
Shaped by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus: We will live our lives in the understanding that following Jesus means modeling our lives after His life and teaching. We understand that this means experiencing suffering and loss as He did, dying to ourselves and being raised with Him, and living as victorious benefactors of His resurrection.
Participate in the mission of God’s Kingdom by proclaiming the good news: God’s purpose in the beginning was to reign over the world of humans and all creation in a state of peace and wholeness. Since the Fall, His mission has been to restore all of creation, redeeming it from sin, renewing what it corrupted, recovering what it lost: a true re-creation of everything. This mission reached its climax in the life, teaching, relationships, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus, book-ended by the proclamations, “The kingdom of God is at hand,” and “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
We, therefore, are commissioned by God to proclaim in word and deed the good news that Christ has been exalted to the right hand of the father and has inaugurated God’s kingdom on earth – restoring, redeeming, renewing, re-creating through his spirit-empowered people. We will fully participate in this mission of being and making disciples as individuals, as families, and as a community. We will also fully embrace the truth that we have been blessed to be a blessing locally, nationally, and globally.
We accomplish our mission through the pursuit of the following 9 core values:
Jesus Christ, the Head
We recognize that God has placed Jesus Christ as Head over the church. Therefore, we will submit to His leadership over ours. We will seek His direction and will for our church through full devotion to His word and prayer.
Foothills Fellowship will be a Christ-ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, member engaged church.
Everyone A Minister
We know that God has blessed us in order to be a blessing. Therefore, we will exhort and equip each member of our fellowship to be agents of redemption, renewal, re-creation, and recovery by identifying and participating in either a local, national or global ministry.
Because we are a part of the same people of God that has existed from creation (and on through biblical history and church history), we will be rooted in and will learn from the past, both in belief and in practice. This will give substance to our kingdom life and call and will give us something to say in the present and future which will not ring hollow. We will be grounded in the past but always looking forward into the future. For a more in-depth explanation of Ancient/Future Worship, click here.
Hospitality Without Exception
We will be a sign and symbol of the Kingdom by welcoming people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and ethnicity into our community life. We will provide community for people in the midst of their struggle with sin while helping them grow in a lifestyle of repentance toward Christ-likeness.
Unity in Community
We recognize that God’s calling is not primarily an individualistic call. Instead, he has always had a people whose life is manifested communally. As we live together in ways that embody forgiveness, love, patience, peace, etc. toward one another, we will be a sign and symbol of God’s reign on this earth. We will be demonstrating the fact that we are what Scripture labels us: God’s people, Christ’s body, and the Spirit’s Temple. In other words, worship is a lifestyle of obedience to God lived out in the community of faith for the sake of the world in which we live.
We will equip members to build strong, healthy, and biblical marriages and families. Also, we recognize that the Lord has established the home as the proving ground for church leadership; therefore, men and women who lead well in their homes will be called upon to lead the church.
We will be a church that participates globally in the mission of God’s kingdom. Our primary emphasis will be on people groups who are considered “unreached.” Once a church has been planted among them, we will train local leaders to evangelize, disciple, and lead their own people.
We will intentionally disciple and train the members of our fellowship to be worshipers of the Lord in every area of their lives. Our teaching will be rooted in the Scriptures and mindful of our place in the story of God. From small children to senior adults, we will ground people in the Scriptures, help them know how to live their lives in a way that glorifies the Lord, and equip them to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom to others.