The début of Hillside Christian Church
By Judi Wiegman
Hillside Christian Church, dubbed the “portable church,” will début in Dalhart on Sunday, August 30th. (It is portable because all of the equipment for the church is being housed in two large trailers that will be moved to the new High School auditorium each Sunday to conduct the 10:30 a.m. service.)
The Campus Pastor for Dalhart is Robert Ledbetter. Ledbetter was born and raised in Dalhart. He is married to Barbara (Lidster). They are the parents of four grown children.
Caleb Garison, will lead worship and also minister to the teens. Caleb comes to Dalhart from Orangefield, TX with his bride of eight months. Before coming here, he led worship in a church in Colleyville, TX while attending college at Dallas Christian.
Robert Ledbetter left his position as minister of education at the First Baptist Church about two years ago to enter into a family business. A Bible study started in his home, quickly outgrew the home setting, and moved twice to larger quarters. This group realized they were more than just a “small group” and felt the need to link with a group. Prayerful consideration led them to an independent Christian church group in Amarillo. This group turned out to be the covering they desired and Hillside Christian Church of Dalhart evolved.
They are seeking to compliment other churches in Dalhart by reaching out to non-church goers. Their target group will be people who reject church or have felt rejected by a church. Ledbetter said, “There are lots of hurting people who have a desire to know God, but have been hurt in one way or another.”
They will be trying an interesting rule in their service; the five minute rule. For five minutes before and at the close of each service, attendees will be asked to be silent unless talking to someone they have not met previously.
Their mission statement is: “To love God while we lead others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” They do not seek to be a “grass is greener” church, but rather to concentrate on replacing hurt with a vision. They will be a casual church; contemporary but not charismatic.
There is no official doctrine necessary to belong to this group. For example, on the doctrine of eternal security, they realize that many good people, studied people, differ on this doctrine. The differences will not be the emphasis.
Ledbetter’s invitation to you is this; “If you don’t have a church home, we would welcome you. If you are part of a church, stay where God has planted you and serve Him there.” For more information, you can reach the church office at 249-1417, or stop by the newly renovated office on Rock Island (former school administration office).