Baptism is for those who profess a belief in Jesus Christ and can testify to the basic tenants of Christianity in their own lives. We baptize by immersion as it points to our death and resurrection in Jesus.
In a family, baptism of children is often performed by their earthly fathers. Others may choose to have a pastor, elder orspiritual leader perform the baptism. Those being baptized may ask a close friend or mentor to read their testimony.
Membership at Foothills begins at Starting Point, a group that is offered two or three times a year. In this group, you can expect to get connected to and acquainted with the body of Foothills. We study our church beliefs, mission statement and leadership structure. We also see how God wired us for service in His great kingdom. Starting Point gives you a basic step to take: Join our church body and sign a covenant relationship with us. Click here to register for the next Starting Point class happening October 15, 22 & 29, 2017.
There are many ways to serve at Foothills and outside our church walls. Service at Foothills typically comes after someone has gone through the Starting Point group and is a covenant member of Foothills.
Family Ministries: Spend time leading a Sunday-morning small group for kids, hold babies in the nursery, or invest in the lives of middle and high school students.
Sunday-morning people team: Greet people coming in our doors, answer questions from guests, help someone find a seat, make coffee and pray.
Worship team: Share your musical talent as part of our Sunday-morning worship team, or go behind the scenes to assist with lighting, projection and sound.
Groups: Lead a small group and shepherd others as we read the Bible, pray together and enjoy fellowship. Or, open up your home and host a group.
Kitchen team: Keep our beautiful kitchen running smoothly with your organizational and neatness skills and lovingly assist various groups that use the kitchen.
Groundskeeping: Join our groundskeeping team and assist with maintenance of lawns, garden beds, trees and shrubs.
Deacons: Men and women who enter deacon service have demonstrated a deep commitment to serve the needy and suffering within our body. Deacons are appointed by elders and meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:8-13. New deacons complete a mentoring process before being publicly appointed through prayer and a laying on of hands. These folks are at the heart of our ministry and may perform such duties as funeral assistance, hospital visitation, care for widows, meals for people facing difficulties and the list goes on.
Sacred Place Renovation: Many skilled laborers in our church are in the process of upgrading our kitchen, offices, bathrooms, sanctuary and foyer spaces.
iServe: One day a year in June we launch people into our local cities to work in public spaces and places. Multiple churches come together and serve out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us.
Clothing drive: We collect new and used clothes during the summer to give away at our area's Back to School Fair. These clothes are sorted according to gender and size before we give them away.
City leaf raking: We assist the City of Stayton in November and December to rake leaves and haul away debris for people who are unable to do the work themselves due to age or a disability.
Foothills partners with existing ministries in our local community and various parts of the world. Our partners typically have growing ministries to train local people in building the church. Our desire is to have people from Foothills work directly with these partners and welcome them at Foothills when they are in our neighborhood. Pray hard for these folks.
Asia: A Stayton couple that calls Foothills home works as missionaries to a country in Southeast Asia. We join them in their efforts to train new pastors that work in underground churches, and send teams to teach English to the children of this country. We have opportunities to bring the gospel of Jesus to children at an orphanage, as well as offer training to their caretakers.
Mexico: We are growing deep and lasting roots with the people of Papalote, Mexico. What a joy and privilege it is to hear their stories. We partner with Don & Ilene Nagle of Northern Light Ministries as they serve the people of Papalote through the Bible Institute of Baja. Many of the institute's students return to home villages to plant churches and minister to family members who have not met Jesus.
Haiti: Dr. Guesly Dessieux is a physician who calls Foothills home. He is a native of Haiti and takes medical teams from our local hospital to Haiti on a regular basis. We are excited to develop our relationship with Dr. Dessieux, Haitian Christian Mission, and Project Living Hope to include regular mission trips to this part of the world.
Brazil: Jerry and Lynda Neuman found their niche of ministry for building God's Kingdom in Northeast Brazil – currently in Fortaleza, a metropolis of two and a half million inhabitants, and the coastal capital of the state of Ceará. The Neumans are involved in fulfilling the fourth stage of the Great Commission: "teaching them to obey those things I have commanded you" as well as facilitating the completion of the cycle by helping Brazilians to "Go into all the world..." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Hope Pregnancy Clinic of Salem: Hope PC serves Marion and Polk Counties by empowering individuals to make healthy, life-affirming choices regarding sexuality, pregnancy, parenting and adoption. We support the mission of Hope PC through stewardship of various resources.
New Growth Ministries: Created to help youth in crisis, New Growth is a network of host families who provide food, shelter, and rest to youth in order to support and develop their resilience. New Growth works in collaboration with Safe Families for Children.
Community partnerships: We support the Stayton Community Food Bank and Community Action Resource Center through a monthly benevolence offering. These partners provide food and financial assistance to the many needy families of our region.
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible and that it is absolute truth, without admixture and inerrant in the original autographs, and it is the sole and sufficient standard of faith and practice.
We believe in the one true and living God, creator of heaven and earth, infinite in being and perfection, invisible, immutable, eternal and sovereign over all His creation, worthy of all worship, obedience and devotion, and revealed to us in the Bible as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, these three being equal in essence, in attributes and eternal being, yet there being but one God.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God incarnate through the virgin birth, His eternal pre-existence with the Father, His essential deity, His sinless life, His substitutionary death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His present mediatorial High Priestly office, His personal, visible and premillennial return to the earth and His ultimate kingdom and reign.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, equal with the Father and the Son, and His ministry as the representative of Christ on earth. By Him those who believe the gospel are regenerated, indwelt, nourished in the Word of God, gifted for service, baptized into the body of Christ which is the church of the living God and that He teaches, guides and empowers every believer, continuing to sanctify them and to develop in them the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that Satan is a created, personal being, the instigator of sin, that he is the declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire.
We believe that all men by natural generation possess the fallen nature of Adam and are sinners by nature and deeds, totally depraved and unable to please God or stand in His holy presence; and that if they remain unrepentant and unbelieving, they shall be eternally separated from God in everlasting conscious suffering.
God would have all men come to repentance, and those who come to knowledge of the truth and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ according to the gospel are forgiven all sin and are born anew by the Holy Spirit, and enter into eternal life as children of God with all the mercies and blessings, privileges and responsibilities accorded them in the Holy Bible.
We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
We believe that the local church is composed of born again people who have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith, meet in some local place in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, have elders and deacons, and observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe that all who are saved and accepted in Christ will not fall from that position in the grace of God but shall be sustained by the immutability of divine election, the abiding ministry of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Jesus Christ whereby, continuing in the love of God, they shall persevere to the end and remain eternally saved.
We further believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the unrepentant to everlasting judgment and the repentant to everlasting life in God's presence.
Foothills is a community of people pointing to Jesus and declaring His saving work for us on the cross. We delight in worship, bring Him glory as He changes us, and serve each other out of gratitude for His life-saving work. We desire to be His hands and feet in our community and wherever He calls us.
People often ask, “But what kind of church is this?” Foothills is an elder-led, non-denominational church that began as a Baptist church over 100 years ago. We teach the Bible in an exegetical, or explanatory, manner and tend to focus our teaching on books of the Bible. We are conservative in our interpretation of the Bible.
A wide range of people and families make up our church in a rural community setting. We come from a diverse mix of religious and denominational backgrounds. We welcome everyone.
We continue to cultivate a missional heart and have a vision of “becoming a whole church for the broken world.”
Genus is a class of things with common characteristics. We used to be a Baptist church and we value those roots. Today, we are non-denominational and fit in a class of churches with the following characteristics:
Incarnational: The Church is the body of Christ. It is a mysterious truth with practical expressions through followers of Jesus. Collectively we house the Spirit of God in this world. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, so 1+1+1+7. (Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 4:12, Galatians 4:19, 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:12).
Missional: Mission is why the church exists. Mission exists because worship doesn't. As a missional community of Jesus-followers, we are committed to carrying out His work of reconciling man to God in His way – as a servant (Matthew 28:18-20).
Holistic: The whole gospel for the whole person for the whole world (Matthew 9:35). We live in a fragmented world, where people, families and communities have been torn to shreds. We think Jesus heals and forgives, builds and restores, gives life and brings hope. We even think He is the only hope for this world and that His presence in a life and a community changes everything. Whatever is broken, He can make whole.
Organic: Ministries and people are nurtured and grown from God-given burdens to bless, not assembled and produced to get people in the doors to conform. We are committed to growth and people, not programs and numbers (Luke 13:19).