The Soil God has given

In Deuteronomy 26, the nation of Israel received instructions about what they should do after they entered the Promised Land. Once they arrived at the land which God gave each tribe and family, they were to plant their crops. When the harvest came, they were to go to the place where the Lord would establish his name and give an offering of the firstfruits of their harvest. They would accompany their offering with these words: "Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O Lord, have given me" (Deuteronomy 26:10).

Planting Seeds of God's Love

Cotton Ridge began in 2010 when a group of hurting believers joined together to plant their lives, seek God's healing, and trust the Lord for his harvest. The new church was uniquely destined to invest its resources not in property, buildings, and other temporary things, but in people. For over six years this small church in a small west Texas town supported orphans, ministered to widows, rebuilt homes for the needy, fed the hungry, prayed for the sick, witnessed to the lost, and baptized those who wished to follow Jesus. The church was able to accomplish all of this without ever owning a building, a kitchen, or even a baptistery because the people believed a very fundamental truth: people are the church.

new soil for a new season

The purpose of Cotton Ridge was never to be a church that replaced others, but to be a people who would attempt to (re)discover the first century model, principles, and practices of biblical Christianity. Now the Lord has commissioned the church's members to take that same spirit and belief into other welcoming congregations in the community.

With unending gratitude in our hearts for God's work through Cotton Ridge, we each resolve to spread the love of Christ wherever the Holy Spirit leads.