The following is written to give a brief history of the congregation known as the Higden church of Christ.
The Higden church of Christ had its beginning in the fall of 1948 when a small group of people (approximately 6) began meeting in “Old Higden” for worship. As the congregation increased in number an old church building was purchased to meet in. In 1950 some preaching students from Harding College (now Harding University) began coming to Higden on Sunday to preach for the congregation. These students also wired the building for electricity (not everyone had electricity at that time). In 1959 the “Old Higden Town” was relocated due to plans to flood the area and form Greers Ferry Lake. As a result the congregation’s meeting house was relocated to the new town which continues to be known as Higden, since the “old town” is now under about 70 feet of water. The congregation stayed at this new location for fourteen years, the membership growing to approximately thirty-five and outgrowing the old meeting house. The crowds were also considerably larger due to the development of the lake as more people began moving into the area and in the warm weather months the “lake appeal” to tourists began to draw more people to vacation/visit at the lake. A decision was made to construct a new facility on Highway 16, south of the city of Higden. It was constructed in 1973 and the congregation continues to meet in this facility, which has been updated and improved several times over the years.
The Higden church has always taken seriously the charge of Jesus to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20 . . . to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:15-16. Evangelism and saving souls has always been a high priority in the work of the Higden congregation. Over the years the gospel has been and is being presented to millions of people , both locally and world-wide, through the support and efforts of a number of missionaries and local gospel preachers – – radio and printed materials – – a “cooperative effort” in support of the “Search For The Lord’s Way” television program – – and the involvement of members in personal evangelism and “light shining”. We seriously believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power to save the soul and is what the world needs today, more than anything else.
Over the years, through the generous giving of the members, the Higden church has been very involved in benevolent work, the caring of others, both in our local community and in other places. The care and support of the local members that are in need has always occupied a prominent place in the work and service of the congregation. For many years the congregation has actively supported the interest and care of children, both at Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, AR and Children’s Home, Inc. in Paragould, AR.
Through the years the congregation has always tried to supply a good place to meet with meaningful and Biblical services of worship of the Lord on the Lord’s Day. We count this as an important mission and service to the people who visit the area.
What lies in store for the Higden church of Christ in the future? Only the Lord knows. But the congregation will continue in these things and more just as it has in the past. We believe that in doing this, the Lord will continue to bless the congregation. To all who read, we invite you to join in with us as we strive to follow the Apostle Paul’s inspired admonition: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58.