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    Senior Pastor
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    Assistant Pastor, Discipleship
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    Assistant Pastor, Youth/Families
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    High-Life Assistant Director
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    Administrative Assistant
    High-Life/Children
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    Director of Children's Ministry
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    Director of Community Development/Assimilation
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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself


“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 
This is the first and greatest commandment. 
And the second is like it:
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Matthew 22:36-40

Southwood longs to have a youth ministry that shares the church’s vision to experience and express grace by being in the community, for the community. This youth ministry, called High-Life, urges students to look to the lonely and left-out in their circle of friends and to encourage their peers in the study of God’s word as well as in serving others.

The Lodge was built in 2004, thanks to the sacrificial giving of many Southwood members, with a vision that the building would be a welcoming and warm place for the middle and high school students of Huntsville. As Southwood students were inviting so many of their friends to participate in the High-Life family, the church facility faced the issue of running out of space to house the ministry. The church body desired a physical representation of that outward face of High-Life, a ministry based upon looking outside of itself and to the needs of others. Just as the members of Southwood have known and experienced the grace of Jesus Christ in our own lives, the Lodge provides a place where needy, broken followers of Christ can be encouraged together with those from other areas of the Huntsville community.

This attention to providing a safe place for all Huntsville students to hear the Gospel continues today. There are hundreds of students who come through the doors of the Lodge each year who do not attend Sunday morning worship at Southwood. Southwood members and non-members alike serve on the servant leadership team “Crew,” who go on the Peru and InTown missions trips, and who attend retreats and weekly youth groups. They come in droves to Cookie Tuesday and other fellowship gatherings.

High-Life staff and volunteers are constantly encouraging our member students to look outside of themselves and ask, “Who are the lost, the lonely, and the left-out in my sphere of influence? How might I share the grace found in Jesus Christ with them? How might I serve the people the Lord has placed in my path? How might I look in the mirror and see my own need for Christ’s daily grace and share that grace with the people in my life?”

High-Life is driven by the desire for students to meet with Christ and be so changed by him that they long to be the aroma of Christ to a dying world and shine the light of Christ in the darkness. It is the hope of Southwood that, as students encounter our youth ministry, the love of Christ would impact their hearts and that they would long to share that love of Christ with those around them. As they look to Christ to satisfy their own neediness and desperation, they would long to encounter Jesus with their friends and peers.