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For many religion is routine. The holy is humdrum. Faith is just plain flat. But Jesus described life with God as an epic quest for a priceless treasure. Something that would require the most audacious and courageous sacrifice. Something that would result in the most overflowing and fulfilling satisfaction. Join us at Highland on Wednesday nights as we embark on this quest in a fresh way.

Quest is not for everyone. It’s limited to those tired of a subnormal faith and hungry for a life with God filled with greater risk and even greater reward.It’s reserved for those undaunted and undeterred by the invitation to climb higher and dive deeper than ever before. We’ve only got room for those willing to say “no” to other things and say “yes” to this expedition.

Quest participants will interact with some of the most spiritually formative content available. During 22 gatherings on Wednesday nights 7:00–8:00pm, participants will gather needed resources for the adventure and draw near to our guide Jesus.

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The Adventure

  1. Judah Smith How’s Your Soul?
    DVD Study with study guide — 6 sessions — Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author, explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul in the midst of a busy life and points readers to the soul’s only true home and place of rest and fulfillment: God.          
  2. Brother Lawrence & Frank Laubach Practicing His Presence 
    Book discussion + Guest Speaker — 2 sessions — Imagine a book that is 300 years old and has never been out of print! This is that book. If you wish to know Jesus in a deeper way, you are invited to join the vast host of Christians who, over three centuries, have turned to this book more than any other--except the Scriptures--in order to begin that journey to the depths of Christ.          
  3. Men’s/ Women’s Breakout DVD study - 6 sessions
    A. Beth Moore The Quest
    DVD Study with study guide — Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand. In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

    B .Peter Scazzero Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
    (Updated) DVD Study with study guide — Many sincere followers of Christ, followers who are passionate for God, join a church, participate weekly in a small group, serve with their gifts, and who are considered "mature," remain stuck at a level of spiritual immaturity—especially when faced with interpersonal conflicts and crises. The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality video study and companion workbook offer a strategy for discipleship that addresses this void, offering powerful pathways to transformation that will help people mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God.    

  4. Men’s/ Women’s Breakout Biography - 3 sessions
    A. Katie Davis Majors Daring to Hope
    Book discussion — When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.  

    B. Eric Metaxas Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Book
    Discussion — As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.      
  5. William P. Young The Shack 
    DVD Study and Book discussion + Guest Speaker — 5 sessions — In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mackenzie Allen Philips gets will astound you and transform you. 

Total cost per attendee: $50

Quest Facilitators

  • Lawana Maxwell
    Lawana brings to the quest 9 years on the mission field in France and 12 years of ministry and leadership at Highland.         
  • Chris Altrock
    Chris brings to the quest 19 years of ministry of leadership at Highland, 4 years of training in Ignatian spiritual formation, and training as a spiritual director.