Core Values

Jesus is Creekside's LEader

Creekside was begun by Jesus, is sustained by Jesus and is being built up by Jesus. He is our Leader and we look to Him alone to supply the direction and resources we need to accomplish God's will in this community. Our most important responsibility is to love Him, worship Him, obey Him, trust Him, and exalt Him. (Matthew 16:8; 23:8-10)

The Gospel Is Foundational For Both Salvation And Sanctification

The good news is that God has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. He sent Jesus, who became a human to live the life we were meant to live but failed so that God can clothe everyone who trusts in Christ with His righteousness; to die the death we deserve to die, bearing the punishment for our sins on the cross so that God can pardon all who believe in Him; and to rise from the dead, defeating death on our behalf so that we can live forever with Him. The gospel is not simply the basics of the faith; it is the faith. All that God does in us and through us is on the basis of the gospel. We become Christians by believing the gospel. We grow as Christians by believing the gospel, and by applying that knowledge to our lives. The gospel is not the ABC's of Christianity, it's the A to Z of Christianity.

Creekside Is A Family

The word the New Testament most often uses for Christians is "brethren." We are first and foremost a family, and for our church to function properly, it must function as a healthy, loving family. Our relationships with other family members will determine how effective we are in fulfilling our mission in the community. (Acts 4:32, 1 John 4:7, John 17:20-23)

Creekside Exists To Seek The Lost

Jesus taught that lost people matter to God, and that if we love God, they will matter to us as well. Creekside's mission is to seek and save the lost; to go to unchurched people and use any and all means to bring them to Christ. (Matthew 9:12, Mark 1:17, Luke 15:7) 

We Need To Both Proclaim Good News And Be Good News

Proclaiming the good news of new birth in Christ means following Jesus' example of preaching and doing good. Creekside seeks to do what Jesus would do if He were living in this time and in this community; ministering to the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, and the oppressed. (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12) 

Creekside Is Committed To Learning And Applying The Bible

Jesus said that it is impossible to be His disciple without knowing His word; that we will be shaped either by our culture or by Scripture. Creekside is committed to biblical education; not only in preaching and teaching the Bible in its public services, but in training every Christian to be a vigorous student of the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 8:31-32, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Both Large And Small Group Meetings Are Essential For The Spiritual Health Of The Church

While large celebration services provide an opportunity for worship and learning, small groups provide an opportunity for community, congregational care and ministry. Both are necessary for a balanced spiritual life. (Acts 20:20, Proverbs 13:20, 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12) 

Every Christian Is A Minister

While Creekside employs full time staff, there are no "professional" Christians at Creekside, and no division between clergy and laity. Creekside is a church of ministers. We believe that every Christian has been called and gifted by God for ministry. The staff exist to train the congregation for ministry - not to do the entire ministry themselves. (Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27) 

We Grow By Reproducing

Our goal is reproduction: disciples reproducing disciples, small groups reproducing small groups, and churches reproducing churches. (2 Timothy 6:40, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

We Will Advance Only On Our Knees

A healthy church is a praying church because prayer is the only way we can access the power of God. Knowing that only God can accomplish His work in our community, we are committed to purposeful and prevailing corporate and private intercessory prayer. (Colossians 4:2-4)