History And Values
What is the Mission of Creekwood UMC?
Growing Deep Roots To Share God’s Love.
What do we dream Creekwood UMC will look like?
A welcoming community that experiences and inspires spiritual maturity for all ages, but with a prioritization of future generations, through exploration, connection,
compassion, and generosity, with the objective of influencing all whom we meet, in all areas of our lives, with and towards the love of Jesus Christ.
What are the Core Values of CreekwoodUMC?
Exploration – At Creekwood, we are aware that God’s ways are higher than our ways and God’s wisdom is higher than our wisdom. Through Christ, we gain full revelation of God and through scripture, we are left with the inspired wisdom of God as collected by the Church through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. But like Paul, we see through a mirror dimly. We are people who know that becoming Christ-like is a journey and no matter what age or stage of life we are in, we are never done seeking the fullness of God in Christ Jesus.
Invitation (or Connection) – At Creekwood we know that God’s Holy Spirit birthed a church out of many kinds of people, with gifts that are all necessary to the full witness of Christ’s church. We understand the expression “the Body of Christ” to mean that following Jesus is best not done in a vacuum but together with others who are seeking the influence of Christ. Members of Creekwood should invite and welcome new relationships, seeking to influence those inside and outside of the church with Christ’s love.
Compassion – At Creekwood, we understand that everyone has been influenced uniquely by their past, and their journey toward Christ will be influenced by that past.
We aim to influence others with the loving compassion of Christ that seeks to enthusiastically welcome, listen, and understand before passing judgment. We seek to have compassion towards those in physical and spiritual need, and those who need welcoming, whether they are established members or those we randomly meet in the world.
Generosity – At Creekwood, we have been influenced by the generosity of God, who humbly took on flesh, lived among us, healed many, taught compassion and mercy, and showed perfect love by giving himself fully on the cross, only to be raised on the third day, opening the abundance of eternal life and a life free from sin and death. All of this was given to us freely without price. In turn, we know that generosity of spirit is part of who we were created to be, and who we are freed to be when we realize the abundance of God’s creation and love. We aim to influence a “theology of enough” that promotes a life free from gluttony and free to share extravagantly.
Mentoring – At Creekwood, we have been given the gift of people younger than us to influence and be influenced by. In our ongoing journey towards Christ, we will prioritize influencing those younger than we are with the good news of Jesus Christ through mentoring relationships, continuous prayer, and active presence. We also recognize that no matter what age or stage of life we are in, there is always more to learn. Like those who were influenced by Jeremiah, Josiah, the teenage Jesus, Timothy, Ruth, and other young figures from scripture, we should open ourselves up to be influenced by those younger than us, whose newer journey towards Christ can reignite our spiritual growth.
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The Past, Present, and Future
Creekwood’s history and values are important to us.
We are a congregation that is constantly changing. It could be property upgrades or the style of worship that’s offered. Small groups or a new mission focus area keep us. evolving.
We keep some strong traditions, but we’re always looking forward.