Beliefs & Practices

Creekwood Christian Church is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a global community of faith. With a healthy respect for diversity and the unity of all Christians, we join over 3,800 congregations in the United States and Canada, as well as a wide variety of global church and community partners. We strive to be a church grounded in New Testament practices and teachings. While each Disciples congregation is free to live out its own unique calling and mission, the following beliefs and practices unify our congregational culture:

Faith in Jesus Christ

A profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the one essential cornerstone of our faith. We believe Jesus is the Son of the Living God, who offers saving grace to all.  No other creed or doctrine determines adherence to the Christian faith. We honor the expansive variety of faith expressions inspired by the saving power and enduring presence of Christ in our lives.

Freedom of Interpretation

Faith is a deeply personal experience that draws us into community with one another. We affirm and respect the diversity of personal faith expressions in our congregation and world. We believe in freedom of biblical interpretation. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study, and prayer. We see diversity as a strength rather than a weakness and seek the insight of one another in an effort to understand faith more fully.

Open Communion

The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is central to worship and celebrated weekly. The invitation to share in this meal of mercy and grace is open to all who seek a relationship with Christ. We experience the presence of Christ and are connected to one another and God when we gather at the table to serve one another.

One Baptism

We honor all forms of baptism, and we practice believer's baptism by immersion. When a person is spiritually mature enough to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he or she is baptized into a life of discipleship. Because baptism unites us as the one Body of Christ and invites us into the ministry of Christ’s universal Church, there is no need to be re-baptized upon joining Creekwood.

Ministry of All Believers

Both ordained clergy and lay people are considered partners in the reconciling ministry of the church through leadership in worship, service, and spiritual growth. We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all and does not restrict any office or role in the life of the church by gender. We set educational and professional standards for licensed and ordained ministers, and we hold clergy to ethical accountability through denominational oversight. We equip and empower lay people to serve in leadership roles.

Unity of Faith and Church

All Christians are called to be one in Christ and seek opportunities for common witness and service. We partner with all expressions of faith to join in God’s redemptive mission in the world. Disciples seek to be a movement for wholeness, justice, and reconciliation in a fragmented world.

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