Last night Creekside Church and the Rock Church celebrated our pending adoption. God has laid on our hearts the desire to see our mission of helping people discover, trust and love Jesus Christ grow. We want to see many people in many communities find the grace, love, joy, peace and community that the Gospel provides.
Creekside Church could have just decided to grow by growing bigger and bigger buildings. That could totally work. But that’s expensive, takes a lot longer, and centralizes the mission of the gospel in one place.
God has been working on giving us a different vision for how to move the Gospel forward. Creekside Church is not a huge church, we’ve been consistently growing, we’ve been becoming more healthy as an organization, and we have become more dedicated to our mission.
So we are going multi-site, and we are starting by adopting the Rock Church in Lynnwood. The Rock Church will become Creekside Lynnwood. Their pastor Scott Fenton will become a campus pastor of Creekside. We will share the same mission, purposes, core values, etc. Scott will preach live at Creekside Lynnwood, Don will preach live at Creekside MLT.
Last night’s celebration was a wonderful time of worship, communion and vision casting as we began to lay out the plans that we currently have for this transition and the public launch on September 16. This seems like it’s a long way away but there are a lot of details that we have to work through in the transition. We want to do as much as possible as smoothly as possible so we don’t want to rush into anything.
The founding pastor of the Rock Church, Scott Harris, led us in a kind of adoption ceremony. It was great to see the founder of the Rock church honor Scott Fenton and celebrate this journey. The Harrises are currently working through the adoption process as a family and the words that he keeps hearing from others is, “Adoption will change your life.” Creekside MLT, our lives will be changed. Creekside Lynnwood, our lives will be changed, and our prayer is that through this adoption that we will continue to see the Family of God grow in both communities.
We are better together than apart. Looking forward to a pretty exciting at both Creekside Campuses and beyond.