Springcreek desires to be a gospel people, proclaiming and living a gospel message in a gospel famished world. We do that in community, following Jesus in the everyday rhythms of our life.


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Springcreek desires to be a gospel people, proclaiming and living a gospel message in a gospel famished world. We were like most evangelical churches in the United States. We preached the bible, rocked out to the latest Christian worship songs, and preached a well-packaged version of the “turn-or-burn” gospel message. Our church was growing and we were cool. But Pastor Keith sensed something was missing.

Deep down in his soul, he felt there was a bigger purpose to life and the church. So, he accepted an invitation from World Vision to travel halfway around the world thinking that saving Africa was the answer. Little did he, or the rest of us know the radical transformation God had in store. You see, Pastor Keith was not going to save Africa, but God was going to use Africa to save him—and our entire church as well—to be a blessing beyond ourselves, and for a purpose beyond our walls.


An orphan named Oliver

At first, the trip to Africa had little effect. But then in the slums of Soweto, Pastor Keith met a young man named Oliver. Like others in his community, he grew up an orphan surrounded by poverty and desperation. Now a young man, he survived by selling mobile phone accessories and services in his 6′ x 9′ cinderblock building, which he was able to launch through a World Vision micro-finance program. What struck Pastor Keith was that Oliver had taken on an apprentice, a young man like himself, orphaned by life’s circumstances. Oliver was “teaching” him the business and sharing the little profit being made. This was a moment of radical transformation for Pastor Keith. Oliver was not just selling phone accessories, but sharing hope with the least of those around him. Through Oliver’s sharing of what little he had, Pastor Keith saw true wealth through the Gospel of Jesus to the poor.


Our apology to the community

Oliver’s impact continued to transform us leading to acknowledge that our former “brand” of Christianity had more to do with serving ourselves, than being the church Jesus meant us to be. This led us to take out a full-page ad in the local newspaper, The Dallas Morning News that read:

“We were wrong. We followed trends when we should have followed Jesus. We told others how to live but did not listen to ourselves. We live in the land of plenty, denying ourselves nothing while ignoring our neighbors who actually have nothing. We sat on the sidelines while AIDS ravaged Africa. We were wrong; we’re sorry. Please forgive us.”

This signaled a turning point for us as a church and God has since used our community of imperfect and ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary good for our neighbors in need next door and around the world.