What is Mill Creek like?
Mill Creek may be a bit different than other churches you’ve visited. Our commitment is primarily to being a healthy, equipped, disciple-making church.
Mill Creek is a non-denominational church. That is, we are not part of any denominational order or organization. There is no home office. Now we’re not opposed to denominations, and know that various church traditions and fellowships have helped the church think through issues and many have stood bravely (and still do) for the truth of the Gospel. We currently affiliate with other Gospel centered groups like 9Marks and The Gospel Coalition.
Mill Creek is a conservative evangelical church. That is, we believe the Christian Scriptures to be true and reliable (Mill Creek affirms The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy), and as an evangelical church we place ourselves in the stream of Protestant churches born of the Reformation.
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Mill Creek Community Church’s MISSION is:
Disciples making disciples, for God’s glory.
Our ultimate purpose and desire is to glorify God (2 Thes 1:5-12; 1 Pt 4:11; Rev 4:11). This is the underlying purpose of all creation, and it should be expressed nowhere more clearly than in and through the Church, for we belong to God, and we are the Body of Christ in this world until he returns.
We are committed to being a disciple-making church. A disciple is not just a learner, but one who makes other disciples (Mt 28:19; Mk 16:15; 2 Tm 2:2). While teaching and mentoring are crucial to deepen those who have trusted Christ, it is no less important that we take the gospel wide to those who do not yet profess faith in Christ. So disciple-making is a term that encompasses our ministry to all people groups, from evangelism of the lost to training of the believer, and has as its goal to make disciples that make disciples.
It’s our hope to live out this mission through 3 commitments we believe are essential for our church:
1. We are committed to be Christ centered. We recognize that there are many examples in Scripture of those who were committed to the Word of God but not to Jesus Christ himself. As the person and work of Jesus Christ separate Christianity from every other world religion, we will treasure Christ and glorify God by repenting of our sins and trusting only in Jesus Christ for salvation (Rm 5:1-11; 10:17; 1 Cor 2:1-5; 2 Cor 5:20-21). In a desire to continue in obedience, we will commit to rehearsing the gospel message so as to remember God’s greatness, our own lack, and the perfectly sufficient gift of Christ’s self-sacrifice to redeem us. In this way we will walk in joy and thanksgiving as we seek to honor God.
2. We are committed to be Bible saturated. This is more than a commitment to expository preaching. We also commit to have the Scriptures read, sung, prayed and seen in the ordinances as we gather in corporate worship (Eph 5:25-7; Col 3:16; Jas 1:22). This means that whatever we are doing, from the most in-depth theological study to the simplest gospel presentation in a kindergarten class, the Word of God will be central.
3. We are committed to be prayerfully dependent. Certainly, prayer is a crucial part of the individual believer’s life, but we must also come together as a church body in prayer to seek God’s direction, power, and blessing. Prayer is not just helpful, it is a command (1 Sam 12:23; 1 Thes 5:17; 1 Tm 2:1-8). So we must be a praying church to come together in unity and see God work powerfully among us and through us.
By “Statement of Faith” we intend the following to be a summary statement of what we believe the Bible teaches. We encourage you to not only read the various passages associated with each statement, but we also invite any questions you might have concerning any point. You may send any questions you have to: [email protected].
1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writing and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-20)
2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; Jn. 1:1; Jn. 6:27; Acts 5:3-4; Titus 2:12)
3. We believe that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. (Lk. 1:34-38, 2:52; Jn. 1:1, 18, 4:6, 10:30-33, 14:9, 19:28)
4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and so incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death (which is separation from God), and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in case of those who reach an age of moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:10-19; 2 Thess. 1:8)
5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (Rom. 3:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2)
6. We believe in the eternal security of the believer; that it is impossible for one genuinely born into the family of God ever to be lost. (Jn. 3:36, 5:24, 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-38; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30)
7. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25, 9:24)
8. We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (Jn. 1:12-14, 3:1-16)
9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers; the eternal heavenly inheritance of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost. (Rev. 20:11-15)
10. We believe in the scriptural ordinances of the church; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that believers should be baptized as a symbol of their death, burial and resurrection with Him and that believers should celebrate the Lord’s Supper (or “communion”) to proclaim His death until His return. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-39, 10:43-48; 1 Cor. 11:23-33).
Mill Creek began in the Spring of 1995 as a strategic Church Plant in the DeSoto School District. Our founding church is the Olathe Bible Church (OBC). The Elders of Olathe Bible had been praying for a couple of years about starting a work in one of a number of possible places. After seeing the Lord lead in a number of ways, the decision was made to plant a church along the “K7 corridor” (south of Bonner Springs, north of Olathe).
OBC called Gary Pauley to pastor the new plant, which began as a class meeting within OBC’s ministry. After months of prayer and invitation, 101 people from Olathe Bible Church agreed to help pioneer the new work.
We are an independent, non-denominational church in the conservative, evangelical tradition.
From the beginning our desire has been to be a church where meaningful, contemporary worship is followed by careful, serious Biblical instruction.
In January of 1999, we completed the purchase of 20 acres of land at 79th & Gleason, where in 2002 we built a multi-purpose worship facility (7825 Gleason).
In September of 2009, Mill Creek purchased a warehouse building at 8151 McCoy, in Shawnee. We renovated the building to add space for our Student Ministries, Children’s Ministries and a multi-purpose area for an additional worship and fellowship functions.
2015 was a big year for Mill Creek, as we both called Jeremy Krause to serve as our new Lead Teaching Pastor and celebrated 20 years of ministry in Shawnee.
Mill Creek Community Church is an elder-led church. Our Board of Elders manage the affairs of the church and the staff carries out the day-to-day administration of church activities and two facilities. In 2015, our Board of Elders consists of four staff members and 8 non-staff members.
Paul. Timothy. James. John. Peter. What do they have in common? Among other things… all were elders in churches in the first century. They were shepherds and overseers of congregations. Their job was not to do everything, but to oversee all that happens and help move the ministry forward. Mill Creek’s leadership structure begins with a team of individuals like this…a group of men who love the Lord and are committed to His church and its people. Scripture calls elders “overseers.” An elder looks over the entire ministry and leads, feeds, and protects the ministry to ensure that it flourishes as the Body of Christ. But the heart of an elder is not organizational… it is personal. Their ultimate value is the care of every individual in the flock.
Please CLICK HERE to meet our current Elders.
The staff leadership at Mill Creek functions on the team principle. As Scripture teaches, we have a plurality of leaders working together to make our ministry happen. Each leader assumes an area of responsibility and ministry development.
Please CLICK HERE to meet our staff.