A bit about us:
The CREO Collective is a network of churches committed to multiplication through relationships, innovation, and a shared commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is not simply to plant more churches, but to create a multiplication culture that sparks movement and brings gospel transformation.
As we expand outward together as a network of interconnected churches, we are committed to these four essential distinctives that we believe must be true of our culture in order to be effective in our important mission:
These are deep relationships forged in the context of adventure and adversity. As leaders provoked into the great adventure of gospel mission, we cannot risk going alone. Together we commit to be a source of strength, security and support for one another.
Together we commit to diligently and prayerfully work towards multiplication on every level, including disciplemakers, leaders, churches and networks. If we are passionately driven to continually multiply and send, and if we are empowered by the missionary Spirit of God, we will see the influence of the gospel grow in our cities and regions.
Raising and Releasing
We believe everyone is called to help others grow into the roles and character they have developed. Together we commit to foster apprenticing cultures where each person reaches a hand forward to be grown and developed, and reaches a hand back to help bring someone to the place they have come to.
Together we commit to create a culture of partnership and collaboration. We not only express this with our individual gifts within a particular church, but also between our churches and other partner organizations as we work to bring transformation to our neighborhoods, cities and regions.
The following six values shape the way in which we strive to go about pursuing our mission together as a united collective:
Culture is something that is always changing. Therefore as leaders in the mission we need to pay very close attention to where culture is headed and call one another to live into what is coming next so that we are not lagging behind the needs of our mission field. (Romans 15:23)
As pastors we embark on a missionary endeavor that compels us to understand the people and places we have been sent and then adjust our models so that we can effectively convey the gospel and be the church in forms that are contextually appropriate.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Low Control – High Accountability
We want to create a low control culture that encourages innovation and initiative. We don’t want leaders and disciple makers to feel constrained or micro managed into any specific approaches, but we also believe that we must accountable to be faithful to the mission and willing to assess whether the approaches we have chosen are fruitful in their outcomes. We choose to be free in how we do things but interdependently accountable that we are doing them and doing them effectively. (Proverbs 27:17; Jeremiah 17:10; Luke 12:47-48, 16:10-12;)
We are ambassadors of the message of hope ( 2 Corinthians 5:20) and we are called to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus wherever we go (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Romans 12:1-5). If the body of Christ (the church) is to be faithful to Jesus as the head, then our primary focus must be on the mission of Jesus as we live and act as a physical expression of the love of Jesus. (John 13:12-20, 35; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:18-23)
Sending is Success (apostolic environment)
The core measures of our success will not be how many we gather. Instead we are compelled and motivated to expand outward and focus on how many are rescued, developed, and then sent. A sending movement will impact greater numbers of people by nature of its ongoing expansion. (Matthew 9:37-39; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:10; Romans 15:23)
From the individual to the family to the community to entire nations, the work of the gospel is intended to fundamentally change those it touches and to bring about new realities that reflect the kingdom of God.
We believe that we are called to be a movement that works on behalf of the blessing of transformation.
(Matthew 13:31-33; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:17-20, 23-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17)