Who we are
We feel that God wants us to be a neighborhood missional church, devoted to reaching all the many ethnicities represented in our area with the good news of Jesus Christ. We seek to serve and welcome into our congregation the peoples that God has brought into our neighborhood from all tribes, tongues, and nations.
Our purpose is to connect all peoples to God and to one another. We seek to do that through:
God created us in his image, with a unique ability to relate to him in love. Worship is our response to God in gratitude, love, and devotion. It is expressed through our daily choice to honor God in all that we do. We consider our worship time together one of the great joys of loving God.
Jesus calls us to a radical surrender, a life spent pursuing him, following in his footsteps, and seeking always to attain to all the good things he has planned for our lives together. We place ourselves under the lordship of Christ and encourage and correct one another along the way to follow him faithfully.
Jesus demands of his followers that they confess their faith in him publicly. He instructs us to share the good news of eternal life in him with everyone, all nations, tribes, and tongues.
God does not call us to him as individuals, but as a family. Through his sacrifice on the cross, Jesus restored the two fundamental relationships that sin had shattered: our loving walk with God and with one another. We seek to live the reconciliaton and restoration Christ accomplished on the cross as we bind our lives together in him.
Jesus calls us to serve one another's needs and the needs of the world around us. In his Kingdom, the path to greatness if found through service, not dominion. We follow his example as we seek to meet the needs of those around us.
We find, historically, that all human traditions inevitably lead to error. Because of this, we trust in the Bible as the indisputed final authority for our faith and practice. Every generation of followers of Christ must come before God's Word anew and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in understanding it.
While we are proud of the heritage of faithful Baptists who fought hard to win for everyone such fundamental priviledges as the freedom of religion, we do not condone every act carried out by any denomination. We have not been involved in denominational politics or controversies. We believe in working together with other churches to better accomplish our calling to share the good news throughout the world and are happy to be affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention nationally, the Baptist General Convention of Texas in our state, and the Collin Baptist Association locally.
Our church is a local body of Christ under the Head of the church, Jesus Christ. Our church has a congregational form of government under a church constitution. This does not mean that we are democratic. We serve our King and Lord Jesus Christ, but are convinced that the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer, and that we hear God's guiding voice best as the assembled body of believers. Business meetings are held quarterly. The congregation is always asked to vote on the annual budget, any capital expenditure beyond the budget, and the calling and terminating of pastoral staff.
A detailed explanation of our core beliefs can be found here, though we make a clear distinction between this statement (which is imperfect and subject to error) and the Bible (which is God's Word and stands alone as supreme authority in matters of faith and practice).
Prairie Creek Baptist Church was begun as a satellite congregation of First Baptist Church, Plano, in 1972, meeting at Shepard Elementary School. In 1975, we moved to our present location at 3201 W. 15th Street in Plano, constituted as a self-supporting and autonomous congregation, and called Bob C. Ross as pastor. Growth was rapid, and in 1978, we broke ground on an educational building that included a multi-purpose gymnatorium that was used for worship, fellowship, and recreation. Easter Sunday of 1991 was another milestone for the church as we moved into our present Worship Center. In 2003 the church entered into a strategic planning process that culminated in the retirement of our beloved pastor Bob Ross after almost 29 years of service and the calling of our next pastor, Bobby Bressman, who served us for five years. Through an intentional interim process, the church has recently renewed her vision for ministries in the community. This includes such things as English language classes, a children’s clothing closet, and a free dinner on Wednesdays. On March 1, 2011, we called Randall Worley to serve as pastor.