We have a heart for Mishawaka, and our surrounding community. We want to be a leading partner in gospel ministry and ministering to our hometown in practical ways.
Oak Creek hosts several events throughout the year to try and serve the Mishawaka, such as Community Block Parties and Vacation Bible School.
Oak Creek has also been a part of seeking to start other congregations to reach our area. We have sponsored a Korean church start that currently meets in Granger, an urban church plant meeting on the west side of South Bend, and a church plant in the western region of Michiana.
Oak Creek is involved in Indiana division of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Our team goes all over the state and America, helping clean up after disaster. As the third-largest disaster response team in the nation, this network of state-based volunteers teams does more than just clean up; they bring the healing of Christ to those whose lives have been shattered.
The philosophy behind Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts has been summed up in the phrase, "A cup of cold water in Jesus name." We are following the example of Jesus of Nazareth when He fed the 5,000 and the 4,000, and His teachings in the parable of the Good Samaritan and Matthew 25:32-46.
Our church strategy for missions is built around four objectives:
Praying for Missions by cultivating a concern for people around the world who need a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through corporate and personal intercession.
Giving to Missions through regular missions giving and special mission’s emphases. A portion of every dollar we receive goes toward missions.
Supporting Missions through our partnerships with other like-minded churches to plant new churches in Michiana, Indiana, and around the world.
Going on Missions by sending teams from our church to places, like Haiti, where they can experience missions in first-hand.
We give consistently to the Cooperative Program, an association of like-minded churches that are reaching out in North America and internationally with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also have direct involvement in Haiti, sending teams of doctors and nurses, builders, and others from Oak Creek who seek to support the mission of the Church in this struggling country.
We take seriously the command of Jesus who said, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)