Our Mission

Per the commands of Jesus, the purpose of Lakeview is to love God (Matt 22:37-38), love others (Matt 22:39), and make disciples (i.e., followers) of Jesus (Matt 28:18-20).

This involves not only accomplishing this as a church, but also providing means for each disciple of Jesus who is a part of our church to grow in these areas as well. We believe that diligently applying ourselves to this purpose brings God glory and pleasure.

Our primary mechanism for loving God at Lakeview is our Sunday service. It is shaped and structured to nurture in the disciple a growing understanding of and love for God, as well as a growing desire and ability to respond to God obediently. We worship God in a number of ways during our Sunday service: as we greet one another, as we sing, as we pray together, as we read Scripture together, as we gather around God’s Word for a sermon, as we invest our resources, as we partake of the Lord’s Supper, as we provide time and space to respond to God as he leads, and as we encourage one another with occasional testimonies of God’s grace in our lives.

Small groups at Lakeview exist primarily to help us with the second command, to love others. Obviously, as we participate in small groups and learn to love others in God-honoring and God-pleasing ways, we also learn more of what it means to love God, and we experience growth as disciples (followers) of Jesus. These are not mutually exclusive commands, in other words. However, small groups help us accomplish our mission as a church primarily functioning as a mechanism by which we may grow in our love for one another.

To make disciples of Jesus, two things are involved. First, we serve one another with our gifts, talents, and energies, to minister to and equip fellow disciples. That is, we employ ourselves for the purpose of helping one another grow into more mature followers of Jesus. Second, we go get new disciples! That is, we share Christ with others around us in the hope that they would come to know and follow our Savior and our King, Jesus.

To put it another way, we want more disciples and better disciples at Lakeview. More followers of Jesus and better followers of Jesus. As a recent re-plant we are still fleshing out specific means to make disciples, but there are a number of ways to get involved at Lakeview to serve one another. Further, we are more concerned that our church attenders be equipped and motivated to share Christ with others on their own, in their homes, in their lives with their circles of friends, than we are to do that for them as a church. In other words, we do not believe the best way to make new disciples is to bring people to a church building where we introduce them to Jesus. Rather, we are the Church wherever we go, introducing Jesus to all we meet in the ways that we love and serve others. To this end we will work to equip and encourage our church to be effective ambassadors for Christ wherever we are, lovingly urging others to be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20).

Our Beliefs

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Loving God. Loving People.

Our Leaders

At Lakeview we are an elder-run, congregationally-ruled church. We also are served by a team of deacons as well as a small staff.

Church Staff

Gordon Douglas

Interim Pastor


Daniel Miller

Worship Leader


Elders

Kevin VanWagner


James Fincher


David Lowery

Doug Hudgin

Jan Gossner

Ken Mullins


Ken Prettol


Jim Suderman

Deacons

Joey Edwards

Lea Anne Edwards

Phil Edwards

Karen Hudgin

Donna Magee

EFCA Affiliation

Affiliation: Lakeview is part of the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA), which is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. There are approximately 1,500 EFCA churches in the US, which is divided up into 17 regional districts.

Our district consists of the states of Texas and Oklahoma (excluding El Paso), and our district superintendent is Dr. Bob Rowley.

Though we are technically “free” in the sense that there are no demands made of us, we align ourselves with the EFCA and comply willingly with other EFCA churches. Part of this affiliation is that we share our resources in what is called the “FairShare” program. Each church pledges to give 1% of its annual budget to the national office, and 2% to the district office. Our affiliation with the EFCA affords us invaluable resources and training opportunities for leaders and members, as well as wonderful accountability and support. As our district motto goes: “We’re better together!”

Church shopping? New to Cedar Hill?

Whether you are curious or seriously seeking a “church home,” you are very much welcome at Lakeview Community Church. Our worship services vary from week to week and typically begin with a time of singing, praise and worship, followed by prayer, scripture reading and a sermon.