Our Identity

Spring Lake Church (SLC) is a family of Christ-followers who desire to glorify God in all we do, are committed to God’s Word, and are welcoming to seekers who desire to know the God we love.

Our Core Beliefs: We believe the Bible is the inspired inerrant Word of God and our final authority. We believe in one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. We believe salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are not sacramental and practice only two ordinances: communion and believer`s baptism. For details, go to Our Beliefs.

Our Affiliation and Statement of Faith: We are affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), and our statement of faith is the same as theirs. We adhere to the same doctrine as the EFCA which is summed up by this quote: "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ." For details about our statement of faith (our "essentials"), go to EFCA website. For details about our “non-essentials”, go to Our Positions.

"Evangelical" refers to our faith and theology. We are committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the Scriptures as being the inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient Word of God. "Free" refers to our polity, structure and organization. We are committed to a congregational form of government, meaning each church congregation is autonomous, and we are free to govern ourselves through our local leadership.

Our Vision: Spring Lake Church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will develop and equip tens of thousands of people to be Christ followers and disciplemakers, resulting in an enduring legacy of God’s love in Northeastern Wisconsin and the world.

Our Mission: ”Loving God, Maturing in His Character, Reaching the World”

It begins with Loving God through meaningful worship and time spent in prayer.

We Mature in His Character through studying the Bible, serving others using our spiritual gifts, and building meaningful relationships that lead to mutual edification and accountability.

Then we can Reach the World through sharing the timeless message of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

For more insight into our mission, go to Our Mission.

Our Core Values: Our aim is to accomplish our mission through upholding these core values:

Love - It starts and ends with Love: Love God, and love others!
Worship and gratitude - We will praise Him for who He is. We will not take this life for granted and we will have an attitude of gratitude to God during the joys and challenges of life.
Disciplemaking - Jesus is at the center of it all. The heart of all we do focuses on Christ. Our message is His message from Scripture. Our assignment is His assignment for the church - to make disciples who make disciples.
Equipping ourselves and others - Encouraging and equipping people of all ages in the spiritual practices: (Loving God) Bible reading, prayer, worship, (Maturing) Bible study, fellowship, integrity, service, and (Reaching) sharing our faith.
Contributing (not just consuming) - We will allow God to work through us, using the knowledge, gifts, and skills that He has entrusted to us - to bless our small group, church family and the community where we live and work.
Devotion - We will consistently do what is needed to stay effective in serving God. Always looking for God-given opportunities, we will not be afraid to try something new that will be effective.
Excellence - We value doing things well as a church. We don't seek perfection, but we want everything we do to honor God.

For details about our vision and core values, go to Our Values.

Our Personality: We enjoy growing deeper in our understanding of God’s Word while emphasizing the basics of the Christian faith and its practical application to our daily lives. We are passionate about worshiping God and praying, whether at church, at home, at work, or at play. We have ministries that sometimes move men to tears, or make a family laugh for days. We enjoy learning, loving, and living the life that God has given us – together. We love to share Jesus Christ, the Source of Eternal Life, with those who don`t yet know Him through our actions and words.

Our History: Spring Lake Church began as a Bible study in 1986 and was incorporated in 1989. We purchased property in 1997, built our first building in 1999, and have had a couple of additions since then.

For more details about our history, go to Our History.