Our Ministries are resources to serve you, and also places for you to serve others. CREEKSIDE valueS:

  • An “every-member” ministry, demonstrated by each person discovering and using their gifts to serve God in the local church.
  • Community-oriented service, demonstrated by ministering to our community in practical ways and sometimes partnering with local organizations and other churches.
  • Team-based ministry, grounded in the belief that we are more effective when we serve together.
  • Authentic relationships, demonstrated by growing friendships inside and outside our church family.
  • A reliance on prayer, realizing that apart from God we can do nothing.

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Awana equips local volunteers in churches around the world with Biblical evangelism and discipleship solutions so that today’s children may become tomorrow’s Christian leaders, in every aspect of society and culture. Our program meets Wednesday nights at 6PM during the school year, closely following the Des Moines schools calendar. If you’d like more information, contact Mary Kline.

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
Charles Spurgeon

Small group Bible studies are a vital part of fulfilling our mission of “leading people everywhere to a devoted relationship with Jesus.” Our two main goals are to connect and change. We want to build relationships, and we want to grow our faith in knowledge and fruitful service. At least two studies are currently meeting at Creekside.


A group of young men (18-35 yrs.) join Pastor Steve Sunday afternoons 4:30-6PM to embark on the adventure of studying and applying God’s Word together in order to deepen character and improve witness. This is not designed to be just another men’s Bible study but intended to equip and engage men in ministry. The group is open to guys committed to meet consistently, prepare faithfully, and being stretched gently. If you’re interested please contact Steve. Several small group Bible studies meet in various homes. For more information, contact Doug Elrick.


Wednesday mornings at 10:00, Rosie Bocella is leading a women’s Bible study in the book of Job. Wednesday night groups meet at Creekside 6:30-8:00. Anand Darla is heading up a men’s Bible study, also currently in Romans. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Anand. Ann Carter is leading a women’s group in a study in the Gospel of John. Child care will be provided as needed, using a rotating schedule of the women participating the study. Any questions, contact Ann Carter.


Young couples who are either married, or considering it, meet Thursday evenings at 7:30 at Pastor Steve’s home to deepen the couples’ connection with God and each other. We share life together, seek God’s guidance to grow in love for God and others, and find encouragement and support as we attempt to live for Christ. If you’re interested please contact Steve.


Small group Bible study for grade 6 through 12 meet most Sunday evenings 6-8pm. Boys meet with Jesse South at Creekside and girls meet with MacKenzie South at the South’s home in Urbandale (near Creekside). If you’re interested please contact Jesse.


We offer a New Camper Scholarship as well as financial assistance to any child or teen to attend camp.

You can download our Sponsorship guidelines and request form or contact us for more information.

The camps listed below are a few that we are affiliated with, but there are other Christ-centered camps available.

Hidden Acres in Dayton, Iowa offers a basic summer “Residential Camp” as well as many other “Specialty Camps” with a more specialized focus (i.e. wilderness, shooting, fishing, horses, basketball, science and a lot more!) in June and July. All programs include chapel sessions, cabin devotions, free time and fun activities. For more information, visit HACamps.org.

A number of children, young people, and adults from Creekside attend Iowa Bible Camp the last full week in June each year. Teenagers and adults also attend IBC’s winter retreat the third weekend in January. These events are held on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Christian Center located between Rockwell City and Manson, Iowa. Iowa Bible Camp has provided solid Bible teaching and unmatched recreation opportunities for campers from Creekside and similar churches all across Iowa, eastern Nebraska and western Illinois for over 50 years. Contact Chris Swanson with questions, or visit IowaBibleCamp.org.

Koronis Bible Camp provides a Bible-centered, spiritual get-away on the shores of Lake Koronis near Paynesville, MN. It is a ministry for your family and friends, offering a week of spiritual growth as well as fun and rest for every age. Koronis is four camps rolled into one. That’s what makes is so unique and valuable as a family ministry. Each camp group is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the different age groups. Adults can hear nationally known speakers, while kids and youth can be apart of a camp program tailored to their age group. For more information about Koronis, visit KoronisBibleCamp.com or contact Rod Clarkson or Kyle Clarkson.

Pine Lake offers a variety of summer camps and retreats, operating year round. Since 1957 thousands of children, youth and adults have had the time of their lives at Pine Lake. In those years over 1500 people have made a significant spiritual decision at camp, making this a meeting place with God. PLC serves a broad faith community, majoring on the core elements of Christian faith and life, as an outreach of the churches of the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference. Pine Lake Camp is in Eldora, Iowa, located 45 minutes west of Waterloo, adjacent to Pine Lake State Park. Visit PineLakeCamps.org for more information.

Willowbrook Bible Camp is a Christian Camp that seeks to keep Jesus Christ and His Gospel at the center of all they say and do, committed to faithfully teaching the Bible every camp week. It is located on the northeastern edge of Des Moines, about 2 miles from Adventureland (4375 NE 38th Street). Willowbrook offers a Homeschool camp at the end of April as well as a Junior Camp (ages 8-13) and a Teen Camp (ages 14-18), both in July. For more details on dates, cost and registration, visit WillowbrookBibleCamp.org


“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess
Hebrews 10:23

Barna estimates that roughly 70% of high school students who enter college as professing Christians leave with little to no professing faith. Our College Care ministry recognizes our college students and connects them with others at Creekside who can support and encourage them while they navigate college life, letting them know they’re remembered and prayed for. Contact Heather Derr for more information.


As you may know, people in Urbandale and the surrounding communities are struggling with hunger and meeting personal care needs. What you may not know is that right here at Creekside we have been working with The Arbordale Senior Living Community to lessen this problem. In our parking lot, there is a “Little Free Pantry” to assist those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Previously The Reserve was stocking the pantry solely from the donations from their residents. As the awareness of the Little Free Pantry has grown, so has the need. We are starting a new quarterly campaign to “Fill the Little Free Pantry”. Creekside will be collecting dry non-perishable food, personal care items, and paper products. To donate, simply place items in the paper bags located in the Creekside lobby. Monetary donations will also be accepted, simply note “Little Free Pantry” on your check and place it in the offering. Thank you!


We have also partnered with Joppa Outreach to assist the homeless in our area. Check back for opportunities here.


“And if you only greet your brothers, what are  you doing more than others..?”
Matthew 5:47

You know how good it makes you feel to walk into a new place where you are immediately welcomed and made to feel at home, or you’re on your second or third visit and are greeted warmly by name. You also probably know how it feels when this doesn’t happen. We have a team of “greeters” who simply extend a friendly welcome to people, particularly newcomers, who come into our 10:30 service. We need a few individuals who can be available around 10:00 and during the service to greet people, provide basic information about Creekside and possibly usher them to a seat if necessary. The Greeters Ministry is simple, doesn’t take a lot of effort or time, however, is probably one of the most important ministries in any church. Email Rick Gentosi if you can help out.



“…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Mark 16:15

To do our part in fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission, our Missions Team was formed to promote the work of world missions. The team is responsible for informing, educating, and challenging our church family regarding missions, helping prepare our own missionaries for service, communicating with and promoting prayer for missionaries, and working with Women’s Missionary Outreach. Contact Anand Darla or more information.

Women’s Missionary Outreach is a ministry dedicated to informing it’s participants of missionary works abroad and to helping our missionaries monetarily and in other practical ways. We meet at least once monthly. “Work days” consist of projects ranging from quilt-making to putting together small prizes for children, all designed to benefit missions work. At WMO, prayer and business meetings, we hear from missionaries and pray for them as well as take care of other business, and we hold an annual Women’s Missionary Conference.

Another missions-minded focus is our Cross-Cultural Missions Team. We have sent a short-term (10 or 11 days) missions team to Haiti each Fall for several years. Contact Norb or Karen Metzler or more information. 


Being a mom is hard, but you’re not alone!

Moms, do you need some encouragement or advice? Or more mom friends? If you a mother of young children (pregnancy through age 5), consider joining us from 9:45-11:30am every Thursday at Creekside for encouragement and fellowship. The group will meet at an alternate location on the first Thursday of the month. Refreshments and free childcare provided. For more information, contact Nancy Fennessey, Jacqui Gardiner, Mackenzie South or Marla Smith.

“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:19

If God has gifted you with talent in the area of music or audio tech, consider how you might fit into our worship team or sound crew. Talk to Alan Crim.

We also recently started a youth music program called Generation Jesus. Any middle or high school students who can sing or play an instrument can contact Ann Carter. Students gather for practice and develop a heart for worship through music toward the goal of occasionally taking part in music on Sunday morning or Wednesday night during youth gatherings.


Your kids are important to us.

We offer a nursery where parents can take their young children (up through age 2) during our 10:30 service. If you’re interested in volunteering for the nursery, please email nursery@creeksidedm.com and let us know. Thank you!


“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock…”Acts 20:28

Because we want a safe place for you and your family at Creekside, we formed a team of individuals who are intentionally observant of people and surroundings with the goal of safety and security of our people. Contact Mike Johnson if you’d like to know more or be involved. To report a safety issue to the team, email safety@creeksidedm.com.


“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

We offer Sunday School for kids aged 2 through 5th grade during our 10:30 service.  Kids are dismissed after the CONNECT service worship time to meet their teachers in the back of the sanctuary, and they are returned to the sanctuary near the end of the CONNECT service.


“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…”
1 Timothy 4:12

“…in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Our teen ministry is divided into two groups: High school and Middle School. Both meet Wednesday nights (6:30-7:45) at Creekside for “Waypoint Wednesday” during the school year for a time of games, worship, and Biblical teaching. Both groups also meet for social events (i.e. movie night, barbecues, campouts) to stay connected over the summer. Sunday night small groups Bible studies are also available for high school students throughout the year. Contact Jesse South for more info and download a 2023 calendar here.


“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord…”
Colossians 3:23

We have many ministries geared for women for the cause of serving God and strengthening unity and fellowship among the women of our church as we serve together.

Contact Karen Metzler if you are interested in serving on one of the following committees. 

 Care & Concern coordinates bereavement dinners and flowers for funerals, home-delivered meals for new parents and the disabled, sending cards of cheer and encouragement to our college students (“College Companions”) and also our sick, injured and shut-ins.

College Companions coordinates the linking of men and women of Creekside with one of our college students in order to encourage them through correspondence (monthly calls, letters, packages, etc.) and pray for them daily.

Communication organizes phone calling tree in order to contact all listings in the Cornerstone directory with timely information about meeting cancellations, changes, deaths, etc. Also initiates a prayer chain to pray for specific requests.

Food & Fellowship provides refreshments and food preparation for Sunday morning breaks as well as other functions. Also provides accommodations and/or meals for visiting speakers or other special guests of Creekside.

Nursery serves the needs of mothers of small children at Creekside by scheduling nursery volunteers and regular clean up of nursery facilities. If you’re interested in serving in this ministry please contact Kari Brockman.

Special Events coordinates social events such as bridal/baby showers for Creekside members, “Ladies Time Out” events and the Women’s Annual Retreat.

Spiritual Growth plans and schedules ongoing Bible studies for women.

 Our Women’s Ministry Program is based on Titus 2:3-5 which instructs the older women to disciple younger women in both one-on-one mentoring and group Bible studies.

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