STATS ON East Dallas
- 338,118 total population (31% Hispanic, 40% White, 20% Black, 5% Asian)
- 18% live below the poverty line
- Largest refugee population in Dallas
- Home to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum
- Two of the city’s three surgical abortion clinics
Love one God. Love all people. Make disciples everywhere.
From refugees to young professionals and families to anyone wanting to stay active or close to nightlife, East Dallas is a cultural hub and one of the most beautiful, diverse and flourishing communities in Dallas. Yet there is an ugly side to East Dallas and little gospel presence. There are few Bible-believing, gospel-centered, mission-minded churches in the area.
Seeing the needs and potential of East Dallas, from the darkness to the beauty, it is our hope and prayer to see this community transformed. We want to reach the neighborhoods of East Dallas and the nations of this world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. For many years, we’ve been a body of believers ungathered here and now we are eager to be gathered and scattered to live out our mission.
Our nine core values shape the culture and ministry of Eastside, what we do and why we do it.
Love one God.
We value trusting, obeying and serving the triune God, exalting Him above all else regardless of circumstances. We do everything, in word and deed, with all our heart for the Lord, not for the world, by the Spirit and in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. We steward all his gifts to us in ways that honor Him.
We value the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ and being regular hearers and doers of God’s holy and authoritative Word. We go continually to God in prayer and to His Scriptures for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness that we may be conformed to the image of the Son and equipped for every good work.
We value glorifying God in our joyful pursuit of holiness. In this fallen world, our delight is the wisdom and instruction of the Lord. We take sin seriously – repenting, recognizing sin’s consequences, and fighting to put sin to death. We get the power and generosity of grace – coming as we are and boasting in Christ crucified, extending and receiving forgiveness.
Love all people.
We value gathering with the family of God and practicing the “one-anothers” of the New Testament. We want to be quick to forgive and quick to confess, knowing and being known so that we might help one another become more like Christ, contributing to the needs of the saints and showing hospitality.
We value humble service, looking to the interests of others. We associate with the lowly by caring for the hurt, lost, lonely and disadvantaged. We seek to be compassionate, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. We work together for the welfare of the city and what's good for others.
We value the inherent, God-given worth of every single human life since all are created in the image of God – no human is less human than another. We oppose the sin of partiality and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the sake of the disadvantaged, seeking twofold reconciliation, human and divine, on earth as it is in heaven.
Make disciples everywhere.
We value leading our household in following Christ, especially to seek and save the lost. We are committed to consistent family discipleship with our spouses, children, relatives, roommates and friends, whoever our household may be. We work together as a church to disciple the next generation, teaching them to obey all that Christ commanded us.
We value leading our neighbors in following Christ locally at church, work, play and study, especially to seek and save the lost and to intentionally befriend and disciple diversely. We love our neighbor, proclaim the gospel and teach them to obey all that Christ commanded us wherever the Lord places us.
We value sending and being sent, especially to seek and save the lost around the world. We want to be followed as we follow Christ globally and teach the nations to obey all that Christ has commanded us. We want to make disciples and plant churches where there have not been any before.
Eastside is a Christian church that is both reformed and baptist. We will be part of the Southern Baptist Convention and hold to the historic teachings of Christian orthodoxy as articulated in the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.
A summary of our beliefs is forthcoming.