History Of
The Quail Springs Church of Christ

Oklahoma City

How a church of Christ
became a
Progressive Church of Christ

"My people have committed two evils:
 they have forsaken me,
 the spring of living waters,
 and cut them out cisterns,
 broken cisterns,
 that can hold no water"
 (Jeremiah 2:13 WEB).

Historical Timeline

Historical items are linked to the TIMELINE.
Revisit periodically because dates, links and content are added as new material is available.

Name Changes

When established in 1953 the congregation was called The Village Church of Christ. "The Village" is a city in the northwestern metropolitan area of Oklahoma City.

In 1979 when a new building was constructed near the Quail Springs Mall in northwest Oklahoma City, the name was changed to The Quail Springs Church of Christ. The 70,000-square-foot building on 20 acres had an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1800.

Shortly before the building was sold for 4.7 million dollars to an adjacent Baptist church in 2016, the name was changed to "The Springs Church of Christ." When they vacated the building they started meeting temporarily in the gymnasium of The Northside Christian Church.

Identity Change

Originally, the congregation assembled as a church of Christ. Article IV of their "Articles of Incorporation" drawn up in 1961 states: "The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is formed are: To encourage and build up churches that will in all their work, worship, and teaching, use and employ only that which is authorized and required in the New Testament, rejecting all creeds, innovations and devices of man, such as the use of mechanical instruments of music in connection with the worship and of any societies other than the Church of Christ in carrying out the work of God, or the teaching of any unscriptural or speculative theories on unfulfilled prophecies such as the personal return and reign of Christ on earth, known as the millennium theory, and to see that in the event of a schism within this congregation as a result of departure from such purposes all right and title to any and all such physical assets of the congregation shall at such time vest in the group maintaining the purposes set forth herein, whether such group be in the majority or in the minority." Article IV continued in force when the congregation moved to the Quail Springs building.

Those who established the congregation were concerned that in time, some in the congregation - maybe even a majority - might depart from these stated purposes. Article IV was intended to prevent such people from gaining control of the building, even if they were in the majority.

In violation of this Article, however, on January 27, 2008, after worshipping without the use of instrumental music for 55 years, the congregation, in addition to their service without instruments, added a service with instrumental music. Eventually the singing-only service was dropped.

This change of identity resulted from gradual developments during many years. The introduction of instrumental music was not the only departure from the original purposes defined in Article IV. This history documents that process of change.

Submissions Welcome

Submissions are welcome from current and former members and preachers of the Quail Springs Church of Christ, and from anyone who has pertinent information. Please check your submission for accuracy, and provide documentation when possible. Pictures, copies of bulletins and attendance figures are welcome. Facts will be extracted from material sent. Whether material is used or not is at the discretion of the publisher. Most of the published information about the history of Quail Springs was written by people who were in favor of the changes. If you left because of dissatisfaction, your explanation of what happened is welcome.

Material should be sent to RoyDavison@oldpaths.net

Sources

Many facts were gleaned from historical surveys in the published doctoral theses of Mark Henderson and Wyatt Fenno referenced below. Information was also obtained from newspaper articles and other sources on the Internet as well as from personal emails.
Henderson, Robert Mark, "Leadership and the life of God: distribution of ministerial gifts and leadership practices at the Quail Springs Church of Christ" (2004), thesis presented to ACU.
Fenno, Wyatt E., "Living Waters: An Invitation to Contemplative Spirituality for the Quail Springs Church of Christ" (2005), thesis presented to ACU.

Disclaimer

Although every attempt is made to ensure that the history is reliable, complete accuracy can never be guaranteed. Sources are sometimes incorrect or contradictory, and memories are not always exact. Corrections are welcome.

Publisher

This website is published by Roy Davison who has been an evangelist in the Dutch-speaking part of Europe since 1963 (Flanders and Holland). He publishes 25 websites in 7 languages that in 2016 had a total of 1.6 million visits. The most active site is The Old Paths Archive. His own writings are here.