Our Core Values

We are now in our twelfth year as a movement of churches in Kansas City. In twelve years more than 90 churches have linked together around a common vision and values. In those first few years, several of our pastors worked together to draft these core values to explain what brings us together and guides us in our ongoing work.  

1.  Christ-centered: confessing Jesus as Lord (Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 10:6-15)

  • valuing all shapes & sizes (e.g. church models, styles, traditions, etc) 
  • theological unity centered in Jesus, as defined by the Apostle's Creed 
  • "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love” –St. Augustine 

2.  Catalyzing relationships: across visible & invisible lines (e.g. racial, denominational, socio-economic, etc.) (John 13:34-36; John 17) 

  • developing friendships among pastors & leaders 
  • connecting congregations through service, worship, & prayer 
  • fostering & guarding unity among the Church in KC  

3.  City transformation: bringing spiritual and physical wholeness to our city (Micah 6:8-9, Isaiah 58) 

  • shared vision: listening & learning from those closest to the need 
  • broad partnerships: collaborating with leaders most invested in meeting those needs 
  • strategic initiatives: leading to a year-round movement 

What motivates us?

In Acts 13 Paul and Barnabas arrived in Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath, they went into the synagogue and were invited to speak. When Paul finished his message the people begged them to come back the following week. One week later "almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord."

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Can you imagine!? A typical synagogue of 100-200 people heard Paul preach. The following week almost the whole city, (by most estimates nearly 20,000 people) came to hear the gospel message. What must have happened for a crowd of 100-200 to influence the whole city? The people of the synagogue must have been so excited about the gospel that they spread the message in their neighborhoods and workplaces, and as a result, thousands came to hear more about Jesus!

This is the motivation for "What if the Church Loves KC". We have a message that will transform lives! 

Will you work with us to take the gospel to the neighborhoods of Kansas City!? There are over 814,000 households in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Our hope is to adopt every household in prayer and establish teams of Christ followers in every neighborhood in our city. 

Our goals are: 

  • 100,000 people engaged in missional prayer

  • 10,000 neighbors living out their missional calling

  • 100 churches linking arms to love Kansas City