Our Beliefs and Values

We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do God’s will.  We believe God has called the Church of the Resurrection to the following: (Click Below To Learn More)

  1. Our Beliefs

    At The Church of the Resurrection, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. 

    What is a United Methodist?

    United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We are the home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family when he was in the White House. Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, and especially the Kansas City area. The Shawnee Mission was started by Methodists. Johnson County is named after Methodist pastor Thomas Johnson. Several of the first public schools in Kansas City were started by Methodists. Della Lamb, reStart, Spofford Home, Kingswood Manor and a host of other community agencies and ministries were started by Methodists. Baker University is one of several colleges and universities in the area founded by Methodists. 

    United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. 

    Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.

    Methodists have open hearts, and open minds--and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.

    If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 913-897-0120 and ask to speak to one of our pastors or e-mail us.

  2. Our Purpose

    To build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

  3. Our Vision

    Changing lives, transforming communities and renewing the church.

  4. Our Journey

    Knowing, loving and serving God.

  5. Our Strategies

    The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision. They are the historic elements of the church’s mission: Worship, Evangelism, Service, Discipleship and Fellowship.

    Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through evangelism; our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fourth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship; and finally, we aim to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith as salt and light outside the walls of the church through ministries of service.

  6. Our Values

    It is our desire to honor God through our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusivity, commitment, joy and love.

  7. Our Limitations

    We recognize that certain actions could impede our ability to achieve God's purpose and vision for this church. We therefore resolve and state that the Church of the Resurrection shall not: pursue ministry which is contrary to its purpose; fail to seek to be good stewards of its financial and non-financial resources; do anything in opposition to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; stray from biblical principles and scriptures; stop discerning God's vision for Church of the Resurrection.

  8. Our Story

    In 1990, The Church of the Resurrection began with the dream of becoming a church that welcomes thinking people who were not actively involved in a church. An amazing thing happened, and new people have visited for the first time every weekend since. At Resurrection, thousands of people continue to find hope, restoration and joy. As a result, untold numbers of people have joined the great adventure of knowing, loving and serving God and others. This vision continues at each of Resurrection’s four campuses, two in Kansas (Leawood and Olathe) and two in Missouri (Blue Springs and Downtown Kansas City). We invite you to visit this weekend--you’ll be glad you did.