family & care
Welcome to Family and Care Ministries at Christ Community the Leawood Campus. Our mission at Christ Community is “to be a caring family of multiplying disciples influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ.” From the very beginning, our mission of being caring and a family were important to us and we continue to work to expand and bring depth to this key area of mission. We believe God created families for human flourishing. We believe in the brokenness caused by of our fall from the garden. We have a lot of work to do to join with God to restore what has been lost and help us begin to live life the way God designed it to be.
Please check out the many ways and opportunities offered during the year to help you and your family. Descriptions for many of these are listed below, and dates for upcoming events are at the bottom of this page.
For more information about Family and Care Ministries at the Leawood Campus, contact Warren Traynor.
Many opportunities for growth and learning are offered at various times throughout the year.
- The Journey
- Marriage Enrichment
- Senior and Caregiver programs
group & class offerings
- What Now?
- The Journey
- Marriage Enrichment
- Pre-Marriage Counseling
- Handyman Man/Woman Ministry
- Prayer Net
- Higher and Hire
- Senior Adults and Caregivers
- Special Deliveries
Divorce tears many holes in the fabric of our lives. Relationships with family and friends, our finances, our place in the community are all affected as our own hearts and souls are severely tried. DivorceCare is a series of classes that seeks to provide those of us who are experiencing divorce with a safe community to share each of our unique experiences.
The gaps left in our lives leave us with a battery of challenging questions. How do I communicate with my lawyer? Do I need to sell my house? How do I make up for lost income? How do I carry on with old friendships that were mutual to me and my ex-spouse? How do I make new friends? How do I think about my divorce from a spiritual perspective? Through the content of the class and community with one another, we find spiritual, emotional, and practical help.
To find out more information, contact Warren Traynor.
Grief is a heavy burden, and is better carried in the context of a loving community. Come join us as we learn to walk through the journey of grief together and support one another along the way.
You might wish to visit the GriefShare website for more information about the video series and program. You are also welcome to contact Warren Traynor concerning specifics at the Leawood Campus class.
What Now? is a six-session class to help you move forward when dreams shatter and God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would. The teaching, based on the book by Pete Wilson called Putting Plan B into Action, will help you to determine the right perspective and next steps you can take. This material will help you move past the feelings of crisis, panic, fear, paralysis and over-control as you grow in you ability to accept God’s plan for your life.
Each session features a short DVD presentation followed by a discussion. The class is for anyone who has had to go forward when life didn’t go as planned, and wants to make the most of the journey ahead. You are also welcome to contact Warren Traynor concerning specifics at the Leawood Campus class.
The Journey is a nine-session large group/small group class. It meets at different times during our fall and spring semesters. Journey Groups offer biblical teaching and authentic community designed to encourage the participant to examine how their experiences impact their relationships with God, others, and self.
We believe: everyone has a story, everyone has dignity, everyone struggles with depravity. We believe the Body of Christ is intended to be a safe place for healing wounds. We believe people will and should wrestle with God. We believe people are responsible for the damage they do, not the damage done to them. We believe people want to be called to more. We believe transformation is a lifelong journey, best done in a community with fellow travelers.
Check back on our web page for future Journey offerings.
Marriage Enrichment – Communication and Conflict
This two-session class will dig deeper into the areas of communication and conflicts in marriage. Our team will talk about these issues in the life stages of a marriage from newlyweds to empty-nesters.
The class will meet Tuesdays, February 21 & 28, from 6:30-8:00pm, in the Student Center.
Many studies reveal and confirm couples who have completed a quality pre-marriage program have happier, more solid and fulfilled marriages and families. At Christ Community, we have a pre-marriage counseling program which involves five sessions with a professional counselor/therapist and a marriage assessment through Prepare & Enrich (a pre-marriage curriculum).
For more details contact, Warren Traynor.
Within our congregation, we are often asked to help widows and others in need with small projects or simple home repairs. These repair and maintenance needs matched the skills of many in our congregation who have gifts in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, as well as general home and property maintenance. Thus, the HandyMan/Woman Ministries at the Leawood Campus began. Those involved work on a variety of projects as they become known during the year.
If you have skills or talents in this area and would like to use them on occasion to help others in need, please contact Warren Traynor.
Prayer is an important part of God’s desire for us. This spiritual discipline is one of the greatest opportunities for us to use our time and our efforts to pray for others, our city, our world and even ourselves. We desire that many join us as Prayer Net Participants. At different times of the year we will place announcements in the “This Week” email asking people to sign up to receive and pray for requests we have become aware of.
If you want to be a participant with us and pray as you have the time, contact Warren Traynor, Pastor of Family and Care Ministries – Leawood Campus.
Hire and Higher
Find employment. Improve employment. Find employees. The Leawood Campus Hire and Higher ministries provide assistance to connect individuals seeking employment with businesses looking for employees with skill and integrity.
If your business would like to receive resumes of such people, or if you wish to submit a resume, please contact Warren Traynor, Pastor of Family and Care Ministries – Leawood Campus.
Senior Adults and Caregivers
10,000 people a day turn 65 years old. We also know our life spans are ever increasing. Many at our Leawood Campus are assisting family members, friends, and neighbors who experience the health impacts of getting older. God loves and desires for us to flourish in life, even as we age. He calls on us to care for and share his love to all.
The last few years our Senior Adult & Caregiver Leadership Team was launched and we have begun to offer a variety of ways to help people navigate the aging and caregiving process. Special Classes, Aging Symposiums, as well as Lunch and Learn opportunities are just some of the ways we are working to educate and care for those in our church and our community. This exciting ministry area of our Leawood Campus is looking forward to being influential in the formation, conversations, and ministry offerings of this emerging group of people.
Are you pregnant, adopting, or know someone who is? Special Deliveries is a ministry which offers support to our new mothers through coordinating meals and welcoming new babies into our church family. In order to serve our young mothers well, we need to know who is expecting and when they are due.
Please email Arleta O’Connell or call her at 816.941.2510 and help her stay up-to-date on this important information.
Aging and Caregiving Issues
We offer a number of opportunities for education and support throughout the year. Watch your email or check our calendar below for upcoming events.
Helping Those Struggling with Sexual Sin
If you struggle in the area of sexual sin – whether male or female – you don’t have to fight this battle alone! As a pastoral team, we are devoted to providing care and help for those struggling with sexual sin. If you are experiencing a crisis and not sure where to turn next, we would love to help! Please contact the Family and Care Ministries at the church office (913.685.1161) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Family and Care Ministries can help you find a licensed counselor in your area to assist in your recovery from the consequences of sexual sin. Whether you are dealing with sexual sin yourself, or your spouse has a repeated pattern of sexual sin, counseling is often one of the most instrumental steps toward recovery. Contact Pastor Warren Traynor for more information.
For those who have a history of sexual addiction, Celebrate Recovery is designed to help break the power of addiction and find freedom in Christ. This website allows you to search for Celebrate Recovery groups in your area.
Founded by a former sex addict and his wife, this ministry offers live-in treatment programs of 6 to 12 months.
Based on the counseling methods of Dr. Doug Weiss, this ministry offers books, resources, and three-day intensive counseling sessions for the sexually addicted.
Harvest USA is a ministry of truth and mercy, proclaiming Christ as Lord to a sexually broken world. Harvest USA partners with and equips the Church in bringing the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform the lives of those affected by sexual sin.
Internet & Television Filters
A resource provided by the National Coalition For The Protection Of Children & Families to help find an internet safety solution for your family.
Covenant Eyes is one of the leading internet monitoring options available. Their software monitors a person’s Internet use and emails a report of all websites visited for Accountability Partners to view. Internet Filtering is also available through this software.
For more information on TimeWarner Cable’s free parental controls with all cable service.
Note: Select “TV” under FAQs/Select a topic. This will bring up a menu of services, includingTime Warner Cable’s free parental controls with all cable service.
A resource by the Federal Communications Commission covering the FCC requirement that all television sets 13 inches or larger be equipped with features to block the display of television programming based upon its rating.
Internet Articles & Resources
Based on the teachings of John Piper (Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis), this website offers many resources that help reorient our hearts away from lesser lusts and toward the surpassing satisfaction of knowing and savoring Jesus Christ. Two resources are particularly helpful in dealing with sexual sin: 1) The audio from Desiring God’s 2004 National Conference, entitled “Sex and the Supremacy of Christ,” and 2) John Piper’s message “How to Deal with the Guilt of Sexual Sin for the Glory of Christ and His Global Cause,” which can be found here.
This ministry includes articles on sexual addiction, homosexuality, and a proper theology of sexuality. Also offers resources for spouses for those who struggle.
Founded by a former sex addict and his wife, this ministry offers articles and resources for those who struggle with sexual sin and for spouses of those who struggle.
One of the leading resources in helping men and women fight the battle for their sexual purity, Triple X Church offers resources, blogs, videos, and confessional opportunities for men and women struggling with sexual sin. They also feature a section for those dealing with the repercussions of their spouse’s sin.
Counseling and Professional Assistance
Here at Christ Community we recognize that sometimes life and circumstance may require you to connect with a professional for help. Should you find yourself or someone you care about in need of professional help and you are uncertain where to turn, please contact one of our pastors (Warren Traynor, Pastor of Family & Care) and they can share with you ideas of counselors and professionals with whom you might connect.
Abuse/Assault/Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
Battered Women’s Hotline: 816.861.6100
Child/Adult Abuse Hotline: 1.800.922.5330
Children’s Center Crisis Line: 1.800.392.3738
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment (MOCSA): 816.931.4527
Domestic Violence Advocate: 913.715.3320
24 Hour Youth Crisis Hotline: 816.741.8700 or 888.233.1639 (toll free)
Kansas Child and Elder Abuse Hotline: 1.800.922.5330
Kansas Protection Center for Child Abuse: 1.800.922.5330
Kansas Protection Report Center (24 hour helpline): 1.800.922.5330
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA): 816.531.0233
Metro-Wide Domestic Violence Network 24 Hour Hotline: 816.995.1000 or 1.800.799.7233
Synergy (abused youth, family, counseling, etc.): 816.741.8700
Area Agency on Aging: 913.573.8531, Fax: 913.573.8577, TDDKS Relay: 1.800.766.3777, or email: email@example.com Hours: M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm
American Association Retired Persons (AARP): 1.888.687.2277 or www.aarp.org
Elder Care and Transitions Consulting, LLC: 913.825.0181
Johnson County Area Agency on Aging: 913.715.8861
Senior Care Consulting: 913.393.3131 or Fax: 913.780.9979
University of Kansas Medical Center – Landon Center on Aging: 913.588.1218
Budget and Financial Management (BFMA): 816.474.2972
Annual Credit Reports Request Service: 1.877.322.8228 or www.annualcreditreport.com
Consumer Credit Counseling Service: 1.800.355.2227
Kansas City Attorneys General – Consumer Protection: 1.800.432.2310
To opt out of receiving offers of credit in the mail: 1.888.567.8688
Career Center: 785.296.3777 or fax 785.296.2173 or CentralOfficeJobs@srs.ks.gov
Other Helpful Resources
Alcohol and Drug Abuse services (24 hour helpline): 1.800.586.3960
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): 816.756.3113
American Red Cross: 816.841.5203