Local Outreach is our intentional and collaborative effort to glorify God by serving with organizations in our communities for the salvation of the lost and the common good of all. We have a special interest in learning from the vulnerable and minorities in our community.
We work hard to ensure that our corporate outreach doesn’t compete but enhances other gospel-driven initiatives happening in our city. At the same time, we seek to bless our city by uniquely contributing as God has called and gifted us for service.
- We care about all people in our communities, especially the poor and the marginalized.
- We care about fostering long term commitments to people and issues.
- We care about restoring individual and systemic brokenness through the gospel.
We pray that God will bless our community and world in many different ways through our service to Him. We are specifically focused on the following goals in our local outreach:
- Nurturing healthy local churches, especially in under-resourced neighborhoods
- Advancing human dignity in every stage of life
- Investing in the next generation of leaders in and beyond the church
- Partnering in community development and the work of reconciliation
- Standing with the oppressed and vulnerable to mend structural injustice
Our local partners and initiatives share our basic faith-commitments and understand the value we place on God’s Spirit, actively working in and through a local church. We have chosen to partner because we believe in the value of incarnational ministry—that is, individuals who work, play, listen, and live amongst the people they are called to serve. We understand our partners to be uniquely gifted and positioned to (a.) bear witness to the gospel and (b.) to assist others in partnering with them to further God’s mission in their context.
- Advice and Aid
- Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
- Cristo Rey
- Mission Adelante
- The Care Portal | Global Orphan Project
- The Culture House
- The Hope Center
- Woodland Elementary
ADVICE & AID PREGNANCY CENTERS
Advice & Aid helps women and their families make an educated decision about an unplanned pregnancy by providing truthful information about parenting, adoption, and abortion. They offer several counseling options and various programs in order to bring emotional, practical, and spiritual support to what can be a very stressful situation.
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST
Christian Fellowship Baptist Church is our urban sister church. Their mission is to offer a biblical alternative for living in every area of life. Throughout the year, Christ Community collaborates with Christian Fellowship Baptist on a variety of projects that build relationships to foster unity as together we strive to impact our city.
Cristo Rey is a partner of Christ Community committed to bringing excellent education to some of the most vulnerable students in our city. With its teaching staff and the commitment of the business community in Kansas City, culturally diverse students with economic need receive a college prep education made meaningful through an innovative corporate work study program.
Mission Adelante is an urban mission to Latino immigrants and Bhutanese refugees in Kansas City. Their mission is to win hearts to Christ by meeting the felt needs of immigrants in their surrounding neighborhood through ESL courses, home repairs, children’s activities, and authentic community. In tandem, they seek to disciple relationally and mobilize individuals to lead and serve, toward the end of growing a thriving network of reproducing house churches that impacts the community.
GLOBAL ORPHAN PROJECT
THE CARE PORTAL
The Global Orphan Project (GOP) is a global orphan care and orphan prevention ministry headquartered in Kansas City, MO. They partner with local churches to provide care to children and families in need living in their own communities, including right here in the USA. Christ Community’s primary involvement with GOP is through CarePortal, the US arm of GOP.
The CarePortal brings the needs of hurting children and families in your community to your attention. Child Welfare workers uncover the needs. The CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a timely, non-threatening invitation and opportunity to respond. To see a current list of open requests, please click here.
THE CULTURE HOUSE
A not-for-profit arts academy founded in 1996, The Culture House has quickly become a premiere destination for Kansas City’s young artists and their families to grow and learn. The Culture House strives to educate and train individuals in creative excellence and artistic appreciation, build integrity and character through discipline and creativity, and produce and support a community of professional artists in artistic growth, healthy lifestyles, creative wisdom, and spiritual maturity.
THE HOPE CENTER
- Hope Family Care Clinic (Body)
- Hope Leadership Academy (Mind)
- Hope Center (Soul)
Youthfront is a community committed to creating holistic, missional environments for the Christian formation of young people. Youthfront shapes the imagination of youth for God’s kingdom through two camps, a hands-on, learning experience confronting food insecurity called Something to Eat, and two ministry sites focused on youth leadership formation in under-resourced neighborhoods in Croc, Mexico and Kansas City, Kansas.
Woodland Elementary is an elementary school in the Olathe school district that is committed to helping students achieve success in and out of the classroom. Their teaching staff works toward not only the education of each student, but the wellness of the whole student to make sure some of the most basic needs of economically challenged and under-resourced families in the school are met.
Ways To Serve at Woodland
Here are some great ways to serve alongside our ministry partner, Woodland Elementary. Some of these opportunities are ongoing and some are one time events. If you are interested in any of these opportunities please visit http://www.olatheschools.com/volunteering to learn more and to fill out an application or contact the Olathe Schools Volunteer Department at 913.780.8233.
Lunch Room Supervision Support
The lunchroom is a special place in an elementary school and it can also be a little hectic at times. Woodland is in need of people to serve during the lunch periods every day from 11:30-1:15 to help maintain a friendly yet controlled environment for the students. You do not need to serve the entire time, but you are welcome to.
Mentoring and Tutoring
There are many students at Woodland who could benefit from the caring involvement and guidance of an adult mentor and tutor. Typically, adults meet with students one-on-one during lunch for 20 minutes (between 11:30-1:15) or help in a classroom once a week. There are students at each grade level who are on a waiting list to connect with an adult mentor or who need tutoring support. Volunteers and schools work together to schedule the best volunteer time such as during lunch or a class period.
After School Clubs
There are a number of clubs that take place throughout the year after school for a handful of weeks. Woodland offers a running club, a basketball dribbling club, a chess club, and others. Contact principal Stacy Shipley to learn more about these clubs
One Time Opportunities
Collections for Supplies and Snacks
At the start of every year there are always a number of students who don’t have adequate supplies for the school year. We do a collection every August and January to gather school supplies and snacks for students in need. Contact Reid Kapple if you are interested in helping.
A number of families at Woodland are in a position to benefit from Thanksgiving bags that are filled and delivered by people in our community. We help provide these bags every November. This is a great way to love and serve our community. To learn more about this opportunity please contact Reid Kapple.
Jared Coones Memorial 5K Pumpkin Run
The various running clubs from all across the Olathe School District participate in this race every October. There are many ways to help serve and volunteer to make this race a great success. To learn more about the race please visit http://www.pumpkinrunwalk.org/ and contact Stacy Shipley if you would like to volunteer.
Teacher Appreciation Week
As we all know, teachers have such an important and yet challenging job. Teacher appreciation week at Woodland is in early April every year. Our Women’s Ministry team hosts an appreciation luncheon during this week. This is a great time to send cards or small gifts to the teachers and staff at Woodland to let them know that we appreciate and support the work they do. To help serve in this way please contact Sara Spence.
how to get involved
Our Local Outreach team is comprised of a staff lead from each campus. Together, we cultivate strategic local partnerships and consider the unique needs and opportunities for outreach in each of our campus neighborhoods. We’d love to hear from you with questions, ideas, and input about how God’s at work in our city!