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A family of multiplying disciples

It’s our desire to influence our community and world for Jesus Christ.
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Our mission

We desire to be a caring family of multiplying disciples, influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ.

Our quest to discover God’s design for all of life is anchored in these five life-changing values:

Our values

Since the beginning, who we are called to be, what we value, and the focus of our disciple-making mission has remained the same.

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Cross

We believe the finished work of Christ on the cross makes it possible to enter the life we were designed to live.

The cross is the most universally recognized symbol of Christianity. It is a symbol of rescue and hope. In short, the cross is shorthand for the message of the gospel. The Apostle Paul, for example, writes about the Christian gospel as being “the message of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

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Yoke

We believe we become the people God designed us to be in the yoke of Christ.

“Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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Bible

We believe the Bible reveals God’s design for all of life.

As a church, we base everything we are and everything we do on this book. But have you ever asked yourself: what is this book, really? What is it for? It says in the New Testament:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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Church
We believe the primary context in which we are to experience the life God designed is the local church.

The Bible has much to say about the relationship between Jesus and His church. The church is, at various times, called Jesus’ home (Ephesians 2:19-22), Jesus’ family (Hebrews 2:10-13), and Jesus’ bride (Revelation 21:9). But perhaps the most illustrative description of the church is as Jesus’ own body:

“[God] put all things under Christ’s feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:21-22)

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City
We believe we are designed to give ourselves away in our neighborhoods, city, and world.

God addresses His people in the Old Testament through the prophet Jeremiah saying,

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7)

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Marks of Discipleship

The following seven marks give us a snapshot of what discipleship to Jesus looks like. While they don’t outline everything that could be said, they do lay a solid foundation, helping us see what it means to live with upright hearts and skillful hands. (Psalm 78:72 ESV)

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Cross

Takes Up Their Cross

Trusting Jesus in All of Life
A maturing disciple willingly accepts the high costs of following Jesus.

Puts on the Yoke

Pursuing Intimacy with God through Spiritual Disciplines
A maturing disciple cultivates life habits as pathways to enjoy God and do His will.

Bible

Builds their Life on the Bible

Seeing Everything as God’s Story
A maturing disciple sees the world biblically, recognizing God’s Story provides meaning and guidance in all things.

Church

Loves the Church

Prioritizing the Family of God
A maturing disciple commits to the local church and contributes to its growth and influence.

City

Seeks the Good of the City

Giving Themselves Away
A maturing disciple lives a life of service as a thank you for the abundant grace of God.

City

Seeks the Good of the City

Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed
A maturing disciple works zealously and prayerfully so that all may come to a robust new life in Christ.

City

Seeks the Good of the City

Working Diligently for the Flourishing of All
A maturing disciple lives all of life as a seamless act of worship to God for the common good.

Our staff

We have over 60 staff at our five locations spread throughout the Kansas City area.

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Senior Leadership
Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Lead Senior Pastor

Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller

Senior Pastor - Congregational Development

Mark Askins

Mark Askins

Senior Executive Pastor

Our beliefs

As a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, Christ Community adheres to the following ten articles of faith.

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around the following theological convictions:

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God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

More about the Evangelical Free Church of America

Christ Community Evangelical Free Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches and church plants united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. We are committed to cooperate with one another in ministry and fellowship as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission which Christ has entrusted to His Church. The growing ministry of the EFCA currently extends to over 80 countries of the world.

We do not see ourselves as the “only” church or even as a “perfect” church. We are but one exciting part of Christ’s universal church seeking to be filled with His Spirit and serving Him to the best of our ability. We believe in the total Lordship of Christ and the Great Commission to which He calls all believers.

Christ Community’s Stance on Frequently Raised Topics
From our RESOURCES page you can download our position papers on the following topics:
  • Exploring God’s Design for Human Sexuality
  • Exploring God’s Design for the Role of Women in the Church
  • Giving God Our Best: God’s Design for Generosity

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