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When Tom and Liz Nelson started Christ Community Church in their apartment in 1988, they had no idea how or where God would lead them. They merely wanted to lead a church that would follow where He was blessing.

“We didn’t look down the road at specifics,” Tom said. “We just felt like God wanted us to plant a church that would influence our culture for the long term. We never had the sense of being ‘mega’ or really flashy. We just wanted to be the kind of church that our culture needed.”

“The values and things we hold dear have been there since the beginning.”

Our great adventure began with God calling Tom and Liz Nelson to Kansas City in the summer of 1988. During the fall of that year, a small group of pioneers with a dream met weekly for Bible study and prayer. This small group grew into the “fabulous forty” which, on March 5, 1989, started the first Sunday morning worship service of Christ Community Church. This first service was in the Berakah Room of the Corinth Office Building in Prairie Village, KS.

Continued growth necessitated a move to Mission Valley Middle School and subsequently to Overland Trail Middle School in October of 1990. To serve this growing body, God called a pastoral staff team to give leadership in areas of discipleship, administration, youth, worship, and children.

In 1994 ten beautiful acres were purchased on Kenneth Road in southern Leawood. Construction began in 1999 and in the spring of 2000, Christ Community moved its worship services to its current Leawood facility. In February of 2004 a new addition was opened with offices and more space for children.

In December 2006, Christ Community launched its Olathe Campus, located on 119th Street between Woodland and Lone Elm. The original building quickly reached capacity and an addition was built in 2011 to meet the needs of the growing congregation.

In 2010 a small group of Christ Community members began meeting in downtown Kansas City, MO to begin a congregation in the Crossroads district. The Downtown Campus is located on Baltimore Avenue, north of 18th St.

With the blessing of an incredible church building, Christ Community began a fourth campus in 2012 in the Brookside area of Kansas City, MO, located at 67th and Wornall. After months of planning and building restoration, services began in September 2012.

In January 2015, Christ Community started its fifth campus with an eager and committed group of people. The Shawnee Campus currently meets at 63rd and Lackman (15000 W. 63rd Street).

Through the years, we have experienced wonderful growth in all areas of our ministry. Our church has had a joyful and God-directed past, and we look forward with great anticipation to our future.  It is anticipated that, with God’s timing and guidance, Christ Community will continue to become integral and influential apprentices of Jesus.

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“We didn’t look down the road at specifics. We just felt like God wanted us to plant a church that would influence our culture for the long term. We never had the sense of being ‘mega’ or really flashy. We just wanted to be the kind of church that our culture needed.”

TOM NELSON

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