Why Kansas City?
Kansas City is the 29th largest metro area in the United States with a population of just over 2.1 million people. The city is growing rapidly and has added over 132,000 in population over the last 2 years. Our focus area will be a suburban city in northeast Johnson County, KS (Prairie Village, KS). So, why does Kansas City need a church plant?
Only 50% claim a religious affiliation
Of the 2.1 million people in the Kansas City metro area, almost 50% claim no religious affiliation whatsoever. The most recent demographic studies reveal that the county in which our focus area resides (Johnson County, KS) only 12% are affiliated with an evangelical church.
The lack of gospel-centered churches
In between the urban core and perimeter suburbs of the city lies the older more established inner suburban areas where there is a great void of Gospel Centered, Bible teaching churches.
The false hope of suburbia
Our desire is to plant a church in the Kansas City suburbs that is, as one author put it, “a loving disrupter of the suburban status quo rather than a comfortable club of conformity.”
The strategic location
Kansas City is the “heart of the midwest” and connects the East coast to the West coast and the Great white north to the South. This makes it an ideal setting to establish a church that is missionally minded and ready to take the gospel into all cultures and reach out to all people.