Our Story

To Know, Love and Serve God

Welcome to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. We hope you’ll take a minute to explore all the ministries and opportunities we offer and plan to visit one of our campuses in Leawood, Olathe, Blue Springs or Downtown Kansas City this weekend or join us for worship online.

In 1990 Resurrection was a small, upstart church with a big dream of becoming a church that welcomes thinking people who were not actively involved in a church. Our first 25 years have been an amazing journey with thousands of people finding greater hope, purpose and meaning in their lives here. And, they’ve found that a church like this can quickly become a great place for personal connections and relationships that will last a lifetime.

The life of our church is guided by three statements:

  • Our Purpose is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.
  • Our Vision is to be used by God to change lives, strengthen churches, and transform the world.
  • Our Journey is to know, love and serve God.

Come dream with us as we continue our journey of knowing, loving and serving God in the greater Kansas City community and the world.

Resurrection Downtown

From its beginning in 2009, Resurrection Downtown has been dedicated to reshaping ministry in the heart of the city. The church reaches out to people regardless of who they are or where they are coming from, therefore it has become a place that reflects the energy and diversity of the city.  

Each weekend in worship Pastor Scott shares with the people gathered that regardless of what you have been through or where you have come from, we expect you to have an encounter with God’s presence and grace here. Resurrection Downtown is a place where you can ask tough questions without receiving easy answers and engage in life-changing mission, ministry and service.

The downtown Kansas City area began a time of revival in 2006 and a call went out for Resurrection members who were willing to move into that area to establish the new campus. Newly appointed Campus Pastor Scott Chrostek began stopping by the local coffee shops to meet people and share the excitement of a new church coming to the urban core. At community-building events hosted in lofts around town, Resurrection Downtown’s nine-member congregation talked about opportunities to serve and ways to meet the needs of folks all throughout the city.

Pre-launch services were held at The Scarritt Building and at Grand Avenue Temple in the fall of 2009. Then on November 29, more than 350 people gathered together to worship at the official launch of Resurrection Downtown!

As that number grew, it became apparent that one evening service in the Grand Avenue Temple would not be enough. We would need more space to continue reaching out to non-religious and nominally religious people, changing their lives and transforming this community. The last worship service at Grand Avenue Temple was on June 12, 2011. Our Downtown Campus moved to The Scarritt Building where a morning service was added in August of that year.

Within two months, the Scarritt Building had become too small. In October 2011, Resurrection purchased a former bar and concert venue (The Crosstown Station). Remodeling began on the Crosstown Station at 1522 McGee and by December 18, 2011, we welcomed more than 675 people for worship at the new home of Resurrection Downtown.

Since then, we have added a second location at 1508 Grand to house our offices, host our community groups, and to provide additional worship space on the weekends. We now worship five times per weekend and childcare and KiDSCOR programming is available at each worship service.

In September of 2015, Resurrection Downtown fully executed a purchase and sale agreement to aquire the Kansas City Star parking lot located one block south of the church's McGee location.  This will be the new location for future development, a permanent sanctuary - the first new church built in downtown Kansas City in more than 80 years - and continued growth as we seek to build Christian community in downtown Kansas City.

Matthew's Ministry Care

Matthew’s Ministry, formed in 1993, serves more than 130 families with children of all ages who have special needs.

Local & Global Missions

Countless mission initiatives designed to create local, domestic or global impact, include food drives that collect over 150,000 pounds of food annually to feed the hungry in our community; mission trips to US cities such as Dallas, Denver and Omaha; and trips abroad to Honduras, Malawi, South Africa and Haiti.

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Small Group Communities

Through our Group Life Ministry thousands of people are finding authentic community along with spiritual growth and real friendships.

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Church Renewal Through ShareChurch

Churches helping churches, ShareChurch is a resource for church leaders with fresh and practical ideas to inspire, encourage and equip other churches and leaders – unlocking and unleashing the potential of churches to reach their communities.

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God is inviting Resurrection Downtown to take a bold step of faith. God is calling us to transform the heart of the city by paving a parking lot and putting up paradise!
Campus Pastor Scott Chrostek
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