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, Downtown Kansas City, Blue Springs or Overland Park 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. We have been on 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.

Vision 2030: Closing the Gap

When Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God, he was speaking of the world as it should be. The driving passion of Church of the Resurrection's Vision 2030 is to close the gap between what is and what should be in our lives, our community and our world between now and the year 2030.

Learn more at build.cor.org.

Resurrection Blue Springs

The fourth Resurrection campus was formed in Blue Springs in 2010, when the already-established congregation of North Spring United Methodist Church approached us about becoming a part of the Resurrection community. We were able to begin this new campus on a firm foundation with an existing building and property and nearly 100 people in the core group. Resurrection Blue Springs provided an opportunity for this church to draw upon our resources to reach even more people in this community.

At the first worship service Sunday, August 8, 2010, more than 200 people filled the pews in the sanctuary to hear Pastor Adam preach, and Resurrection Blue Springs was officially launched the following week on August 15. Talented musicians perform a blend of contemporary and traditional music for worship, creating a refreshingly casual service.

Campus Pastor Penny Ellwood led this eager congregation in developing ministries and programs and a sense of community and mission. As the word got out about our unique church that welcomed folks who were looking for a church home – no matter where they came from – more and more people joined in helping to shape and grow Resurrection Blue Springs. Worship attendance outgrew the Sanctuary and a second worship service was added in January 2013. Mission opportunities, community events and programming for children, youth and adults, create a church where everyone can find a place to serve, learn, grow and receive care.

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 Community Life small groups 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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We are committed to growing along with our community – caring for and serving our neighbors.
Campus Pastor Penny Ellwood