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 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, and has become a place that reflects the energy and diversity of the city.

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. 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. The last worship service at Grand Avenue Temple was on June 12, 2011. Our Downtown location moved to The Scarritt Building where a morning service was added in August of that year.

Within two months, the Scarritt Building had also 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. By 2016, an average of 900 people were worshipping at 5 services with no room to spare.

In September 2015, Resurrection Downtown fully executed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire the Kansas City Star parking lot located one block south of the church's McGee location. The new building at 1601 Grand, completed in June of 2018, was purposefully built to include an improved kids area and to increase seating to 450, with plans to double the size of the building in the future. We are blessed and honored to open the first new church built in downtown Kansas City in more than 80 years and we pray for 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 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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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