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.

Branching Out West

In August 2005, the call went out for people who were willing to start a second Resurrection location. By October, more than 100 households had signed up to launch Resurrection West in Olathe, Kansas. Our enthusiastic start-up congregation first met July 20, 2006, in Olathe. More than 700 people seeking to know, love, and serve God worshiped at the official launch of Resurrection West on August 20.

The congregation was eager to serve and participated in community serving opportunities and sent the first Resurrection West mission team out to help with hurricane relief in Mississippi. Small groups met for learning and connection, leading to the leasing of an Activity Center near the Resurrection West offices to be used for weekday classes and activities.

Our development team studied the community, dreamed and planned, and in 2009, a permanent location for Resurrection West was found on a 23-acre parcel of land at the southwest corner of the K-7 and K-10 intersection in Olathe.

The first building would be approximately 19,000 square feet and was planned to be open for Christmas 2011 but would allow this campus to grow in ministry for years to come. We launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the project and, thanks to the generosity of a congregation fully engaged in our purpose, our brand new church building opened even earlier than we had planned.

Before the first worship service, our church prayed over every seat volunteers gathered to read the entire Bible aloud in the new building. On December 4, 2011, more than 1,400 gathered to worship at Resurrection West’s new home – plus 340 children in Sunday School! Since then, we have continued to grow, adding dedicated space for our children's ministry, expanding our worship space, and increasing the accessibility of our parking areas.

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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Resurrection West is an incredible community where all ages are connecting with the love of God!
Campus Pastor Bill Gepford