When I first moved back to Kansas City in 2003 after six years of military service, I was having a hard time becoming acclimated back into ‘normal’ civilian life. The regimented time and rough communication skills that had become routine for me was not fitting for life after the military. Luckily for me, I was engaged to my beautiful and patient fiance, Susan, who helped guide me from portions of my somewhat harsh military habits. Looking back on it, Susan AND my membership to First Christian Church of North Kansas City (FCCNKC) really helped that transition.
Is this Church right for you?
Choosing a church is different for everyone but I would argue that finding the right Church is the best decision you can ever make. No pressure, right?! Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and see which of the factors below resonate with you. In reading my personal story of how I found FCCNKC, I hope that you will see if this church is the right one for you, too.
Susan and I were quickly married after I had moved back to Kansas City and our first item after moving in together was to find a church. Both of our parents’ churches required a twenty minute drive both ways. We both agreed that we were going to find a church that was right for both of us AND close. Both of us came from non-denominational churches but Susan had been previously at one point been a member of Disciples of Christ (DOC) church. Seeing a DOC church near our new home, we ventured in as visitors of FCCNKC. Within the first five minutes, we found smiling faces welcoming us. After returning the next Sunday, a woman close to our age asked if we’d like to come a little earlier to Sunday school. Each following Sunday we returned, we found our spiritual requirements for a home church filled at FCCNKC.
Coming from a military service on a small fast attack submarine, I appreciate small groups of motivated and goal oriented people. Too often, I’ve seen larger organizations diluted by politics, committees and bureaucracy. Fellowship sometimes is simply dwarfed by the grand scale of a sanctuary and getting to know a thousand faces is daunting. In a smaller church, you matter! In my opinion, the friendships I made in smaller groups are much more real.
FCCNKC is an active small church which conducts two Sunday morning worship services. Other opportunities for fellowship such as Sunday school classes involve people of all ages, such as children’s clubs, youth groups and adult gatherings. Church picnics, vacation Bible school (community VBS between local churches), and annual Christmas and Easter programs often contribute to the year’s activities. There are frequent Bible studies or home fellowship groups such as Disciples Men’s or Women’s Ministry which help you meet other church members and help you to grow in your faith. Children aren’t left out, either. Nursery facility is well maintained with attentive, caring nursery workers. Older children are eager to attend and participate with our Youth Leader.
I’ve learned a lot about leadership through my church. I’ve tried many different ministries and committees within FCCNKC. Through the ‘buffet’ of choices and the various roles I’ve had, I’ve learned what the difference is between a ‘Leader’ and ‘Manager’. Among the many differences: the manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
In addition to a Pastor with a strong vision, FCCNKC is lead through sub-committees who steer small projects to fulfill motivated ministries. Within our church are several successful self-made entrepreneurs who bring mentor-ship to each of their styles of leadership roles.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
In church ministries, I often ask, “How can I minister to others?” I look for a place where I can not only be served, but one where I can serve and contribute my talents. My personal journey at FCCNKC included teaching and singing in the choir. I was ‘volunteered’ to join the choir after the choir director heard me sing “Take me out to the ballgame” at a Church Royals gathering.
Some of FCCNKC’s most active and rewarding ministries are the Hot Dog Lunch Program and Operation Inasmuch but there are other needs for people with organizational, leadership and planning skills in many other ministries.
Can God Change Your Life here?
I can’t promise that FCCNKC will be the blessing for you that it was for me but God has made it possible for you to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life. Discover how you can find peace with God here with me.