Update: Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller of Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas Area Explain Church in the COVID-19 Era

Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller update the Christ Community Church congregation about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a follow up to a post written a few days ago. 

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”

Lord Bryon 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6 NIV 

Kansas City, Missouri 

This blog focuses on the EFCA denomination. In the Midwest District which consists of EFCA churches in Kansas and Nebraska there is an interesting church in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Spread also into Kansas is Christ Community Church. I wrote about how they reacted to the COVUD pandemic in, “Loving Your Neighbor. How the EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas Area Canceled Services For the Health of Their Neighbors During the COVID-19 Threat.” In that post I also wrote a response to Andrew Jones of the Leawood Campus in Kansas. It is a response to what he said and raising some concerns about Calvinism and what was said in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to writing more about Christ Community Church in the future.

Dear Christ Community Family,

It wasn’t exactly what we had originally planned, but we had a blast making our first-ever online service happen last weekend! It was beautiful to still gather for corporate worship online and it was so fun seeing people from every campus participate in the service. We received such encouraging feedback, and were surprised to have people from 10+ states join us for worship. Feel free to pass along the link–we’re all looking for hope during this time! We will work to make this experience the best we can.

In order to love our community and honor the recommendations of our civic leaders, we will continue to adapt how we gather. Our in-person services for all campuses are suspended and will be held ONLINE ONLY until further notice.

It is so hard to write those words. In the moment we need the church most, while wrestling with the unknown, circumstances compel us to close our physical doors. The past few days we have shed many tears over this, but it has forced us to rely even more on what we truly believe.

Church is so much more than Sunday mornings or the events and programs we hold! The church is a group of people on mission together, following Jesus and loving His world. Together, through Him, we are the hope of the world, and we can still be that hope. (Church, can I get an Amen?)

How can we be that hope? We can give someone an encouraging call. In our isolation, we need encouragement! We can find someone to serve. Many of us could do a grocery or prescription run for someone more vulnerable. We can pray, for our God is always listening and working (yes, even now). We can give. We anticipate an increase in benevolence and outreach requests and when you give to your church, you enable us to meet many of those needs.

We can live with hope, for we are not afraid. Our confidence is in our God, and He is not surprised or caught off guard. Together, we can be the tree that Jeremiah speaks of: “Blessed is the man [or woman] who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7–8, ESV)

We can still be the church. God help us.

Friends, we are here for you. If you need to talk or would like prayer, please reach out to any of the pastors or fill out this ONLINE PRAYER REQUEST card. If there’s anything we can do to serve you during this time, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We love you.

Nathan Miller, Senior Pastor
Tom Nelson, Lead Senior Pastor
Mark Askins, Senior Executive Pastor