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Closing the Gap

What is God calling you to do to close the Gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be?

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

We believe God is calling Church of the Resurrection to…

 

Close the

Spiritual
Gap

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Close the

Generational
Gap

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Close the

Justice & Kindness
Gap

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Close the

Opportunity
Gap

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Provide a roadmap to deepen the spiritual vitality of all Resurrection members, so we are more fully engaged and flourishing in the Christian life.

1

Develop a clear and compelling model for Christian discipleship built around “Five Essential Practices of the Christian life.”

2

Align our discipleship efforts across ages and campuses using this model.

3

Share this model, along with helpful resources for its implementation, with other United Methodist Churches in the hope that it is adopted by 1,000+ churches.

4

With the help of this model, equip and inspire every Resurrection member to share their faith in word and action, with at least five people each year over the next 10 years, leading to a total of 1,000,000 acts of witness by 2030.

Connect new and younger people and raise a new generation of leaders while effectively reaching non-religious people who live in an increasingly secular community.

Resurrection Campuses

Involvement in Religious Congregation or Community

1

Increase our outreach to children through VBC, children and family programming and ministries for grandparents and grandchildren.

2

Mentor and deploy an increasing number of young adult leaders.

3

Launch five new campuses to reach new people, starting with Resurrection Overland Park.

4

Develop succession plans for the congregation to prepare for passing the baton of pastoral and staff leadership.

Address injustices and build bridges of healing in our city so that Kansas City looks more like the Kingdom of God.

1

Create an annual focus on a local concern or issue of justice and educate, inspire and mobilize our members to close the gap, starting in 2019 with the epidemic of suicides in our community.

2

Bring people together across faiths for mutual understanding and to stand with our neighbors of other faiths demonstrating a witness to the love of Christ.

3

Focus on efforts to welcome diverse people so that our congregation mirrors the diversity of the broader community and the Kingdom of God.

4

Lead a campaign for civility during major political campaigns between 2020-2030 to bring people together and counter polarization and acrimony, with social media and yard signs advocating for civility.

Break the cycle of poverty for children in Kansas City, giving each child the possibility of attaining a future with hope.

Of the 6,800 four-year-olds in the KC metropolitan area, less than 1/3 have access to pre-school.

1

Ensure every four-year-old who will attend our partner schools has access to pre-k education so that they are prepared to succeed in elementary school.

2

Ensure children in the communities surrounding our partner schools have access to basic health care through mobile medical clinics offering basic health care, vision, dental and hearing screening.

3

Address childhood hunger in the neighborhoods surrounding our partner schools by establishing new food pantries or supporting existing pantries.

4

Increase the number of partner schools from the present eight to ten, including one partnership in each campus’ surrounding community.

Vision 2030 Next Steps

Close the Spiritual Gap

Make a commitment to be in worship every weekend during the season of Lent, March 10 – April 14

Sermon Series – The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life

Close the Justice and Kindness Gap

Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for the American Public Square presentation on Thursday, February 28. Church of the Resurrection Leawood will host a panel on Preventing Teen Suicide.

Close the Generational Gap

Sign up today to volunteer during Vacation Bible Camp at your campus so we can extend our outreach to children and families.

Close the Opportunity Gap

Save the date and plan to attend informational meeting on Sunday, March 31, at Resurrection Leawood as we begin exploring and planning how Resurrection can help ensure that children in Kansas City have access to early childhood education.

Watch the “Closing the Gap” sermon, delivered on February 10, 2019.

Vision 2030 Additional Initiatives

Strengthen the Church of the Resurrection’s long-term health through a leadership succession plan, new legacy estate gifts, elimination of facility debt and development of team of lay Community Life Ministers.

Strengthen the United Methodist Church by providing key leadership to the denomination, expanding ShareChurch.com, and investing in theological education for pastors in Africa and Eurasia.

Positively impact the local community and the world by reducing the number of suicides in Kansas City to below half the number in 2017 and supporting at least one partner school in each of our global partner contexts.