Church of the Resurrection branching out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has been in the Kansas City area for decades. The large church that started in Leawood, Kan., has been branching out, and the downtown Kansas City location is seeing tremendous growth.

In 2009, The Church of the Resurrection Downtown opened with nine members. Now, almost three and half years later, the congregation has grown to 900 members.

On Easter Sunday, the church held their service inside the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.

The packed room holds more that 14,000 people, and close to 200 stood outside the room to watch the service on a monitor.

Pastor Scott Chrostek said the fast growing congregation tells them there is a need and that something is happening downtown. And, members agree.

Brian Matthys, who has watched the numbers rise week after week, said the church fills a void.

"I think it was something lacking in the downtown area, and maybe in Kansas City in general, just an urban church meets people where they are," Matthys said.

Member Stacey Webb was excited to have the opportunity to worship inside the Kauffman Center, because she said their congregation is full of artists and a creative spirit.

"In our sanctuary downtown, we host different art and show different artists each month. So, being in the center of art district is really, really important to us," Webb said.

The downtown church is part of the large congregation that now has branches all over the metro.

"Our big church has a vision, and that is to create a Christian community. We do that in Blue Springs, we do that in Olathe, we do that in Leawood and downtown," Chrostek  said. "And downtown we have been active for three and half years. It has been a great story and something we did not anticipate or imagine."

The pastor said with the amount of people packed inside the Kauffman Center on Easter Sunday, he hopes it's only a sign of their growing future.

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