LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Abundant Life Church in Lee's Summit has more than 4,000 members. In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the church sent those members home, following health guidelines.
Two months later, when Kansas City announced its "10/10/10 Plan" for reopening businesses, the church planned to abide by that and allow 400-plus members back inside.
But Jackson County wouldn't allow churches to do that. Instead, only 10 people were allowed inside, regardless of the size of the church building. So the church filed a lawsuit.
That legal action made the church the center of an often heated conversation about politics, faith and following the rules.
Abundant Life Pastor Phil Hopper spoke to 41 Action News anchor Taylor Hemness about that decision, the fallout and more in this episode of Faith in KC.