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How the Kansas City Underground Emerged

April 19, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT



Of Kansas City’s 2.2 million people, 1.8 million are unreached or have no meaningful engagement with the gospel, and we’re not okay with that. From what we’ve seen, the predominant model of church planting will not be a sufficient strategy by itself to see gospel saturation realized in our city, where every man, woman, boy, and girl have repeated opportunities to see, hear, experience, and respond to the gospel.

However, another form of planting can accelerate this vision, one that emphasizes the function of disciple-making at its core. 

That idea led to the founding of the Kansas City Underground network just three years ago. Our mission is to fill Kansas City with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Our vision: A missionary on every street and a microchurch in every network of relationships. Fulfilling this vision  could fill the city with a Gospel Presence, a Gospel Demonstration, and a Gospel Proclamation that is relational and adaptable enough to fill an entire city.


The missional conversation in the West has been snowballing for decades. Leslie Newbigin, who is considered by many to be the instigator of this conversation, posed the question in his book Foolishness to the Greeks, “What would be involved in a missionary encounter between the gospel and this whole way of perceiving, thinking, and living that we call ‘modern Western culture’?” We’ve been wrestling with that question for 40 years. Over the last two decades, pioneering efforts in the missional movement have been made with the mixed results expected of early experimentation. Now, mature forms of microchurch movements are emerging. COVID-19 has demonstrated the fragility of the predominant forms of Church, which has created a surging interest in simpler forms of the Church led by ordinary people.  

Of course, microchurch is not a new form of the Church, but the most ancient one. A compelling case can be made that the microchurch is the original design within the pages of the New Testament. In addition, it is also the primary expression of the Church in the most significant disciple making movements on the planet today, in places like India and China. Now is the time for us to return to the microchurch in the West for biblical, cultural, and missiological reasons. 

Join Leadership Network this year for a series of catalytic conversations with leading practitioners. And follow this move of the Spirit that is bringing about the return of the microchurch.


April 19, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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