Who We Are
Community Covenant Church is an open-hearted, inter-generational community of Christ-followers who are learning to live according to the life-giving covenant of God as revealed in the Bible, God’s reliable Word to all humankind, for the purpose of becoming a church that selflessly and fearlessly confirms and demonstrates God’s redeeming grace and liberating truth. Does the reality of our experience match our hopeful rhetoric? Not yet! But we are on our way, as the Spirit of God teaches and transforms us.
We are called to Discover, Live and Share the Love of Jesus.
Helping people discover the love of Jesus means that we are seriously, joyfully evangelistic — we really do believe the Good News that Jesus Christ is the Promised Messiah, Merciful Savior and Sovereign Lord, as well as Dearest Friend, Miracle Worker and Returning King. We invite Jesus into the center of our challenging lives and trust him to take benevolent control … and invite others to put their complete faith in him and his loving authority, as we earn the right to speak into their experience.
Helping people live the love of Jesus means that we are committed to discipleship — his call to follow him and conform to his character, believing the Risen Christ is present by his Spirit providing forgiveness, guidance, strength and companionship with brothers and sisters who are moving with him, sometimes struggling, sometimes succeeding, always seeking to grow deeper in our understanding and active, courageous obedience.
Helping people share the love of Jesus means that we are passionate about mission — encouraging people to serve humbly, give generously, care extravagantly, and witness to the goodness of God in a world that is starving for all of this. We want to unleash people’s gifts, interest and energy for the sake of God’s Kingdom and the expansion of its beautiful blessings.
Our History and Our Beliefs
CCC is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a fellowship of congregations across the country and around the world that can best be characterized as “solid at the center and soft around the edges.” In other words, our core convictions are indispensable — the supremacy and centrality of Christ, the theological and practical authority of the Bible (“Where is it written?” is a question that sends us to the source-book), the necessity of new birth activated by the grace of God and a human response, and a radical reorientation to the commands of Jesus and the new life that is produced. Yet, there is a variety of opinion about other issues that are important, and often discussed, but not essential for salvation. We take an accepting, non-judgmental posture toward each other.
The Covenant denomination in the United States is an offspring of the Protestant Reformation and originally nurtured by the state-sponsored Lutheran Church in Sweden. Eventually, a number who were members of that institutional church, without any difficulty regarding doctrine, began to meet in smaller groups that “covenanted” together to cultivate personal piety (they were called “pietists”) and share a common mission, as a way of living a vibrant faith beyond the formal Sunday morning worship gathering inside the walls of the “church.” The result of such independence and the concern it sometimes provoked led to a mostly friendly separation from the mainline church. In various countries and in different ways a “Free Church” emerged.
When immigrants with this dynamic view of faith came to America (to the Midwest and both coasts) from the Scandinavian countries in the 19th Century, they formed new congregations in their new world. At first, these gatherings with their bent toward an activist piety, practiced their faith within their own language and cultural traditions. Ultimately, this movement would adapt to a new homeland and with their penchant for mission, reached beyond their original constituency. Soon, in the late 19th and into the 20th Century, the Covenant church became much more diverse and cosmopolitan. What has become apparent in the last severeal decades is a fast-growing, multi-ethnic association of relationally-connected, missionally-driven Covenant churches and ministries that are highly innovative in our approach to outreach, and often interacting and collaborating with churches from other traditions — while remaining faithful to the convictions of historic Christian orthodoxy as summarized by the early creeds, re-imagined by new generations of believers, and at the same time always submissive to the biblical text.
Community Covenant Church was chartered in 1975, and was later transplanted in 2005 to its current campus location on 87th Street Parkway in Lenexa, a suburb of Kansas City, a couple of blocks east of the 435 Freeway, in an area that continues to explode with residential and commercial growth. We believe God has purposefully placed us here in multi-purpose facilities and park-like grounds (and in our respective neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, recreational spaces, civic organizations and larger communities) to represent the imminent reality of God and the incomparable love of Jesus to everyone we meet.
Our Programs and Activities
We are determined to become a “Simple Church” — focused on our mission, aligned and synchronized with each other for the accomplishment of our mission, eager to care for those in need around us, ready and willing to work with all who are concerned about the flourishing of this region and the welfare of our world. We do all of this motivated by our devotion to Christ and our love for people. We count on God to multiply the benefits and draw attention to his unmatched glory and grace.
Ministry highlights, growth opportunities and outreach initiatives to our larger community include the following …
Sunday Morning Worship Services with a traditional feel (8:30 am) and a contemporary feel (10:45 am)Children’s and Student Ministries (Nursery, Pre-School, Elementary, Middle School and High School)
Young Adult, Young Couple and Young Family Ministries
Men’s and Women’s Ministries (Groups, Sports, Hobbies, Work and Service Projects, Retreats)
Senior Adult Ministries and Activities
Adult Classes on Sunday Mornings; Life Groups configured for all adults throughout the week; Bible Studies and Support Groups of all kinds
Congregational Care, Stephen Ministries, Benevolence
Local Serve and Global Missions (City of Lenexa, Hispanic partnership, KC Metro Area, regional and international — Haiti, South Africa, Czech Republic, DR Congo)
Special Events: Concerts, Prayer Gatherings, Picnics, Family Games, Topical Seminars, Conferences, Mission Experiences, Ministry Training, Leadership Development, etc)
Our Leadership and Staff
Leadership Team: Mary Fugate (Chair), Dave Stanley, Darrell Meador, Courtney Gras, Don Bonnell, Mike Martinie, Lessie Diener, Jim Nicely, Pastor Doug Stevens
Office Staff: Dara Russell, Staci Knight, Adam Toren
Ministry Directors: Alexia Lang (Church Administrator), Jason Sivewright (Worship and Arts/Second Service Music), Rachel Johnson (Children’s Ministries), David Zoschke (First Service Music)
Associate Pastors: Tom Greenwald (Next Generation), Jessica Springer (Family Ministries), Bob Watson (Lay Pastor)
Transitional Pastor: Doug Stevens