Grace Announces Plans for a Second Campus In El Dorado Springs, Missouri
Grace United Methodist Church (Lee’s Summit, MO) – January 11, 2015
Today we announce our plan to launch a second campus in El Dorado Springs, MO. Our new campus is on the site of the former El Dorado Springs United Methodist Church, which closed in 2014. There are 3000 people that live in El Dorado Springs, and within 5 miles, 5000 people.
This expansion is not a church plant. It is a satellite campus. This means it is not a separate church, but a second Grace United Methodist Church campus. Over the next few months we will outline our plans for reaching new people for Jesus Christ in El Dorado Springs.
The mission and programming will mirror our programming and missional strategy. It is the same pastoral team and same philosophy of ministry. There is one Lead Pastor, one staff, one organizational structure, one ministry budget and one leadership team. We will be replicating as much of our ministries as possible at our second site in order to extend the gospel message into a new area.
Currently, there are a few faithful former members that attend a 10:45 am Legacy service. It is our intention to partner with them in developing an outreach strategy to and with the community. We assume preaching responsibilities next Sunday. We will strengthen the current worship service with the intention of adding a 9:15 am contemporary worship service with children’s ministries in the fall of 2015.
If you feel called to be apart of campus leadership team to help, please contact the church office immediately. We are in need of passionate people to reach out in the name of Christ. Our pastoral staff and leadership team have been praying about a second campus for the past few years. Several opportunities had previously come before us and we did not feel we were ready to move forward with them. We did not feel the other situations were where God was leading us.
And yes, Camp Galilee is in El Dorado Springs Missouri. We are sad to see the camp close and if possible would love to utilize the facility to reach people for Jesus Christ, but currently, our second campus is not connected to anything that is or will go on at Camp Galilee.
We have been praying about this and working on this step for several years. I am so excited to see it come to fruition and to watch our church take this bold step of faith to extend the gospel message. Thank you and please pray for Grace church as we continue to reach out. We are light in the darkness, for the non-churched, once-churched and badly churched.
A Story of Grace by Jeremy Vickers
Pastor Jeremy Vickers shares congregational insights in his new book. Jeremy Vickers, 38, has been lead pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit for eight years. In his new book, A Story of Grace, he shares a clear and concise vision how all churches should be a “light in the darkness.” From humble beginnings as a new church start, through a time in the wilderness and now a healthy, vital and growing congregation again, Grace continues to be a relevant witness in their community.
Jeremy drew on his many experiences in rural, county seat and suburban churches to develop a missional and contextually relevant congregational witness .Grace has always been a faithful and strong church. All they needed was a clear path to walk, the author recently said. The book is written to anyone who is new to Grace and has a desire to know more about how the church functions and what they believe. A unique feature in this book is the Enhanced video additions of the author sharing his personal views before each chapter. It is truly a first for the Christian community, as Enhanced ebooks are not available yet on all Ebook platforms. After seeing this book, many churches are surely to follow in a similar fashion for their guests and visitors by creating and developing their own Enhanced ebooks. It is a new and advanced way of sharing the timeless message and story of Jesus Christ and His followers.
Jeremy Vickers is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri with his wife, son and their golden retriever.
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- It’s Not About Me,
- It’s About God.
- It’s Not About Us,
- It’s About Them.
- It’s Not About Here,
- It’s About There.
- It’s Not About My Needs,
- It’s About Their Needs,
- It’s Not about Now,
- It’s about Eternity.