Mission & Values

Our mission is to invite our neighbors to experience and share God's love. 


INVITE- We will build inviting and partnering relationships with our neighborhood.

EXPERIENCE GOD'S LOVE-We will be a people of welcome, redemption, and love to all.

SHARE- We will provide opportunities for our neighborhood, regardless of church affiliation or faith journey, to share love and compassion with others through community gatherings and service. 


OUR VALUES:

We value "church" defined as a familyOur mission is defined by covenant relationships of service and love- relationships with God, each other, and our neighbors, that are made real as we gather at Christ's table. Gathering at Christ's table, wherever we are, is an act of community and worship to God. The table has no walls. 


We value the welcome and affirmation of all people. We strive to be a people of grace and welcome by celebrating the gifts for ministry and faith journey of all God’s children regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective. We are becoming and seeking to become a community that is diverse in age, race, orientation, and perspective held together by God's table of grace.


SCCC is a partner in ministry of Disciples' GLAD Alliance, an ally and identifier of safe congregations for LGBTQ and LGBTQ affirming Christians.


We value faith that asks big questions. We think scripture, the church's history, scholarship, and reason, when used together in community, can help us follow Jesus better. When we are at our best we are a community of conversation centered in Jesus. 


We value faith that makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors here and around the world. We value church with a deep commitment to relationships of compassion and tangible acts of love and partnership beginning in our neighborhood and extending around the world. 


our Story (Why we left the building.)

In the summer of 2015, Shawnee Park Christian Church, located at 16500 Midland Drive since November 1978, moved out of our building and moved into a new rented and renovated space at 5340 Martindale Road in western Shawnee. We relaunched as a new congregation under the name Shawnee Community Christian Church on September 27, 2015. 


We get a lot of questions about why a church might do all of that. Here's our story.


Shawnee Park was founded in 1978 in a house on some donated farmland on Midland Drive. It grew quickly, brimming with youth, built a new sanctuary and education space, and dreamed of an exciting future. Then, during the economic downturn of the early 2000's, it struggled. 


In 2011, during a time of intentional renewal and discernment, we did a study of our neighborhood's needs, our spending habits, and our commitment to mission. Unfortunately, the majority of our donated funds were going toward a large mortgage we struggled to pay and a building that was aging faster than we could keep up with. 


Rethinking "church".

After a season of prayer and discernment we determined that "church" was, above all things, supposed to be a people living the mission of love and mercy of Jesus- not a building or a piece of property. We chose to sell our property, relocate to a more sustainable rented space, invest more of ourselves in real mission, and start over as a new church, doing ministry in new ways in the neighborhood of western Shawnee. 


In 2015 we are a investing 65% of our budget into real hands-on ministry. We will provide 500 boxes of food for area families through a partnership with Shawnee Community Services and we recently collected $8000 in one month for clean drinking water in the Congo - ironically this is the same monthly mortgage payment we once made at the expense of mission. We are welcoming new friends to our ministry every week. 


We are alive and excitedly moving toward the greater mission of love God has called us to. We are alive because God is faithful and because of faithful people from our legacy church who laid down their personal preferences and comforts in hope of greater things. We are growing and excited to make a difference in the lives of people in our new neighborhood.


We would love for you to be part of the journey with us.