HARRISONVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH - HARRISONVILLE, MO
HISTORY & CURRENT STATUS
Vision and purpose are what inspired the 54 charter members of Harrisonville Mennonite Church (HMC) in 1968, to go beyond their faith community of Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church to reach those in another town with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Expecting a Miracle” was the motto of that early church that started meeting for Sunday night worship on March 1, 1968.
This group wanted to create a place to minister to young families and started Kinder Kastle in September of 1968 with 11 students, meeting in the basement of a congregation member’s home. Between the years 1975 and 1981, HMC added two additions to house the growing ministry of Kinder Kastle and Harrisonville Christian School along with a new larger Sanctuary for our growing congregation. During the 1998-99 school year Harrisonville Mennonite Church purchased and renovated, without debt and with the HMC body sharing their talents, gifts, and time, the Bohl Activity Center, a building on the west side of town for students in grades five through eight and youth activities.
In 1998 HMC hired its first full-time Youth Pastor. Since that time HMC/HCC’s youth group has become one of its larger outreaches and has been a place for all kids regardless of Church affiliation to come and feel welcome and loved.
In July of 2002 HMC joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches leaving behind the South-Central Conference of the Old Mennonites.
The congregation voted in 2010 to change the name of the church. From that point forward the church would be known as Harrisonville Community Church (HCC).
Throughout the 50+ years that HCC has been in existence, we have been served by 9 Senior Pastors and multiple Associate and Youth Pastors. Some leaders focused on small groups, others on outreach, and some on students. No matter who the leader has been or what the focus of the season, God’s faithfulness has been the thread that can be found throughout the history of Harrisonville Community Church.
HCC has been without a senior pastor for 18 months at this writing, but a core of our family of believers has remained focused on pursuing God’s calling for our body to be an outpost of His Kingdom in our community. As such through a rotation of guest speakers and members of the body sharing their gifts HCC has continued to reach new families, stay financially sound, and equip our body with tools to advance God’s Kingdom in their families, places of work, and community and throughout the world through mission support.
HCC is friendly, warm, and very inviting which is an extension of who they are as a church.
Kinder Kastle & Harrisonville Christian School
By God’s Hand, Kinder Kastle successfully serves many families with solid Christian education since 1968. The Harrisonville Christian School (K-8) began in 1974 and continued until 2020. The vision was and still is to be a learning community for next-generation leadership, by being committed to empowering students through the integration of faith and learning. Since its foundation, our mission of Christian Education has spread the Gospel of Jesus to the community it served.
In 2018, due to the financial demographics of the area resulting in declining attendance, HCS moved back to one campus at the church building and the BAC building was sold. Then in January 2020, the difficult decision was made, by the Elders and the HCS School board to close the K-8 program of HCS as of May of that year.
Kinder Kastle Preschool is continuing to experience growth in enrollment. We are planning to offer a Kindergarten class for the 2021-2022 school year. Our body and leadership are united in seeking God’s plan for future opportunities to extend Christian Education in Harrisonville and the surrounding area. We remain vigilant in not limiting what God can do and are keeping our hearts and minds open to His leading.
About the Scriptures – 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
About God – John 1:1-4; 1:14-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world.
About Humanity – Romans 3:11-26; Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining the right relationship with God through their efforts.
About Salvation – Romans 3:24-26; 4:5; 5:1; 6:23; 8:1
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life – Romans 12:1-13; Colossians 2:6-7
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church – Ephesians 2:11-22
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known to the lost world.
Harrisonville, MO is located 25 Miles from the Kansas City metropolitan area along Interstate 49. The area south of Harrisonville is primarily farmland and agricultural. The church is ideally located within an hour from the Ozark region lakes and recreational areas. The City of Harrisonville is 10,078 in population, 92% Caucasian, and the median age is 34.6 years. The average household income in Harrisonville is $58,867 with a poverty rate of 17.57%,
Harrisonville Community Church has an average attendance of 120 over the last six months. We are pretty evenly spread across all ages, except for 20-30 years olds which is our smallest demographic. We are primarily Caucasian, middle class. The occupations that stand out the most are farmers, business professionals, medical personnel, and educators. Our history is very much that of a rural and small town, though slowly becoming a little less rural with Kansas City nearby. Our church has a mix of homeschool families, and families that send their kids to private and public schools. Several in our congregation have grown their families with international and domestic adoptions.
HCC is located in the heart of the community with land to develop as the church continues to grow.
We believe outreach is paramount to why the Church and HCC exist. A church needs to be using its gifts and equipping the body to represent the Kingdom to the local and global community.
At Harrisonville Community Church we exist to glorify God by encouraging people to follow Jesus and we strive to bring hope to Harrisonville, one family at a time. We do these by encouraging people to follow Jesus where they work, live, study, and play.
Being fully engaged in the life of the church is much more than attending worship services. We want to be a church that attracts and engages in the life of our community. There is a diverse age of people and many young families with students engaged in the weekend service as well as serving in the tech ministry.
We encourage and equip our body in 4 primary areas- Relationships, Generosity, Service, Invitation.
HCC's student ministries serve students in 6-12 grade. Our student ministry generally serves 30-40 students. In October 2020 our Youth Pastor accepted a Lead Pastor position at another FEC Church in Illinois and the mission of EightOneSix has been maintained and expanded with six adult small group leaders and volunteers from the body sharing their gifts. The students are led in worship by a worship band of their peers.
Each week there is a message that is focused on the issues, challenges, and struggles that students face in their day-to-day lives as well as spending time with their small groups to discuss life and the message for the evening.
Community Kids is all about building relationships. Kids love coming to church where classmates are close friends and teachers are trusted adults that love them. Active worship, engaging Bible lessons, and fun games make the Bible relevant to their lives. They discover that the God who created all things loves them and wants them to know Him. Our Sunday morning experience includes nursery and three age/grade level classes for children 3 years of age through fifth grade. Team members are background checked and committed to speaking God’s love into the lives of our children. Special events are hosted periodically throughout the year.
Building Hope in Harrisonville, One Family at a Time
We exist to glorify God by encouraging people to follow Jesus
Inspiring all people to follow Jesus where we live, work, study and play
Under the authority of HCC's Elders, the Lead Pastor shall exhibit servant leadership best through encouragement and leading by example.
Pastor and Elder qualifications at HCC are outlined in the following scriptures…
1 Timothy 3:1-7 - Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Titus 1:5-9 - 5 This is why I left you in Crete so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
THE CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY
One of the most important initiatives is unifying the entire body, young and old, to a specific vision and mission, helping HCC lay aside personal preferences to come together to reach the community.
HCC has an opportunity and strong desire to engage with the community in sending members out to invite the community in. HCC desires to "live out" outreach to the community, not just talk about it.
Groups are a vital part of the life of Harrisonville Community Church. There are currently 5 groups with approximately 50 people participating in groups.
HCC has solid financial resources and facilities that can be used to further reach our community. The new Lead Pastor will be able to lock arms and hearts with a financially free and evangelistically excited congregation and staff team.
Lead Pastor Profile
The lead pastor shall perform/delegate the duties below in conjunction with HCC’s mission of “building hope in Harrisonville, one family at a time”. This will entail relating to multiple generations of a diverse congregation with agricultural roots. Balancing the call with one’s spiritual and personal well-being is important.
Time must be taken for regular prayer, Bible study, rest, family, recreation, and social interaction. Strong leadership is desired to operate independently under the policies and guidance of the elders. The Lead Pastor extends God’s grace to others and leads by example as one who is relational, authentic, transparent, and humble. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 The following are duties that the Lead Pastor shall perform or cause to be performed:
PRAYER, WORSHIP, AND DISCIPLESHIP
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND EVANGELISM
To find out additional information, please refer to the church’s website at https://harrisonvillecommunity.church to learn more about their doctrinal beliefs, mission vision and values, and other ministries of the church.
If, after prayerfully reviewing this information, you sense this role and church culture could be a good fit for you, please contact :
Todd Clark - firstname.lastname@example.org