At the beginning of 2004, several families from different religious backgrounds
met together and began plans to launch a Bible-based, Christ-centered, casual,
contemporary church. The goal? To reach those in our community who were far from God,
broken, bruised, battered or simply bored with church.
It was simply a group of imperfect people who’s lives had been impacted through
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and who desired to journey through life
together, at the same time inviting others to join us.
Community Life Church was launched with sixty people on February 4, 2004 on the
first of three weekends of ice storms. (Thankfully there were only 2 wrecks and no injuries.)
The launch team raised $9,000, borrowed a sound system, hired a music pastor,
rented Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and launched. This was a step of faith
as there was enough money to survive for 30 days. The launch team believed if we
had truly heard from God He would provide and if God wasn’t in it everyone would know it.
After surviving three weekends of ice storms steady growth began to happen. A
few weeks after the first Sunday Community Life Church outgrew the small theatre
and began meeting in the High School's cafeteria for our first Easter Service.
A year later it was necessary to move to the larger auditorium and steady growth continued.
In June of 2006, the Leadership Team was attending the Willow Creek Arts Conference in Chicago Illinois. Lead pastor Chris Winn received a call that the equipment trailer with 98% of everything Community Life owned had been stolen. The team knew immediately that what the enemy meant for
harm, God was going to turn around for good.
In October of 2006, God provided a semi-permanent meeting space in West Shawnee.
A Baptist Seminary had purchased an empty church building and, with the insurance claim
money, all the equipment that had been stolen was repurchased and replaced.
At this new location, Community Life doubled the weekly attendance in one year.
Then in December of 2009, campus expansion required Community Life to move from
the seminary building to the Westglen Theatres, located at 16301 Midland Drive
in Shawnee. Pastor Chris has said, "We believe God was strategically moving
us to a place where great stories are told to tell the greatest story of all.
The theatre is a place where the church and culture could collide… not to mention the
comfortable seats and cup holders."
This is simply the next chapter in the story of Community Life Church.
The continuing story is being written as you read this and, just think, YOU are invited to play a part in it!