Plant Feature: New City Church

The corner of 75th and Nieman in Shawnee, Kansas represents one of the most metropolitan cores in Johnson County and the greater Kansas City area as a whole. A low median household income partnered with an overall diverse socioeconomic structure makes the area an urban setting in a distinctly suburban context. A need to stimulate the local economy has caused the city of Shawnee to offer generous tax incentives in order to spur its commercial growth—a move which has helped transform the area into a hub of activity.

But while the city of Shawnee needs economic growth, Matt Miller and the leadership team at New City Church recognize that it has an even greater need for the gospel.

New City launched in January of 2012 and has been anything but idle ever since. Matt and his team have worked tirelessly to develop a strong relationship with the surrounding community. Partnerships with local schools in particular have provided New City with unique opportunities to bless the area’s needy children and their families. The Shawnee-Mission School District even chose to make New City a base for activity pertaining to Project HOME—an initiative which helps supply housing for local homeless families.

In just five years New City has celebrated over 260 baptisms and cultivated an intentional discipleship process geared toward equipping new saints for the work of the ministry. January 2015 saw the launch of a second New City Church, this one located in Edgerton, Kansas. On top of financial partnerships with the SBC’s Cooperative Program, New City Church has also made generous contributions to global missions efforts, most recently in Laos.

In short, New City Church serves as a beacon of light in an otherwise dreary corner of the KC area—a light which points its community toward the gospel. Their mission statement is a simple one: “Inspiring you to trust in and live like Jesus.”

Learn more about Matt and other New City leaders here.

Learn more about New City Church here.

 

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