What is God Doing in Colombia?

October 31, 2013


Margarita Legarda is our Missionary Partner in Bogota, Colombia.  She works with Huellas de Paz/Footprints of Peace in a very humble neighborhood.

This week she shared from the heart some of the challenges and victories of her work through the last season.

We are honored to have Margarita as our sister and Ministry Partner.

Please listen and be encouraged.  Start by downloading the message here.

What is a “Good Pastor”?

April 20, 2010

In the modern American church, we tend to lump together a variety of roles under the title of “pastor”.  Oftentimes we find it convenient to use that title for church staff who focus on adminstering, leading, teaching, and preaching, among other responsibilities.

Over the next two weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual gift of pastoring, and considering the parallels between the roles of a shepherd and a pastor.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • How can I overcome wounds caused by pastors who did not meet my expectations and needs?
  • What does the Bible say about this spiritual gift?
  • Is the pastoral ministry limited to church staff, or can anyone exercise pastoral gifts?
  • Where can these gifts be developed? In a family? Small Group? Congregational setting?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on  “Pastoring: Feeding God’s People”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peak” at the Scripture passage.

Feel free to answer this question below: “What do you look for in a good pastor?”

Praying for the Spiritual Gift of Teaching

January 31, 2010

This week, we have a real treat coming as Laurie Ducatte brings the next message in our series on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts”.  As a career nurse, Laurie has had the opportunity to learn and teach nursing skills in several different contexts, including:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Teaching “hands-on” clinical skills
  • Modeling 

We can learn a lot about how God may be calling us to teach others how to follow Jesus by considering how He has used each of these diverse methods to teach us. 

We know that God has already gifted our church community with many skilled at teaching, such as Laurie!  And tonight we look forward to inviting God to stir up the spiritual gift of teaching in our congregation, in our community, and in the Body of Christ worldwide.

Come and join us tonight at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Teaching:  Sharing God’s Truth”.

What is a Vineyard Church?

November 13, 2009

The Raytown Vineyard Church is part of a growing association of over 750 churches in forty-seven countries worldwide, including over 500 churches in the U.S.

Although individual Vineyard churches may look and feel similar or very different, we all share 5 core values:

  • Seeking to understand and live in God’s purpose and plan.
  • Knowing God’s intimate and personal presence.
  • Pursuing open and authentic relationships.
  • Compassionate Ministry – caring for the under served.
  • Engaging our world with Jesus in culturally relevant ways.

There are 3 other Vineyard Churches in the greater Kansas City area:

Click here to learn more about the Association of Vineyard Churches.

Bear Grylls did Alpha. Now you can too.

September 5, 2009


Ever heard of Bear Grylls?  He is the host–and subject–of the Discovery Channel’s wildly popular show called Man vs. Wild.

Why would an apparently self-sufficient man like Bear Grylls do Alpha?  (To see a short clip, click here.)

Isn’t Christianity a crutch for the weak?

Does the Christian faith have anything at all to say about the complexities of today’s world?

Starting on Thursday, September 10 at 6 PM, we are partnering with other area churches to provide you with the opportunity to catch dinner and a movie with the Alpha Course.  You will get to ask any question you have ever wanted to ask in a safe environment.

Bear Grylls did it.  Now, you can too.  (By the way, fire starting skills are not required to take Alpha.)

For more details on Alpha, click here.

To go straight to Registration, click here.

Worship Service at Longview Lake, Part 2

August 19, 2009

After a brief worship service on Sunday, we made the trek down to the beach at Longview Lake and baptized 4 young people.

Through baptism, each of these followers of Jesus has publicly shared their decision to ask Jesus to be their Savior, and to follow him all the days of their life.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we believe that God moves in the hearts of our kids, offering the same opportunities to experience relationship with him that he offers to our adults.

It is a gift to share the gift of baptism with our kids, serving as an outward representation of the miracle of spiritual rebirth that each one of us can enjoy!

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The Raytown Vineyard is a Member of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce

August 14, 2009

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we are all about finding out what God is already doing in our community, and then simply joining in.  Although that certainly includes working alongside other churches, it also means we are always on the lookout for partnerships with government agencies, the school district, local media, non-profits, and even with the business community. 

A significant part of our task is to be fully aware of both strengths and needs in our community. Membership in the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce is a critical resource in fulfilling our mission.  Our Chamber does an excellent job creating a time and a space for community leaders to celebrate what is going well and to develop strategies that address areas requiring attention.  We are very grateful for the opportunities that membership in the Chamber offers us as a church.

Click here for more information about the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce.