We encounter God corporately and collectively at our Sunday Worship Service.
Each week, we expect to encounter God here in Kansas City at Commission Church. We believe that gathering together is a powerful experience. When we gather to worship God and take time to hear from him, we believe God joyfully seeks to meet up.
We encounter God through prayer.
We frequently pray together corporately on Wednesdays during our weekly Prayer Service. We also pray for personally. Regardless of where you are physically located, we believe our prayers are heard by God, and that he actively moves in our lives.
We encounter God through community.
Whether is our pastors or fellow brother or sister in Christ, we believe God uses others in our life to help us encounter and hear from him. At our church, we know that others are able to speak into our lives with wisdom. God uses us to do his work. We live a a mobilized community, seeking to help those around us encounter God.
We connect with others by attending events.
Whether that is Sunday Worship or our annual Labor Day Celebration, we connect with our church by being present and active in our church community.
We connect with others by joining a Life Group.
We know that it is easy to think of Church as a Sunday event. Life Groups help us get to know others on a deep and personal level. Joining a life group helps you live and know the people in our church.
We connect with others by becoming the family of God.
When you are part of Jesus, you become part of his family. Here at Commission, we truly believe that we have become family to each other. We connect with others, by making them our family. We attend celebrations together (high school graduations, birthday parties, baby showers...). We mourn with each other. We help watch and care for out kids together. We are connected because we are a family.
We impact our world through serving.
We ask that if you are active in our church that you would be mobilized and commissioned to serve. Learn more about serving here.
We impact our world through caring for Kansas City.
Whether that is helping our local school with supplying coats or cleaning the trash in our local neighborhood, we are mobilized to help make a difference in Kansas City.
We impact our world through preaching the Gospel.
Through partners like First Priority of America and Global Missions Teams, we preach the Gospel from our local schools, like Raytown South, to Indonesia.
We impact the world by giving.
Anytime someone new comes to Commission Church, we partner with them to give a gift to one of our top five ministries. At the very foundation of our church, giving empowers our mission. From helping mothers in need find transitional housing here in KC or helping children in India get medical treatment and education, our giving goes to help impact our world.
It's the way we think, act, speak, and love one another. It's in the way we raise our families, love our community, and seek the good of others before ourselves.
At Commission Church, we believe in a deep, living, and active faith. Our Christian faith is difficult to articulate both quickly and holistically.
However, the Creeds listed are widely affirmed and accepted summaries of the Christian faith.
Below, we have also listed some short summaries of other topical areas of our Christian faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic* and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. Jesus is the King of all things, and as his people we seek to build and grow his Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This miraculous communion is difficult to grasp, but the Athanasian Creed is a helpful aid for engaging the Trinity.
We believe that the Bible is God’s word for us. It is accurate in its aim, authoritative over our actions, and applicable to our everyday lives. When read and interpreted with honor, the Bible cannot fail to guide us in our faith.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. Sin is the root of all evil and the reason we need Jesus.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives. As King, Jesus demands our actions align with him. Those who seek to be restored to God follow and obey his commands.
The Church of Jesus functions as his hands and feet in the world today. We build and further his Kingdom as we await his return. We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.
Jesus teaches that he will come to earth again. His physical return marks the pinnacle of his reign. His return will be in power and glory. All who have suffered with Christ and become like him—through belief and fruit—will receive their glory as heirs with Christ, the one and true King!
Following decades pastoring in Kansas City, Pastor Fel Bagunu was working to finish his Doctor in Ministry (DMin) when God called him to plant of church instead of leaving the city.
At a evening service at a conference he was attending. God spoke to Dr. Fel to plant a church in Lees Summit, MO in order to reach “ONE MORE” person for Jesus. Dr. Fel spent the next hour praying and responding the Lord. The only person he told, was his wife—Dianna.
Later that very night, only several hours later, Dr. Fel got a text from a local KC businessman pledging money to help plant this new church.
In 2009 and early 2010, Dr. Fel and several families gathered for months on Sunday nights to begin praying for their city and the new church that God was leading them to start.
On October 10th of 2010 (10/10/10), GracePointe Community Church hosted their public launch as a new church plant in Lees Summit, MO. Over that first year, GracePointe worshiped early in the morning at 8:30am meeting in another church’s building.
During those early years, Dr. Fel’s hope was to help the people of Lees Summit “Live Fully Alive.”
Following our time sharing a building with Praise Chapel, we became a mobile church and relocated to the Gamber Community Center in the heart of Lees Summit.
For the next eight years, “The Gamber” was the home of GracePointe Community Church.
Our volunteers spent hours driving our trailer to the Gamber, unloading all our equipment, and setting up our church. We would then worship together, only to tear it all down, load it up, and drive it away to our storage facility.
As we have reflected and looked back on these years, have often felt connected to the wandering of the Israelites in the book of Exodus. We grew together as a family and made many life-long relationships. Inevitably, many people come and go throughout their journey of faith, but GracePointe functioned as a true connecting point for those who called it home. To this day, many people found lasting friends and family at GracePointe.
Looking back, the 2010s tested our church's faithfulness and trust. Without a building, our church often relied on the Lord for provision and wisdom.
By 2018, Dr. Fel and the pastors of our church realized it was time for our church to refocus our church behind an intentional mission. We drafted our current mission statement to “Mobilize passionate followers of Jesus to ENCOUNTER God, CONNECT with others, and IMPACT our world.”
Unknowingly, this was the first step in a large shift and evolution happening in our church.
In 2020, COVID-19 changed our world.
After reflecting on our natural response and practice of church during COVID, our pastors and leaders felt it was need to embody our missional values in a more concise way.
In the summer of 2020, we finalized a deal to buy a 10 acre plot of land on the boarder between Kansas City and north Lees Summit. In conjunction with purchase, we announced at our Groundbreaking Service that we were rebranding and renaming our evolving church from GracePointe Community Church to COMMISSION CHURCH.
This rebrand embodied several changes throughout our church community. This growth as leaders prompted us to be intentional about building our local faith community regardless of the trends or normal success metrics within the church world.
Instead of focusing on our Sunday Worship Service as the apex or central aim of our church, our pastors committed to begin a multi-year journey of prioritizing mobilizing our church to take next steps in their faith and daily live out the life of a commissioned follower of Jesus.
From 2020 to 2023, our leaders worked diligently to remodel the existing building on our new property into the place we currently worship. In the May of 2023, we were finally moved to 111801 E Bannister Road Kansas City, MO the first home for Commission Church.
We now are in the middle of our journey of becoming a community that lives out our mission statement of being commissioned followers of Jesus.