Downtown Kansas City is experiencing a revival in the literal sense.
Earlier this month, Church Executive magazine (what, you don't keep up?) ran a story about the decision made by United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the Leawood-based megachurch, to open a campus at the Grand Avenue Temple.
Methodists have worshiped at Grand and East Ninth since 1866. The Grand Avenue Temple congregation dwindled over time, however. In its later years, the church existed mainly to serve the needy.
Church of the Resurrection hired a young guy, Dan Brooks, to make Grand Avenue Temple something else besides a soup kitchen.
Brooks is not alone. Churches have popped up in other spots in the
central city -- a rejection of the idea that Christianity and urban life
are mutually exclusive endeavors.
New Life Ministries, for instance,
carved out space on the fourth floor of a building at 18th and Walnut. Crossroads
Church meets at the Arts
Incubator of Kansas City.
Jesus reportedly digs the more
vibrant surroundings, although He's unsure about the beard-and-skinny-jeans look.