Raytown Christian Church
Helping People to Say "Yes!"
Raytown Christian has been sharing God's love on the east side of Kansas City since 1871. We're here for one reason: To help people say "Yes!" to Jesus.
- To say "Yes!" to a full and meaningful personal life
- To say "Yes!" to a strong and stable family
- To say "Yes!" to a satisfying and successful career
We're committed to helping our community experience full and abundant living in every area of their lives. By becoming the Hub of Raytown for the city, the schools, the helping agencies, and the business community, we don't just help those in need. We're helping our neighbors discover and reach their fullest potential. Find out more at the next Getting Started Class (click here).
In addition, we invite you be a part of our community outreach through the ministries we offer.
- Through the Raytown Food Pantry that helps feed 40–60 families each week;
- Through the Summer Lunch Program that provides lunch for upwards of 500 children a day throughout the Raytown School District;
- Though the Embracing Education Program that offers summer education for at risk children who need to enhance their academic prowess; and
- Through many other ministry and programs we host, manage, and direct.
What We Believe
Like most Christians, we believe:
- Jesus Christ reveals who God is and offers grace to all.
- Jesus commissioned the Church to take his message and to offer his grace to the world.
- The Bible is life’s instruction manual for experiencing full and abundant living (see John 10:10).
As members of the Disciples of Christ, we are committed to:
- Open Communion – Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and to those seeking his presence.
- Freedom of Belief – Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. People in our church are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
- Baptism by Immersion – In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion (putting the whole person into the water), we honor other baptism traditions as well. We believe every part of the Church counts.
- The Ministry of All Believers – Both paid ministers and volunteer leaders are called to serve in all aspects of worship, service, and spiritual growth.
Our Getting Started Story
The Raytown Christian Church had its beginning in the story of four small groups of people who lived in the newly formed Township of Brooking in the 1870s. Each group felt the need of a permanent place to worship God. They met wherever they could find a sheltering roof. One group which called itself “The Church at Little Blue Station” was organized in 1871. The second sizable group, known as “Church at Pitcher Schoolhouse,” banded together under the leadership of a schoolteacher who taught in the Independence public schools. A third group consisted of members of a congregation who “had church” at Gore’s Chapel, a schoolhouse located five miles northeast of Lee’s Summit.
Members of a fourth group attended a small church built of logs, situated on what is now Bannister Road, this was the “Bethlehem Congregation.” These four churches joined together to become Raytown Christian Church. Church records indicate that after a hard struggle the money was raised and the building was begun, which was completed in 1881. There were 99 charter members. The small frame church, built largely at the hands of its members, stood in a grove of locust trees, at what is now 6227 Raytown Road.
Eventually the church would build (and rebuild) at its current location of 6108 Blue Ridge Boulevard. When the second church burned December 1, 1936, it was voted to “accept the offer of the use of the High School for Sunday School and church meetings on Sunday mornings, and for evening meetings to be held in homes of church members. Raytown Christian Church returned the favor a few years later by hosting kindergarten classes in its building when the schools were too full to host them.
It is easy to limit a church’s history to just its buildings & fires and never get a sense of who they are. Commitment to Raytown as a community has been a hallmark of RCC’s mission and ministry. Our weekly food pantry ministry, our support of senior’s center programming, our Boy Scout Troop 285’s long history & our decision to stay in the city center and remodel/expand our building’s facility in 2007 exemplify this dedication. The Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry that serves lunches to hungry children in our community during summer break, was founded at Raytown Christian Church.