We're a church in Kansas City made up of multiple missional communities.
We define a missional community as a small family of believers committed to living out God’s mission together in everyday life to particular
people and places.
Bellicose is an english word that means: inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; warlike.
We named our church Bellicose because we don’t believe that Jesus wants his church to be passive. Therefore we're inclined or eager to fight
for people's hearts (John 15:13) aggressively hostile to the gates of hell (Matt 16:18, Matt 11:12), and warlike against sin
(1 Pet 2:11, 2 Cor 10:3-5) - we’re aggressive in our love for God and people.
bel•li•cose [bel-i-kohs] –adjective
inclined or eager to fight (for the hearts of man); aggressively hostile (to the gates of hell); warlike (against sin)
(Matt 11:12, 16:18, John 15:13, 1 Cor 9:24-27, 1 John 3:8, 2 Cor 10:3-51, 1 Pet 2:11)
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Our vision is to be a church that incarnates our King (Jesus) and demonstrates his Kingdom, with shared priorities, shared vision,
and shared responsibility.
We envision missional communities multiplying all over the city, with some eventually forming new churches. We also envision sending entire
missional communities to other cities and nations to plant new churches.
We value glorifying God as the ultimate goal of God and man
(1Cor 10:31, Is 43:7, Eph 3:21, Rom 11:36, Hab 2:14)
We value finding our identity in the person and work of Jesus and declaring and displaying the good news of the kingdom to the church and the world
(1 Cor 15:1-3, Mark 16:15, Phil 1:27, Luke 8:1, Acts 8:12)
We value being sent by Jesus on mission to make disciples who make disciples and radically reorientating our lives around shared micro missions to particular people and places
(John 20:21, Matt 28:19-20, Mark 8:35, Luke 19:10, Gal 2:7-9)
We value being baptized and continually filled with the Holy Spirit for service, gospel witness, boldness, power, and spiritual gifts
(Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5, 8, 4:31, 1 Cor 2:4-5, 4:20, 12:4-11)
We value faith expressing itself through love as indispensable for pleasing God, fulfillment of the greatest commandments, and the only thing that counts
(Gal 5:6 NIV, Heb 11:6, Matt 22:37-40, 1 Cor 8:3)
We value liberating and empowering men and women through distinct, biblical, complementarian gender roles.
We value the church as God's primary means of earthly activity and being every expression of church described in the bible
(Eph 3:9-11, Eph 5:25, Matt 16:18)
Elders, Deacons, and Missional Community Leaders
Josh Christophersen - Elder
Josh (38) has been married for
17 years to his wife Gina. They have seven children and are originally from
West Bend, WI.
Josh put his faith in Jesus at the age of 15 and has been teaching and preaching ever since. After a few years of
pastoring youth in his home town, Josh and his family moved to Kansas City, MO for a brief stint in 2002.
It was during this time that Josh and Gina sensed a life calling to plant churches. Since then they've planted a church in their hometown
and Bellicose Church in Kansas City. Josh is currently working full time from home as a software engineer.
Bryan Purtle - Elder
Bryan Anthony has served as a preacher, pastor and missionary in various local Church contexts since he was born-again in 1996; in Kansas City,
Turkey, China, and to various church communities throughout North America. His chief jealousy is that God would be glorified in the Church, that
a "demonstration of the manifold wisdom of God" might be given through the lives of His people as they orient their lives around the Gospel and
find Christ to be their ultimate treasure. His vision includes the fathering and training of future shepherds and missionary/church planters. To
this end he preaches and writes, and is privileged to serve as an elder at Bellicose Church.
He has been happily married to Audrey since 1998, and is the father of five beautiful children. Together they live in midtown Kansas City, MO,
the city of Bryan's birth. Bryan is currently working full time as a fireman for the KC Fire Dept. and as the owner/lead craftsman of Red House Shields.
Curt Schampers - Elder
Curt and his wife, Angie, have been married since 2000, and have been blessed with 7 children: Korah, Enja, Lissette, Noelani, Israel, Titus and Zephan.
They moved from northern Colorado to Kansas City, MO in 2015, to be a part of Bellicose Church. Curt grew up in the church, and made a decision to follow Christ and
be baptized in 1991. He has been leading others in worshipping God through song since 1995, and is currently helping to lead the body at Bellicose. In 2006, Curt and
his family served as missionaries to Mexico, serving both in a local church, and also reaching out to the lost, widows, and orphans. Curt has a deep desire to
“shepherd God’s flock”, to see men and women freed from bondage, and to see the body walking in their gifting and calling, so that they can serve God and the rest of
the body more effectively. Curt is currently working full time as the owner/finish carpenter of ElmTree Home Improvements.
Sean Kellar - Deacon
Aaron & Madison Olla - Missional Community Leaders
How To Meet People, Get Informed, and Get Involved
Connecting with Bellicose Church can be done in four different steps - each one with an increasing level of commitment and responsibility.
A great way to start connecting is by coming to our weekly Sunday morning services. There are a lot of oppportunities to meet people,
meet our leaders, and to hear more about what we're about. Anyone is welcome to come.
Each week people start showing up at around 10AM to hang out and have coffee before we officially gather everyone
together at 10:30AM. If you're really wanting to jump in, come an hour early for prayer at 9:30AM and be sure to stick around
after the service as most people linger for quite a while to hang out and talk.
We gather on Sunday mornings for:
On the first Sunday of every month, after our Sunday morning service, we host a meal that everyone is invited to stay for.
Our next meal will be Sunday, March 5th.
207 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
9:30AM - Prayer
10:00AM - Hangout and coffee
10:30AM - Service begins
Childcare is provided for children 0 - 2 years old. Sunday School is provided during the sermon for kids 3 - 11 years old.
If you've been attending Sunday morning services, and you desire to experience a greater level of church as family, discipleship and training,
and/or you desire to serve, pray, and get on mission with a smaller group of believers, then the next step is to join a missional community and to
take advantage of available training and weekly prayer meetings.
A Missional Community is a small family of believers committed to living out God’s mission together in everyday life to particular
people and places, or to put it another way: a missional community is a family of missionary, servant, disciples.
A missional community is not an event on a specific night of the week, but rather a people - a people primarily commited to
the King's will being done in every aspect of life, together with one another.
When, where, and how often a missional community meets is determined by what is necessary to do family, serving, mission, and discipleship well.
And that looks different for each missional community.
A missional community does the following five things:
For a more detailed, in depth look at the practical mechanics of a missional community, click
We especially encourage anyone who is interested in a missional community to meet and gather with one or more of them to get a glimpse of
what they are like. To do that, please contact one of our missional community leaders.
Here is the current list of missional community leaders:
We will be launching a couple more missional communities soon.
Anyone can join a missional community. If you are interested in joining one, please contact the leaders of the missional community you are
desiring to join, and they will give you a more detailed explanation of what is expected.
Thursday nights from 8pm-9pm, we meet at the building to pray for our church and our city. On the third Thursday of the month we add
worship in song to our prayer.
Periodically we offer bible training on topics like the gospel, manhood, womanhood,
marriage, singleness, dating, finances, leadership, stewardship, etc.
Currently there are no training topics scheduled.
If you're a part of a missional community and desire to move from:
attendance to responsibility,
from observing to participation,
from consuming to creating value for others,
from primarily receiving to being an intentional giver,
and from helping to taking ownership,
then it's time to become a partner.
Partnership is how we do membership at Bellicose Church. We chose the word "partnership" rather than "membership" because it's a word in the bible
that in our current cultural context, we believe creates a clearer picture in the minds of those who hear it of what we believe church commitment
should look like.
Our partners are the ones whom our elders are accountable for leading, and who in return are accountable to their elders for growing and
participating in the mission of God. Our partners are the ones we count on when it counts.
All of the following items are not requirements for being a Christian, but rather what the fruit looks like of someone who is partnering
with Bellicose Church.
The highest level of commitment and responsibility at Bellicose Church is leadership. If you are a partner and are interested in leading a missional
community or in becoming a deacon or elder, please let one of the elders know so that they can begin the process of assessment and equipping.
If you are interested in more info, or to contact us for any reason, please email email@example.com.