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.

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VISION

Where we're going


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.

Values

What we value to get there


1. The Glory of God

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)

2. The Gospel

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)

3. Shared Apostolic Mission

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)

4. Holy Spirit Empowerment

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)

5. Faith Expressing Itself Through Love

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)

6. Distinct Gender Roles

We value liberating and empowering men and women through distinct, biblical, complementarian gender roles.
(Gen 1:27)

7. Comprehensive Church Expression

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)

  1. People (1 Pet 2:9, Luke 1:17)
  2. Family (Gal 6:10 NIV, Eph 3:15, 1 Tim 5:1-2)
  3. Bride of Christ (Rev 21:2, 9, Luke 1:17)
  4. House of Prayer (Matt 21:13, 1 Pet 2:5, 1 Tim 3:15, Eph 2:19-21, 1 Cor 3:9-15, Matt 16:18, Rom 15:20, 2 Cor 10:8, 13:10)
  5. Pillar of Truth (1 Tim 3:15)
  6. Field (1 Cor 3:5-9, James 1:21)
  7. Fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14, Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:7)
  8. Flock (1 Pet 5:1-5, John 10:16, Acts 20:28)
  9. Body of Christ (Rom 12:4-8, 1 Cor 12:12-27, Eph 4:1-16)
  10. Salt of the Earth (Matt 5:13)
  11. Light of the World (Matt 5:14-16, Rev 1:20)
  12. Holy Royal Priesthood (1 Pet 2:5, 9)
  13. Holy Nation (1 Pet 2:9, Heb 11:16, 2 Cor 5:20, Eph 6:20, 2:19)
  14. Army (2 Tim 2:3-4, Philemon 1:2, Eph 6:10-20)
  15. Ekklesia (The greek word for "church") (Matt 16:18)

Leadership

Elders, Deacons, and Missional Community Leaders


Josh Christophersen - Elder    
Josh (38) has been married for 18 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 as a software engineer and an airbnb host.

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/operator of KC Realty Inspections.

Sean Kellar - Deacon


Missional Community Leaders

  • Sean & Mindy Kellar
  • Bryan & Audrey Purtle
  • Curt & Angie Schampers
  • Josh & Gina Christophersen
  • Owen & Rebecca Gaffney

Connect

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.

Step 1: Sunday Morning Services
Step 2: Missional Communities, Prayer, and Training
Step 3: Partnership
Step 4: Leadership

Step One:   Sunday Morning Services

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.

Why Do We Gather On Sunday Mornings?

We gather on Sunday mornings for:

  1. Testimony
  2. Worship in Song
  3. Preaching/Teaching the Good News of the Kingdom to Believers and Unbelievers
  4. Vision and Leadership
  5. Interdependence of Missional Communities

Monthly Meal

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, December 3rd.

Details

Location

207 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Times

9:30AM - Prayer
10:00AM - Hangout and coffee
10:30AM - Service begins

Children

Childcare is provided for children 0 - 2 years old. Sunday School is provided during the sermon for kids 3 - 11 years old.

Attire

Dress casually.


Step Two:   Missional Communities, Prayer, and Training

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.

Missional Communities

What A Missional Community Is

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.


What A Missional Community Looks Like

A missional community does the following five things:

  1. Builds new and existing relationships
  2. Prays for the people in those relationships
  3. Exposes them to the family of believers
  4. Preaches the gospel to them
  5. Makes them disciples who make disciples

For a more detailed, in depth look at the practical mechanics of a missional community, click here.


How To Find Out More About Our Missional Communities

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.


How To Join A Missional Community

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.

Quarterly Prayer, Worship, And Fasting

Once a quarter we do a three day corporate fast. On the third Thursday of the months of January, April, July, and October we end the fast by meeting at the Bellicose building at 7:30pm to pray and worship together.

Training

Periodically we offer bible training on topics like the gospel, manhood, womanhood, marriage, singleness, dating, finances, leadership, stewardship, etc.

Current Training
Israel, the Church, and the End of the Age: An Eschatology Seminar
Speaker: Bryan Purtle
Dates: November 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd
Times: 7pm
Location: Bellicose Church Building


Step Three:   Partnership

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.

FRUIT OF PARTNERSHIP

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.

SHARED PRIORITIES: THE KINGDOM OF GOD

  • Demonstrates the fruit of being a water baptized, disciple of Jesus
  • Demonstrates the fruit of the fear of the Lord and ongoing sanctification (being saved)
  • Demonstrates the fruit of a life primarily oriented around the kingdom of God
  • Demonstrates the fruit of valuing what Bellicose values
  • Demonstrates the fruit of serving the church as a joy and not a burden

SHARED VISION: IN ALL OF LIFE

  • Demonstrates the fruit of an open, vulnerable heart
  • Demonstrates the fruit of an open, hospitable home
  • Demonstrates the fruit of an open, flexible schedule

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY: TOGETHER

  • Demonstrates the fruit of owning the identity, mission, and expression of a missional community
  • Demonstrates the fruit of regular Sunday morning service participation and serving
  • Demonstrates the fruit of regular corporate prayer meeting participation
  • Demonstrates the fruit of regular financial support of the church’s mission by giving according to income
  • Demonstrates the fruit of using his/her spiritual gifts while also recognizing and receiving the spiritual gifts in others
  • Demonstrates the fruit of verbally building up the church and has read or listened to "Build Up or Shut Up"
  • Demonstrates the fruit of commitment to ongoing training
  • Demonstrates the fruit of submission to Bellicose Elders
  • Demonstrates the fruit of monthly partnership meeting attendance

OTHER PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS AND COMMITMENTS


HOW TO BECOME A PARTNER

  1. Take a good look at the fruit of your life and determine where it does and doesn't match up with the fruit of partnership
  2. Let your missional community leader know that you would like to become a partner and ask them to give their input on where the fruit of your life does and does not match up with the fruit of partnership
  3. If you and your missional community leader determine that their is some fruit missing from your life, then be intentional in those areas and reevaluate in a few months with your missional community leader
  4. If you and your missional community leader are in agreement that the fruit of your life is consistent with the fruit of partnership then publicly declare your partnership to the other partners at a monthly partnership meeting and officially become a partner of Bellicose Church

Step Four:   Leadership

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.