Vision & Beliefs
Nourish the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Share God’s Love.
We welcome all persons who have more questions than answers and who feel called to accept Jesus’ invitation to journey with us. When we say ALL, we mean ALL God’s children. We believe we’re not the ones who have “finally gotten this whole faith thing figured out.” We are simply and powerfully drawn to the love of the Trinity--the community of love that is the Living God; traditionally Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This love is made most real in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth who called this journey of faith together, the Way.
We don’t always agree, but we are experimenting, and sometimes failing, and building a church that collectively follows the Way of Jesus. However, the one thing we are certain of is that The Way of Jesus is first and last loving and being loved, so we are trying hard to build a community of love and hope that is a blessing to God, our neighbors and each other.
We also agree this kind of community of love and hope is what the world most needs at this transitional moment in our history. We think the world is tired of religious people who claim to believe a list of ideas when those very ideas don’t translate into any kind of personal or communal transformation. We see belief as something that is lived out in community.
Matthew 25 Congregation
Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church is committed to being an active part of the Matthew 25 Church Movement. As our congregation moves more toward inclusion, racial reconciliation, and following Jesus’ example of love and service, we join other Presbyterian Churches in the Kansas City area and across the country that, “are called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor.”
We seek to integrate our being a Matthew 25 Church into all aspects of our church life as we, “are uniting in common mission with Presbyterians to become a more relevant presence in the world.” Some of the ways we live out being a Matthew 25 Church is through our partnership with the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church sharing Children’s Sunday School and Youth Group with them, our reFRESH and Deacon’s Assistance Ministry Programs, and our ongoing anti-racism efforts.