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The Spiritual Roots of Kansas City

One hundred years ago, Kansas Citians referred to their city as “the prophetic city.” Why? Why did this name fit the city?

Discover the greater faith story of Kansas City impacting your life every day.

The Spiritual Roots
of Kansas City

Use the lens of history to examine relevant topics facing the church today. Each chapter comes with discussion questions, making this book perfect for your classroom, small group, or Bible study.

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Sermon Resources

Guide your church into Jesus’ heart for the city as you teach them what He has done in Kansas City in the past. Inspire them that He can do the same again! Download two sermon guides and photos to equip your preparation.

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You’ve probably heard the statement “To God be the glory!” The word glory means adoring praise and worshipful thanksgiving; a sense of wonder and elation. As I read this book proclaiming the rich history of ministry in Kansas City, I felt the glory of God (His presence), experienced the glory from God (His power) and I give glory to God (His praise). May all who read this book shout, “To God be the glory!!”
Rod Handley
Founder & President, Character that Counts
The Spiritual Roots of Kansas City is a fascinating exploration of our city’s history and heritage! The book unfolds how from the time of Lewis and Clark’s exploration to the arrival of French settlers and prayerful missionaries, our city was shaped and founded on diversity and faith. Through the depression era on into the civil rights Freedom marches of the 60s and then into the youth movement of the 70s and 80s, faith in action continued to be a hallmark of our city. Read Bill and Annika’s wonderful work – you will find God’s fingerprints in our past and inspiration for His work in the future!
Mike Bickley
Lead Pastor, Journey Bible Church
God is always at work. In the hectic pace of our lives, it is easy for us to fail to see his hand in all things, and important that we take times to stop and take note of all that he has done. Bill and Annika have provided the church of Kansas City a historical treasure by providing a record of the amazing work that God has accomplished in our midst. To God be the Glory! I believe he wants to do greater things in the days to come.
Matt Adams
Pastor of Community Impact, Westside Family Church
The story of the Church in Kansas City is a story that must be told. This book navigates us through the tumultuous journey that led to what we see today as the Body of Christ in our metro area. What you see is one God story after the next. A troublesome yet seamless orchestration of circumstance and the will of God causing all things to work together for the good of the Church. I praise God that this work has been finally documented for all to share in this testimony.
Greg Ealey
Campus Pastor, Colonial Presbyterian Church South KC; and Executive Director, Elevate KC
Bill High and Annika Bergen deftly navigate the Church’s history within Kansas City. This book is highly recommended for anyone wishing to delve into the rich history of Christianity in this region.
Zach Daughtrey
Historian, Kansas City Catholic Diocese

The Spiritual Roots of Kansas City

One hundred years ago, Kansas Citians referred to their city as “the prophetic city.” Why? Why did this name fit the city?

Discover the greater faith story of Kansas City impacting your life every day.

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