Love KC is lead by Dr. Gary Kendall and Rev. Belinda Kendall. It is a ministry mutually supported by Citywide Prayer and The Sending Project. Gary Schmitz, Malachi O’Brien and Eric Rochester also serve and lead in Love KC. The public launch was September 18, 2017, though the idea was building earlier.
Eric Rochester, Executive Director of The Sending Project, caught a vision in 2015?? for 100,000+ praying kingdom prayers for Kansas City and included it in TSP’s 2020 Vision for Kansas City.
Rev. Gary Schmitz, Executive Director of Citywide Prayer, prayed and believed for two years that God had a plan for Gary and Belinda Kendall, when the time was right to transition from Indian Creek Community Church, to lead in citywide ministry in Kansas City.
That time became August of 2017 when the Kendalls turned the leadership of Indian Creek Community Church to friends and mentees Rev. Jake and Sarah Zaske. The Kendalls knew God was leading them to ministry in the “Big C” Church of Kansas City they just didn’t know exactly what that was to look like.
Gary Schmitz called together a group of dreamers in May of 2017 to meet regularly to pray and discuss what was in God’s heart in the next season for Kansas City. The dreamers were Gary Schmitz, Malachi O’Brien, Gary Kendall, Steve Weber, Nancy Mitchell and Eric Rochester. Over several meetings, the idea of sharing and launching a new ministry in KC began to take form.
Gary and Belinda Kendall felt that God asked them to take an “Abraham” journey to “go where I will show you.” They knew they were led to leave the church they founded 32 years earlier and that it was in good hands. They knew they were being led to the city, but the exact nature of the ministry remained a mystery. They said, “yes” to God’s will without knowing the details and felt peace in doing so.
In July of 2017, Gary Kendall was a part of a Sending Project banquet at the Brio in downtown, KCMO. Gary Schmitz sat beside him. Eric Rochester was chairing the meeting. During the program, Gary Kendall believed God was lifting out one of The Sending Project’s goals, the uniting of 100,000+ in KC to pray “kingdom” prayers. Gary said, God seemed to point to the fulfillment of that goal as a priority for the new ministry. Gary talked to Gary Schmitz that day and Eric Rochester the next day about the possibility. They encouraged him. Belinda first, and later the group of dreamers, confirmed the calling over the next month.
As Gary Kendall prayed over the goal, another step became apparent. Gary remembered talking to Chris Cooper twelve years earlier at Colonial Presbyterian Church about Mission America’s strategy of neighborhood adoption called “prayer, care, share.” Gary believed this was God’s answer to the question, “what do we do after we pray?” Gary perceived there was strong leadership from the Spirit to target adopting all 400 neighborhoods in the greater KC metro. Neighborhoods are defined by the geographic boundaries of the local elementary grade school.
In order to go after these new objectives, a new ministry was formed called Love KC. It would draw from the best of Citywide Prayer and The Sending Project and be a ministry of them. Love KC was added to The Sending Projects “Saturate KC” plan.
Love KC would include staff from both and be connected to the governance of The Sending Project. The Steering Team is made up of the original dreamers plus Robert Castile, Dave Pudhoff, Lance Cleaver and Belinda Kendall. Donations to Love KC go through The Sending Project as a part of the Saturate KC project.
Love KC is a three-year project concluding at the end of 2020. Either Love KC will have moved the needle significantly toward the goals of uniting 100,000+ in prayer and adopting 400+ neighborhoods and therefore be worthy of extending the effort or we will find a better way to go after these important objectives.
Saturate KC is the vision of Eric Rochester and The Sending Project leadership. It was the answer to the question of how to fulfill the 2020 Vision of The Sending Project. Saturate KC combines Bible engagement, missional prayer, and Gospel saturation. It is a three-year project. The goals of Saturate KC are One million engaged in the Bible, 100,000 praying kingdom prayers together and 10,000 living on mission to saturate the city with the Gospel. See Saturatekc.org for more.
Chris Cooper, the founder of Bless Every Home and The Mapping Center partners with Love KC to adopt the 400 neighborhoods of the greater KC metro area. Individuals or families who choose to adopt their neighborhood sign up on the Love KC site where they are linked to the Bless Every Home site to complete the process. Through Bless Every Home’s database Love KC can track progress across the city toward adopting every neighborhood.
In 2018, Love KC, is partnering with the What if the Church Network and leader, Matt Adams, in the project What if the Church Loved KC?
Love KC produces a weekly prayer prompt that includes a scripture the city can agree in prayer concerning KC. It is placed on a beautiful picture and published widely in KC with the hope that 100,000+ in KC will pray the same prayer in agreement weekly. To be added to the distribution list contact Gary.firstname.lastname@example.org