Grace Point Baptist Church

A loving, inclusive church family commited to worship and extending God's light.

Who We Are

Dually aligned with both the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention.
The church was born in 1911 and has sought to be a force for God and good for over 100 years.
***SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ROUTE: Blue River Road has been closed north of Chestnut Drive since 2011 and re-opening of that road is a mystery. Most maps and GPS devices do NOT show this road closing. Drivers may, however, use Blue River Road from the south of Chestnut Drive. Whew!
Those who attend worship will be warmly welcomed.
Services are conducted using both traditional and contemporary music with a desire to encourage those "in the pews" to worship, not just be spectators.
In an effort to wrap our church's arms around the south Kansas City area in Christ's name the church conducts a weekly after-school Bible club at the Warford Elementary School, packs all the Back-Snack meals for needy students of Warford weekly, conducts an "open-gym" ministry weekly, provides Vacation Bible School in the summer and summer mission trips, hosts the annual July 4 fireworks-on-the-hill ministry, provides monthly ministry to senior adults through its XYZ program, supports financially and materially the ministries of the local Community Assistance Council, Forest Avenue Baptist Shelter for women and children, and Jackson County Jail chaplaincy, and much more.

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What to Expect

What are services like?

Worship services are designed to help the worshiper speak to God in prayer and praise through readings and music. The order of service is printed. Those singing can use the hymnal or refer to the overhead projections. Believing that God does speak to us through scripture those planning worship always include scripture reading. Services may include video or live drama sketches to support church wide emphases or the pastor's sermon. A separate children's worship is provided for elementary age children as well as nursery care for preschool children. Following a time of singing, prayer, and giving of offerings the pastor of the church normally delivers a sermon of about 30 minutes in length. Following the sermon the pastor normally invites any who would like to join the church, seek baptism, want to express desire to become a Christian, etc. to come and speak to the pastor during what is called a "time of invitation" or "time of dedication." A typical Sunday morning service last about one hour and 15 minutes,


What is the community like?

The 64137 zip code in which the church campus sits is a mixed race neighborhood of moderate income families. This particular zip code area has been tremendously affected by the world-wide appeal of the International House of Prayer (IHOP). The immediate neighborhood of the church has seen an influx of Christian families associated with IHOP. These families, however, tend to relate primarily to the IHOP church and ministries; and most of these families either home school their children or send them to private Christian schools. In fact, our church building is used by the Forerunner Christian Academy. This school which provides for children kindergarten through grade 8 is populated almost entirely by families associated with IHOP. The campus sets, however, near the border of two other very different zip code areas having a wide spread of both economic and racial demographics.


What if I'm not a Christian?

One of the compliments that our church continues to receive from those who visit is that they have rarely been in a church where they felt so warmly welcomed. This church will seek to help guests feel comfortable. The worship bulletins indicate hymn numbers for those who like or want to have the music notes. When the congregation is invited to read leaders make those indications clearly. The welcome period does not point out visitors although we do conduct a time of welcoming where those in worship are invited to stand and greet those around them. First time guests are invited to receive a special gift which they can pick up at the welcome desk following worship. All in worship are asked and invited to write their names on a registration form that is provided in the bulletin and place that form in the offering plates. Guests are never expected to give a monetary offering. For those wanting to explore Christianity and/or church membership the church conducts an Inquirer's Class every Sunday. Those who attend are not committing to church membership or to Christianity, only to explore the topics. This class is conducted by the pastor at 9 a.m. The church provides Bible study classes called Sunday School for all ages (nursery through adult) every Sunday at 9 a.m. and those who are not Christians are warmly invited to take part in a class of his or her choice.

Our Services

Sunday: 09:00am and 10:30am

Our Weekly Service Times
10415 Chestnut Dr
Kansas City, MO 64137-3201
816-761-4342

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About Us

Denomination:
Baptist

Language:
English

Size: Medium

Music:
Traditional Hymns,Contemporary

Vibe:
Friendly, Down to Earth

Programs:
Community Service, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Seniors Ministry

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Founded:
1911





Our Services

Sunday 09:00am: Bible Study (Sunday School)
Sunday 10:30am: Worship

Church Leader

Kirtes Calvery
Kirtes Calvery

Born in Duncan, Oklahoma. B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Masters in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Tx. Married with three grown children. Served Grace Point Baptist Church since 1979. Came to the church and served as the Minister of Education and Associate Pastor until 1998 at which time the church called Kirtes as senior pastor. Kirtes is an avid bass fisherman.
Born in Duncan, Oklahoma. B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Masters in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Tx. Married with three grown children. Served Grace Point Baptist Church since 1979. Came to the church and served as the Minister of Education and Associate Pastor until 1998 at which time the church called Kirtes as senior pastor. Kirtes is an avid bass fisherman.