In August 2017, a group of chaplains noticed that of the 400 people who attended Protestant chapel services, only a few were in their twenties. Since 33% of those assigned to Fort Leavenworth were young millennials, something was amiss. A group formed in September and began to meet weekly to pray and research what chapel might look like for the next generation.
It seemed that our truly excellent traditional services across the army were engineered to serve the baby boomer generation. Our “contemporary” services were wonderfully executed, and spirit filled but designed to meet the worship expectations of the aging Gen X population (age 34-54). It seemed these models were not answering the questions Soldiers and their families were asking.
Through prayer, surveys, hundreds of conversations, academic research, and a return to scripture, this group became convinced there was opportunity for a new kind of chapel. The emerging generation was asking for a return to sacredness and mystery, simple authentic worship, participatory and biblical preaching, loving service to the community, a voice at the table, and a family to belong to.
The prayer group took these findings and began meeting in a home. They were the beginnings of that sacred family envisioned. Over the winter and spring of 2017/2018, we developed deep theological convictions about breaking bread together, taking communion, reading scripture, and ministering to one another through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Concurrently, a group call New Life Fellowship was praying for chaplain leadership. New Life had been meeting Sunday evenings on Fort Leavenworth since 1980. There were times this fellowship was a vibrant service, teaming with energy and youth. But since 2012 it had transitioned to a bible study and a faithful few continued to meet and pray.
These two groups merged, and Christ Fellowship was born.
We're a diverse family who exists for the glory of God and the Good of Fort Leavenworth.
We do this by loving one another well, equipping each other for ministry, focusing ourselves outward, and recognizing and empowering leaders - all through Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Eph. 4:15-16, Matt 28:19, 1 Cor. 10:31, Acts 1:8)
For a complete list and more details about our beliefs, check out our beliefs page.
We believe in scripture, churches are led by teams
(Acts 11:30; 14:23; 15:2, 4-6, 29, 16:4; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5, etc).