We, the members of Concord ���Fortress of Hope” Church trust and believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are commissioned to teach and preach Christ to the hurting, needy and disenfranchised in the Ruskin, Hickman Mills area and its surrounding communities and are committed to raising the spiritual and physical standards of living of all we touch, through the power of the Holy Spirit, trusting in the Lord with all our hearts; in all our ways acknowledging Him as He directs our paths.
What We Believe
We the Concord Fortress of Hope Church believe in the inerrancy of scripture in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and the Godhead which embraces the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the core of our belief. We also believe in the power of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the life of the local church which brings continuity through discipleship and life accountability.
Our centerpiece scripture is II Timothy 2:15. We also embrace the autonomy of the church in her ability to meet the needs of the life of her congregation and community as we are lead by the spirit of God in the word of God.
A History of “Building Lives for Ministry”
The origin of Concord Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ ( now known as Concord “Fortress of Hope” Church) may be traced to the homes of its six charter members which included Pastor Ronald Lindsay; his wife, parents, older sister and another couple who sought to build on Pastor Lindsay’s vision of a place of harmony and unity.
During a special service on February 5, 1987 held at the Southtown YMCA on Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO (now the St. Andrew’s Youth Center) Concord, under the direction of Pastor Earl Abel along with members of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ made the vote for Concord to become an official organized church body. In addition, Reverend Ronald R. Lindsay was installed as the pastor.
Within a year a new place of worship was sought and in the spring of 1988 the 30 believers made the move to the 7424 East 107th Street (Kansas City, MO) location. Soon the 250 seat (2 upper level classrooms were renovated to make room for additional Sunday worshippers) facility became the home of, family conferences, a childcare center, revivals and musicals that reached beyond the walls of the “little white church.”
Again it became evident that if Pastor Lindsay’s mandate “to teach and preach Christ” and “help the hurting needy and disenfranchised in the Ruskin Hickman Mills and its surrounding communities” was to continue a larger edifice was needed (the membership was over 500 with 20 ministries.) The additional vision was to “Build Walls for Ministry” and on November 15, 1995 during the first “Operation Nehemiah” meeting there was a vote of approval to follow the vision and build a new home.
Five acres of undeveloped land were purchased in the spring of 1996 and the first service was held on Sunday, November 1, 1998 at the current location of 7710 East 102nd Street. The momentum never stopped with a current membership of 1900 plus and over 40 active ministries. Pastor Lindsay’s continued vision became “Building Lives for Ministry” and our church doors were open to community projects and meetings, musicals for local and state wide groups, youth and family
conferences, and blood mobiles. The two Sunday services were overflowing and the parking reached its capacity even with the addition of a satellite site.
With the millennium came a need for more space and the purchase of approximately 16 acres at 109th and West Longview Parkway was made. This will be the site of a three phase project beginning with a 32,000 square foot family worship center with approximately 500 parking spaces. This state of the art facility will house our Sunday services, conferences, community and ministry meeting areas and several administrative offices. It will be a safe haven for children with a “Freedom School” for before and after school care. There “Hope House” a family counseling, outreach and healing center will partner with other community health services to bridge the gap of care in the south Kansas City area.
Phase III of this project will be the home of spacious youth oriented facility and education center that will continue the vision of Senior Pastor Ronald Lindsay for the Concord “Fortress of Hope” Church and the community that they strive to serve.