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Our Beginnings

City Church Melissa started with a handful of family units who sold businesses, changed jobs, and moved to be part of a humble, grassroots beginnings.

What became The Parks Church started in a living room in early 2012 with a small group of Christ-followers gathering regularly for fellowship, a meal, and the study of God’s word. As this group began to grow in size and our hearts were broken for the city, God began to give a vision for a new church in Melissa. A desire and vision was placed in our hearts to be a Gospel-centered church “For The City”.

In 2013 this small group began to share the vision for The Parks Church. God faithfully provided the needed resources and in March 2014 The Parks Church launched. Our church was planted to see those people who are far off from God brought into the family of God as they experience the richness of His grace and mercy in Christ. This remains our greatest hope. We are a community of people loving our city because of the person Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

We are a community of people living for the glory of God and the good of the city.

We don’t want to simply “have” community, rather we are a community. This type of community is established supernaturally through the Holy Spirit in Christ. “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

God has called us to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” We are here not for our own good, but the good of our neighbors to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here to bring glory to God in all we do so that we might have an opportunity to tell our neighbors of His great love! 

The best way we can serve our city is to display the love of Jesus to our neighbors. The love of Christ:

Makes Us New: Our identity is found in Christ alone. We have been made new and called to live lives that reflect this change. We are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God, but God being rich in mercy has made us alive in Christ.

Anchors Us to Truth: The scriptures are the inspired and infallible word of God and are our final authority. The scriptures secure us and protect us from being tossed around by every new idea. We preach the Word and trust it to accomplish God’s purposes in our lives.

Calls Us to One Another: As Christians we are saved into community, not isolation.  We desire to live in deep relationship with one another and intentionally pursue community with others.

Compels Us to Serve: We bring glory to God when we lay down our lives in service to others. We serve the needs of our faith family and the needs of our city in order to shine the light of Jesus into the darkness.

Sends Us Out: Jesus commands us to go and make disciples everywhere. We are passionate about sending out people and resources for the work of the Kingdom of God in our city, state, nation, and world.

Our Values

We carry these individually and corporately.


We are real people. We want to know each other authentically.


We share the resources God has entrusted to us. Generous with our time, talents, homes, money and trucks.


We are for the city and look for ways to serve this cities needs.


We are all ministers and we work to equip you to minister to your friends and neighbors. The front door of the church is the front door of our homes.


the Bible is our sufficient and final authority. We work through books of the Bible in Sunday morning gatherings and small groups.


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