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 City Church Melissa 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 City Church Melissa. God faithfully provided the needed resources and in March 2014 City Church Melissa launched to accomplish Christ’s work in Melissa, as described by Paul in Ephesians 2:14-22.
As part of the family of God in Melissa, we offer the unique, supernatural peace of Christ “to those who are far off and those who are near” – which, of course, covers all of us in Melissa, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve been through.
We invite you to join us as we gather together each week to experience the richness of God’s grace and mercy showed to us in Christ, and as we look for new ways to live our lives for the glory of God, and the good of the city.
We are a community of people living for the glory of God and the good of the city.
Our vision is lived out both individually and corporately through these values:
Gather in Community
We are created for life together.
To live out the Gospel.
Love the City & Beyond
Serving for the Kingdom.
Study the Bible
To learn and grow.
Our Elder Team
City Church Melissa is led by a plurality of Elders. This is relatively uncommon in American evangelicalism, but it is the New Testament model. Wherever Paul set up new churches, he instructed them to install Elders (plural) as mature and qualified believers became available for such a calling. You can find more about this in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
The greek word for Elder (“overseer”) is the same word from which we get our term for Pastor. So rather than being something like a board of directors (and distinct from Deacons), Elders are primarily pastors, shepherds watching over the spiritual sheep God has entrusted to our care.