This church body is an amalgam of three older Lutheran church bodies, and attempts to present the best of the original Protestant Reformation theology to a world that needs it so badly. Many Johnson County churches graciously supported Kaw Prairie in its early years (most particularly Atonement in Overland Park, Holy Cross in Overland Park, Advent in Olathe, and Resurrection in Prairie Village) and two older ones were benefactors with their assets, helping advance our building project by many years.

Traditional Lutheran concepts important at Kaw Prairie include:

  • the theology of the cross over a theology of glory
  • the exclusivity of Christ for the salvation of humankind,
  • the centrality of Scripture
  • the foundational role of the family
  • worship and Scripture in the language (and musical genre) of the people
  • the priesthood of all believers
  • a balance of Law and Gospel through which we view ethics and theology
  • we’re simultaneously saints and sinners
  • commitment to justice and stewardship of creation as part of living out the Gospel


Kaw Prairie was also hugely blessed by a gift of land from the Heartland Presbytery, which offered us their 18-acres of interchange property at K7 Highway and Prairie Star Parkway. The gift was made possible by a strong mission and ecumenical commitment from the Presbytery, and the original generosity of members of Village Presbyterian in Prairie Village. The Presbytery also blessed us with the right to negotiate a win-win real estate deal with a neighboring developer, a much more attractive and viable commercial medical district for the City of Lenexa.

Presbyterian concepts important to Kaw Prairie include …

  • the connectionalism of churches for accountability and mission impact
  • the ordination of elders, not just pastors
  • what the tradition calls the Six Great Ends of the Church:
    1. the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
    2. the shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
    3. the maintenance of divine worship
    4. the preservation of the Truth
    5. the promotion of social righteousness, and
    6. the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world!


Kaw Prairie is also a member of the groundbreaking trans-denominational Willow Creek Association. Founded in 1992, the Willow Creek Association (WCA) serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources. WCA is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that redeem their communities for Christ.