In 2010 while leading a student ministry in Birmingham, God began to stir a unique call in Blake and Mindy’s heart; the call to plant a church in their hometown of Kansas City that would be simple in it’s mission to lead a generation to know, love, and follow Jesus. The last 2 years would be a journey of solidifying that calling, and determining what path they would take to get there.
In 2011 they decided to partner with the LAUNCH Network, based out of Atlanta, GA to receive intensive training and support as they prepare to make the move to Kansas City in 2013. You can check out the LAUNCH Network at www.launchstrong.com.
In July 2012 along with 2 other families Blake and Mindy accepted an invitation to be a part of the “TRAIN” Church Planting Residency at Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, TN from August 2012 - June 2013. Along with the Launch network Blake and Mindy also gained the support of partnering churches, as well as the Stadia Church Planting Network based out of Irvine, CA. You can find out more about Stadia at www.stadia.cc. At the end of their training in July 2013 Mindy and Blake moved to Kansas City to begin to serve the community and build a launch team.
In August 2013 the Finuf's made the move back to their hometown of KC, and began meeting with a few families to dream about what it would look like to plant a new church in the Merriam community, and to make Jesus more known in the places where we live, work, and play. That team would continue to grow, as would their reach into the community.
In 2014 Vertical would continue to grow from a group of 12 to 40 people who would be "all in" on helping our church reach it's grand opening. God would continue to give Vertical favor in the Merriam community as they served the local schools and continued to build relationships. One of their biggest partnerships in Merriam would be Merriam Christian Church just down the road from where we currently gather on Sunday mornings. After outgrowing Blake and Mindy's living room, Merriam Christian opened their doors for the Vertical team to meet in the basement of their church. They would meet there until September 2014 when they would begin gathering for monthly worship services in the Irene B French Community Center in downtown Merriam in preparation for the grand opening in early 2015.
On January 11, 2015 Vertical would officially open it's doors to the community and begin weekly worship gatherings! The next 2 years would be a season of growing and maturing as a church as they prepared for their next chapter in a new space.
On April 9, 2017 Vertical began meeting at Crestview Elementary School in Merriam. We believe the next chapter is going to be the best yet. Join us!