Who We Are

OUR HISTORY

For over three decades, we have witnessed lives being transformed by Jesus.

In 1990, when Kensington first opened its doors – actually the doors of a rented school cafeteria – we had no idea what to expect. But when 463 people showed up, we knew God was at work and we were ready to join Him! In the early days, people met all over Oakland County in homes, coffee shops, warehouses and office buildings. Today, our six locations in Michigan gather together thousands at weekend services, and our desire to make the love of Jesus known has inspired us to meet needs and build relationships with our neighbors here in our own cities and those halfway around the world.

For over three decades, we have witnessed lives being transformed by Jesus. Kensington Church is a community of imperfect people, passionately pursuing God, authentic community, and the [one] who is forgotten, alone, hungry, and rejected. With God as our infinite source, we are ready to pour out our time, resources, and lives on behalf of others.

HOW WE LIVE OUT OUR MISSION

To see every[one] transformed and mobilized by Jesus.

Weekend Services:
More Than A Good Show

We’d love to welcome you to a weekend service! There’s a lot you can tell about who we are when you’re sitting in the auditorium on a Sunday. Sometimes we’re surprising, usually we’re loud, and we always have coffee. We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel welcomed and seen and we want the service to be memorable and encouraging. We invest time and energy in creating original videos, incredible music, and other creative elements to accompany our relevant teachings.

Move Out:
Loving Our Neighbors and
Impacting Our Neighborhoods

At Kensington, we’re passionate about loving our neighbors. We call it moving out because we’re leaving the comfort of our building and meeting needs in the communities around us. Our Move Out Network is how we equip people to follow their dreams to reach the [one]. Everyone has something to offer and someone to impact. We want to be the church the other six days of the week and to see outreach as relationships rather than events. It’s incredible but true – loving the [one] can bring sweeping transformation to our communities.

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Global Partners:
Meeting Needs In Jesus’ Name

At Kensington, we believe that to love God means we love others – even those halfway around the world in India, Kenya, or Palestine. We have developed ongoing partnerships with indigenous churches and organizations in ten different countries. We support our partners through relationships and resources as they meet the spiritual and physical needs in their own communities. Together, Kensington and our partners have erected hospitals in crowded India, brought clean water wells to the harsh regions of Kenya, and helped to start thousands of house churches in the Middle East. We plan regular short-term trips to visit our partners and support their work.

Church Planting:
Spreading The Good News of Jesus

We think Jesus’ message is so amazing that there’s no one right way to tell it, that’s why we’re dedicated to planting, equipping and encouraging new churches all over the country. Every church plant has its own vision and personality, but each one shares the same passion for spreading God’s love and planting more and more new churches.

For more information on church planting, or if you want to get involved, email [email protected].

WHAT WE BELIEVE

There is only one God, who exists eternally as a Trinity of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each member of the Trinity is fully God, yet each is personally distinct from the other.

The Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God, written by people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down exactly what God wanted to communicate to humankind. It is authoritative, trustworthy, and unchanging.

Men and women are created in the image of God to live in relationship with God. Yet, the first two humans, Adam and Eve, chose to rebel against God bringing sin into the world.  Because of their actions, sin spread to all humankind, creating separation between humanity and God.

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was the long-awaited Messiah of the Jewish people, and the savior of the world.  He was both fully God and fully human.  He came to redeem all of humanity from the power of sin and death.

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross, was resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven, and someday will return to earth to fulfill God’s eternal plan.

Jesus Christ’s death on the cross paid for all sins.  It is only through faith in Jesus Christ – not by being a good person or doing good deeds – that a person can be restored to a right relationship with God. 

The Holy Spirit comes to live within a person once they have placed their faith and hope in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. The Spirit gives followers of Jesus the power to live as God desires them to live and gives spiritual gifts to serve the Church and change the world.

The Church, both local and universal, is a community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture, the church organizes under qualified leadership, gathers regularly for preaching and worship, observes the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, and scattered to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and the church’s joy.

OUR VALUES

IN CHRIST

We are loved by Him, we find our identity in Him, and are powerless without Him.

UNDER SCRIPTURE

We submit to the authoritative, trustworthy, unchanging word of God.

AS A FAMILY

We lock arms in community, support and accountability to accomplish God’s mission together.

FOR THE [ONE]

We will leave what is comfortable to pursue those far from God.

FROM BROKENNESS

In response to our identity in Christ, we recognize and reveal our weaknesses to point to the power of God.

WITH OPENHANDEDNESS

We joyfully release everything we have to the plan and purposes of God.

THROUGH OTHERS

We intentionally reproduce ourselves by making disciples that make disciples.

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Financial Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a catalyst to help people live in financial freedom and enable them to have a posture of openhandedness. We have witnessed numerous Kensington families experience life change as a result of applying Biblical truths to their personal finances. The real blessing is seeing people create lives of margin that allow them to hear and respond to the Lord’s calling on their lives.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

GROUP LEADER DEVELOPMENT

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For additional questions, please contact [email protected] or call 248.786.0637

Alpha

What is my purpose? What value does the Bible have in my life? How do I pray? How can I grow in confidence to share my faith? These are the big questions that are at the heart of what it means to have a relationship with God. Alpha is a space to explore life’s big questions, to say what you think and to hear other people’s points of view. Over ten-weeks you will explore and discover while listening to weekly topics, participating in table discussion, and developing community. Alpha courses meeting in-person gather around a meal.

You don’t have to come for the whole series—just check it out for the first session and see what you think. No pressure.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

All Campuses

Birmingham

Clarkston

Clinton Twp

Orion

Troy

Bible Basics

Whether you are brand new to the Bible or have been reading it for decades, Bible Basics is a course that will help you understand the overall flow of the Bible. Over the course of several weeks, learn how the Bible came from the original writers to the English versions we have today. We’ll look at the big-picture story of the Bible and how all the individual books add to the whole. We’ll even learn a little about the history of the Jewish nation. But most of all, we’ll grow in our awe of the amazing author of this amazing book!

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Birmingham

Clarkston

Clinton Township

Orion

Traverse City

All Campuses

Marriage Classes

What grows marriages? Focusing on the two of you and being in community!
The Marriage Course includes seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Marriage and Blended Family

The Marriage Course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Strengthen your communication and gain a deeper understanding of your partner. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.
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The Blended Family Workshop addresses the confusing roles and boundaries involved in blending families and identifies why parents so often struggle in blending their efforts. Find a community of people who are contemplating blending a family or are “in the trenches” building and growing their blended family!
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Please email 
[email protected] with any questions.

Troy Campus

Join us Sunday night, December 5th for a Community Prayer Vigil at Kensington Church at 6:00 pm. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to come together for a time of hope and prayer. 

Following the Vigil, at 7:00 pm, there will be breakouts for students and for parents to process and be equipped in caring for themselves and those around in times of tragedy.

Clinton Township Campus

We will be offering a time for our congregation to gather after each service for a time of corporate prayer in the Greatroom. Prayer will be offered at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. (25000 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036)

This Sunday at 3:30 pm as a community we want to gather, pray and mourn together. We are all looking for answers and wondering why tragedy happens but we can find hope and peace in Jesus. 

Orion Campus

We believe that unity at this time is more important than ever. Several churches in the area are partnering together to offer space for students to begin the process of healing.

We will have several grief and trauma specialists on site this Sunday evening at our Orion Campus (4640 S Lapeer Rd Lake Orion, MI 48359) from 5-6:30pm and will have a night of prayer, worship and an opportunity for students to process with each other.

Tate Myre Funeral:
Monday, 12.6 Visitation 1 to 8pm
Tuesday, 12.7 Visitation 10-12pm and funeral at Noon

Parents & Student Resources

Parents – self care is critical. It’s important to do your own processing with another adult so that you can be more present as your child processes. Here are tools that you can use to get you started.

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Counselors Are Needed After Tragedy

“The aftermath of the Oxford shooting tragedy will undoubtedly result in traumatic symptoms and experiences across our communities for quite some time. Healing the brain through evidence-based therapies is absolutely possible with clinical guidance. There is a valuable village of Trauma Therapists with collective resources standing by for Oxford, for both direct and secondary survivors to engage in therapy. Until then, we honorably hold a sacred space, as students, families, staff and school partners continue to mourn.” -Laura Azoni, LMSW, Founder of Sanctuary Services

Birmingham Campus

We are offering a time for our congregation to gather after the 10am service for prayer in the Groves Auditorium, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

On Sunday evening, Dec 5, parents of high school and middle school students are invited to the second half of our Edge gathering at Genesis Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at 6:15pm. We will have a breakout to equip parents in caring for themselves and processing pain with their children in times of tragedy.

Learning Labs

Pathways is a series of open conversations exploring practices and rhythms for spiritual transformation and discipleship. We will unpack different ways to pray, read scripture, live in community, and encounter God by opening the floor to talk about our own lived experiences, perspectives, and insights on what it means to grow closer to God. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at Troy Campus, beginning September 21st. Contact [email protected] 
to sign up.

Together Again

updated June 23, 2021

It’s been life-giving to be in-person for our weekend services since last July when we reopened. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us in person sometime soon.

Reservations and ticketing have been discontinued at all our campuses.

Masks are optional at all services, events, and ministry gatherings for kids, students, and adults. We know that everyone needs to make the right health decisions for themselves and their family, so if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may. And if you’d like to continue wearing a mask or face covering, you may do that as well. This is a personal choice that only you can decide what is best for yourself when attending in person at Kensington.

If you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, please plan to stay home and participate in our services via our many online streaming options.

At the start of the pandemic, Kensington’s Executive Team commissioned a group of staff members as a COVID Task Force to establish protocols and procedures for the safety of our church community. Thanks for sticking with us throughout all the changes and adjustments over the past 15 months.

We’re grateful to be together again!