During 31 years of trial and error, God has taught us what matters most.
When Kensington 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 working, and at a faster pace than our core team of 40 crazies ever imagined. As we grew, places all over Oakland County were transformed into a “portable church.” We gathered in homes, coffee shops, schools, warehouses and office buildings to share how God was transforming lives.
During 31 years of trial and error, God has taught us what matters most. We filter every program, budget, and proposal through this grid. If something won’t help us love unconditionally, build community, and model generosity, we don’t do it.
HOW WE LIVE OUT OUR MISSION
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. Each plant has a totally different way of doing things – and we think that means they’re doing it right. Some church plants meet in homes, some meet in comedy clubs, and some have already grown into their own facilities. They’ve each got their own vision and personality, but everyone shares the same passion for spreading God’s love and planting more and more new churches.
Every week thousands of people across Michigan experience Kensington in their own communities through campusing. Think of campusing as putting the music, message, and mission of Kensington into a box and unpacking it at any of our six locations. The campusing model isn’t about creating carbon copies of the perfect church, it’s about spreading the message of Jesus Christ with the all the resources and excellence he’s blessed us with. Each campus has it’s own lead pastor, local outreaches, and unique community vibe so feel free to check ‘em all out.
Our global partners take Jesus Christ to the world. It might sound backwards, but our strategy with our global partners is to get left in the dust, to see the local churches in the Middle East, Kenya, and India grow legs and set off running. Beyond sending support and short-term missions teams to these areas Kensington is dedicated to equipping local leaders to engage their community and activate the indigenous body of believers.
Together, Kensington and our partners have erected hospitals in crowded India, brought clean water wells to the plains of Africa, and brought Christ to thousands. Learn more about our Global Partners.
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.
WHO WE ARE
When we trust Christ with our lives we get a new Father and we get adopted into a new family – and that absolutely changes everything.
Today God is inviting you into safe harbor. Equip your vessel with the authority of His Word.
The Beauty of living in true community!
Have you ever watched someone you love make a bad choice?
“Imagine you were given everything you could ever wish for? How long until you would urge for even more?…
“What would happen if we decided to take off the mask, to let others in, to be vulnerable…”
We are loved by Him, we find our identity in Him, and are powerless without Him.
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.
In response to our identity in Christ, we recognize and reveal our weaknesses to point to the power of God.
We joyfully release everything we have to the plan and purposes of God.
We intentionally reproduce ourselves by making disciples that make disciples.