PROVIDENCE CHURCH STORY
In the summer of 2016, God began moving to develop a new partnership for the glory of His kingdom. Citylight’s college pastor, Andrew Rutten, and Christ Community’s college pastor, Jared Kliewer, both felt God’s call to see and make disciples in a new part of Omaha’s city. In the fall of 2016, they both came together, talked about God’s calling, and realized that God’s hand was leading them to plant a new church with the hope of bringing the heart of the gospel to the heart of the city—South Midtown.
South Midtown is the home to historic neighborhoods, prominent urban developments. such as Aksarben Village and Midtown Crossing, and Mutual of Omaha and Kiewit, two Fortune 500 companies. It is also home to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha’s largest university, and Blackstone, Omaha’s newest entertainment district. In this area of our city, businesses are growing, leaders are being developed and culture is being created. South midtown is influencing all of Omaha, but with the decline in believers and churches across the nation, the gospel is not influencing them.
Providence’s vision is “In Omaha as it is in Heaven,” coming from Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6. In order to make Omaha look more like Heaven, people need the gospel. Providence wants to be a church planting church that carries the gospel to the city of Omaha, to help make Omaha look more like Heaven.
Providence began with prayer gatherings through the Fall of 2016. In January of 2017, they launched 5 City Groups to build community and form the core of the church. On April 30, the core team launched worship gatherings at The Pella, a former Lutheran church turned event venue in the Blackstone District, with the hope of developing a team that would engage the heart of the city with the Gospel. Providence officially launched on September 10, 2017, and now has over 8 City Groups in South Midtown.