Providence church formed with the desire to make the gospel become alive in Omaha, Nebraska. Co-pastors Jared Kliewer and Andrew Rutten have hearts for the church to be one that celebrates diversity, actively loves on the people, cares deeply about Omaha, and lives in awe of God. God laid the need of a church in the Blackstone area to serve in those ways.
Jared and his wife, Kerri, felt God calling them to begin a church in the winter of 2016. They asked Andrew and his wife, Bailey, to be a part of the church plant. Now, Providence has grown from the two couples to two services on Sunday, all by God's grace.
Jared and Andrew's prayers for Providence are that God would continue to lead people to himself and that Providence would impact Omaha for the glory of God's kingdom.
Providence is a co-plant by Christ Community Church and Citylight Church in the spring of 2017. With two churches on the same mission to reach the same city, it was an amazing fit to plant another autonomous, God-exalting, Bible-preaching church in Omaha.
In the summer of 2016, God began moving to develop a new partnership for the glory of His kingdom. Andrew Rutten was the college pastor at Citylight church and Jared Kliewer was the college pastor at Christ Community Church but both felt God’s call to see and make disciples in a new part of Omaha’s city. In the fall of 2016, they 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 these leaders.
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 our 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, we launched 5 City Groups to build community and form the core of the church. On April 30, we 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 we have over 8 City Groups living on mission.
We are praising God for the work He is doing through Providence. He is the reason this church was planted and the reason it will continue to serve this city.