Kip McKean – Historical Sermons
Dr. Thomas Wayne McKean II (May 31, 1954 – present) was named after his ancestor Thomas McKean, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. (His mother nicknamed him “Kip.”) In 2003, Kip became the Evangelist for the Portland International Church of Christ. In October 2006, after a valiant three-year effort to bring reform to the crumbling International Churches of Christ, the Holy Spirit used Kip to initiate the new Portland / SoldOut Discipling Movement! Kip was soon joined by other valiant disciples on every continent!
In May 2007, Kip and Elena McKean alongside 40 other disciples from Portland planted the City of Angels International Christian Church, which now has 1,200 at their Sunday Services! While leading the City of Angels Church, Kip serves as the “World Missions Evangelist” for the now fastest spreading Christian movement in the world! Another milestone was achieved in 2012, as decades of dreams and prayers were fulfilled with the founding of the International College of Christian Ministries! Kip currently serves as the President for the newly founded “ICCM.”
Of note in 1979, Kip and Elena were invited to lead the Lexington Church of Christ (later renamed the Boston Church of Christ). From these “30 would-be-disciples,” the Spirit ignited a movement of churches known as the Boston Movement. In 1994 the “Boston Movement” was renamed the “International Churches of Christ.” Kip’s tenacious embrace of Jesus’ radical dream “to evangelize the nations in a generation,” his bold theological reforms, his personal warmth coupled with his charismatic and uncompromising Bible preaching, allowed the Spirit to take the gospel from one small dying church in Boston to become almost 400 churches in 171 of the 196 nations of the world by the year 2000! Then as this noble effort was being tragically decimated in 2001, 2002 and 2003, God sent Kip on a rocky path of suffering and redemption. For two years, he wandered in a lonely, spiritual wilderness, which greatly humbled him. Yet, those dark days ultimately strengthened Kip’s resolve to fulfill “the dream.” Therefore, It is all the more amazing by 2014 God’s new SoldOut Movement has almost 60 congregations in 26 nations! And still counting! From a historical perspective, no other preacher in the past century has been directly responsible for the planting of so many congregations around the world!
Concerning “the evangelization of the nations in this generation,” some have asked, “What is going to be different this ‘second time’ around?” This presupposes the question, “Can it be different this second time?” The answer in the Scriptures is a resounding yes! The first time the Israelites approached the Promised Land, their lack of faith led them to the dreadful desires to choose a different leader than the one God had chosen and to return to their lives of slavery in Egypt. This unbelief ultimately resulted in their death in the desert. The second time the Spirit led the Israelites to the border of the Promised Land, the Hebrew people – having learned to rely on God in their wanderings in the desert – now succeeded to make God’s dream and promise a reality. This same learning from the past prayerfully will be true for God’s new SoldOut Movement. As Kip preached at the 2010 Jubilee on the theme of The Promised Land on the Second Try, “Second is best because God rewards the quest.”
(for more information on Kip McKean please visit his biography at kipmckean.com for more information!)