MHK Worship is a group of young adults currently living in Manhattan, Kansas that facilitate monthly nights of worship open to the entire city.
MHK Worship was founded in 2014 by a small group of college students who wanted to see the city of Manhattan, Kansas look more like Jesus. This small group of creatives had a passion for music, art and most importantly JESUS. The goal was to create a space where people could experience God's presence, perhaps for the first time, through song, prayer, artistic expression, and personal reflection. At the beginning, they started leading an event each semester called MHK ONE, which then expanded to monthly ministry nights a year later. Currently, about 100 individuals from around the city gather for monthly ministry nights, and over 400 people attended MHK ONE in fall of 2018.
MHK Worship was founded and currently exists in Manhattan, a city in Northeastern Kansas, nestled in the iconic Flint Hills. The town is home to 55,000 citizens, encompassing all ages and generations. Manhattan features two universities, Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College, collectively educating 25,000 students, which makes up about half of the population. The town neighbors Fort Riley, a large Army installation with a residential population of about 8,000. Many military families live in or around Manhattan and commute, accounting for Fort Riley’s daytime population of 25,000.
Manhattan is a classic Midwestern town, full of charm, kindness and hole-in-the wall breakfast cafes. A thriving center for small businesses, Manhattan is a hub for creative start-ups and young professionals. Of all the characteristics of Manhattan, none are as satisfying as the enamoring natural beauty of the prairie. There are many places to picnic, hike, bike or enjoy the sunset. Students pride themselves on having a university culture of family, support, and equality.
There is a significant religious culture in Manhattan, with 67 churches of various denominations and sizes in the area. Kansas State University is home to 10 student ministries. The vast number of religious organizations in Manhattan signifies a thirst for belief and belonging but has seemingly divided the city by denomination, religiosity and organizational differences.