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Worshiping in the basement and loving it!

Northwest CC Oklahoma

Northwest Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OKNorthwest Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK had reached a point where it needed to reimagine its ministry. The surrounding community had changed, the building was large and costly to maintain and the membership was aging and declining in numbers.

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New Beginnings service reaches milestone as it empowers congregations across denominational lines


new-beginnings-logoIn 2008, First Christian Church in San Bernardino, Calif., whose sustainability challenges were becoming all too familiar for Disciples churches, signed on to do New Beginnings, a new service offered by then Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership.

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Ecumenical partnership raised to the next level

Michael Whitman

In the past eight years, hundreds of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations have participated in a process called New Beginnings, developed and offered initially by Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership, that helps congregations assess their current condition, strengths and opportunities as they seek to answer the question,

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New Beginnings congregation has renewed purpose

Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind

Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind.Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind., has a “connector bridge,” an enclosed walkway designed to provide protection from the elements as people move from one area of the church to another.

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“Is it a bell curve or a sine wave?”

bell curve

Thanks to Indiana Regional Minister Rick Spleth for this perspective on Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings Assessment Service, which has helped hundreds of congregations make courageous decisions about their future direction.

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