New Direction Church
A NEW CHURCH
New Hope Baptist Church was organized in 1829 and held a thriving membership until the mid-1940s when it closed its doors due to a dormant congregation. In 1948, the church building (then owned by Mrs. H.A. Hunt) was gifted - along with 6.5 acres, the Hunt House and $10,000 - to the Clay-Platte Baptist Association for the purpose of establishing a Baptist children's camp. Camp New Hope (now known as New Hope Retreat Center) held its first youth camp in 1950 and has remained open since that time. However, the church building served only as a gathering place for various community functions including camp worship services, weddings, fundraisers and an annual "Christmas at New Hope" service.
During the 2012 Christmas service, an idea to breathe new life into the dry bones of the church's ancestory was conceived. Following the model of those who had a "new hope" for the original church nearly two centuries before, a small group prayed for God's vision and on March 16, 2014, New Hope Baptist Church reopened its doors under the name New Direction Church led by Church Planter Rick Lumm. The facility now serves not only as an historical landmark but as a place for the "dry bones" of its ancestors to live again (ref. Ezekial 37:1-10)
The name "New Direction. Church" was adopted to reflect Christ's desire for His church and His people to turn away from old ways and seek a new direction where the love, peace and power that Jesus offers can be wholly theirs.
A NEW DIRECTION
Join in as New Direction celebrates its rich heritage and embarks on a new journey, in a new direction.
From I-35, exit at Holt (I-35/PP Hwy). Turn East on PP Hwy, travel about 800 feet, and then south on Scott Road. There is a sign for our Church pointing south on Scott road and PP as well. Follow Scott road for approx 1.9 miles to 188th Street, then take 188th Street east approx 1/4 mile. You will see our Church on the south side of the road.