Disciples News Service

Indianapolis general ministries moving, but not far

The Disciples general and racial / ethnic ministries located in Indianapolis are relocating their offices to the Landmark Center, 1099 N. Meridian St., in late August.

“We are excited about the opportunity to streamline our operations and increase collaboration among our general ministries located in Indianapolis,” said Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, Associate General Minister and Vice President. Adams also stated, “We look forward to redesigned space that will better reflect how people work today.”   

Rev. Gary Kidwell, president of the Christian Church Foundation and chair for the Disciples building management group, said a space study conducted last year concluded the current building required more space than needed due to the building’s configuration and efficiencies could be achieved with a different floor plan. The 22,000 sq. ft. reduction will save the church in excess of $3.2 million over the life of the lease.

“We’re right-sizing general ministry offices for the future, being faithful stewards of the dollars entrusted to us for ministry,” Kidwell said. “The opportunity for stronger partnerships and collaboration will benefit all expressions of the church.”

The building owner, Ambrose Properties, values the Disciples presence in the building. Aasif Bade, President of Ambrose, said he feels great about having a tenant whose mission he believes in. Bade is providing complimentary space to the Disciples for a chapel with the provision that any employee in the building may attend worship services.

In addition to the reduction in costs, the Landmark Center keeps the Disciples within the downtown area of the city. Remaining downtown was a key issue because of its central location for all employees who commute from their homes in Indianapolis suburbs or rely on public transportation. 

The offices included in this move are: Disciples Home Missions, Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries, Disciples Church Extension Fund, Church Extension Financial and MIssional Resources, Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, Christian Church Foundation, Pension Fund, Council on Christian Unity, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples, and the Office of General Minister and President including National Convocation, Week of Compassion,  Reconciliation Ministry  Communication Ministries, and Treasury Services. While the National Benevolent Association will remain in St. Louis with Higher Education and Leadership Ministries and Chalice Press, NBA will have an office in the building. Nashville based Disciples Historical Society will maintain a presence through shared space with the Council on Christian Unity.

The “Disciples Center” relocated to downtown Indianapolis in 1995, after being housed in the Irvington area for decades. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has 195 Indianapolis-based employees.