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On February 11th, 2016, the AZ Daily Star, the Tucson-based paper who reported on the investigation of Hope Church ASU's former mother-church, Faith Christian Church in 2015, published a story about the investigation of Hope Church ASU for code of conduct violations and cult practices. The story has since been summarized and republished by a bevy of other organizations, including the Arizona Republic, the Christian Post, and others.
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On December 1st, 2016, the Arizona State Press, the school newspaper of ASU, published a six-part series of articles detailing the investigation of Hope Church (formerly Hope Christian Church) at ASU for code of conduct violations and cult-practices.
While even a six-part series like the one written by the State Press was by no means comprehensive, it still gave a decent overview of the investigation and of the issues within Hope.
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Today we received word from Lisa Porter in the Student Rights/Responsibilities office at ASU that the case regarding Hope Church (formerly Hope Christian Church) has entered a new phase.
The "inquiry" phase has now been completed, which involved the collection of information and evidence to determine potential violations by Hope Church and its subsidary ministries/campus clubs. The new "investigation" phase involves assessing the information given and deciding what will occur. Based on what we've been told, the new phase will proceed as follows:
1) "First notices" will be sent by Student Rights/Responsibilities to Hope Church and its subsidary ministries ("clubs") and they will be called in for meetings with administration.
2) Based on the information we have provided, and will continue to provide, and the information gleaned from Hope Church, SRR will draft a report to provide to a committee formed by the Dean's Office.
3) The Dean's Office will make a ruling based on the information available.
It should be noted that ASU admin is still accepting new testimonials and information concerning Hope Church during this time, from anyone who wishes to offer it, by way of email, phone, or in-person meeting, or some combination thereof. For now, this information will still be given to Lisa Porter and Carla Mahnke from Student Rights/Responsibilities. Here are their email addresses:
We have heard now from several Hope members who have been told by Hope staff that the report submitted with ASU is not real and that no inquiry is underway. A story has even been told that Hope "hired a mediator to speak with ASU" and that ASU told them the report does not exist.
These statements are puzzling to us, because not only does the report exist, but Hope leadership has a copy (proof below). The night before we submitted it, a Hope pastor gained access to our Google Doc, which actually rushed our submission. We do not know why Hope staff is circulating these untrue stories, but we wanted to alert everyone. I (Stephen Wicker) have provided the following items below:
1. A screenshot of a Hope Pastor "resolving" a comment on our original Google Document on July 5th, meaning he had access to it. (Showing that the report exists, and Hope has a copy)
2. An email from July 25 from Carla Mahnke (Student Rights/Responsibilities) referencing the report (Showing that the report exists, and that ASU has a copy).
3. An email exchange between myself and Carla Mahnke regarding Hope's procurement of the report, after we learned that Hope had tried to preemptively meet with ASU (Showing that the report exists, Hope leadership is aware of it, and ASU has a copy). This one from August 10th.
4. An email from the assistant Dean confirming that no mediator from Hope has spoken with ASU
Again, we do not know why Hope is relating this false information to members, but since our whole purpose here is delineation of truth, we figured everyone ought to know.
Thanks and God bless,
"The Respect Movement", Sun Devil Survivor, Outlaw Comedy, Sun Devils Wear Prada, and Sun Devils 4 Christ as "Front Groups" of Hope Church ASU
Below you will find documentation proving Hope Church's use of "student clubs" (which are indeed subsidary ministries of Hope Church) at ASU as "front groups". The following documents will be attached below:
1) Screenshots of a Prezi presentation (the original presentation has been taken down) by the Hope Church outreach coordinator, detailing the use of the clubs for Hope Church's recruitment.
2) An archive page from Hope Church's old website from 2013, detailing "Operation 72", where Hope Church uses the student clubs to engage and begin recruiting students at the beginning of each school year.
3) A Screenshot from Hope's old website showing that donations can be made to Hope Church through the "club" Outlaw Comedy, because it is an "Outreach of Hope Christian Church".
4) The 2015 copy of the annual Hope Magazine which references all the clubs.
5) PDF copies of the pages for Hope Christian Church, the Respect Movement, and Outlaw Comedy on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability website, showing that these organizations are subsidary ministries of Hope Church, and that donations can be made to Hope Church through these groups. This also demonstrates that donations made to the clubs (perhaps even propitiation funds from ASU, derived from student tuition) end up on the financial statements of Hope Church.
"Operation 72" Archive
Screenshot from Hope's Website:
ECFA Webpages (Viewable at ECFA.org)
The Respect Movement:
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Hi, we wanted to share some contacts with any:
1. Parents, family, friends, current students, alumni, etc who would like to file individual complaints (separate from the report filed by this group) regarding Hope Church ASU.
2. Current members of Hope Church ASU who have been fed the narrative that "there is no investigation" and would like to verify it's existence.
Dean's Office: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities:
Carla.Mahnke@asu.edu , Lisa.A.Porter@asu.edu
Council of Religious Advisers (CORA): Amy.email@example.com
Student Organizations: Kimberly.Scatton@asu.edu
AZ Daily Star (covered Hope's mother-church in 2015): Caalaimo@tucson.com
ABC 15: Chris.Gros@abc15.com
ASU State Press: Ryanerica4me@yahoo.com
We have a few updates regarding the open investigation of Hope Church ASU (see original post on this page from July 16, 2016). The updates are as follows:
1. Three offices of ASU administration are now involved (Student Rights/Responsibilities, Student Orgs, Council of Religious Advisers) as well as the Dean's who we originally reached out to. All three offices are jointly meeting next week to discuss next steps.
2. Hope Church somehow got ahold of our report a while back, and has since tried to undermine the effort in various ways, including contacting one of our contributors employers, bad-mouthing him, and trying to get him in trouble. This was unsuccessful.
3. About 60 current members have been notified of the situation (Hope had not notified them themselves), but best we can tell, Hope Church is attempting to convince them that, in the words of one current member, "there is no investigation and you (this group) falsified information".
4. Hope has also re-branded as just "Hope Church" (formerly Hope Christian Church) and has changed all of their artwork and other branding elements. We are trying to keep our materials up to date with these changes.
Hope Christian Church ASU, located on the Tempe campus of America's largest University, is currently under investigation by Arizona State University and local news media for violating University rules and regulations and engaging in cult-practices. Updates will continue to be posted on this site as they become available.
The investigation was prompted when, on July 6, 2016 a large group of former members, including current students, alumni, a former pastor at Hope Christian Church ASU, and family of former members, submitted a formal report with the Dean's Office and Council of Religious Advisers at ASU (CORA), after two of their number had previously met with ASU administration. While this is not the first time people have spoken out about Hope Christian ASU and their activities, this is the first time ASU has received complaints from current students, and thus the first time they have launched a real investigation. The experiences covered date from 2005 until the current year.
The report has also been submitted to several local news outlets, who are interested in publishing stories about Hope Christian Church ASU, and investigating their unethical cult practices. So far, the organizations include:
The report submitted totaled over 120 pages in length, and detailed:
Each of these sub-categories of the investigative report is presented as it's own page on this website, without disclosing the identities of the individuals behind the experiences. You can navigate to each page below the header.
In our estimation, the facts and experiences which have come to light regarding Hope Christian Church ASU demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that they are more than just a Christian church, but in fact a bona fide religious cult, whose practices are often harmful to ASU and it's students.
We pray that the information on this site will be enlightening, and will stir in each reader whatever response God's Holy Spirit wishes to evoke in them.