What if...

What if, instead of always talking about love, 

Christians actually rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty? 

What if we prayed the Lord’s Prayer with sincerity, 

beseeching God to bring the attributes of heaven to earth? 

What if we, the church, were designed to be the vessels of His answer, 

to echo the love of God?


If Christians stepped up to the plate, 

there would be no foster care crisis. 

If Christians exercised their faith outside of a 2-hour Sunday service, 

homelessness would not exist. 

If Christians were to actually pick up the ball and step onto the field, 

they would creatively conquer the darkness that

surrounds the evils of pornography, bullying, drug abuse, 

marital infidelity, and a host of other social ills.  

Before the world listens to the Gospel message, 

they’ll need to see and experience the joy of Christ

through the ways in which Christians tangibly love them, 

just as Christ would.

At Echo Church, we dream... 

We dream of a Spirit-led movement

that is slow enough to care for everyone in the church

and fast enough to reach Missoula with an unconditional, crazy love.

We dream of a Kingdom movement. 

We dream of a church that is partnering with other life-giving, 

gospel-preaching churches in Missoula.

We dream of an earth

covered with heavenly attributes, as Jesus had instructed us to pray for: 

attributes such as justice, peace, compassion, 

relief from pain, release from bondage, 

and extraordinary love.

We are not a typical church. 

If you are a Christian...

we ask that you keep an open mind.

You will undoubtedly have questions, so ask!  

Email Pastor JD Partain and have coffee.

If you are not religious, 

or maybe simply unsure of God, faith, eternal salvation...

no problem.

We do not push or sell religion.  

But we will listen, answer questions, extend a helping hand

and simply be friends.

Thanks for your interest.  God bless your journey.

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what we BELIEVE

Like a fingerprint, every human is different and complex.  

A church should likewise celebrate its unique DNA, and move accordingly.  Sure, we love God, and strive to echo His love through our relationships with people - but how is that specifically lived out?  We've decided to narrow in on four things that we hope to do really, really well.  Not that we've figured it out  - we are full of flaws, mistakes, and histories of bad choices.  

But our prayer is that Jesus will use us, even in our weaknesses, 

to accomplish the following:

  • #1: Make Disciples of Jesus Christ

    We long to follow Jesus Christ.

    Although we are each the Imago Dei (made in the image of God), we are a big, hot, complicated mess.  We cling to our addictions, our idols, our comforts, our safe places.  But what if we helped each other break free of the dark forces that bind us?  What would God do with each of us, if we would let Him?

    Where are you spiritually?

    What God is doing with you?  What are you truly capable of?

  • #2: Be Led by the Spirit

    We strive to listen, to thrive within the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Most of the time we have no idea what that means, but our prayer is that God would soften our hearts and open our eyes to the guiding the Spirit provides.

    What is God saying to you?

    Have you ever felt moved to do something?

  • #3: Seek the Kingdom

    Jesus often spoke of the coming Kingdom - usually in strange, confusing ways.  With curiosity and anticipation we eagerly seek ways to bring "heaven to earth", to seek movement toward the kingdom unity seen at the end of Revelation.  

    We no longer view Christ-centered churches as competition, but as neighbors - regardless of denomination.  We have gracious dialogue with other pastors, and members of different faiths.  We confess the good of other churches and are inspired by the movements of other brethren.

    Are you sick of the fighting between churches?

    Ever wonder what the Kingdom of God is capable of, provided it worked together?

  • #4: Love this City

    Missoula is an amazing place to live.  

    We embrace all people and love the diverse cultures within.  Obviously there is much injustice, crime, poverty, and things that are flat out wrong.  Rather than separate ourselves from the dark places, we hope to boldly bring the light of Jesus Christ into those places.  Our goal is to meet people wherever they are, and love them regardless of the choices they make.

    Do you struggle at times to love this city?

    Have you felt an urge to reach into the mess and help other people?

Come visit us

We love meeting new people!  Here are a few ways to connect:

Sunday Mornings - 11am

Every Sunday we gather up, sing songs and listen to a lesson from lead pastor, J.D. Partain.  

This is a very relaxed time - no need to dress fancy.  The worship service lasts about 1.5 hours.  

There are fun, interactive Bible Classes for the kiddos (ages 3-11), during worship.

Weekly Bible Studies

During the week we have various Bible Studies, where we explore God's Word

in a comfortable discussion-oriented setting. 

Click HERE for more information.


Echo Church is an active church! Join us!

We have multiple city park events, conferences, service projects, road trips,

bicycle adventures, advocacy events and more.

Click HERE for more information.

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contact info

Echo Church meets at City Life Community Center

(near the west entrance of Western Montana Fairgrounds)

1515 Fairview Ave.

Missoula, MT 59801

Facebook:  Echo Missoula