The Christian Chain

Bridging Denominational Barriers

aka Samaritan Bags, Partners in Unity, & PrayerNook   |   Phoenix, AZ   |
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The Christian Chain

EIN: 45-5320220


Through the creation of resources and the building of strategic partnerships, it is our mission to bring together quality resources that help the Christian Community work across denominational barriers to further the Kingdom of God.

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Director Executive

Mr. Christopher D.F. Warrington

Director of Operations

Mrs. Jennifer A. Warrington

Main address

3317 East Bell Road Suite #101-500

Phoenix, AZ 85032 USA

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Subject area info

Leadership development

Community and economic development


Diversity and intergroup relations

Basic and emergency aid

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Population served info



Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We strive for unity within the Church because we want to impact the world by addressing the complex moral, ethical, and spiritual challenges faced by individuals living in the world today. While church denominations are an inevitable side effect of a worldwide group of diverse believers, the discord within denominations is what The Christian Chain seeks to address. By unifying as one body, we can better represent Jesus to a troubled and lost world. The hope that anchors us is in the gospel of Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection. This hope drives us to reach out to others through various ministries that we know can bring his life-changing love and message to others.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Samaritan Bags

The Samaritan Bags project is an initiative by The Christian Chain to meet the needs of homeless individuals around Phoenix and throughout the United States. Christopher Warrington, a minister and CEO of The Christian Chain, felt a calling from the Holy Spirit to meet the needs of the homeless community, and Samaritan Bags was born.

Homelessness stems from any number of problems – lack of mental and physical healthcare, lack of access to affordable housing, and program shifts from shelters to housing programs. On a given night in Maricopa County, there are over 6,600 homeless either sleeping on the streets or in shelters. Given the current health crisis sparked by COVID-19, there are real concerns that this number will climb in 2020.

Often, the average person does not give to the homeless they encounter by chance, either because they are not prepared and cannot give them anything, or out of concern that money given may be used for things other than necessities.

The Samaritan Bags program partners churches and community organizations to pack bags with non-perishable food and personal care items. These bags can be donated outright to organizations like homeless shelters or rescue missions, or can be carried around in volunteers’ cars in readiness for chance encounters.

Like the Samaritan in the parable, we should always be prepared to help those in need, no matter our differences and no matter their current living situation.

What’s different about Samaritan Bags is that in addition to personal care and non-perishable items being on-hand, we also seek to address their eternal needs by providing an outreach Bible. We also encourage packers to provide information on local health and housing resources, and churches to connect them to ongoing care.

Our goal is to provide community help for those in need by addressing their immediate, continued, and eternal needs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

As a project of The Christian Chain, Inc., it is our goal to be bridge builders among the many Christian denominations seeking to enhance the long-term health of the Church by supporting church leadership and interdenominational cooperation.

We seek to foster an increased discipline of unity in the corporate Body of Christ through resourcing and equipping church leaders and their congregations with educational material, devotional content, and community outreach activities.

We envision a world in which Christian churches work across denominational barriers, maintaining the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. We admit there has been a constant struggle against unity for millennia; yet, it is a command we are called to fulfill. We also acknowledge that we will never have complete and perfect unity until Jesus Christ returns. However, Scripture clearly tells us to endeavor for unity and to this end, Partners in Unity, as part of The Christian Chain, feels called to help build bridges; connecting people to people, churches to churches, and the world to Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served

Prayer Nook is a ministry by The Christian Chain ( that provides a means to journal, request prayers, pray with your friends, and strengthen your prayer life all in one easy-to-use app. Pray for those in your feed, share personal prayers within your inner circle, and journal prayers in your own private notebook.

Want to make a prayer group with your church or study? Prayer Nook lets you do that too! Invite members, create groups for your organization, and designate your own inner circle for a small group or Bible study.
Got a prayer request? Share them as privately or as publicly as you'd like.

Got an answered prayer to celebrate? Our prayer archive function lets you visit old prayers and update others on how God has answered you.

Population(s) Served

One Global Login
At The Christian Chain, our mission is to provide actionable ministry resources and programs that cross denominations and distance, thereby unifying the Church across the United States and worldwide.

Heis Soma is our Single Sign-on service (SSO) and your one-and-done entry point into our ministry sites. With this log-in system, you can access all of our programs and resources without worrying about multiple passwords. You will be able to track giving, stay updated on events, and manage subscriptions all with one password.

The meaning behind Heis Soma:
In the original Greek, heis soma means "one body." The reason that we chose Heis Soma as the name for this resource is as a reflection of being one body. Through this system, our members can have one password as a central point of login for the various ministries of The Christian Chain; though there are plans to open this login system to other ministries, churches, and Christian resources in the future.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Christian Chain is unique in its function and mission because we seek to connect people to people, churches to churches, and each other to the world and Jesus Christ. We are called in service to the church and surrounding communities to bring the global Church to unity.

Samaritan Bags and Partners in Unity are the two programs that we have designed to achieve mission advancement both inside the church and externally through community outreach.

Our hallmark program, Samaritan Bags, partners with churches and organizations to prepare bags with essential items for those experiencing homelessness. Since 2013, we have seen lives changed, and congregations and small groups unify through outreach and service to the homeless.

Partners in Unity is a pilot program that serves church leaders and their congregations by providing resources that identify biblical unity areas within the congregation that need improvement. Using scripture as a foundation, we use surveys and numeric data to create action plans for churches that foster unity within their congregations.

Currently, The Christian Chain has eight full-time paid staff.

Our main ministry, The Chrisitan Chain, launched in 2013 and was rebranded in July 2020, with our Samaritan Bags Ministry launching in 2013 and undergoing a rebrand in 2020. To date, our packing events have provided over 4,640 bags to those in need. In October of 2020, we plan to launch our prayer app, Prayer Nook. In 2020, we plan to initiate our first congregational unity sessions for our Partners in Unity program and prepare our initial ideas for our Partners in Unity Conference, tentatively scheduled for June 2021.

10 packing events and 4,140-4640 bags total:

1. Phoenix Seminary for students, packed 35 bags
2. SBC Club 56 Ministry 70 bags
3. Giving Hope Worldwide, packed at SCA – 1,000 bags
4. SBC High School Ministry 150 bags
5. Phoenix Seminary for students, packed 100 bags
6. Kiwanis Club, packed at Kitchen on the Street – 1,500-2,000 bags
7. Girl Scout Troop 2933 – 20 bags
8. Shiloh Christian Church – 1000 bags
9. SCA Local Mission Team – 250 bags
10. SBC Small Group Experience – 15 bags

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


The Christian Chain
Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.1 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 38% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Christian Chain

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Christian Chain’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $153,885
As % of expenses 43.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $153,885
As % of expenses 43.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $390,715
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 72.0%
All other grants and contributions 28.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $355,682
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 93.7%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 6.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $355,682
One month of savings $29,640
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $385,322

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021
Months of cash 0.1
Months of cash and investments 0.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.9
Balance sheet composition info 2021
Cash $3,562
Investments $0
Receivables $922
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $176,001
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $176,001

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021
Material data errors No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Director Executive

Mr. Christopher D.F. Warrington

Christopher has spent the majority of his adult life as an advocate for Church Unity and interdenominational cooperation. God laid the idea for The Christian Chain on his heart in 2000 when he was in college and started to see the strong need for education and partnership among Christian denominations. In 2003, he received his bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis on Deaf Culture and minor degrees in Computer Science and Biblical Studies from Biola University; and in 2013, his master's degree in Divinity with an emphasis on Leadership Development from Phoenix Seminary.

Director of Operations

Jennifer Warrington

Jennifer, who goes by Jenny, and Christopher married in 2010 and Jenny has lent her insight, wisdom, organization, and prayer strength to his work. In 2020, Jenny took more of an active role in work at The Christian Chain taking on the role of Director of Operations and overseeing the rebranding and expansion of the Samaritan Bags ministry. With her extensive educational background in the health field, receiving multiple bachelor's degrees and a master's degree, Jenny also lends great insight and assistance in this next phase of the Samaritan Bags expansion moving into the hospitals.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

The Christian Chain

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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The Christian Chain

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Christopher Warrington

The Christian Chain, Inc.

Term: 2012 -

Mike DeMoss

Jon Steen

James Cooper

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2024

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/27/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.