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“A place that’s right and in the right place.”

Since 1883, Disciples Church Extension Fund has helped Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations plan and finance Holy Places to be used for ministry, for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ from our doorsteps to the end of the Earth. Our primary sources of funds are from Christian people who faithfully entrust dollars to us for the work of God’s Church.

Thank YOU for a great year!

2017 has been an amazing year of ministry, and THANK YOU for being a part of it! Watch our 2017 video highlights.

We enjoyed seeing many of our friends (and making new ones!) in Indianapolis this summer at General Assembly. During workshops, in the exhibit hall booth and at the All-Assembly dinner, we loved spending several days having face-to-face conversations and making personal connections with many of you.

We’ve seen many congregations get excited about creating Holy Places for ministry this year. Disciples Church Extension Fund has provided 70 building and capital fundraising services to Disciples ministries. And, we have advanced more than $23,000,000 in loans for building projects! We supported 12 congregations in five states through DCEF’s disaster response service, and worked closely with the Disciples of Christ in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastation. We are grateful to our investors and donors who have made all these partnerships possible in 2017.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation also worked with more than 50 congregations that were ready to transform their ministries and connect with their communities in meaningful ways. We welcomed 55 courageous leaders for an intensive five-day learning experience in September. At Leadership Academy new church planters and transformational leaders were coached by ministry experts across the life of the church, including keynote speakers Teresa Hord Owens, Jim Griffith, Eric Law and Angela Whitenhill. New Church Ministry also celebrated planting and affiliating 992 new Disciples churches since 2001. We look forward to reaching (and surpassing!) the 2020 Vision goal of welcoming 1000 new churches by the year 2020! Your prayers and support have meant so much to us as we work to empower courageous leaders for 21st century ministry.

This year has been an exciting year for DCEF and Hope Partnership. Thank you for the many ways that you support our shared mission to help congregations thrive and transform communities!

 


Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation. While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.

Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security.

DCEF approves interest-free line of credit to Christian Church in Puerto Rico for immediate church rebuilding

On October 19, 2017, the Board Loan Committee of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) voted to immediately provide a line of credit to the Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico upon a request for rebuilding assistance from Miguel Morales, general pastor. The $1,000,000 line of credit is interest-free and fee-free. The funds will help those Disciples churches with a total loss or extremely severe damage begin repairs so that their buildings can be safely used for gatherings and community service.

DCEF staff traveled to Puerto Rico November 25-26, 2017 for an emergency “extra-ordinary” meeting of the Joint Commission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico and in the United States and Canada. During this meeting, leaders in both communions discussed the ways general ministries, regions, and local churches in the United States and Canada can further support Puerto Rican Disciples in the midst of this humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria.

Ask us about a Green Loan for your church today!

Thinking about adding energy-efficient windows in the education wing? Is it time to update an old HVAC system in your church building? Ready to make environmentally-friendly improvements to your facilities?

A Green Loan from Disciples Church Extension Fund can help your church save money while helping the environment!

Green Loans are available to Disciples of Christ churches up to $150,000 for qualifying facilities projects. 

The 2016 Annual Report has arrived!

Click here to see the many ways Disciples leaders and congregations are transforming lives.

We hope that you enjoy learning a little bit about how your support has inspired and empowered new partnerships across the life of the Church. Your friendship makes this all possible. Thank you for working with us to help congregations thrive and transform communities!

If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact Kim Watkins at 800.274.1883, ext. 2536,  kwatkins@churchextensionfmr.org.

Holy Place Stories

Shawnee Park Community Park Christian Church understands that Holy Places are meant to help, not hinder, ministry. Here’s their story about how leasing their Holy Place freed them up to focus on ministry, inside and outside their walls:

 

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Disciples Church Extension Fund offers attractive and competitive rates on loans to congregations and investments for individuals and Church organizations.  
Holy Places Grants for New Church Ministries – Thanks to generous donors, the Holy Places Fund helps new Disciples congregations like yours acquire a home.  Read more.
Save July 12, 2017, for DCEF’s General Assembly dinner. 

 

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