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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.

Celebrating 135 years of “a little timely help”

It was at the 34th annual meeting of the American Christian Missionary Society, called the 1883 General Christian Missionary Convention, that Convention Secretary Robert Moffett raised the issue of material aid to new churches.

“Many calls have come to us for aid to build houses of worship,” he said. “To all these we have given one answer, namely, that we cannot use regular missionary funds to build houses of worship . . . (However), in many places, the want of a suitable (house) of worship is the chief hindrance to success,” Moffett noted. “In view of this fact, your Board thinks it advisable to begin the creation of a fund, the principal of which shall be loaned on easy terms to such weak churches and mission stations as may stand in need of such aid.”

Thus, the Church Extension Fund became a topic under active consideration. The committee appointed by the convention to study the loan fund proposal was comprised of five prominent and practical businessmen, including General F. M. Drake, founder of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. They reported back to the convention “their conviction (for) the pressing need of such a fund.”

“In many cases, a little timely help would enable (struggling) churches not only to become self-sustaining, but in time become helpful to others,” they said.

The convention concurred, and accepted the committee’s recommendation of five men from Kentucky and Ohio to oversee management of the loans. So began both the Church Extension Fund and its Board of Church Extension.

Since that time, there have been many shifts in the religious and cultural climate of North America, contributing both bright and dark days for Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) and its predecessor organizations. But, through them all, our mission has remained clear as has the commitment to it of our donors, investors and friends.

Read on to learn more about the best in all of us – fascinating facts that celebrate Disciples helping Disciples!

Annual Report & Report to Congregations

Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation are pleased to share with you our 2017 Annual Report & Report to Congregations.

We hope that you enjoy learning a little bit about how our friends and partners have inspired and empowered new ministries across the life of the Church.

Thank YOU for working with us to help congregations thrive and transform communities!

Read the full report online here.

Disciples Church Extension Fund announces new ecumenical model with Hope Partnership

Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) joins with other church extension funds from four mainline Protestant denominations, including Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Episcopal Church, and the United Church of Christ, in a new, ecumenical venture with Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.

Since 2014, presidents of the church extension funds, including Rick Reisinger of DCEF, began meeting to identify common dilemmas related to struggling congregations and subsequently determine how they can best work together to support their shared goals.

Under this new collaboration, each church extension fund will contribute financial and operational support to train and coordinate the expanded ecumenical network of assessors and facilitators needed to deliver transformational services to member churches through Hope Partnership.

“This is a great opportunity for collaboration,” says Rick Reisinger, president. “Christian unity is at the foundation of Disciples identity, and we are excited to enter into this new ecumenical partnership to help more local churches thrive and transform communities.”

Read more about this new ecumenical partnership.

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. 

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:










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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