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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.

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, 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. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.

Additional training resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :

 

FEMA active shooter resource page

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) active shooter preparedness page

DHS active shooter translated resources page

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. “Aid is not coming fast enough after Hurricane Maria,” said Rick Reisinger, president.  “This will help bridge the gap between the urgent need and when the insurance payments start coming in.” 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.

“The church is the place where we really develop community,” said Rosario Ibarra, zone advisor for Puerto Rico. “We sing together, pray together, listen to the Word together, become a family together. We use the church building every day, so it is very important to rebuild quickly.”

Funds will go directly to the Christian Church in Puerto Rico for emergency repairs and rebuilding projects it is overseeing. “This $1,000,000 is likely just the beginning of what will be needed to rebuild over the long term,” said Reisinger. “But we hope that this money can help give our partner church some relief now.”

DCEF staff will travel 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 will discuss 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:

Disaster Response service helps Texas church devastated by fire

Jackson fire 2Within hours of a devastating fire at First Christian Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, Disciples Church Extension Fund Advisor Jim Michel received a call from the Coastal Plains Area of the Southwest Region telling him about the church’s building disaster. As he had done five years ago when a tornado ravaged South Joplin Christian Church in Joplin, Mo., Jim put his facilities expertise to work immediately to help the congregation.

For more information about our Disaster Response service, contact Jim Michel at jmichel@disciplescef.org or call 800.274.1883.

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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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