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North Texas Area church receives first Holy Places grant

Pastor Daniel Guzman and Rosario IbarraSometimes it just takes that extra boost to get to the finish line. Iglesia Mision La Roca in Dallas, Texas, recently received that boost when Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) awarded the congregation our first Holy Places grant, which is a grant for the acquisition of an initial long-term Holy Place.

Mision La Roca will use the grant to help reduce debt on a DCEF loan for construction of their new sanctuary and fellowship and administrative areas, thus improving cash flow to be used for their active ministries.
The church was awarded the grant based on their strong commitment to stewardship and partnership, active children’s ministry, and their dedication to those in need in their at-risk South Dallas neighborhood, where they feel called to serve as the primary Hispanic church in the area.
North Texas Area Minister Larry Ross says of Mision La Roca, “…this is a worthy congregation to receive assistance in the site acquisition and construction of their first unit.” He adds, “I have personally witnessed the sacrificial labor of the minister and members of the church in building their new home.”
Upon hearing about the award, Pastor Daniel Guzman exclaimed to DCEF Building and Capital Advisor Rosario Ibarra,
“Thanks so very much, Sister Rosario! We are so happy we were approved!  May the Lord continue to bless you!”
DCEF is now accepting grant applications from new Disciples congregations who understand Holy Place to be important, whether owned, leased or shared. Eligible places include:
  • Undeveloped land on which the new congregation plans to construct a building;
  • A site that is already developed;
  • A Holy Place that a congregation is leasing or sharing on a long-term basis.
Grants are awarded semi-annually.

If your congregation is interested in applying, please visit or contact Rosario Ibarra at 800­ 274­ 1883, or