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First Christian Church of Atchison, KS

The First Christian Church of Atchison, KS, received the first Church Extension loan.

Founded in 1883, Board of Church Extension was the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that helped congregations with capital project planning and financing. We have come to realize that for your congregation to be strong in the 21st century, you need more than just a building and financial plan to carry out God’s mission in your community.

In 2012, Board of Church Extension (dba Church Extension) created a new organizational model to better serve the needs of contemporary Disciples congregations through two independent, but related ministries:

Disciples Church Extension Fund provides building and capital planning services, fundraising consultations, and makes loans for capital projects.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, in partnership with Higher Education Leadership Ministries (HELM), Disciples Home Missions (DHM), Regions, seminaries and ecumenical partners, provides leadership development and congregational ministry planning.

Church Extension Financial and Missional Resources, Inc. (Church Extension Resources) provides administrative support to both Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership. Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership report to the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada through Church Extension Resources.

This new model seeks to achieve the outcome of thriving communities of faith who bear witness to God’s love. The design is based on the premise that implementation of clear and vital congregational mission will be achieved most effectively when Disciples Church Extension Fund focuses on helping congregational leaders generate and leverage capital assets and resources for this mission.

Likewise, strong congregational mission requires the calling, forming and support of leaders, who, with the help of Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, can effectively use these assets and resources to help their congregations live out God’s mission how and where they feel called.

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