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Lessons learned on the road to disaster response

“It didn’t seem like a tornado kind of a day,” said Jim Michel, who was in his backyard on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, grilling dinner for the church youth group. Nevertheless, before day’s end, a category EF5 twister would claim 161 lives, injure more than 1,000 others and visit $3 billion of damage in […]

Save The Family Church Ministries, Inc. is known as a small congregation with a mighty reach. Matthew 25:35-36 is one of their mottos: “for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed […]

About 115 people from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church gathered last weekend at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, Texas, for “Now What? – A Symposium on Repurposing,” primed to take the conversation about creative and relevant […]

At more than 170 years old, you might forgive a congregation for deciding that their ministry had come to an end when their 144-year-old church building was deemed uninhabitable. Not so for First Christian Church in Princeton, Illinois! When it became evident a couple of years ago that they could no longer remain in the […]

Sometimes 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 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 […]

It’s a classic story of a church that started many years ago, grew in its heyday and then found itself struggling more recently with an unclear purpose in an aging building with a large mortgage. However, the story of Shawnee Park Community Christian Church (formerly Shawnee Park Christian Church) in Shawnee, Kansas, doesn’t end there. […]

Janet Williams has a special passion for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. As a caregiver for her father, who suffered from dementia (Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia), she can relate to their situation. Janet fondly remembers the great stories from long ago that her father would share with her, while at the […]

Within hours of a devastating fire on May 19 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 […]

Home dwellers know about the preliminary decision-making that goes into the repair and renovation of a home: Is this home even right for us?  Is it in a place that is the right fit? Does it still speak to our family’s future goals and direction?  Should we even invest in its repair or renovation, or […]

The same, but more. Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) has always been about church places, as the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that provides congregations with building planning and capital funding services for their church facilities, with loans for new construction, renovation, repair, relocation and more. The need to provide these services […]


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