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2017 General Assembly: Taking care of business

  Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) presented a report to the General Assembly during the business session on Monday, July 10. Gilberto Collazo, president of Hope Partnership, celebrated that more than 985 new and affiliated congregations have joined the Disciples of Christ family under the 2020 Vision. “As the […]

Craig Walls has accepted the call to join Disciples Church Extension Fund, as a Building and Capital Services Advisor for the ministry. He will begin serving as a deployed staff member for DCEF on May 1. Walls’ responsibilities will include relationship management in an assigned zone to listen to congregational needs and offer DCEF services […]

First Christian Church has been in its current location in downtown Shelbyville, IN since 1901. As with many small towns in predominately rural areas, the appeal of and easy access via interstate to a larger city (in this case, Indianapolis) contributed to the decline of the downtown area. So in 2004 the forward-thinking leaders of […]

“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 […]


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