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National City Christian Church is a historic icon in the Washington D.C. area. The current structure with its unique symmetry, arches and stained glass was designed by the same architect that created the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives (John Russell Pope). It is a place where United States presidents, James Garfield and Lyndon B. […]

For First Christian Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, there may be some irony in the connection between fire, the Holy Spirit and new life. In May 2016, their building was virtually destroyed by a devastating fire. The congregation needed a lot of prayer and help. Within 24 hours of learning about the fire from the […]

The boards of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation (Hope Partnership), and Church Extension Financial and Missional Resources (CEFMR) gathered in mid-November for their semi-annual meeting. Monday morning’s session opened with a prayer and scriptural reflection. After a brief review of the meeting agenda, Disciples General Minister and President Terri Hord […]

Located northwest of Phoenix, west of I-17 and north of I-10, is Glendale, Arizona – home to four Disciples of Christ congregations and the Glendale Mission & Ministry Center (GMMC). Formerly the First Christian Church, Glendale (FCCG), this center now provides much needed ministry to the people of Glendale, including a food pantry, child care, clothing, […]

Late Autumn may bring to mind the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and Thanksgiving meals with family, but it’s actually the ideal season to protect your church building against damage from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures if you haven’t already. Though still nearly a month away, winter’s wrath has already been felt in many parts […]

It was at the 34th annual meeting of the American Christian Missionary Society, called the 1883 General Christian Missionary Convention, that Convention Secretary Robert Moffett raised the issue of material aid to new churches. “Many calls have come to us for aid to build houses of worship,” he said. “To all these we have given […]

INDIANAPOLIS (November 22, 2017) – The Boards of Directors of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation (Hope Partnership), and Church Extension Financial and Missional Resources (CEFMR) met November 13-14 in Indianapolis for their semi-annual meetings. The Boards heard reports from committee conference calls, which took place during the two weeks leading […]

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 […]

As an assessor for Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings service and Transitional Pastor of Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Roger McKinney just happened to be at the right place at the right time. When he joined the church in April of 2015, he noticed that the church structure had many issues and with the […]

  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 […]


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