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How one Florida congregation learned to go with the flow

Rev. Michael Junkrowski in The Current food pantry

You can find First Christian Church Naples, better known now as The Current, in a Naples, Florida strip mall. Despite being sandwiched between a nail salon and a Greek restaurant, Reverend Michael Junkroski serves a congregation with a thriving social media presence and successful food pantry.

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Champion Christian Church Warren Ohio

Many of the congregations that partner with Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) share a similar problem: their church buildings are too large and costly to maintain. Not so for Champion Christian Church. Its building wasn’t big enough. The Warren, Ohio congregation moved to their current location in the 1960s.

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Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation logo color

INDIANAPOLIS – (April 3, 2019) Since 2012, Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation has functioned as an independent collaborative ministry with Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), providing leadership development and congregational revisioning services to more than 1,300 churches throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 5, 2019) – The boards of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation (Hope Partnership), and Church Extension Financial and Missional Resources (CEFMR) gathered the second week of March for their semi-annual meeting.

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National City Christian Church

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).

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Lake Jackson Sanctuary fire

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.

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Rev. Owens headshot

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.

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Glendale Mission & Ministry Center

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).

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Snow on tree branches

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.

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Board of Church Extension of Disciples of Christ logo

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.

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