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General ministries preparing guidance on federal aid

As the United States Federal government response to COVID-19 unfolds, congregations and ministries are asking questions about resources that may be available to 501c3s and employment law matters that should be considered. The financial ministries – Christian Church Foundation, Disciples Church Extension Fund, and Pension Fund of the Christian Church – are partnering to produce […]

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General ministries respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

The Office of General Minister and President (OGMP) is one of many ministries responding to protect the well-being of Disciples across the United States and Canada. “Even as our staff is making every effort to practice social distancing, we are staying in close contact with regions and general ministries to determine how we can support […]

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Disciples leaders visit Missouri tornado victims

Submitted by Week of Compassion After the devastation of recent tornadoes and significant flooding that followed, communities across the Midwest begin the long journey towards recovery. Jefferson City, MO suffered some of the most significant impact. Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin says, “As our city and state recover from these devastating storms and flooding, the […]

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Greater interest in loans prompts higher interest on investments

Submitted by Disciples Church Extension Fund Churches in New York and Florida needed emergency roof repairs. A congregation in Mesa, AZ upgraded its HVAC system. A California church cut utility costs by installing solar panels. A Des Moines congregation remodeled its chancel. And timely loans from Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) helped make it all […]

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Posted on May 3, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Resources
Arizona region helps congregation find ‘resurrection story’ in new ministry center

As First Christian Church (FCC) in Glendale, AZ reflected on their congregation’s future, they weren’t alone. With Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), they discussed selling their building to fund a relocation to the West Valley area. After years of conversations, the congregation realized they no longer had the capacity needed for a feasible relocation. Instead, […]

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Posted on December 11, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Regions
Missiongathering new church model celebrates growth

When Rev. Rich McCullen worked with teenagers at a parachurch organization, he noticed that bringing students to an institutional church was always challenging because there seemed to be a prejudice against those without any religious background. So, McCullen decided to start his own student service. “We wanted to connect ancient Christian spirituality with a modern […]

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Posted on May 23, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, People, Regions
Ecumenical collaboration brings Hope Partnership to broader audience

Submitted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation has entered into an innovative new collaboration, which includes Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), to offer transformational services to three close ecumenical partner denominations. Starting in 2014, presidents of several mainline Protestant church extension funds began meeting to identify common dilemmas related to […]

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Posted on March 12, 2018
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Ministries