From investment opportunities to building planning, Disciples Church Extension Fund offers congregations more than 135 years of capital planning and funding expertise and experience. That’s why our resources are designed to provide you with accessible and detailed information about our various services. As your partner, DCEF is here to help your church by sharing our knowledge.
The Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FFE) Grant helps new Disciples congregations to provide financial resources to support their operating costs. The grant is intended to provide a one-time “boost” to a new congregation to support its long-term sustainability.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Disciples congregations have been learning how to go hybrid, providing both in-person and digital worship services, Bible studies, and more. DCEF is offering loans of up to US $50,000 for technology upgrades to help qualified congregations pivot to a stronger online presence moving forward. The technology needs of congregations can include tangible equipment purchases and upgrades to undergird the church’s ability to connect with their members virtually. These technology loans are available through April 30, 2023, at .25% below DCEF’s current rate for loans with comparable terms.
To apply, contact the Building and Capital Services Advisor assigned to your region; call 800.274.1883 or visit DCEF’s website for contact information: disciplescef.org/about/staff.
To receive assistance with video production, audio engineering, or other technical needs (or to provide support yourself) consider applying to the Disciples Tech Corps or joining their Facebook group.
Advice from our Building and Capital Services Advisors
Our expert congregational advisors work closely with communities of faith to ensure that their buildings are aligned with their mission, that they can find the funding they need for church projects, and that they can reach their fundraising goals. The Ask the Advisors blog post series answers common questions faith communities are asking themselves right now about tech upgrades, budgeting, and more.
New Church Ministry
New Church Hacks is a free webinar series that helps new church leaders solve their tricky problems in each episode.
Trauma-informed Ministry in Pandemic Recovery
United Church of Canada
Under the full communion agreement with the United Church of Canada (UCC), clergy can move freely between both denominations and each other's sacraments are recognized.
Tips and resources for members and congregations
Safety considerations for reopening of the buildings and in-person worship during the pandemic
Insurance Board is a nonprofit organization that administers a church property insurance and church liability insurance program for congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, among other denominations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects the United States against health threats, and responds when these arise.
CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility
Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada is a federal institution that partners with others to prevent disease and injuries, promote good health, and provide information to support informed decision-making.
COVID-19: Letter to faith community leaders from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer
Through its blog posts, articles, and book reviews, Ministry Matters offers inspiration for pastors, teachers, and worship leaders. This ecumenical collaboration outlines benchmarks for worship together, planning of worship, resuming of worship, sacraments and pastoral rites as congregations begin thinking of moving back into their facilities.
“Disciples Church Extension Fund was very thorough with the evaluation of our church and potential building improvements and needs in the future. The evaluation report was quite extensive and included details we hadn’t thought of in the past. The expense was quite reasonable and very much worth the investment. This was one of the best steps we’ve taken in looking ahead to our church’s future and maintaining a quality facility for our congregation.”
Chair, Long Range Planning,
Wakonda Christian Church, Des Moines, IA
Is your congregation considering a new building or capital improvement project? These Disciples Church Extension Fund Planning Guides are designed to help you get started: