Learn more about capital planning and funding services with resources from DCEF.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Guides

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:

Holy Places Grants for New Church Ministries

Your congregation is a new faith community that is growing in mission and is in need of a Holy Place to serve as the primary center for worship and other church activities. You have developed a plan to fund this new Place, but a “boost” in capital funding would help to ensure the long-term sustainability of your new church.

Thanks to generous donors, the Holy Places Fund helps new Disciples congregations like yours acquire a home. Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) now awards Holy Places Grants for the acquisition of an initial long-term Place. The Fund will consider requests from Disciples congregations who understand Place to mean ownership of real property or whose ministry provides for Place in other ways.

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Hear from our customers

Wakonda Christian Church, Des Moines, IA

“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.”

Deene Ehlis
Chair, Long Range Planning,
Wakonda Christian Church, Des Moines, IA