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DCEF and Hope Partnership Boards of Directors approve 2018 budget and elect new directors


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 […]

Bringing together leaders from across the life of the Church, Leadership Academy gave Disciples ministries the opportunity to partner with one another. During the five-day conference, general ministry and higher education staff shared expertise and experiences with 50 church leaders from the United States and Canada. General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens opened the […]

Early last December at the Disciples Seminary Foundation (Claremont, CA), one could almost hear minds churning with deliberation. A room full of seminary students individually arranged seven index cards, respectively asking the questions when?, where?, why?, how?, what?, who?, and how much?–pertaining to the decision to start a church or nonprofit. Participants toiled over the […]

Northwest Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK had reached a point where it needed to reimagine its ministry. The surrounding community had changed, the building was large and costly to maintain and the membership was aging and declining in numbers. The Northwest leadership determined it was time to seriously look at the congregation’s future. In order […]

Mission Pathways on sale for limited time In the summer of 2014, Central Christian Church in Orlando, Fla., came to the realization that they could not continue to function the way they had for years after the sudden loss of several strong spiritual, financial and administrative leaders for unrelated reasons. Florida’s regional minister suggested to […]

In 2008, First Christian Church in San Bernardino, Calif., whose sustainability challenges were becoming all too familiar for Disciples churches, signed on to do New Beginnings, a new service offered by then Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership. Designed to help congregations answer the question, “What is God calling us to be and do […]

By Ruth Fletcher, Regional Minister, Montana Region, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) How does a congregation become the kind of church needed in this rapidly changing world? Mission Pathways, a futuring process designed by Hope Partnership, opens the eyes of the church to see what it has become. It opens the hearts of the congregation to […]

Leaders from Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) will be among the nearly 300,000 Christian Leaders attending the Global Leadership Summit on August 11-12, 2016. The annual event is broadcasted from Willow Creek Community Church, near Chicago to 875 “host sites” around the country. Hope Partnership and DCEF will experience […]

In the past, the small congregation of Henson Valley Christian Church in Ft. Washington, Md., could be characterized as inward looking and not closely connected to the changing community that surrounded them. However, through a journey that the congregation undertook with the help of Hope Partnership, Henson Valley has learned to do church differently, discovering […]

Hope Partnership is pleased to announce that Terrell McTyer is joining the ministry as minister of New Church Strategies, effective August 1, 2016. Terrell will have oversight for the recruitment, assessment and equipping of new church leaders and will be responsible for Hope Partnership’s Leadership Academy and other training activities. Declaring that participation in Leadership […]

In the past eight years, hundreds of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations have participated in a process called New Beginnings, developed and offered initially by Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership, that helps congregations assess their current condition, strengths and opportunities as they seek to answer the question, “What is God calling our […]

Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind., has a “connector bridge,” an enclosed walkway designed to provide protection from the elements as people move from one area of the church to another. Even though it was built after the original church buildings, the bridge had seen better days, and the property committee was concerned about its […]

Celebrate new church ministry by supporting the Pentecost Offering May 15 and May 22. It was a meeting that Monique Spells attended at a Disciples General Assembly a few years ago that inspired her to launch a new church project. During the event, she listened to heartfelt and powerful stories from other new church planters. […]

According to Preston Adams, III, pastor of Amazing Grace Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind., a shepherd has a heart for sheep and really understands that God mandates that we care for the flock. “A shepherd understands that we feed the flock the Word of God, and we are there to encourage them,” he says. This […]

Thanks to Indiana Regional Minister Rick Spleth for this perspective on Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings Assessment Service, which has helped hundreds of congregations make courageous decisions about their future direction. In the Spirit . . . I have been working with several of our congregations recently as they have been engaged in conversations about their […]