The offices of Disciples Church Extension Fund and New Church Ministry will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 to observe Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Our staff looks forward to assisting you when they return on Thursday, June 20. As ministries that strive to be anti-racist and pro-reconciling, we encourage Disciples to learn more about the history of this federal holiday and the celebrations that have occurred in African American communities since 1866.

New Church Ministry is a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada that trains, equips, assists, and multiplies emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders from the DisciplesNEXT methodology, which focuses on contemplative action, prophetic advocacy, and faith-rooted organizing.

Here are just some of the ways that we support pastors, movement initiators, and others:

Training

Leadership Academy

This interactive experience brings together church leaders, regardless of their denominational affiliation, to address missional transformation and concepts, as well as learn alongside a cohort at the same stage in the church launch process.

Equipping

New Church Hacks

This free webinar series provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for new church starts. Each episode is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain, and strengthen congregations.

IMPACT

This new webinar series focuses on storytelling and deep mutual learning, featuring guests from a wide range of religious backgrounds sharing their personal narratives and experiences. By exploring the challenges, triumphs, and transformative moments of these visionary leaders, attendees gain invaluable inspiration and direction for their own ventures. 

Assisting

Prayer

Water the Plants is a church-wide initiative that is bringing together 1,000 intercessors to pray for the leaders and congregations of the Disciples New Church Movement. This dedicated team prays on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 am EST on group phone calls. 

Coaching

Coaching is a one-on-one process of imparting to a leader the encouragement and skills they need to succeed in a task. New Church Ministry coaches walk alongside new/affiliating pastors and leaders to help them remain on track and accountable for the goals they have set for themselves and their faith communities.