New Church Ministry is a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that trains, equips, assists and multiplies emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders. Our heritage is rooted in the new church movement. Here’s how we can help you:



Leadership Academy is an interactive learning experience that brings together Disciples from across the United States and Canada to share leadership experience, wisdom, and training.


New Church Hacks 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.


An experienced coach will walk alongside you to help you remain on track and accountable for the goals set for yourself and church plant. Once you have a launch date, we can begin the coaching process.


Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual discernment is an opportunity to explore God’s calling and direction in your life. 

The activities we offer will help you “see” what God is doing and “hear” what God is saying to you.

Holy Places Grants

Disciples Church Extension Fund awards Holy Places Grants for the acquisition of an initial long-term Place. The Holy Places Fund considers requests from emerging and affiliating congregations within the denomination who understand Place to mean ownership of real property or whose ministry provides for Place in other ways.

Church Planters Assessment

During an hour-long conversation, we will explore your past performance (the best indicator for future performance as it pertains to new church planting and church growth).

Missional Discovery

Using the MissionInsite demographic and analytical tool, explore solutions to complex strategic missional challenges in your chosen geographical location for ministry. Connect socio-economic, behavioral, lifestyle and psychographic intelligence about your members, visitors and the local community at large.

Pension Assistance

The New Church Gift Pension Program partners with new Disciples congregations by assisting new church ministers with Pension Plan membership. The program provides a 5-year gift to supplement the pension dues paid by a new church start.

Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel

Immigrant members and congregations can access immigration legal consultations, self-help resources, and legal updates through a part-time immigration attorney that serves the Church. Pastors can also take advantage of the representation provided.