The offices of Disciples Church Extension Fund and New Church Ministry will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Our ministries look forward to supporting your congregation’s needs when we return on Tuesday, May 30.

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. Our heritage is rooted in the new church movement.

Here are just some of the ways that we support pastors, church planters, chaplains, and others:


Leadership Academy

This interactive virtual experience brings together pastors, church planters, chaplains, and others, 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. The 2023 Leadership Academy is scheduled to take place from Tuesday, October 24 to Friday, October 27 and will be a hybrid event, with the in-person portion taking place in Kansas City, MO.


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.


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. 



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 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.