Church Building & Loan Fund offers the following services and programs for new and renewing congregations:
Church Building Resource Manual
Learn about the church development process, including roles and responsibilities of key professionals and how to select professionals, structure contracts and payment terms, estimate preliminary budgets and ensure a project’s success. This manual is for church leaders looking to purchase, rehabilitate or build a house of worship. To view this resource, click here.
Nine churches close every day in the United States. The United Church of Christ has introduced a new resource to help guide congregations facing the prospect of closure. The Living Legacy workbook, developed by UCC Local Church Ministries, United Church Funds and CB&LF, is a discernment and decision-making resource that congregations can use to conclude their ministry and seed new ones. To view this resource, click here. To view a powerpoint presentation on Living Legacy, click here.
Ministry in Times of Church Discernment and Closure: Webinar for Intentional Interim Ministers
Serving a church discerning closure is a significant, challenging and unique experience for an intentional interim minister. This online presentation discussed the theological foundations for helping a church re-shape or close and the unique role of the interim in this process. The full recording of the webinar can be viewed here. To listen to this webinar, an audio file can be accessed here. To view the powerpoints that accompanied the webinar, click here.
Special Mortgage Repayment Incentives
We offer incentive programs to encourage congregations to voluntarily repay special mortgages they hold from CB&LF (or its predecessor organizations). Churches holding a no-interest special mortgage are not required to repay as long as the congregation remains in the United Church of Christ, worships in the property and continues to own it. When these mortgages are repaid, the church allows CB&LF to use these dollars to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through new and renewing congregations. Incentive programs may include a credit of up to a 25 percent of the principal balance. Contact us to learn more about this program.