Ministry Stories

  • All Are Called

    When Dr. Monte Madsen first felt a call to ministry, he was only 16 years old and immediately began preaching in the small church of a remote, Texas town. “The county judge would introduce me,” Madsen pauses to don a thick, Southern drawl. “‘We got this young preacher boy to speak to us today, and I need ere’body to listen!…

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  • Restoring the Call of God

    “It’s funny now remembering what the pastor’s wife used to tell us even before we went to Bible college,” Pastor Mike Alvarado smiles. “She would say, ‘You guys know you’re the next pastors of this church.’ And we would look at her and say, ‘You are one crazy woman.’” Mike laughs — not because he still believes she was crazy, but because he’s living the truth of her words…

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  • The Original Ministry Consultant – Remembering the Life and Legacy of Rev. Donald E. Annas

    As a former Oregonian, Rev. Donald Annas was familiar with the name “Church Extension Plan.” So in 1952, when his own church in Manteca, California, needed a loan to expand, Don packed his bags and prepared for a road trip up the coast…

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  • Hope to Every Life

    Pastors Luis and Ruth Solero grew up in the slums of Manila in the Philippines. Ramshackle huts leaned on one another for support, slouching in shadows cast by towers of trash. The air was just as dense—clogged with car horns, the foul aroma of refuse, and the pitter patter of children racing through the streets, dirt latching to their heels as they ran…

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  • Bound Now Free

    “I started with dirt bikes, in a little cow-town back in the olden days.” Tom “Flathead” Iddings, a 61-year-old, leather-clad biker with a rugged stance and a warm smile, was 11 years old when his love of motorcycles began. In his hometown of Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom and his friends would spend their free time riding bikes in the woods nearby…

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  • A Church of Nations

    Even at its start in 1992, Viva Church operated with a question at its core. How do we meet the needs of our community? “In the early nineties, a group of older Latinos gathered together to pray for people who had a need,” says Pastor Abner Adorno. “Eventually, they decided there was a need for a Spanish church in the community.”…

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  • New Beginnings

    After nearly 70 years working with churches and organizations nationwide, Church Extension Plan (CEP) has repeatedly witnessed a demand for flexible financing options—for ministries who have a clear call to serve their community and need additional space to sustain their growth. In response, CEP launched its donor-driven ministry called New Growth Partners (NGP)…

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  • Dreams Realized

    One of the many joys of being part of the Church Extension Plan (CEP) family is seeing God make dreams become reality. In 2016, we published a story in Partners magazine, an annual CEP publication, about Christian Faith Center (CFC) in Nampa, Idaho. Beginning in 2006, Pastor Monty Sears helped expand the church from 300 people at one campus to over 4,000 across five campuses…

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  • The Gospel Prevails

    No matter one’s culture or country, the message of the Gospel is profound. Pastors Edson and Elizabeth Dos Santos understand this truth better than most. They know that one’s status, language, history, and home may differ vastly from another’s, but the story of our Lord and His redeeming love holds the power to break down these barriers…

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