Cascadia Grants and Loans: Empowering Ministries

What is Cascadia Grants and Loans: Empowering Ministries?

Cascadia Grants and Loans: Empowering Ministries is the new name of The Cascadia District Church Extension Society.  We exist to provide financial and strategic assistance to churches in our district wanting to improve their facilities, strengthen their existing ministries, or to start a new ministry that can reach new people.

Funds for our work are provided by district churches through paying their CDCES Asking, through the sale of District properties, and through investment gains on these funds.

Cascadia  District congregations are eligible to apply for grants for new or expanding ministries and programs, and for loans for use in building, maintenance, and capital improvement projects.  For more information see the General Information for Grant and Loan Requests 

2022 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Cascadia District Grants and Loans (formerly known as Cascadia District Church Extension Society) will be on Sunday, November 13th at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Membership in CDG&L is made up of local church pastors, local church lay leaders and one other representative from each local church in the Cascadia District.  So, you are invited to the annual meeting!

The meeting will be via Zoom.  Register (free!) here to receive the Zoom link:

We  sponsored

We Aren't Broke!
A FREE Webinar

Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.

What if the resources your church needs are already there?  We often feel broke and powerless in the face of so much need and decreasing attendance, membership, and contributions. But what if someone could help us re-examine our assumptions?

Book cover - words We Aren't Broke Uncovering Hidden Resources for Mission and Ministry and image of a paper cutout church

That's just what Mark Elsdon does in his book, We Aren't Broke: Uncovering Hidden Resources for Mission and Ministry 

Theologically rooted but practically minded, it provides guidance and tools for churches who are seeking new ways to fund and participate in God's work in the world.

The Cascadia District Church Extension Society brought Mark Elsdon to us in a FREE webinar on Thursday, February 24th.  

If you missed the webinar, but would like to see a recording of it, please contact the district office:

Click on the picture below to see a video reporting on some of the grants and loans given out in 2019-2020.  It is inspiring!  Click here for a full list of grants and loans.

What is God calling your church to do in your community?  How could the Extension Society help? Contact us to talk about it! 

Video link - map of Oregon

Grant-Loan Application Forms

CDCES Loan Application, Word doc

CDCES Loan Application, fillable .pdf (download and save to your computer before completing)

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application Word doc

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application, fillable .pdf  (download and save to your computer before completing)

Grant or loan applications are requested 2 weeks prior to a scheduled Board meeting so that the board members can review ahead of time.  

See Cesie Delve Scheuermann's advice about how to write your application for best results in this video:  And click here for a page to help you take notes!

Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be via Zoom until further notice

Applications for grants or loans are due 2 weeks prior to a meeting to allow time for review. 

Applications to be considered should be submitted to

January 9, 2023
(applications due by Jan. 11, 2023)

Cascadia District CES Contacts

Becky Carey, President Cascadia District CES Board

Paula Sadler, Treasurer, Cascadia District CES Board

Cascadia District CES Board Members:

     Clay Andrew

    Cesie Delve Scheuermann

    Doug Tharp, Endowment Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where does the Cascadia District CES obtain their funding?
We are funded through an “asking” requested of all Cascadia  District Churches through the Conference Treasurer’s office, and through investment interest and dividends. 

Who Belongs to Cascadia District CES?
Membership consists of the Bishop, Cascadia District Superintendent, District Lay Leader, all pastors serving in the District, and the lay leader plus one additional lay member from each congregation. The role of both the pastor and lay members of each congregation is to act as a liaison between the Cascadia District Extension Society and the local church, to be knowledgeable about sources and type of support available, and to attend the annual meeting of the society which is held each Fall.

Who serves on the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors are elected by the society membership at the annual meeting, typically in October. Each director serves a three year term and may be re-elected. Directors are nominated by the board with consideration given to maintaining a balance between clergy and laity.

You can download the By-Laws of the CDCES here.


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