Columbia District Church Extension Society

Welcome to the Columbia District Church Extension Society webpage!

As of June 2012, when the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference reorganized the 5 districts into 4, the former Metropolitan District Church Extension Society was facing a name change. That name change has now become effective, and the new acronym for this group is now CDCES which is short for Columbia District Church Extension Society.

What is the Columbia District Church Extension Society?
The Columbia District CES is composed of the churches of the Columbia District working together to help those churches which have special needs that they alone cannot (financially) meet. In other words, “churches helping churches.” These needs may be to the physical facility (church or parsonage), may involve strengthening current ministries, or may involve developing new ministries.

Columbia District congregations are eligible to apply for grants or loans to work on physical plant or start new ministries.

Columbia District Church Extension Society Annual Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Sunnyside Community House formerly known as Sunnyside Centenary UMC. Click to view Minutes from the annual meeting.

The goal of the CDCES is to partner with churches in the Columbia District to develop a shared vision so that “dreams may become reality.” As partners in ministry we each have our role to fulfill. In this partnership, the role of the CDCES and the Board of Directors is to:

Provide grants and loans for purposes including emergencies, capital improvements, repairs & development of healthy congregations.
Oversee and maximize investments to generate income
Share consultation resources with churches to support healthy and vital ministries.

Every church in the Columbia District belongs to the Extension Society. As a member church in this partnership one of your roles is to have your church representatives attend the CDCES Annual Meeting. The pastor, lay leader, and one other lay person are your church’s members of the Society. Other interested folks are also invited and encouraged to attend. Your presence is important to us! If you will not be able to attend, please make sure someone else in your congregation is there.

Forms and Agreements

Loan Policy

Loan Application Form

Investment Agreement

Investment Policy

Church Loan Investment Agreement

Vital Ministry Grant Form

General Grant Form

Columbia District Brochure

Columbia District Church Extension Society (CDCES) Brochure 2016


Columbia District CES Contacts/ Board Officers

President: Becca Wieringa

District Superintendent: Erin Martin

Bookkeeper: David White

Treasurer: Scott Overton

Secretary: Brian Shimer

2017 CDCES Meeting Minutes

January 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

2017 CDCES Investment Committee Minutes

January 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

July 2017

September 2017


2016 CDCES Meeting Minutes

February, Annual Meeting
March, Special Meeting March 10, 2016
March 2016
July 2016
August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

2016 CDCES Investment Committee Minutes

August 2016
September 2016
October 2016

November 2016

December 2016



2015 CDCES Meeting Minutes

January 2015
February, Annual Meeting
April, 2015
May 2015
June 2015
September 2015
October 2015
December 2015


2012 MDCES meeting minutes

January 2012
March 2012
April 2012
June 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012

2013 Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2013 Annual Meeting
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013

2014 Meeting Minutes
January 2014
February 10, 2014 Annual Meeting
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014


 MDCES By-Laws (1996, amended 1997, 1998)

 MDCES By-Laws (amendment 2005)

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