We provide funds to LCMS congregations throughout Texas to build or expand churches and schools. Our friendly staff can help your congregation get a loan with a competitive low interest rate. You can download an application today. You can find links below.
To get started, contact our Executive Director, Stephen Block, at 888-951-1233 ext 249 or 512-646-1235 or at Block@TexasCEF.org
Loans smaller than $250,000 can be approved in 72 hours or less after receipt of:
- A completed and signed loan application
- Financial statements for past five years
- Copies of parochial reports for past four years (may be omitted if reports were filed with International Center - LCMS)
- Financial statements for current year-to-date
- Budget for current year
A complete loan application is required for larger construction projects and other loans larger than $250,000. These loan requests are approved by the Board for Church Extension.
Loans for Missions
The Texas Board of Mission Administration and Church Extension Fund of our District identifies areas ripe for harvest and opens new mission stations, Church Extension is there to make available the funds needed to provide land and facilities where the Gospel can be preached and taught.
Texas CEF makes loans to congregations for a variety of other purposes, including:
- Refinance Existing Debt
- Buses, Vans, etc.
- Office Equipment & Computers
- Lines of Credit
- Facility Renovation & Repairs
For more information, contact us. Or download an application now.
CEF strives to keep our loan rates as low as possible for the benefit of our borrowing congregations. We have a strong track record of rates that are competitive with banks and other lenders, and often lower. Read about our rebates for ways you can help make your congregation's loan rate even lower.
|Newly Formed Congregations*||2.25%|
|*This index is available during the
first six years of a congregation's loan.
Our Loan Rate History
Download our Loan Rate History (PDF)
A Partnership Between Congregations, Members & CEF
Supporting investments from individuals, congregations and other entities provide the funds for CEF to make loans to congregations. Each investor may designate a congregation to receive credit for their invested dollars. Investments are not pledged for any congregation's CEF loan.
The level of supporting investments is one indication of the strength of the partnership between CEF and the borrowing ministry. The stronger the level of partnership, the better for each partner.
Because investments are important to its ongoing ministry, CEF has established economic incentives to recognize the level of support and partnership. Rebates are available based on your congregation's ratio of investments to unpaid loan balance.
Texas CEF loans can have terms up to 30 years. Our loans are 3-year Adjustable Rate Loans (ARM). The rate and payment amount are subject to change every three years. The payment calculated with this tool will be for the first three years.
Important Forms and Publications for Borrowers
Click on one of the forms below to download it. Our typeable forms can be filled out using a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. Print, sign, and mail completed forms to us at:
7900 East Highway 290
Austin, TX 78724-2499
- Congregation Loan Application
- Congregation Small Loan Application (for loans under $1 million)
- Sign up for EFT
- My Texas CEF Enrollment for Organizations
- Loan Rate History
- Offering Circular
My Texas CEF
My Texas CEF is a free secure online service in which investors and borrowers can quickly access Texas CEF investment and loan information, as well as request transactions.
My Texas CEF promotes the good stewardship of resources. By using this financial service, you help us reduce administrative costs, which in turn allow us to keep loan rates to churches as low as possible. Enjoy the ease and convenience of accessing your Texas CEF investment information—anywhere you have Internet access!
- View history and balances.
- Review loan payment history.
- Inform Texas CEF of address and email changes.
- Contact Texas CEF staff via secure email.
Individual investors may enroll online by visiting My Texas CEF's enrollment page or by completing the Individual Enrollment Form. Congregations and organizations must complete the Organization Enrollment Form to apply for online access. Mail the completed form to:
7900 E Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78724
If you mail your request for online access, you will receive information welcoming you to My Texas CEF within seven days after Texas CEF receives your request form. At that time, you will receive your My Texas CEF user name and temporary password by email.