Mission, Vision, Values


NCCE seeks to plant healthy, reproducing churches throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. Planting churches is one of our greatest strengths and callings. Whether you’re a church planter or a church looking to plant a daughter church or go multi-site, we want to partner with you in the multiplying spirit of Acts 1:8 as we move forward.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
--Acts 1:8


We are committed to being proactive, urgently seeking to plant new Restoration churches throughout the Great Lakes region. Even so, we remain focused, not on the number of churches planted, but on the souls won for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Quality does matter and it is our goal to plant enduring churches faithful to the word of God fulfilling both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Dozens of churches have been planted during the past 50 years under the leadership of Virgil Felton, Ron Scott, Randy Penwell, Steve Larson and now Matt Schantz our current Executive Director. Together with the board of Directors, we are eager to launch new churches. In fact, in 2015 we set a goal of launching eight churches in eight years. I'm happy to report that we are on track to reach this goal. And we are actively seeking lead planters right now to achieve this important vision.

NCCE works as an extension of the ministry of many churches of Christ/Christian Churches in the Great Lakes area, bringing together our resources to catalyze a church planting movement. Our desire is to give leadership to NCCE well into the 21st Century and see church planting make great strides in our region.


It is our desire to see a genuine spirit-led movement of new church planting activity take place in the growing Great Lakes region. To accomplish this goal we have three enduring values:

  • We are committed to dependence on God as demonstrated through faithful prayer: Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.
  • We are committed to absolute integrity in our affairs, carefully stewarding every dollar given to plant new churches.
  • We are resolute in our focus on church planting, believing that more people are won to the Lord through new church planting than through any other means.