The Christian Church Foundation was started in 1961 by a handful of leaders from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who believed the church's mission could be extended and supported through permanent funds.

The Christian Church Foundation does not compete with local churches or other ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for charitable gifts. The Foundation is committed to strengthening congregations, regions, institutions of higher education and ministries related in covenant by developing planned gifts, administrating permanent funds and being a prudent manager. The Foundation is here to serve the church and its many expressions.