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I am currently writing to you from Trilogy Coffee. I am surrounded by warm brews on a cold day, familiar faces in the community, a staff that I know and love, and I can’t help but think about how I wouldn’t be here, in this place with these people, if it weren’t for Collective.
In life, you sometimes end up on a path that you never would have imagined. While I had always been generally spiritual, I was well removed from modern day religion and traditions for most of my life. I did not find folks that I knew who professed to be Christian to be genuine. The smiles and nice words seemed to barely mask the contempt they had for certain other people. Still, once in a while, there would be someone who hit it right. That was the case with Ben Collins, and the Collective community.
"Creating this kind of intentional community is often something talked about as a dream or ideal, but it's something I think is starting to take place already in DeLand. And even though we're grad students and don't have a lot of money, we choose to give to Collective because we see this great work being done in the community and we think this is really amazing."
"Of the current, roughly $8000 / month, $1600 of that is from our online community who are rarely or never in the room. That’s 20%!
Freddie Wilson discusses the value he sees in investing in the Collective community.
Check out the most recent Pledge Drive Update. We're at almost $1000 up in 2 weeks, between new pledges and existing increases. This puts us on a great pace to meet our goal by the end of December. Thanks so much for all the pledges and increases so far. Let's keep up the amazing work.
Where oh where does a Quaker pantheist existentialist find a spiritual home in DeLand, Florida? At Collective Church of course!
Check out the Wilson family's moving story of finding the community they've been searching for all along.
WEEK 2 | We're doing well, off and running with 5 new pledges and 5 pledge increases. We're not even in December and some year-end giving has started trickle in. Stay tuned for more weekly updates, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
More than five years ago, Collective Church started as a wild idea in the minds of a small group of people and has since developed into a vibrant and engaged community. We’ve grown from one staff member to more than five, and from meeting in borrowed spaces around DeLand to a space of our own that we can share to support and resource the Deland community.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
Paid Professional Childcare Available during Sunday Services
1 - 5 years of age | Childcare
6 - 11 years of age | Collective Kids