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We value, we’re different, we’ve traveled, we don’t make assumptions, we strive to avoid offense, we don’t assume, we believe, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
Lot’s of we in our Community Statement. We’re striving to live up to this community statement, this vision of our communal identity and way of being together, and so it’s the responsibility of this same WE to sustain and nurture it.
We’re all searching for some guidance and belonging in life, but traditional religious approaches are working for fewer and fewer people.
If you're reading this, odds are you think this is valuable work, and you're also savvy enough and things of value, as you may have guessed, aren’t free.
We’re entering our 5th annual pledge drive, where we communicate what it costs and figure out if and how we can pay for it.
For the sake of clarity: of the $16,500 per month,
We’re already at about $8000 per month in pledged giving.
We’ve said every year,
Membership has privileges. Partnership has responsibility.
At this point we don’t have membership but we have lots of partners. We’re pushing into a season of crystallizing our values, solidifying our identity and moving toward independence - of which financial sustainability is a primary component.
We propose a budget so you all know what it costs to do what we do. It ain't free. It’s your community and we’re giving you the gift of taking responsibility for it. You depend upon one another to give to sustain this beautiful thing we make together.
We pledge a budget so we know what we’re working with and we can be responsible to live within our means.
If we only pledge to give $9,000 per month, we can’t very well spend $10,500, even if that’s what we need to do everything we’d like. We live within the bounds of economics and reality.
Who keeps an eye on this? In house we have a volunteer bookkeeper who weekly tracks deposits and income. We have Jess who does all the staff accounting (with the help of her amazing mom, Cris), and we have a finance team who meets regularly to track spending, income, projections and budget vs actual. In addition we have oversight from our partner congregation, FUMC DeLand, under whose umbrella our accounts actually exist. The East Central District of the United Methodist Church, and the office of Congregational Vitality at the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The point is, we ask you give your money to fund this budget, then we spend it in these ways, and we have lots of eyes making sure we all stay honest and on target.
This is all good and you should give. But at the end of the day why are we doing this?
The world is a mess. We’re innovating a new approach to spiritual community because we think we might be able to change the world; Maybe turn a light on in our neighborhood. And we think it starts with you. And we think you believe that too. So let’s do this.
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.