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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.
Last year Collective supporters pledged 57% of our operating budget, allowing us the freedom to expand our programming and live the values in our community statement.
With Jess’s move to full time, we’ve seen the organizational and communal life of the congregation hit a new level of quality and integration. The programming, volunteer work, internships and staff have benefitted from her increasingly intentional guidance. The additional time has been more than matched with additional projects and responsibilities that are laying a foundation for the future of Collective.
With the addition of Collective Students and our extended reach to Stetson University, we continue as different people from diverse places and backgrounds, to form a truly intergenerational community. And, because of our open and affirming community and robust LGBTQ programming like Collective Cares we continue to live our values of equality, hospitality, and social justice.
"...we continue as different people from diverse places and backgrounds, to form a truly intergenerational community."
With this additional support, Ben has been able to shift his focus to staff collaboration as well as the long range strategic vision and sustainability for Collective’s future. As has always been the plan, we’re moving into a phase of maturity: crystallizing our values, solidifying our identity and moving toward independence - of which financial sustainability is a primary component. So, this pledge season is part one of a two to three year push to stand on our own and lay the groundwork to bridge the gap to sustainability. You’ll see, hear and read much more in the coming weeks, but the goals and basics are as follows:
2018 Budget | Pledge Drive Goals
We will pledge the 2018 Budget of $16,500 per month by December 31st. We will increase the number of pledges by 50%, from 63 to 92. We will increase the percentage of automated pledges to 95% (up from 80%). We will increase the pledges of all current givers. We will raise $20K in one-time year end giving.
Proposed 2018 Budget | $16,500 Per Month
Because roughly $6,000 per month comes in the form of alternative revenue, this budget will depend on $10,500 per month from Collective giving. The 2017 Pledges have us starting at approximately $8000 per month in pledged giving, so we’re trying to make up a monthly gap of $2500.
As we move into the next season in the life of this congregation we want to celebrate the partners and leaders who continue to live and champion our vision. It is because of donors like you that we are able to push farther and increase our impact within Collective and beyond; in DeLand and around the world. You make it possible for Collective to continue asking life-giving questions and challenging each other as we grow together.
Will you set up a monthly recurring scheduled gift, helping to fund the budget for the coming year and beyond? Visit CollectiveGives.Com and click “Pledge Now”. Enter the amount of your support, frequency and complete the quick registration process. Your recurring scheduled gift counts as your pledge. If you can’t make a recurring scheduled pledge, a non-automated pledge form is available at CollectiveGives.Com.
Thanks again for your presence and support,
Rev. Ben Collins Jess Serwanski Caitlin White
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.