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Mine and Jon’s journey with Collective first began in the fall of 2013 when we were still broke newlyweds, long before we had the financial stability to give financially to Collective. Despite that we couldn’t donate in those early years, we have always felt like we were full members of the community.
This fall we're crowd-sourcing our vision as a way of orienting our path for the next leg of the journey. Compass will be a season of weekly feedback (in person and online) from anyone whom identifies as a part of Collective (Sunday night, community groups, Sunday Soul Brunch, online community, youtube channel and podcast subscribers, downtown partners and business owners, social media communities and you!) and would invest some time and intentional reflection in helping us shape a meaningful future.
Simply respond weekly to the open ended questions below. We'll accept feedback between Sunday at 5PM and Wednesday at Noon. Then we'll publish the summarized findings within a couple of days. Each week's feedback will shape and hone the questions and the process in the following weeks.
This is participatory. We can't do this without you.
This is the flag that hangs outside my church. It has also been about six or seven years since I’ve called a church “my church”. I left the last one feeling so sure I’d gotten the whole thing wrong. That what I’d experienced was some joke; that these houses of the lord were just jail cells of hypocrisy. I’d heard of Collective, as one hears of things in a small close knit downtown like DeLand and Stetson. Through my time at Trilogy, I met more and more of the members. Intrigued by their ideals, LGBTQ acceptance, and a personal need to keep branching out into the DeLand community, I went for the first time over summer.
Kaleen shares how her work as a nurse practitioner and midwife in Haiti has inspired her, how Collective has supported her by making space, and how we'll be able to further fund her efforts in the coming year through the 2018 pledge drive.
Ben offers the update on the pledge drive and spells out how Collective gives back, not through branded projects that we own, but by empowering, resourcing and celebrating what is already being done by the passionate people within our community.
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.
"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%!
Check out the Wilson family's moving story of finding the community they've been searching for all along.
Dan knocked it out of the park by connecting his Collective origin story with the pursuit of values, the shape of community, and why its so important to sustain this good work!
My name is Lisa, and this is my husband, Crenshaw. We’ve been coming to Collective for just over one and one-half years. Last year at this time, we had some medical stuff to deal with and we weren’t making it here very often. We were so glad that we could watch on You Tube, because Ben was doing a series then based on the book of 1st John called “Love Letter.” We really enjoyed that series and that theme, so we decided to bring it back this year with our own “Love Letter” to Collective…
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.
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