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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.
WE CAN DO THIS!
We're doing great, and we're on track to pledge or surpass the proposed budget with your help! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken the time to set up their scheduled recurring gift, or to notify us of their pledge. check out the graphic above and below. the numbers speak for themselves. By adding new pledges, and with the generous increases of existing pledged givers, we're in a great spot heading into the last two weeks of the pledge drive.
This week has been an absolute gift. Not easy. Beautiful and tragic, in fact. But a gift.
As we’ve prepared for, and gotten into the pledge drive, I’ve been asking for, listening to, and curating stories from people about why Collective matters to them, what it means to them, and why they are willing to support it financially.
Lemme say, I’m a fan of serendipity. And it could be one of those things like, “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”, or “What you seek you will find.” But I have a sense that there’s more going on here. I think there’s something in the air. There is a life and energy in what we’re doing that is bigger than us. We are caught up in something, of which Collective is a particular, local, and incredibly important expression.
In addition to the stories I’ve been seeking out, this week provided an onslaught of stories that moved me in extraordinary ways. A few of these stories are connected to people who give to Collective, but most of them aren’t. These stories reminded me how important this work is.
I am a 39 year old dad who struggled for 14 years seeking (with God) to change my same-sex orientation. I tried everything in the book, from reparative therapy, to ex-gay conferences, countless failed attempts in search of a church community that could understand my journey and respect it. Then, ultimately, I married a woman, believing change would come the moment I said I DO. This all lead me to a moment where, for the first time in my life, I questioned my existence, but thank God I found the right therapist at the right time.
Peter, Angela & Joe did a great job of sharing what Collective means to them, the important things our budget makes possible, and the special community we share, where we live and invest in our values.
After leaving “the Church” at about 18 because I was disgusted with the lack of love and humility I found, I wound my way very slowly back to what I know to be my own truths about God, love, truth, community, leadership, and servanthood. Truly, I never intended to be part of anything with the word “church” in it ever again.
and with its online stream I immediately felt at home. I was so excited that I could participate each week, even from four hours away. What a time to be alive!
Last night, Adrienne did a great job bringing us up to speed on the Pledge Drive, celebrating how far we've come, and challenging us to get those pledges and scheduled gifts in to help make the budget a reality. She gives a report and challenges us to think about what it means to be generous and philanthropic, not only as a congregation for the congregation, but as people who are formed by our practices of generosity. Check it out in the video above!
I grew up in DeLand my entire life, and I decided to stay in town while doing my undergraduate education at Stetson University. I was a regular in a local church, involved in youth group and other events with that church. Once I began at Stetson, most of my connections to that church dissipated. I was introduced to Ben Collins in my first week at Stetson and eventually became a part of Canvas, which would evolve into Collective.
Last week, we began what will be a series of reflections on John Oliver's critique of televangelism, predatory religious practices regarding money, and the divine economics of religious reciprocity. This week we'll reflect on a segment of the video where John handles the scandalous misuse of the $20,000,000 company jet (HAHAHA!).
So, you may be wondering, since Collective isn't misappropriating Jesus-jet funds and usage, how does our financial oversight work? And, if Jesus-jets aren't in fact the "vital tools" that Collective needs, what are the vital tools?
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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