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Knowledge & News
Thought provoking topics and series, necessary news and information.
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.
"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%!
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.
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 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 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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