The majority of new church plants seek out funding before they head out and launch a church. God has lead us to do things differently with St. Francis Old Catholic Church. Two years ago I transitioned from full-time secular work into bi-vocational church planting. God provided a job to cover my needs. We spent the first year (2012) clarifying what God is calling us to do as a church family. This past year (2013) we began meeting regularly on Sunday mornings and opened the doors of St. Francis Old Catholic Church and officially launched as a church meeting in a law office. We soon were offered space at Central Christian Church where we have partnered together in many outreach and worship services.
Now we are working to make disciples, launch missional communities, and clarify who God wants St. Francis Old Catholic Church to be, we are seeking to raise funds to meet the needs for the next 2-3 years of our church plant. I have committed as the pastor to not take a salary from the church until such time that it is self supporting. We are currently not able to be self-sustaining at this point in our planting. Our focus is raising the funds to be able to bring a worship band on board. We have attempted to reach out to the community to ask for volunteers to help us out as we plant but have been unable to identify a worship band able to serve without being financially supported.
Our desire is to become a unique Catholic community within Memphis, one in which merges the contemporary Christian music with traditional Catholic liturgy. We also are working to start LifeGroups in order to build relationships with one another.
The heart behind St. Francis Old Catholic Church is that we would have men and women who live to Love God, Love Others, and who are Making Disciples. This is another reason we feel the time is right for us to seek funding as we work on a identifying additional launch team members, building LifeGroups, and working to bring non-practicing Catholics back to the faith as well as reaching the unchurched in the community. All of this adds up to the need for people and churches like you to come alongside us and help us fulfill what God is calling us to do.
Would you pray and consider if God is leading you to support us with prayer, financially, or both?