We are so grateful for both your continued support of CollectiveMKE as well as your personal generosity toward those in and around your life who need it most.
We could not have formed Collective without your support. As a result of your generosity, we ended 2015 in a positive financial situation. At our town-hall meeting on March 17th, we will go into more details and specifics, and have time for questions.
CollectiveMKE was built to never need a big budget. We have found that we prefer "potlucks" when it comes to ministry. We have bi-vocational staff. We do not own property or have an office. We meet in houses, coffee shops, bars and other and public spaces where we can keep our overhead as low as possible. Our goal in all this is simple - we want the generosity of those who are part of the church to be available to each other and to our community.
One important distinction about Collective relates to how we view staff and specifically pastors. We believe that everyone has equal access to God and can hear from the Spirit. Ephesians 3:11-12 states this well, "...we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord". In our Church, we do not have a single priest or pastor whose job is to be the one who always listens to God for us and tells us what God wants from the rest of us. That discernment is something we engage in together. In other words, a pastor will have A voice, but isn't expected to be THE voice. The gifts of the everyone in the community are all important.
Brandon is a bi-vocational pastor. In addition to being on-staff at CollectiveMKE, we intentionally have structured his role so that he can use his gifts in the greater MKE community outside of our church and have other sources of income. Brandon has followed our encouragement by pursuing photography as a both a means of sharing his creative gifts and presence in the greater MKE area as well as a partial source of income for his family. We continue to support Brandon and his family in a significant way so that He will have ample time to invest his pastoral gifts and voice in both in our church community and to help provide him space to continue to be a “Pastor of the dispossessed” in greater MKE. In line with our churches vision to care for those who have been hurt by the church, Brandon has led our community into opportunities to create dialogue and forums, such as pub-theology, where even those who are not part of our church can benefit without any pressure to contribute or join.
Once again, thank you for your continued support of CollectiveMKE. Together truly is better.
*This post was part of our most recent email update. If you want to read the rest, it is available here: