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church life/death Rant 

In the spirit of being real and vulnerable we just found out our church has about 14 months left if things continue as they are. We live in a low income area of Orlando. It's a church 100% focused on and committed to the community it's planted in: open food garden, food pantry, open pot luck, immigration support, homeless support and public school computer lab, at cost winter and summer camps for working parents.

church life/death Rant 

Our property is a small but 100% debt free but aging so it has some costs. It's rare to find a church focused outward & with such heart for the immediate community. The people who come are similar to the people I find here and it hurts for many of them see such a good example of what church should look like die because we haven't done the typical church thing (focus on Sunday, worship, sanctuary, expensive kids programs, giving campaign for new buildings.)

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church life/death Rant 

Feeling defeated. Although there is a plan in place for some of the support programs to continue in diminished capacity it means the pastor who has fostered this church to be a servant first may have to leave. I feel terrible for their family and the community of people who work and support this church (including myself) finding a place as active, encouraging and open to all people.

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church life/death Rant 

@Wisekris Sorry to hear that.

church life/death Rant 

@Wisekris Wow that sounds wonderful. I'm sorry it's going through hard times. Would it be closing for financial reasons or something else?

church life/death Rant 

@Laura_I
Financial. We cut the budget but it's still operating at a loss. Giving was actually higher then expected so it feels good to know that everyone is really invested in what's happening but we are still short some and since staff and facilities are already at a minimum it will have to close or be externally funded and management outside the community.

church life/death Rant 

@Wisekris I'm sorry to hear that. Money is hard and I can see why even if it can be externally funded that might change the whole dynamic of the church

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