Catalyst church, the new Grace Brethren church plant recently featured on the front page of the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal (see blogpost of February 6) is facing an immediate financial crisis. Here is the good news–and the challenging news–from church-planting pastor Jonathan Herron.
The good news:
The past two Sundays we have seen record attendance at our new worship location (120+ each weekend) with our demographic largely Kent/Akron college students and young, blue-collar twenty/thirty-something adults.
In God’s providence, this past Saturday Catalyst was the FRONT PAGE STORY of the Akron Beacon-Journal, reaching thousands.
The challenging news:
Our demographic, while passionate in volunteerism, is lacking in the ability to give substantial finances due to their stage of life. Yesterday’s giving (Feb 8th) reflects this: just under $500 total.
With our regular ministry costs consisting of worship location rent, office space rent, one part-time and one full-time staff, Catalyst is in a very serious financial pinch. We are a start-from-scratch church plant with zero reserves (or bank loans); we have always lived hand-to-mouth.
Catalyst needs to raise capital quickly or face possible dissolution. Our immediate, urgent need to cover rents is $4,300 by this next Sunday, Feb 15th. Any help or advice you might have to offer would be incredibly appreciated. Responses may be made to http://www.catalystchurch.cc/paypal.html
Thank you for your consideration –
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