Where does Foundation Church get its budget from?
By design, the Foundation Church budget and the Lake Murray Presbyterian Church (LMPC) operating budget are separate. A few years ago, LMPC conducted a capital campaign for several things: the creation of the Day School; the Honor Tower; some building and grounds improvements; with the remaining funds going toward the possible formation of a daughter church. Because this is true, the year by year operating budget of LMPC will not be affected in any significant way. Some LMPC members have given specifically for the new church. For 2019, LMPC created a budget line of $10,000 to help Foundation Church. We have received a substantial gift from Eastminster Presbyterian Church: $15,000 a year for three years, beginning in 2019. The Presbytery and PCUSA have also given funds to support the work of the new church. Finally, some members of the Pioneer Team have pledged in 2019 for Foundation Church.
How long before Foundation Church is financially independent?
From the first day, Foundation Church has worked to become financially independent – it’s part of why we asked our Pioneers to pledge for Foundation Church. In order to be completely independent, we will need to meet basic full-time salary and benefits requirements for Pastor James and Martha Lavigne, in addition to basic operating expenses. New churches are often financially independent in 3-5 years.
When will Foundation Church officially be a “church”?
Usually a church can officially charter with Presbytery – i.e. become a recognized church – when it has north of 100 members/”Settlers” who are giving financially and participating – that number can be smaller, depending on the scale of giving. Our goal is to have 100 members in year three. Right now, we have a substantial Pioneer team: 25, and have had 3 very good first worship services, with an avergage of 50 in attendance. But this does not mean that we’re only 50 people away from being independent. Until that time, Foundation Church is under the oversight of the LMPC Session, and James is supervised by Dr. Sloan.
What is a “Pioneer”? What is a “Settler”?
A “Pioneer” works 2-3 years with Foundation Church to help it get started. A Pioneer can be a member of Lake Murray Presbyterian who will just pioneer with us, but may not become a “Settler” – a member of the new church in 1-2 year. A Pioneer can “jump in” at any level: Join a Life Group; lead a Life Group; serve on a mission team; help set up and tear down events; help start and sustain Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry; etc..
Why isn’t the designation “Presbyterian “ in the name of the church?
The reality is that denominational names (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, etc) don’t determine – to the extent that they used to – the church people choose to attend. The weight, now, falls heavily on how people experience God’s grace in the church they join: Does it feel like home - like family? “Downtown Church” – one of the most successful church plants in Trinity Presbytery – is evidence of this.
That being said, we want to emphasize three things. First, we are holding this commitment in an open hand, meaning: If the Lord blesses our work, and we charter as a church, we may add “Presbyterian” into the title of our church – that might be a faithful way of signifying that we have officially become a church. Also, on both pages of this website, our Presbyterian commitments are clearly marked in the "About Us" sections. Finally, anyone: who worships with us; who would serve on the future Session in the new church; or who listens to the preaching and participates in our life together, will know that our polity and theology is Presbyterian, through and through: Our Evangelist - Rev. James Cubie - is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who loves our creeds, confessions, Book of Order, and theological traditions.
Reason 1: A new church is one of the best ways that an established church can reach beyond its routines to share the Good News of Jesus. Starting a church is practical evangelism. This is about multiplying, not dividing.
Reason 2 : Simple obedience. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Starting a new church will press us to reach out to people. The Holy Spirit has been pressing LMPC to start a new church for over a decade.
Reason 3: It is good for LMPC. Every sacrifice for other people that we make, is a chance to look again at Jesus’ sacrifice for us. The innovation of the new church will give new life to our own community.
Reason 4: Adventure. Starting a new church is an exciting way to live out our faith. Ask God if joining this new adventure is right for you, and then talk to Pastor James!
Our core values are informed by The Fellowship Community.