Where does Foundation Church get its budget from?
By design, the Foundation Church budget and the 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, and the capital campaign money provides about a 3 year window for full time pay and benefits for James.
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: 23, and had a very good first worship showing: 63 attended our Christmas Eve service. But this does not mean that we’re only 37 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..
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!
We had our first worship service on Christmas Eve, 2:00pm at the Northwest Family YMCA, on Kennerly Rd., Irmo, S.C. 29063! 63 adults, youth, and children joined us on Christmas Eve!
We will meet once a month, beginning Saturday, January 26th, 5pm for Worship Previews - worship that prepares us to begin regular worship on Easter.
We hope to launch Sunday by Sunday worship on Easter: Sunday, April 21st, 2019!
"What will the worship style be like?" A blended service: Acoustic leadership of worship, with traditional and contemporary hymns - you'll be able to sing "Cornerstone" and "Come Thou Fount"! And, please: Come as you are - no need to dress up or dress down. Just be you!
We know we will serve children and families, right away, and we are working to start a youth group. Life Groups - small groups that meet in homes - are part of our DNA, and always will be. We would like to build service teams, who can go and do the vital work of serving our neighbors in need, whoever and wherever they are!
Who will be the pastor? The Rev. James F. Cubie has been called to be the evangelist for the new church.
Who will start the church? We are inviting members of LMPC to consider helping start the church, whether through doing the early work of the church or moving to this new congregation. How is the Holy Spirit calling you to participate?
The current staff of LMPC will support Foundation Church, until it becomes self-sustaining in due time.