Barista, Priest, and Planter

Barista, Priest, and Planter

David Roseberry

David Roseberry is the founding pastor and rector of Christ Church, Plano, Texas. He and his wife, Fran, came to Plano in 1985 with the vision of planting a new church for the growing community. Christ Church was built on the principles of lay ministry, evangelistic preaching, and small group ministry. Fr. David is a 1982 graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and has been an ordained priest since 1983. Canon David helped found the Anglican 1000 church planting movement, and has been an Episcopalian/Anglican from childhood.

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Last week I posted some thoughts about the cost of church planting. I also included a You Tube video interview with Alex Wilgus, of the Greenhouse Movement.  Alex helped us see how the funding of a church plant can be ‘raised’ through deputation; praying for support and asking friends and family to consider giving to the work.

Right after shooting the video with Alex, I had some time with Joshua Lickter, an Anglican priest in Roseville, CA. He has a different approach to finding the resources for a church plant. He has developed a business! He opened a downtown shop; a hip-looking coffee house called The Figtree. Sweet!

Joshua says that having a business like this is an almost instant entree into the lives and circles of the other businesses leaders in the area. Joshua is known as ‘that priest’ with the coffee shop. And on Sunday morning, the shop is closed as a coffee shop and is opened up as a church plant.

I’ll bet they serve great coffee after church too.

The full post from LeaderWorks is here.  The video is below.


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