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Introducing FX Crave, Class I – July 2023

Six years ago, Crave came to life as a way to connect “church people” with amazing mission-minded non-church leaders making a social impact in Central Florida. Throughout the years, these incredible Crave Leaders and alumni have been served by faith-based volunteers as board members, community partners, coaches, and committee members.
This year, the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church through a grant from the Susan H. and Wilbur H. Marcy Trust hired Crave to run a pilot cohort of Central Florida church members and clergy who want to launch an amazing missional project, just like our Crave alumni have done for the past 5 years! As an intentional effort to support Fresh Expressions, this pilot cohort is called FX Crave.
FX Crave Welcome Dinner
(l-r) Alina Saucedo, Elyse Grossman, Julie Livingston, David Averill, Ben Collins, CJ Hill, Amanda Green, Janet Westlake, and Bill Walker
We are under the leadership and accountability of a committed advisory group (Rev  David Averill, Rev. Ben Collins, Alina Saucedo, and Bill Walker) who have been exploring, praying, and working on adapting and launching the Crave methodology for Methodists. Almost at its halfway point, FX Crave Leaders represent 5 area congregations, 3 Laity, and 2 Clergy, one of whom was licensed just last month! Their projects include Creation Care; a neighborhood-based collaborative impact; community building for parents of teens; a health and wellness initiative; and a 55+ retirement park missional community development.
FX Leaders gather in person for soul-tending sessions, and online monthly for coaching check-ins and project skill development (outside church walls). Additionally, opportunities to interact with and enjoy the Class 6 Crave Leaders expand FX Leader networks to more diverse neighborhoods and learn alternative approaches for doing neighborhood-based ministry.
While this is the first FX residency-type program, FX Crave is already providing lots of learnings and insights about being a change-maker for the common good, or as Methodists would say “disciplining”. Prayers, ideas, and conversation are deeply appreciated as we discover new ways to be an ancient type of covenant community, spreading God’s love in the world.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about FX Crave, please contact us!
Executive Director
Crave of Florida, Inc.FX
Tags: Alina Saucedo, Bill Walker, Elyse Grossman, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Fresh Expressions, FX Crave, Julie Livingston, Michele Van Son Neill, Rev. Amanda Green, Rev. Ben Collins, Rev. CJ Hill, Rev. David Averill, Susan H. and Wilbur H. Marcy Trust

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Thank you to the following generous donors:

CRAVE CHAMPIONS ($20,000 +)

Susan H. Marcy & Wilbur H. Marcy Trust, Winter Park FL

Dean and Jill Bosco and Family, Orlando FL

Davidson Family Foundation, San Jose CA

Bill Walker and Rev. Debbie McLeod, Winter Park, FL

 

CRAVE CHEERLEADERS ($2,000 +)

Rev. Michele Van Son and Rob Neill and Family, Winter Park FL

Ivor and Mary Scott Singer, Winter Park FL

Future Generations Fund, Lakeland FL

Florida Conference of the UMC

Kathleen Hoffman, Clearwater FL

Phillip Henry, Orlando FL

Charlotte and Dave Nielson, Winter Park FL

Bell Bank, Winter Park FL

Angie and Jeff Winn, Windermere FL

Ashley and Brian Vann, Winter Park FL

Katrina and Mark Jackson, Winter Park FL

Jim and Liz Stroz and Family, Winter Park FL

Blaire and Josh Lynch and Family, Winter Park FL

Barbie and Steve Boyd, Winter Park FL

Laura and Miles Toshie, Winter Park FL

Carin and Oscar Anderson, Orlando FL

RJ Sonomo Family Giving Fund, Orlando FL

Catherine and Skip Matthias and Family, Winter Park FL

Debby and Jim Manuel, Orlando FL

Kristin and Ryan Morgan and Family, Winter Park FL

Janice and Randy Ellington, Maitland FL

Massey Services, Inc., Orlando FL

Bailes Family Foundation, Winter Park FL

Beth and Bill Neidlinger, Winter Park FL

and the over 200 Crave Community Builders who’ve donated $2 to $2000.00!