What’s Next for the Docusens

Posted on July 18, 2019

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It hasn’t hit me yet. I thought it would, but it hasn’t. Former pastor at Center City Church. Someone introduced me recently and said, “This is my friend, David. He’s the founding pastor at Center City Church.” That was weird and accurate. It also implies a past tense season of our lives that has meant an enormous amount to us.

So much of our identity is wrapped up in what we do, and it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that the past few weeks I’ve been wrestling with my own identity. The past twenty years, I’ve always had the title of pastor before my name. However, who am I now? How will I introduce myself at social gatherings? Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that one out. Luckily, my friend Jason Burns owns a branding/print shop (www.radiantprinting.com) and he gifted me 250 business cards that are about as simple as simple gets…

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I know for sure that my identity is first and foremost in Jesus. I’m a son of the king and an heir to the kingdom of God. I’m Dara’s husband and daddy to Max, Mary, Jack, and Ben. I’m a son, brother, uncle, friend, etc. But still, it’s been a bit weird because the call into this next season is without a vocational title. There is some clarity, however, and this is what’s next for the Docusens:

I am going to pursue my dream to preach, teach, and write. 

Here’s the problem with my dream: it’s tough to pay the bills with a job description of preaching, teaching, and writing. It’s going to take time to build out my preaching and teaching calendar. It’s going to take time to develop my lifelong dream of being a published author. However, God knows the desires of my heart, and he’s opened an amazing door for me to pursue these dreams while investing deeply into a church family that we know and love.

I have accepted an offer as an independent contractor at cfa Church.
This new endeavor will afford me the opportunity to invest into three areas:

  1. Assist Pastor Doug Witherup (our parent church that planted Center City Church ten years ago) with strategic planning to develop a network of churches called the Multiply Family of Churches.
  2. Continue to cultivate and enjoy the relationships I have built in Charlotte and pour time, energy, and passion into community engagement initiatives in West Charlotte that we have developed over the past several years.
  3. I will have a flexible work schedule that gives freedom to pursue my dream of preaching, teaching, and writing. I will have the ability to preach at various churches around the country. I will teach in academic settings… my first go-round as a professor will be this fall at SEU Concord (www.seuconcord.org). Finally, I have started developing my first book proposal on the topic of neighborliness with the help of Esther Fedorkevich (my literary agent) and her brilliant team at The Fedd Agency – www.thefeddagency.com.

I’m excited, nervous, and grateful for what’s next. I have a sense that this season is laying the foundation for the future of our family’s ministry as I continue to pursue this dream in my heart. I will be posting about the journey on this blog site, so if you’re interested you can subscribe on the main page of www.daviddocusen.com.

Thanks for taking the ride with us. I can’t wait to see what God has next.

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If you want to know how the finances will look this next year
and how you can partner with us in this next season, keep reading… 

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My salary and expenses related to developing the Mulitply Family of Churches will be covered by cfa. Everything else pertaining to pursuing my call to preach, teach, and write, will be covered by a small budget that I’m raising. Here’s the details:

Office – $6,000 ($500/month): I have an office at a co-working space near Uptown Charlotte (www.wearehygge.com) that I will use for research, writing, and developing curriculum.

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Resources – $2,400 ($200/month): The ability to continue to read, learn, and grow will impact my ability to write and develop curriculum. This cost includes books, conferences, and seminars that will continue to form and shape my understanding of the topics I am developing.

Administrative Expenses – $600: Monthly fees for web domain (personal website for blog/contact/resources), email hosting, and Microsoft Office suite for my computer.

Travel – $3,000: One of the most effective ways that I have learned over the years is by traveling to other places, meeting experts in particular fields, and expanding my relational network. The unique flexibility of my arrangement with CFA will afford me an opportunity to learn and grow in this way over the next year.

TOTAL 12 MONTH BUDGET: $12,000

Tax-deductible checks and/or grants can be made payable to with memo line “Docusen Ministry Budget”:

CFA Church
150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd N
Concord, NC 28027

Thanks for considering partnering with us!

 

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