C3 Exchange volunteers help cut costs

C3 Exchange members are pitching in to help dig the congregation out of debt. The spiritually inclusive community has been able to dump about $3,000 a month in expenses because staff and volunteers are taking over formerly contracted chores, such as cleaning and lawn mowing, according to Executive Minister Ian Lawton. C3 Exchange officials said last month that C3's expenses were out of control and all options would be considered - including relocating.
Marie Havenga
Apr 27, 2011


The board sent a letter to members at that time calling the finances an “emergency” situation. More than 100 members attended a brainstorming session where they expressed a desire to continue C3’s commitment to inclusive spirituality, despite financial turmoil.

C3’s expenses last year averaged $60,000 per month, including a $10,300 mortgage payment for the property at 225 E. Exchange St., according to board member Chuck Tawney.

Since that meeting, some members have rolled up their sleeves to take on the task of daily operations.

Lawton said more than 50 volunteers have donated time and talent to help maintain the church.

Volunteers are covering everything from cleaning the sanctuary and bathrooms to fixing computers and software glitches. They’re building, mowing, weeding and scraping.

Lawton said he’s proud of the congregation, and the larger Tri-Cities community, for their support and encouragement.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Mad Mike

This is news? are you kidding me? It took you how long to figure out that by using volunteers to help with chores you could save money... duh. The more we read about your "church" the more we wonder how you have survived this long. And besides, who really cares?

The Voice

I am with MIke on this, the news really should be a background story on How the church was taken over and turned into a Cult with a "prophet"


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