Free Range Priest

Cage Free Ministry

rediscover the joy of church

Free Range Priest helps ministers transform the 'stuff' of church - the administrative burdens of outdated systems - into the 'Good Stuff' - sharing the love of God with more people.

Digital - and Spiritual - Transformation

Use digital church management tools to simplify tasks and engage members in their spiritual journeys.We specialize in small church transformation -
to create more connection and less work,
with gentle training aimed at the less tech-savvy.
We help you grow digital membership and create income streams.Pastoral care and support are naturally built in with our services at Free Range Priest!

Sustainable Part-time Ministry

Learn to serve part-time that is really part-time.
Learn to serve in the ways you are called instead of doing 'everything'.
Learn to serve more than one congregation without being overwhelmed.

'If you are looking for someone with a thorough understanding of and love for church life, who is able to bring a combination of that deep knowledge as well as commitment, new vision, energy, and enthusiastic and patient coaching to your congregation's digital life,
Free Range Priest is for you.'
Sarah Ball-Damberg
Rector, Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, NC

Online community

Join the conversation about the future of church, access online courses, and read the blog and archives.

"Cathie has been a courageous truth-teller as long as I have known her.Free Range Priest is a call for the church to embrace new structures without losing the heart of our ministry - to explore creative ways of connecting clergy with congregations that can bring life and energy to the Jesus Movement!"- Bishop Michael B. Curry
27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Fr. Cathie Caimano

Episcopal Priest since the turn of the century.
Free Range since 2016.
"Like the chicken?" people ask. And I say YES.
Because Free Range Priest ministry is still ministry - it just tastes better!
It's healthier and more sustainable.

Let's talk

We love conversations about ministry and the future of church.

Digital Transformation

Thriving in today's church means utilizing today's technology - to make ministry leadership less burdensome and more sustainable.Free Range Priest provides expert consultation and training, using Planning Center - a church management system - for streamlined administration, organization, and communication.Includes bulletin, website, scheduling, reports, group messaging, directory, calendar, newsletter, and more.

The Process

Digital Transformation typically takes 24 months - designed to be the least disruptive and most supportive of the community's life.

  • Gather and train members to become leaders and ambassadors of change

  • Transfer or input community data and set up new admin and organizational systems

  • Invite, encourage, train and support the whole community in using this new form of ministry (including ways to keep connection with those who will not/cannot be part of the digital side)

  • Create sustainable ways to engage digital members with the life of the community

New ministry tools

included with Digital Transformation

Free Range Priest has developed the 'Beyond Membership' tool for communities to learn how we belong in church - where our members are seeking deeper spiritual engagement and how to meet them in this place. Using this tool along with Planning Center products, congregations can:

  • Create personalized communication for members

  • Establish workflows to help deliver in-person and digital support for new members - and long-time members!

  • Get up-to-the minute data on engagement

  • Plan spiritual journeys for members according to their needs

  • Offer courses, events, and spiritual formation entirely online, or in a digital/in person hybrid

  • Share ministry leadership through small groups with built-in messaging and event scheduling.

Spiritual Transformation

Digital Ministry transforms how we gather and grow as faith communities.When we lighten our administrative load, we have more time, energy and resources for the 'Good stuff' - worship, prayer, service, community.And we have more tools to support the spiritual journeys of those who are part of our communities today - and those who will gather with us digitally.

Cathie's background marries her broad technical knowledge (social media, video, Church Center/Planning Center, etc.)
with her decades of
priesthood service providing insight
into how small churches operate,
understanding our church's spiritual needs,
as well as our technical expertise and size limitations.
-Jerry Taylor, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, NC

There's got to be a better way

Most clergy serve part-time. Most congregations cannot afford full-time clergy.Yet we often serve part-time with the a collective model of (very!) full-time in our heads: clergy there every Sunday, on-call 24/7, at every meeting, etc.This is not sustainable - for anyone!Free Range Priest developed Sustainable Part-time Ministry to re-imagine how we serve together part-time in new and sustainable ways.

Services provided

  • A custom contract for congregations and clergy to work out together

  • or a sample contract for clergy - or congregations - to work on solo for discernment purposes. How do you see yourself serving together in new ways? (contracts provided as part of consultation)

  • 2 hours of Free Range Priest consultation - for clergy or congregations separately ($300)

  • 5 hours of Free Range Priest consultation for congregations and clergy creating a contract together ($600)

  • 2 hours of online speaking for groups or seminary students to explain the concept and how it works ($500)

"Cathie Caimano's ministry known as Free Range Priest is the validation and support that the bi-vocational priest/pastor/minister and congregations of the 21st century need!"-the Rev. Scott A. Moore, Germany

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