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Free Range Priest helps ministers transform the 'stuff' of church - the administrative burdens of outdated systems - into the 'Good Stuff' -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 Planning Center - a church management software - to create one system of connection and communication for your community.We shepherd you through our unique process of using today's digital tools to streamline, organize, and energize your ministry.We're clergy and tech specialists, so we know how church works and we know how to make it work better. We provide gentle training, even for the least tech-savvy.Equip your church for the future and thrive in your ministry today!

'Father Cathie helped transform our small church's migration to the digital age by balancing our congregational needs with our limited resources, to better support our congregation and provide improved outreach to our broader community. '

- Jerry Taylor
Vestry Member, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, NC

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.'

- The Rev. Sarah Ball-Damberg
Rector, Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, NC

Online community

Practical ideas and wildly optimistic theories about how the Holy Spirit is transforming the practice of ministry.

'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...

Ministers are burnt out and church leaders are overworked. Let's use church management software to create new ways to communicate and connect...

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

... and Spiritual Transformation...

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.

The Good Stuff

  • 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 member 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

  • Use Free Range Priest's exclusive 'Beyond Membership' tool for communities to learn how we belong in church

'Cathie's background marries her broad technical knowledge
with her decades of
priesthood service to provide insight
into how small churches operate,
understanding our church's spiritual needs
and our technical and size limitations.'

-Jerry Taylor,
Vestry Member, 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 how to serve together in new ways (can also be used separately by clergy/congregation).

  • 2 hours of Free Range Priest consultation - for clergy or congregations separately

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

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

"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

Fr. Cathie is a refreshing and innovative voice helping us discern how God is calling us forward from a way of ministry that is no longer useful or practical to new life, proclaiming the Good News in vibrant new ways!

-the Rev. Peter Faass, Cleveland, OH

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