the Future of Church

Clergy and Congregations Reimagining Ministry


Did you know only half of Christian congregations can afford full-time clergy?

And that number is shrinking!
Institutional, denominational church - a building, a professional staff (including clergy), a set of programs, all supported by a membership community - has been declining for decades.
The Good News?
Creative, Sustainable, Digital Ministry is helping us reimagine what thriving church looks like.

What I hear from clergy and congregations:

I love ministry but I hate my job!

Are you ready to rediscover your true call and share your gifts in creative ways?

I love my church but I'm afraid we'll have to close our doors

Are you ready for sustainable part-time ministry, re-thinking how we serve together as clergy and congregation?

Free Range Priest
Free Range Priest
Free Range Priest

I’m Cathie Caimano, 'Father Cathie'*,
and I am your Free Range Priest.

'Like the chicken?' people always ask me - and I say, 'yes!'

Because it's still 'chicken' - still ministry - bearing the sacraments, Scripture, and traditions of the Christian faith - it's just healthier and more sustainable (and it tastes better!)

For over 5 years, I have dedicated my ministry to helping others serve their ministry in new ways, both within and beyond the congregation.

I love God, love the church, and find joy in connecting more people with their faith, and encouraging others in their calling.

* Why 'Father' Cathie? Click HERE to find out

About me

Institutions Free Range Priest serves with

What I do

Free Range Priest

Creative Ministry Coaching

Whether you're ready to start your own Creative Ministry, wondering how to make congregational ministry more sustainable, or need help with your digital ministry skills,
Free Range Priest can help you discern your next steps, and where God is calling you.

  • Four coaching sessions per package
  • Use sessions whenever you like
  • Set a goal and make a plan for your creative ministry
  • Renew package at any time
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Training and Consulting

Sustainable Part-Time Ministry

Part-time that's really part-time.

A training program that reimagines clergy and small congregations serving together.


Creative Ministry Startup

Reach beyond the congregation and serve a creative calling.

Get guidance, encouragement, and resources for starting - or jumpstarting - your own Creative Ministry.


Organizational Consulting

Ready to reimagine ministry as a community?

Free Range Priest offers a variety of Creative, Sustainable, and Digital Ministry consulting and training packages for congregations, dioceses, and denominations, tailored to your budget and needs.


Online courses

Start reimagining ministry with the basic concepts. All courses are online and can be completed at your own pace.

Free Range Priest

Free Courses

Get Paid for your Creative Ministry

The hardest part of bringing Good News to others is believing it's ok to be paid for your work.

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Become a
'Clergy Consultant'

Do you end up doing 'everything', even as you serve in ministry part-time?

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Digital Ministry is here to stay, and it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.



For more insights on church in the digital world, plus: get weekly Good News!

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After working with Cathie, I have a stronger sense of my ministry, both within the congregation and in an online format.
Most valuable was her ability to brainstorm and to listen deeply

Rev • Marion

Is it time to reimagine your ministry?

It's time to find out!