forming in Kingsland
By Heather Culp
Of The Tribune & Georgian Staff
A new church is working to become a part of the Kingsland
family by getting to know the community.
Rev. Frank Logue was hired
by the Episcopal bishop of Georgia last May to form a new Episcopal Church in Kingsland. A
task he said was fulfilling, although a lot of work.
It is a slow process to build a church from scratch. Right now Im
meeting people one person at a time, Logue said.
Logue is combining the classic, old-fashioned knocking on door method with new
technology to spread the news about his forming a church and meeting members of the
Logue has been knocking on doors and meeting the people of Kingsland since his
arrival and has already included Kingsland residents in the building of the church.
He used door-to-door work to let the community take part in one of the biggest
decisions the forming church has had to make so far, the name of the church.
Logue said the people of Kingsland decided the name of the new church. He had a
list of half a dozen prospective names and asked people which they preferred. The first 25
people he asked all chose King of Peace out of those names, so Logue decided that was
definitely the right name for the new church.
The name is
fitting because it plays off the name Kingsland, said Logue.
After all, who is the king, really? asked the new pastor.
Logue is using an Internet web site to help spread the word about the new church
and allow people to learn what the church is all about. He said the technology is helping
him reach even more people.
The web site gives the church the opportunity to reach people who want to learn
about the church but are afraid of the pressure to join that might result from calling or
meeting the new pastor.
It allows us to reach the people who would be turned away by the prospect of
talking face to face, said Logue.
Logue said he was building the new church from the people up because the primary
focus of his church was the people.
Church is about the people first, said Logue, Getting a
buildingthat will come.
The church is still small, said Logue, but it is growing.
Right now it is just me, my wife and daughter and about a half dozen others
who consider themselves part of the church.
Logue said that the church was right on track.
Different people want to get involved at different points. Some like to help
from the beginning while others like to come in after the church is already
Logue understands from personal experience the way churches grow. King of Peace
will not be the first church Logue has helped start in a community.
While he was in seminary, Logue worked to help start a church with another Pastor.
Logue said they started that church with nothing and two and a half years later the church
had 120 members.
It gave me the chance to experience this so I had an idea of what I was doing
before I started, Logue said.
The new church places a strong emphasis on family and community, said Logue, who
said he specializes in helping young families and childrens programs.
Logues own family is a dominant part of his life and this can be seen in his
daily life and personal space. The pastors wallet is loaded with pictures of his 9
year-old daughter, Griffin, depicting the girl from birth to present with pictures of his
wife, Victoria, scattered in between. It is a small treasure Logue is eager to share.
Logue said his church was about communication and the community. He wants his
church to be a place where people can come to ask questions.
The emphasis of the church is that we communicate together as a
community, Logue said. You dont have to all believe the same thing to be
a part of that community.
Logue said that other churches in the area had been welcoming and receiving him and
his family very well.
I have never considered other churches to be competition. Im glad
others here feel the same way, he said. We are all here with the same mission,
to help people with their relationships with God.
King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland will soon begin Bible study and will be
opening a course in the fall designed for people interested in
finding out more about Christianity and what it means to them, said Logue. He hopes to
have his first service in a building on Christmas Eve.
Interested parties can find more information about the new church by going to www.kingofpeace.org or by contacting the new
churchs pastor, Rev. Frank Logue by calling (912) 510-7631 or by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Logue is excited about
meeting the people in the community and welcomes any calls or comments.