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CMO17 Fact Sheet to Governing Boards and Church Leaders

What is the Church Multiplication Offering?

The Church Multiplication Offering is the annual effort to raise financial support for church planting and multiplication. It is authorized by the district bylaws, which have been approved by all our churches at District Conference, and state that all churches are to participate in some way.

How does this differ from DOF and GCF?  

District Operations Fund (DOF) supports the ministries and operations of The Alliance Southeast. Its budget is set by District Conference annually, and each church is to give a portion of their church income monthly.
Great Commission Fund (GCF) supports Alliance missions and ministries through the National Office. Alliance Churches are asked to make this their primary means of supporting global missions.
Church Multiplication Fund (CMF), again, supports church planting and multiplication in Florida.

Why doesn’t the district combine CMF with DOF instead of this annual fund drive? 

We calculate that to combine the ministries funded by the Church Multiplication Fund with the District Operations Fund would require our churches to raise their participation from 4% to 5.5- 6% of local church income.

Recent Church Plants

Uplift Church in Jacksonville officially launched last January, ministering to the Haitian community. As it grows, it is assuming responsibility for the pastor’s full support.
Cross Life Community Church in Hudson Bay meets and reaches out to the community, even though they have not officially launched.
Space Coast Chinese Church in Port St. John has launched and continues to grow in its shared facility.
Recovery Church in Lake Worth uniquely reaches out to the large community in recovery, with many salvations and baptisms.

There are many encouraging stories of gospel witness and transformed lives in these works, which were largely funded by the generosity of our churches.

The Vision:

… That every church in The Alliance Southeast would embrace its missional responsibility, for every man, woman, and child within their context to have repeated opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   We seek to become a Christ-centered network of vital missional churches impacting their communities and their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by multiplying disciples, leaders, congregations, and sent ones.   

Multiplication associates serve to encourage, stimulate, resource and assist our churches toward fulfillment of this vision.

Duties & Responsibilities of Multiplication Associates:

  • Directly oversee assigned church planting projects within the parameters set by the Assistant to the District Superintendent/Church Planting.  These shall include training, coaching, consulting, assessing and evaluating toward a vital church plant.
  • Promote multiplication for assigned churches toward vitality and healthy growth by assessments, consultations, and coaching of pastors and church leaders.
  • Assist in raising awareness of church multiplication regionally and throughout the district, including presentations for the Church Multiplication Offering.
  • Support Other district multiplication efforts and events (RLN's, training events, etc.) and exercise influence as a leader in church planting locally and regionally.
  • Assist the Superintendent and District Regional Leaders with transitions and other church needs when requested.

Who are The Alliance Southeast Multiplication Associates?


Rev. Brian Shore

Brian has served Christ in The Alliance Southeast since 1984.  He has pastored churches in Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Boynton Beach and Jacksonville.  While he planted the church in Boynton Beach as part of a team, his most fruitful ministry has been in turning declining churches around.  He is viewed by others as a strategic thinker and loves to maximize the church hoping to take it to the next level.  Contact Brian at

Dr. John Edgar Caterson

JE was born in Philadelphia and has served in the C&MA since 1987.  He has planted six churches and currently serves The Alliance Southeast as a Multiplication Associate, providing leadership for the Tampa region.  JE attended Toccoa Falls College, Princeton Theological Seminary, The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and The Beeson International Center.   He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Religion, a Master’s degree in Divinity with a concentration in Medical Ethics, was a Supervised Post-Graduate Fellow, and holds a Doctorate in four disciplines – Story Integration, Narrative Theology, Leadership Development, and Attribution Psychology.  Contact JE at

Rev. Tracy Larson

Tracy is a pastor, church planter and mentor.  Tracy has been serving the church for the last 25 years as a pastor/coach in the lives of young men and women called into full-time ministry.  His passion is helping others find God’s will for their lives through helping them engage in the Word of God and hear the voice of the Spirit of God in their lives.  Tracy currently serves as Lead Pastor at Cross Life Church in Land O Lakes where he has been mentoring and training future leaders, pastors, church planters, and missionaries to serve the body of Christ.  Contact Tracy at

Rev. John Sappia

John was born in Brooklyn, New York and started attending an Alliance Church in 1981.  After graduating from Nyack College and Reformed Theological Seminary, John and family spent 13 years pastoring teenagers and young adults.  The Sappias were called to Paraguay, South America in 1997 and spent eight years living overseas planting the Mi Esperanza (My Hope) Church and developing leaders.  In 2016, John joined The Alliance Southeast team as Multiplication Associate for Hispanic Ministries in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.  There, John has the privilege of working alongside of the great pastors and leaders of that region.  John’s passion is discipling and helping others put their unique gifts and personality into the work of the ministry that God has planned in advance for them (Ephesians 2:10).  Contact John at

Rev. Eddie DeJesus

Eddie is the lead pastor of New Hope Community Church of North Port.  Originally from New York, Eddie moved his family to Florida and in 2004 planted a church from the First Alliance Church, Port Charlotte.  In 12 years, New Hope Community Church has grown to almost 500 people gathering weekly at three campuses with a fourth campus being launched in 2017.

At age 17, Eddie joined the Army completing two enlistment contracts in the US Army and Reserves.  Later, he served almost 15 years with the New York City Police Department and then took early retirement to purse his passion as a pastor.  Eddie has 25 years of training and experience as a grassroots small group coach and pastor in the Metropolitan District and The Alliance Southeast.  He has served as Associate pastor of New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst Queens and planted 2 thriving congregations.  He was also Executive Director of New Life Association of Churches and has served as a field staff missionary with Church Resource Ministries.  Contact Eddie at

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