Uruguay can be a challenging place to plant or pastor a church, and it also has some economic difficulties. Durazno is one of the largest cities in Uruguay and has both of these challenges. The FMC is looking at a way to address both issues in one initiative.
The plan is to use Community Church Planting to rapidly plant churches in new neighborhoods in the cities, as well as in the rest of the country. To do this, the church is looking at establishing a model that will allow new church planters to rapidly open a business that provides both income and a way to meet and build relationship with people.
The pilot for this model is a pollería — a storefront food-cart type restaurant with fairly low overhead. A pastoral couple in Durazno will operate the first one, after receiving start-up help from the Argentina FMC. Part of the proceeds will support the pastoral family and another family in the church, and part will be set into a fund to be used for the next church plant/pollería.