2022 CedarCreek Annual Report

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ANNUAL REPORT

Year twenty-seven of the life-changing


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AHEAD

• God has placed

us here, right now, at this time, to reach our communities.

• The local church is the hope of the world.

• We will continue to take risks

What God

and lean into conversations.

has called us to.

• There will be challenges, and it

would be easier to stay comfortable, but we will embrace discomfort.

LET’S GO!

• It's a privilege to serve Christ together.

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Questions? Email AnnualReport@CedarCreek.tv

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FROM PASTOR

Ben

In our 27th year of ministry at CedarCreek, we’ve continued

to see God move, and our hope is this Annual Report will shine a light on the ways he continues to work through us. So, if you count yourself among those who give financially and serve on the DreamTeam, well done! This is the adventure God has called each of us to, and you play a vital role in the stories of impact for the communities and people we serve.

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS… We believe you – that’s right you – were created on purpose for a purpose! We need you to believe that too, and then lean into living it out on a daily basis. But the truth is this will look different for each one of us, and that’s ok. That is the beautiful picture of God’s Church: each one of us using our unique gifts and abilities to serve one another. So, if you know your Purpose Statement, that’s awesome! Now we need you to lean into living it out in your daily life. If you don’t know your Purpose Statement, now is the time to go through GrowthTrack and lean into how God has created you to impact the world around you. Our time is now! We were placed here on purpose by God for such a time as this! There is work to be done, Jesus is the answer and the local church is the hope of the world. Thank you for allowing God to use you and CedarCreek to continue to introduce people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him.

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LET’S GO!

we are headed for the future.

. d a e h a e ur t Ven

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L E G A C Y In 2019, we launched a new DreamTeam called the Legacy Team for those with the spiritual gift of giving. The Legacy Team is about connecting people with the gift of giving to their Kingdom purpose through the local church. Since that time, over $325,000 has been given to fully or partially fund over 20 Legacy Team Projects.

9

projects were fully funded this past year

The mission Next Gen Legacy Lane:

• Gaga Ball Pits at the West Toledo and Whitehouse Campuses

• New Student Kiosks Local Outreach Legacy Lane: (in partnership with The Tabernacle)

• META Institute • Academic Case Management • Parenting Classes • Lawn Maintenance Training Program • Outreach Cargo Trailer International Outreach Legacy Lane: (in partnership with GCLA – Great Commission Latin America)

• Build a Home for a Family in Central America

• Medical Clinic Medicine Supply 28

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” ROMANS 12:6-8 NLT

Spiritual THE

J O U R N E Y:

know GOD.

Receiving God’s grace and trusting him more every day.

find

Engaging in authentic relationships that help FREEDOM. us get through what we’re going through. Realizing your past, personality, and discover passions all have potential with God.

PURPOSE.

make a

Using the life God has given DIFFERENCE. you to grow his family.

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Our structure defined: The CedarCreek structure for governance, ministry, and business of the church is based around our commitment to clarity, accountability and transparency. These values have been the foundation of our structure since the beginning, and they continue to this day with our current governance and structure.

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Team

THE

ExecTeam — Establishes and brings alignment around CedarCreek’s mission, vision, values, strategies, and structure. LeadershipTeam — Leads our staff and brings perspective on key organizational decisions. StaffTeam — Is committed to leading a movement of people used by God to make a difference in the communities we serve by helping every person to know they matter. DreamTeam — Believe no matter the role, we are here to help someone take a next step in the adventure God has for them.

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The CedarCreek Board Members:

2022-2023

(pictured from left to right)

(HOW WE ARE OPERATING THIS YEAR)

Budget

Kathy Hoops, Steve “Hooty” Hutmacher, Ben Snyder, Chris Weaver, Bill Trout, and Nate Manuel.

2022-2023 Budget

21.2%

Income Total Giving

$9,700,000

Giving Allocation Total - Ministry Programming

$2,057,000

Total - Ministry Teams

$5,325,000

Total Giving Allocation

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$2,138,000

Total - Ministry Environments

Total - Margin

• Board • Financial Advisory Team • Lead Pastor • Staff • DreamTeam

MINISTRY ENVIRONMENTS

$180,000 $9,700,000

22%

MINISTRY PROGRAMMING

The CedarCreek Board is responsible for setting the governance structure and policies by providing clear guidance and goals through written policies on expectations and limitations of the Lead Pastor. The board supports the Lead Pastor in every way while annually evaluating their performance according to church goals and metrics. It also maintains the doctrine CedarCreek operates by.

54.9%

MINISTRY TEAMS

This Annual Report celebrates everything God has done through the life of CedarCreek Church. It shares the actual and budgeted finances for the previous and upcoming fiscal year.

1.9%

An Outside Financial Review is done each year by an independent audit firm to review all financial transactions and statements. The Board and Financial Advisory Team are provided the results, details, and any material weaknesses in internal control or other significant risks, should they exist.

MARGIN

Stewardship – the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. We are passionate about responsible stewardship of the church’s resources. We want to make sure the church’s resources are utilized for maximum Kingdom impact. That Kingdom impact perspective is not only for today (short term), but also for tomorrow (long term). Our goal is to make sure the business of the church doesn’t hold back the ministry of the church. Here’s how we put the generosity of CedarCreek Church to work.

Multi-Site Church Benchmark Percentages: Ministry Programming = 15-25% Ministry Environments = 15-25% Ministry Teams = 45-55% Margin = 5-10%

STAFF

Values

We are MISSION

DRI VE N

We are

BET TER TOG E TH E R

We take

GRO WTH PERSONALLY

The Financial Advisory Team helps to keep the church operationally sharp by assisting in the oversight of financial matters with the goal of preserving the financial health of CedarCreek Church. Financial Advisory Team Members: Adam Zuercher/Findlay Campus Donna Owens/West Toledo Campus Jay Potter/West Toledo Campus Gary Moritz/Perrysburg Campus Jack Bushmeyer/Perrysburg Campus Calvin Sweeney/The Tabernacle

We

CEL EBR AT E P R OG R E S S

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Steps

we took together.

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2021-2022

Budget

(HOW WE ENDED THIS PAST YEAR) 2021-2022

2021-2022

Budget

Actual Total

$9,900,000

$9,637,361

Total - Ministry Programming

$2,258,500

$2,056,062

Total - Ministry Environments

$2,145,000

$2,879,722

Total - Ministry Teams

$5,115,000

$4,847,517

Income

Total Giving Why did we end at negative margin? In 2022:

• Giving declined, causing

expenses to be higher than revenue.

• Even with the decline

in giving, we chose to complete Ministry Environment projects already in progress.

• Upgrades to Kids spaces. • Upgrades to the Perrysburg Auditorium.

• Upgrades to our

Giving Allocation

Total - Margin Total Giving Allocation

$381,500 $9,900,000

($145,940) $9,637,361

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS: Ministry Programming - Our tools we use to do ministry Ministry Environments - Our spaces we use to do ministry

Online Experience.

Ministry Teams - Our greatest asset, our people who serve our communities

• Increased Whitehouse

Margin - Our reserve for the special opportunities God provides

mortgage payments.

The shortage was covered by margin from the previous year.

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27 . e i p et g d u b e th e c i l s e w w o H Fuel

for the mission

Giving to the local church through CedarCreek is a step on the Spiritual Journey of trusting God. We celebrate and thank you for giving back to God through CedarCreek.

Look what we have been able to accomplish together.

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301

baptisms

79

decisions for Christ

GO

Know God:

receiving God’s grace and trusting him more every day. As part of the global movement of Jesus followers, every weekend we get to share who God is and how trusting Jesus changes everything. Right here, right now, right in the midst of our everyday lives. The mission is critical - it matters far beyond today and Jesus chose us to do it. We reflect on how far we’ve come, but also how far we still need to go. Adventure: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

5,031

attendance adults, kids and students

834

new families

M

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Equipping for the journey

Through our weekend messages this past year, we’ve helped people to both know God better and live out that authentic faith in bold ways.

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We offered spiritual principles to help people understand and experience the power of prayer; live out a better biblical sex life; find freedom from our toxic thought life; awaken the whispers of God that are all around us; discover the God who leaves us speechless; be at their best in every dimension of their life; see that God’s word and spending time at church can be fun; see God’s hope when we feel stuck; move from belief in Jesus to following Jesus; understand the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; see how they can have impact right where they are; increase their personal connection with God; experience the freedom and grace of God in their everyday lives; and so much more!

Planting

PURPOSE

Over the next two years, CedarCreek is

providing $350,000 in support to help launch Purpose Church. Taking a leap of faith is never easy, but it’s always worth it when it’s God’s call. When we made the decision to move from our hometown to Phoenix to launch Purpose Church, we had no one confirmed to go with us and had no idea what the future was going to hold. As we draw closer to our January 22nd, 2023 launch, we are expectant to see all that God is going to do through introducing the people of Phoenix to Jesus. We would never be where we are without the influence, encouragement, and financial support of CedarCreek Church. You will always have a special place in our hearts and you will always be our home church. Thank you for your generosity and your heart to expand God’s kingdom! Josh Whitlow, Lead Pastor

20

people joined the launch team and are moving to Goodyear

121

people attended the first Purpose Church start-up party in Goodyear, AZ

$165,000 raised for launch expenses

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MISSIONS

Through our ongoing partnership with Great Commission Latin America (GCLA) we continue to show the love of Jesus in real and tangible ways beyond the walls of CedarCreek Church in the following areas.

568 9

children served

locations

4

new clinics opened in 2021

44

churches

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9

total clinics in operation

11

countries

GCLA CDI Afterschool Programs: CDI Afterschool Programs work to help school-age children achieve their goals by helping them see and achieve the options they have before them. Each CDI Afterschool Program has four areas of focus:

• Nutritional meals • Academic support

• Medical and dental care • Spiritual guidance

Total Health Medical Clinics: Total Health is a U.S. based organization that is committed to providing high quality, consistent and reliable medical care to people who have never had it before in Latin America. Each Total Health Medical Clinic stands for:

• Healthy People

OUTREACH

l a on i at n Inter

• Combating Poverty

37,000 people can be served annually

• Jesus

GCLA Church Support: GCLA believes their best approach to reach Latin America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is through planting new churches in new places for new people. Over the past year, CedarCreek support has helped churches:

• Reopen current locations after COVID • Upgrade online infrastructure • Improve existing physical locations • Open and expand to new locations

Camps “Abby just graduated from High School, and has been attending CedarCreek for a while. This past year, she had been distant and not engaged with serving like she once was; however, she registered for High School Camp and was excited for what God was going to teach her. While at High School Camp, Abby realized that she had not been living life the way she had wanted. She had been doing it on her own. She had been baptized a few years prior, but strayed away, and Abby realized that she wanted to recommit her life to Jesus! On the last day of High School Camp, Abby made the decision to get baptized, right there in the lake at Michindoh Conference Center, in front of 50+ DreamTeam members and friends! That next week, Abby got to lead a cabin of about 10 middle school girls at Fusion Camp. She was able to use her story to lift up the girls and point them to something bigger than themselves.” This is just ONE story from HUNDREDS that we experienced at Student Camps 2022. What a year!

501

kids camp

446

fusion camp

114

high school camp

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MATTERS

living it out subscribers

3,250

right now media subscribers

3,735

prayer requests submitted

278

M

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What’s amazing about this adventure with God is that, in some ways, we’re introduced to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him again and again as we take steps to know him. He is a God who wants to be known.

stories shared

1,208

21 days of prayer subscribers

National

OUTREACH

yourStory

3,816

PARTNERSHIPS

Association of Related Churches ARC exists “to see a thriving church in every community, reaching people with the message of Jesus” - and that's a heartbeat we resonate with! They recognize the importance of existing churches in providing steadfastness, and they see the pivotal role new churches play in bringing fresh life, help, and hope to cities. For the past 20 years, ARC has come alongside church planters, providing guidance, ongoing coaching, and resources to help them launch and grow life-giving churches. This year they surpassed 1,000 churches planted around the world, and CedarCreek’s financial investment in ARC has played a role in the eternal impact of these church plants!

Convoy of Hope Since 2020, CedarCreek has partnered with Convoy of Hope to respond during times of natural and humanitarian disaster with tangible aid and compassion. By doing this, hurting people receive the help and strength they need to get back on their feet. Convoy is committed to helping as much as possible, for as long as possible. Over the past 12 months, Convoy has responded with things such as food, hygiene kits and sheltering supplies, baby care kits, and water to numerous disasters including:

• 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti • Flash flooding in Middle Tennessee • Locust infestation in Tanzania • Drought in the Western U.S.

• Hurricane Ida • Volcanic eruption in the South Pacific • 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Guatemala • War in Ukraine

CedarCreek's financial investment in Convoy plays a role in their growing impact:

550+

U.S. and international disaster responses to date

21

million+ meals delivered

2

million+ people served

64

disaster responses

M

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OUTREACH M I L E

20

Adopt a Highway Awake Community Coalition Bags of Love

Local

Blue Creek Healthcare Boys and Girls Club Cherry Street Mission

PARTNERSHIPS The Tabernacle City Mission

Engage Toledo

Food and education are foundational needs for families in our region. In partnership with The Tabernacle, over the past year, CedarCreek has supported a food pantry that served 8,138 families, 24,411 individuals, and 219,699 meals. In addition, we've assisted educational initiatives serving 100 high school students through a Workforce Development program during the 2021-22 academic year and 679 students through summer school, summer camps and after-school programs.

Christmas Shoeboxes

One real, tangible way we show people they matter is by donating shoeboxes full of thoughtful and fun gifts to children whose families could use some extra support during the Christmas season. In December 2021, CedarCreek donated 97 shoeboxes to Findlay City Schools, 522 shoeboxes to Toledo Public Schools and $13,500 to “adopt” families for Christmas.

Hooves

Habitat for Humanity Hope House Lake Local Schools Let’s Build Beds Lucas County Children’s Services NWO Hospice Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo Rebekah’s Haven Rossford City Parks

Travel

: om d e e r F companions

FIND

Engaging in authentic relationships that help us get through what we’re going through.

God designed us to be in relationship with him and with each other. At parks, homes, coffee shops, offices, art studios, fitness clubs, online… we gather to encourage one another, share Scripture, pray, and take steps on the life-changing adventure. As we trust what Jesus says is true, together we experience the life of freedom that only he can offer.

3,615

total people in groups

481

adult groups

Salvation Army Senior Lofts Sunshine Communities The Tabernacle Church and the Art Tatum Zone Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Toledo Public Schools Vision Ministries

M

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+

70+ projects

766+ serves

Follow: to engage in as a calling or way of life. Jesus’ invitation to follow him never stops. As we trust what God says and experience his freedom in our lives, our hearts grow to love and serve others. Every second Saturday of the month, we provide simple, meaningful projects that meet a tangible need to make a difference in someone’s life. Show: allow or cause (something) to be visible.

M I L E

14

y it s o er n e G W E C E L E B R AT E Y O U R

When you give, you are actively taking a

spiritual step that says you are trusting God. Giving is an act of obedience to God. Since God created everything, giving to the local church is giving back to God what he has already provided. Giving also has an eternal return on your investment. Meaning giving not only affects you but it also affects others. Because of this we celebrate everyone who takes the spiritual step of giving. We thank you and we celebrate you on your journey.

655

1st time givers

218

2nd time givers

3,681 total givers

Have you ever thought about trying to find a job, get to work, buy groceries or take the kids to the doctor without a car? It’s difficult, almost impossible, without a vehicle. CedarCreek Cars, led by members of our DreamTeam, is dedicated to helping provide and maintain safe and reliable transportation for families in need.

116 2 cars repaired

cars given away

1,664

DreamTeam hours served

60 28 156 oil changes

unique cars repaired volunteers who served for sale

18

5

cars car donations sold received

$8,000

collected from cars sold to support clinic M

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SERVE DAY 22 Serve: to be of use; answer some purpose. Growing God’s family isn’t just about people coming into the building we call church. It’s when God’s family lives out that the church is us and we can make an eternal difference no matter where he takes us. While that’s an everyday opportunity, each July we intentionally come together to be reminded through Serve Day. We get to show the love of Christ to the communities we call home, and we can do it more when we do it together. Summer Group leaders plan a project for their Group alongside campus projects that all came together on July 23 around NW OH to simply show the love of Christ. No strings attached.

MARRIAGE EVENT

Tiaras

AND ENNEAGRAMS Events: a thing that happens, especially one of importance. There’s something special about getting together to experience God with others. Our hope is that events like our Women's Event last November and Marriage Event last February would be catalytic reminders of how important it is to keep taking steps to know God more and be in community with each other. Large group gatherings are only as good as their inspiration to be in a smaller Group regularly, where real life-change with God and others is possible.

M E

49

projects

562 people

in attendance

Women’s Event, Barb Roose Marriage Event, Beth and Jeff McCord

Day: a period of twenty-four hours as a unit of time.

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750

815 Women ’ sEVENT 2021

in attendance

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Make

Discover: find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search. We each have purpose within the life-changing adventure because God put us here on purpose for a purpose. What makes our God-given purpose so unique is that it’s shaped by our past, personality, passions and place. No two people have exactly the same past, personality, passions and place. It’s impossible! What is possible is how God can use all of these things to give us great purpose in our every day, opening the doors to the unique ways only we can serve. Discover Purpose: realizing your past, personality, place and passions all have potential with God.

M I L E

16

566

completions

a difference:

purpose

using the life God has given you to grow his family.

DISCOVER

DREAM TEAM

When we share in God’s dream to see more people know him, it’s a dream that not only lasts far beyond any one of us, but also takes every one of us. As a DreamTeam, we bring everything God has given us and use it to grow his family. It’s what makes serving our way of life and gives everything we do eternal significance. When we are introducing people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him, we're making the biggest difference in NW OH and beyond. Make: form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

1,407

current DreamTeam

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Make

Discover: find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search. We each have purpose within the life-changing adventure because God put us here on purpose for a purpose. What makes our God-given purpose so unique is that it’s shaped by our past, personality, passions and place. No two people have exactly the same past, personality, passions and place. It’s impossible! What is possible is how God can use all of these things to give us great purpose in our every day, opening the doors to the unique ways only we can serve. Discover Purpose: realizing your past, personality, place and passions all have potential with God.

M I L E

16

566

completions

a difference:

purpose

using the life God has given you to grow his family.

DISCOVER

DREAM TEAM

When we share in God’s dream to see more people know him, it’s a dream that not only lasts far beyond any one of us, but also takes every one of us. As a DreamTeam, we bring everything God has given us and use it to grow his family. It’s what makes serving our way of life and gives everything we do eternal significance. When we are introducing people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him, we're making the biggest difference in NW OH and beyond. Make: form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

1,407

current DreamTeam

17


SERVE DAY 22 Serve: to be of use; answer some purpose. Growing God’s family isn’t just about people coming into the building we call church. It’s when God’s family lives out that the church is us and we can make an eternal difference no matter where he takes us. While that’s an everyday opportunity, each July we intentionally come together to be reminded through Serve Day. We get to show the love of Christ to the communities we call home, and we can do it more when we do it together. Summer Group leaders plan a project for their Group alongside campus projects that all came together on July 23 around NW OH to simply show the love of Christ. No strings attached.

MARRIAGE EVENT

Tiaras

AND ENNEAGRAMS Events: a thing that happens, especially one of importance. There’s something special about getting together to experience God with others. Our hope is that events like our Women's Event last November and Marriage Event last February would be catalytic reminders of how important it is to keep taking steps to know God more and be in community with each other. Large group gatherings are only as good as their inspiration to be in a smaller Group regularly, where real life-change with God and others is possible.

M E

49

projects

562 people

in attendance

Women’s Event, Barb Roose Marriage Event, Beth and Jeff McCord

Day: a period of twenty-four hours as a unit of time.

I 18 L

750

815 Women ’ sEVENT 2021

in attendance

M

I 15 L E


+

70+ projects

766+ serves

Follow: to engage in as a calling or way of life. Jesus’ invitation to follow him never stops. As we trust what God says and experience his freedom in our lives, our hearts grow to love and serve others. Every second Saturday of the month, we provide simple, meaningful projects that meet a tangible need to make a difference in someone’s life. Show: allow or cause (something) to be visible.

M I L E

14

y it s o er n e G W E C E L E B R AT E Y O U R

When you give, you are actively taking a

spiritual step that says you are trusting God. Giving is an act of obedience to God. Since God created everything, giving to the local church is giving back to God what he has already provided. Giving also has an eternal return on your investment. Meaning giving not only affects you but it also affects others. Because of this we celebrate everyone who takes the spiritual step of giving. We thank you and we celebrate you on your journey.

655

1st time givers

218

2nd time givers

3,681 total givers

Have you ever thought about trying to find a job, get to work, buy groceries or take the kids to the doctor without a car? It’s difficult, almost impossible, without a vehicle. CedarCreek Cars, led by members of our DreamTeam, is dedicated to helping provide and maintain safe and reliable transportation for families in need.

116 2 cars repaired

cars given away

1,664

DreamTeam hours served

60 28 156 oil changes

unique cars repaired volunteers who served for sale

18

5

cars car donations sold received

$8,000

collected from cars sold to support clinic M

I 19 L E


OUTREACH M I L E

20

Adopt a Highway Awake Community Coalition Bags of Love

Local

Blue Creek Healthcare Boys and Girls Club Cherry Street Mission

PARTNERSHIPS The Tabernacle City Mission

Engage Toledo

Food and education are foundational needs for families in our region. In partnership with The Tabernacle, over the past year, CedarCreek has supported a food pantry that served 8,138 families, 24,411 individuals, and 219,699 meals. In addition, we've assisted educational initiatives serving 100 high school students through a Workforce Development program during the 2021-22 academic year and 679 students through summer school, summer camps and after-school programs.

Christmas Shoeboxes

One real, tangible way we show people they matter is by donating shoeboxes full of thoughtful and fun gifts to children whose families could use some extra support during the Christmas season. In December 2021, CedarCreek donated 97 shoeboxes to Findlay City Schools, 522 shoeboxes to Toledo Public Schools and $13,500 to “adopt” families for Christmas.

Hooves

Habitat for Humanity Hope House Lake Local Schools Let’s Build Beds Lucas County Children’s Services NWO Hospice Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo Rebekah’s Haven Rossford City Parks

Travel

: om d e e r F companions

FIND

Engaging in authentic relationships that help us get through what we’re going through.

God designed us to be in relationship with him and with each other. At parks, homes, coffee shops, offices, art studios, fitness clubs, online… we gather to encourage one another, share Scripture, pray, and take steps on the life-changing adventure. As we trust what Jesus says is true, together we experience the life of freedom that only he can offer.

3,615

total people in groups

481

adult groups

Salvation Army Senior Lofts Sunshine Communities The Tabernacle Church and the Art Tatum Zone Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Toledo Public Schools Vision Ministries

M

I 13 L E


MATTERS

living it out subscribers

3,250

right now media subscribers

3,735

prayer requests submitted

278

M

I 12 L E

What’s amazing about this adventure with God is that, in some ways, we’re introduced to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him again and again as we take steps to know him. He is a God who wants to be known.

stories shared

1,208

21 days of prayer subscribers

National

OUTREACH

yourStory

3,816

PARTNERSHIPS

Association of Related Churches ARC exists “to see a thriving church in every community, reaching people with the message of Jesus” - and that's a heartbeat we resonate with! They recognize the importance of existing churches in providing steadfastness, and they see the pivotal role new churches play in bringing fresh life, help, and hope to cities. For the past 20 years, ARC has come alongside church planters, providing guidance, ongoing coaching, and resources to help them launch and grow life-giving churches. This year they surpassed 1,000 churches planted around the world, and CedarCreek’s financial investment in ARC has played a role in the eternal impact of these church plants!

Convoy of Hope Since 2020, CedarCreek has partnered with Convoy of Hope to respond during times of natural and humanitarian disaster with tangible aid and compassion. By doing this, hurting people receive the help and strength they need to get back on their feet. Convoy is committed to helping as much as possible, for as long as possible. Over the past 12 months, Convoy has responded with things such as food, hygiene kits and sheltering supplies, baby care kits, and water to numerous disasters including:

• 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti • Flash flooding in Middle Tennessee • Locust infestation in Tanzania • Drought in the Western U.S.

• Hurricane Ida • Volcanic eruption in the South Pacific • 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Guatemala • War in Ukraine

CedarCreek's financial investment in Convoy plays a role in their growing impact:

550+

U.S. and international disaster responses to date

21

million+ meals delivered

2

million+ people served

64

disaster responses

M

I 21 L E


MISSIONS

Through our ongoing partnership with Great Commission Latin America (GCLA) we continue to show the love of Jesus in real and tangible ways beyond the walls of CedarCreek Church in the following areas.

568 9

children served

locations

4

new clinics opened in 2021

44

churches

M

I 22 L E

9

total clinics in operation

11

countries

GCLA CDI Afterschool Programs: CDI Afterschool Programs work to help school-age children achieve their goals by helping them see and achieve the options they have before them. Each CDI Afterschool Program has four areas of focus:

• Nutritional meals • Academic support

• Medical and dental care • Spiritual guidance

Total Health Medical Clinics: Total Health is a U.S. based organization that is committed to providing high quality, consistent and reliable medical care to people who have never had it before in Latin America. Each Total Health Medical Clinic stands for:

• Healthy People

OUTREACH

l a on i at n Inter

• Combating Poverty

37,000 people can be served annually

• Jesus

GCLA Church Support: GCLA believes their best approach to reach Latin America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is through planting new churches in new places for new people. Over the past year, CedarCreek support has helped churches:

• Reopen current locations after COVID • Upgrade online infrastructure • Improve existing physical locations • Open and expand to new locations

Camps “Abby just graduated from High School, and has been attending CedarCreek for a while. This past year, she had been distant and not engaged with serving like she once was; however, she registered for High School Camp and was excited for what God was going to teach her. While at High School Camp, Abby realized that she had not been living life the way she had wanted. She had been doing it on her own. She had been baptized a few years prior, but strayed away, and Abby realized that she wanted to recommit her life to Jesus! On the last day of High School Camp, Abby made the decision to get baptized, right there in the lake at Michindoh Conference Center, in front of 50+ DreamTeam members and friends! That next week, Abby got to lead a cabin of about 10 middle school girls at Fusion Camp. She was able to use her story to lift up the girls and point them to something bigger than themselves.” This is just ONE story from HUNDREDS that we experienced at Student Camps 2022. What a year!

501

kids camp

446

fusion camp

114

high school camp

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Equipping for the journey

Through our weekend messages this past year, we’ve helped people to both know God better and live out that authentic faith in bold ways.

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We offered spiritual principles to help people understand and experience the power of prayer; live out a better biblical sex life; find freedom from our toxic thought life; awaken the whispers of God that are all around us; discover the God who leaves us speechless; be at their best in every dimension of their life; see that God’s word and spending time at church can be fun; see God’s hope when we feel stuck; move from belief in Jesus to following Jesus; understand the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; see how they can have impact right where they are; increase their personal connection with God; experience the freedom and grace of God in their everyday lives; and so much more!

Planting

PURPOSE

Over the next two years, CedarCreek is

providing $350,000 in support to help launch Purpose Church. Taking a leap of faith is never easy, but it’s always worth it when it’s God’s call. When we made the decision to move from our hometown to Phoenix to launch Purpose Church, we had no one confirmed to go with us and had no idea what the future was going to hold. As we draw closer to our January 22nd, 2023 launch, we are expectant to see all that God is going to do through introducing the people of Phoenix to Jesus. We would never be where we are without the influence, encouragement, and financial support of CedarCreek Church. You will always have a special place in our hearts and you will always be our home church. Thank you for your generosity and your heart to expand God’s kingdom! Josh Whitlow, Lead Pastor

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people joined the launch team and are moving to Goodyear

121

people attended the first Purpose Church start-up party in Goodyear, AZ

$165,000 raised for launch expenses

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27 . e i p et g d u b e th e c i l s e w w o H Fuel

for the mission

Giving to the local church through CedarCreek is a step on the Spiritual Journey of trusting God. We celebrate and thank you for giving back to God through CedarCreek.

Look what we have been able to accomplish together.

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301

baptisms

79

decisions for Christ

GO

Know God:

receiving God’s grace and trusting him more every day. As part of the global movement of Jesus followers, every weekend we get to share who God is and how trusting Jesus changes everything. Right here, right now, right in the midst of our everyday lives. The mission is critical - it matters far beyond today and Jesus chose us to do it. We reflect on how far we’ve come, but also how far we still need to go. Adventure: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

5,031

attendance adults, kids and students

834

new families

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we took together.

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2021-2022

Budget

(HOW WE ENDED THIS PAST YEAR) 2021-2022

2021-2022

Budget

Actual Total

$9,900,000

$9,637,361

Total - Ministry Programming

$2,258,500

$2,056,062

Total - Ministry Environments

$2,145,000

$2,879,722

Total - Ministry Teams

$5,115,000

$4,847,517

Income

Total Giving Why did we end at negative margin? In 2022:

• Giving declined, causing

expenses to be higher than revenue.

• Even with the decline

in giving, we chose to complete Ministry Environment projects already in progress.

• Upgrades to Kids spaces. • Upgrades to the Perrysburg Auditorium.

• Upgrades to our

Giving Allocation

Total - Margin Total Giving Allocation

$381,500 $9,900,000

($145,940) $9,637,361

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS: Ministry Programming - Our tools we use to do ministry Ministry Environments - Our spaces we use to do ministry

Online Experience.

Ministry Teams - Our greatest asset, our people who serve our communities

• Increased Whitehouse

Margin - Our reserve for the special opportunities God provides

mortgage payments.

The shortage was covered by margin from the previous year.

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The CedarCreek Board Members:

2022-2023

(pictured from left to right)

(HOW WE ARE OPERATING THIS YEAR)

Budget

Kathy Hoops, Steve “Hooty” Hutmacher, Ben Snyder, Chris Weaver, Bill Trout, and Nate Manuel.

2022-2023 Budget

21.2%

Income Total Giving

$9,700,000

Giving Allocation Total - Ministry Programming

$2,057,000

Total - Ministry Teams

$5,325,000

Total Giving Allocation

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$2,138,000

Total - Ministry Environments

Total - Margin

• Board • Financial Advisory Team • Lead Pastor • Staff • DreamTeam

MINISTRY ENVIRONMENTS

$180,000 $9,700,000

22%

MINISTRY PROGRAMMING

The CedarCreek Board is responsible for setting the governance structure and policies by providing clear guidance and goals through written policies on expectations and limitations of the Lead Pastor. The board supports the Lead Pastor in every way while annually evaluating their performance according to church goals and metrics. It also maintains the doctrine CedarCreek operates by.

54.9%

MINISTRY TEAMS

This Annual Report celebrates everything God has done through the life of CedarCreek Church. It shares the actual and budgeted finances for the previous and upcoming fiscal year.

1.9%

An Outside Financial Review is done each year by an independent audit firm to review all financial transactions and statements. The Board and Financial Advisory Team are provided the results, details, and any material weaknesses in internal control or other significant risks, should they exist.

MARGIN

Stewardship – the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. We are passionate about responsible stewardship of the church’s resources. We want to make sure the church’s resources are utilized for maximum Kingdom impact. That Kingdom impact perspective is not only for today (short term), but also for tomorrow (long term). Our goal is to make sure the business of the church doesn’t hold back the ministry of the church. Here’s how we put the generosity of CedarCreek Church to work.

Multi-Site Church Benchmark Percentages: Ministry Programming = 15-25% Ministry Environments = 15-25% Ministry Teams = 45-55% Margin = 5-10%

STAFF

Values

We are MISSION

DRI VE N

We are

BET TER TOG E TH E R

We take

GRO WTH PERSONALLY

The Financial Advisory Team helps to keep the church operationally sharp by assisting in the oversight of financial matters with the goal of preserving the financial health of CedarCreek Church. Financial Advisory Team Members: Adam Zuercher/Findlay Campus Donna Owens/West Toledo Campus Jay Potter/West Toledo Campus Gary Moritz/Perrysburg Campus Jack Bushmeyer/Perrysburg Campus Calvin Sweeney/The Tabernacle

We

CEL EBR AT E P R OG R E S S

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Our structure defined: The CedarCreek structure for governance, ministry, and business of the church is based around our commitment to clarity, accountability and transparency. These values have been the foundation of our structure since the beginning, and they continue to this day with our current governance and structure.

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Team

THE

ExecTeam — Establishes and brings alignment around CedarCreek’s mission, vision, values, strategies, and structure. LeadershipTeam — Leads our staff and brings perspective on key organizational decisions. StaffTeam — Is committed to leading a movement of people used by God to make a difference in the communities we serve by helping every person to know they matter. DreamTeam — Believe no matter the role, we are here to help someone take a next step in the adventure God has for them.

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L E G A C Y In 2019, we launched a new DreamTeam called the Legacy Team for those with the spiritual gift of giving. The Legacy Team is about connecting people with the gift of giving to their Kingdom purpose through the local church. Since that time, over $325,000 has been given to fully or partially fund over 20 Legacy Team Projects.

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projects were fully funded this past year

The mission Next Gen Legacy Lane:

• Gaga Ball Pits at the West Toledo and Whitehouse Campuses

• New Student Kiosks Local Outreach Legacy Lane: (in partnership with The Tabernacle)

• META Institute • Academic Case Management • Parenting Classes • Lawn Maintenance Training Program • Outreach Cargo Trailer International Outreach Legacy Lane: (in partnership with GCLA – Great Commission Latin America)

• Build a Home for a Family in Central America

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“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” ROMANS 12:6-8 NLT

Spiritual THE

J O U R N E Y:

know GOD.

Receiving God’s grace and trusting him more every day.

find

Engaging in authentic relationships that help FREEDOM. us get through what we’re going through. Realizing your past, personality, and discover passions all have potential with God.

PURPOSE.

make a

Using the life God has given DIFFERENCE. you to grow his family.

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FROM PASTOR

Ben

In our 27th year of ministry at CedarCreek, we’ve continued

to see God move, and our hope is this Annual Report will shine a light on the ways he continues to work through us. So, if you count yourself among those who give financially and serve on the DreamTeam, well done! This is the adventure God has called each of us to, and you play a vital role in the stories of impact for the communities and people we serve.

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS… We believe you – that’s right you – were created on purpose for a purpose! We need you to believe that too, and then lean into living it out on a daily basis. But the truth is this will look different for each one of us, and that’s ok. That is the beautiful picture of God’s Church: each one of us using our unique gifts and abilities to serve one another. So, if you know your Purpose Statement, that’s awesome! Now we need you to lean into living it out in your daily life. If you don’t know your Purpose Statement, now is the time to go through GrowthTrack and lean into how God has created you to impact the world around you. Our time is now! We were placed here on purpose by God for such a time as this! There is work to be done, Jesus is the answer and the local church is the hope of the world. Thank you for allowing God to use you and CedarCreek to continue to introduce people to Jesus and the life-changing adventure with him.

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• God has placed

us here, right now, at this time, to reach our communities.

• The local church is the hope of the world.

• We will continue to take risks

What God

and lean into conversations.

has called us to.

• There will be challenges, and it

would be easier to stay comfortable, but we will embrace discomfort.

LET’S GO!

• It's a privilege to serve Christ together.

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Year twenty-seven of the life-changing