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Love. Grow. Reach Out.

Gospel Community Church Annual Report 2013

Nate Taylor


Contents Introduction & Thanks .............................................................................................................................. 5 The Mission ................................................................................................................................................. 5 Giving Summary ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Ministry Expense Summary ..................................................................................................................... 7 Internal Ministries .................................................................................................................................... 11 Salaries and Benefits ............................................................................................................................ 12 Facility ................................................................................................................................................... 12 Fellowship ............................................................................................................................................. 12 Administrative...................................................................................................................................... 13 Honorariums......................................................................................................................................... 13 Discipleship........................................................................................................................................... 13 Children’s Ministry .............................................................................................................................. 14 Worship ................................................................................................................................................. 14 External Ministries ................................................................................................................................... 15 Global Missions - Short ....................................................................................................................... 16 Global Missions - Long........................................................................................................................ 16 Local Ministry ....................................................................................................................................... 16 Local Missions ...................................................................................................................................... 17 Administrative Ministries ................................................................................................................... 17 Setup & Tear Down ......................................................................................................................... 17 Connection ........................................................................................................................................ 17 Media, Sound, Sunday Morning Worship Service ...................................................................... 18 Web Design ....................................................................................................................................... 18 Discipleship Ministries ........................................................................................................................ 18 Hospitality and Prayer Team ......................................................................................................... 18 Worship Service................................................................................................................................ 18 Nursery/Toddler Ministry .............................................................................................................. 18 Children’s Ministry .......................................................................................................................... 18 Community Group .......................................................................................................................... 19 Outreach Ministries ............................................................................................................................. 19


City Serve .......................................................................................................................................... 19 Downtown Bible Studies................................................................................................................. 19 Global Missions ................................................................................................................................ 19 Ema Ministry .................................................................................................................................... 19

Tables Table 1: 2013 Monthly Giving .................................................................................................................. 6 Table 2: 2012 Monthly Giving .................................................................................................................. 7 Table 3: Salaries ........................................................................................................................................ 12 Table 4: Benefits ........................................................................................................................................ 12 Table 5: Facility Costs .............................................................................................................................. 12 Table 6: Fellowship Costs........................................................................................................................ 13 Table 7: Administrative Costs ................................................................................................................ 13 Table 8: Honorariums .............................................................................................................................. 13 Table 9: Discipleship Costs ..................................................................................................................... 14 Table 10: Children’s Ministry ................................................................................................................. 14 Table 11: Worship Costs .......................................................................................................................... 14 Table 12: Global Missions- Short............................................................................................................ 16 Table 13: Global Missions- Long ............................................................................................................ 16 Table 14: Local Ministry .......................................................................................................................... 17 Table 15: Local Missions.......................................................................................................................... 17

Figures Figure 1: 2013 Internal vs. External Spending........................................................................................ 8 Figure 2: 2012 Internal vs. External Spending........................................................................................ 8 Figure 3: 2013 Overall Expense Summary .............................................................................................. 9 Figure 4: 2012 Overall Expense Summary ............................................................................................ 10 Figure 5: 2013 Internal Expense Summary ........................................................................................... 12 Figure 6: 2013 External Expense Summary .......................................................................................... 15


Dear Church Family and Financial Partners,

Thank you! Thank you for faithfully supporting the vision that God has given to Gospel Community Church, and thank you for helping us to further God’s Kingdom by investing your time, energy, and finances. The year 2013 was full of challenges, but, more importantly, it was full of great opportunities and growth. We’ve grown numerically, financially, and God has expanded our influence as more people came to know Him, publicly professed their faith, and greatly benefited from your financial gifts. This year we moved from the James River Conference Center into RS Payne Elementary school, and then God had us move again. God graciously provided Phase 2 as a place for us to gather on Sundays in order to celebrate the Gospel! Our 2013 Financial Report tracks the gifts we received, the major spending categories, and the gifts we were able to give. For us it’s more than just a set of numbers, it helps to track the health of our church and shows the function of our church 365 days a year (it’s not just about Sundays). We celebrate what God has done in us, and through us, for His glory! In 2013 we met all of our financial obligations as we paid our bills, and supported God’s work locally and globally. In the future, we hope to be even more effective stewards and we want to be even more generous givers. We pray that God always gets the glory as we steward the finances that He gives to us. As God keeps blessing us and leading us, we’re going to keep building the infrastructure of Gospel Community Church so that we can train more leaders, send more missionaries, plant more churches, support more global projects, and ultimately make more disciples of Jesus Christ. Thank you for helping us to glorify God by making disciples! Please direct any questions about our vision and finances to info@gospelcc.org.

Soli Deo Gloria,

The Elders of Gospel Community Church


Introduction & Thanks “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” Romans 12:12-14

Contributions to the mission of Gospel Community Church have come in many forms – some have volunteered their time, some have volunteered their talents, and others have offered their finances. It is a privilege to be a part of this body of believers and to strive side by side in our various roles for the advancement of the gospel. Often times those actively involved in ministry receive thanks and appreciation from those whom they serve and encouragement from those whom they serve with. However, those that are unable to attend our service projects and outreach programs are many times hard at work performing nine to five jobs. Our annual report is intended to thank those that have contributed their hard earned finances throughout the year by sacrificing part of their time and effort that was spent in the office or on the job. Your financial contributions represent hours spent working in the service of Christ and we appreciate your participation in the gospel. Thank you for your generous donations and helping us advance the kingdom of God.

The Mission “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

All our efforts at Gospel Community Church are focused on bringing glory to God the Father and being faithful to the commandment to create disciples in the name of Jesus Christ. These efforts include our time and energy as well as your financial contributions. It is important to us we are 100% transparent in how we allocate your contributions to the work of Jesus Christ and for that reason we attempt to disclose all information regarding how your generous donations have been spent throughout this fiscal year. Each contribution was spent in accordance with our churches vision to love God, grow together in Christ, and reach out with the love of Christ.


Giving Summary “But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you – see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.” 2 Corinthians 8:7-8

In 2013, we had contributions from 506 different individuals and families compared to 181 in 2012 and 83 in 2011. In 2012 we broke down the giving into three categories – tithes, donations, and other. In 2013 we changed the break down to tithe, online donations and flow through money. The tithes include regular contributions from our church family on a weekly or monthly basis received on Sunday mornings. The online donations are the contributions from our church family received through PayPal. The contributions from these two categories are what we use to plan and budget our church ministries. Flow through money is made up of irregular one-time contributions and monies specifically raised for short term missions trips. The monthly 2013 and 2012 contributions are seen in Table 1 and 2, respectively. The total giving received by Gospel Community Church in 2013 was $381,369.31 compared to $235,958 in 2012. Month

Tithe

Gross Online Donations*

Online Donations with PayPal Fees deducted*

Flow Through Money

Total**

Total Without Flow Through Money**

January February March April May June July August September October November December Total

$13,882.57 $22,973.66 $15,646.01 $13,184.85 $10,941.91 $19,214.51 $10,697.83 $23,623 $27,297.95 $25,606.85 $25,294.27 $13,609 $221,972.41

$5,100 $5,400.10 $8,318.34 $5,026.88 $13,908.67 $4,323 $4,686.60 $8,789 $7,128.70 $6,764.42 $20,412 $9,238.96 $99,097

$4,943.57 $5,221.88 $8,060.56 $4,865.93 $13,473.20 $4,146.85 $4,459.29 $8,514.27 $6,896.55 $6,542.27 $19,857.78 $9,020.60 $96,002.75

$5,543.58 $12,177.68 $9,007.36 $4,991.16 $8,520.05 $3,144.76 $2,169.55 3,280.68 $7,074.41 $3,123.37 $3,262.10 $6,323.87 $68,618.57

$24,526.15 $40,551.44 $24,653.37 $23,202.89 $33,370.63 $26,682.27 $17,553.98 $35,692.68 $41,501.06 $35,494.64 $48,968.37 $29,171.83

$18,982.57 $28,373.76 $15,646.01 $18,211.73 $24,850.58 $23,537.51 $15,384.43 $32,412.00 $34,426.65 $32,371.27 $45,706 $22,847.96

$381,369.31

$312,750.74

Monthly Average

$18,497.70

$8,258.06

$8,000.23

$5,718.21

$31,780.78

$26,062.56

Table 1: 2013 Monthly Giving *not always transferred at the end of each month from PayPal **Total includes gross amount of online donations


Month January February March April May June July August September October November December Total Monthly Average

Tithe

Donation

$11,264.39 $8,960.00 $12,864.72 $6,292.28 $12,219.70 $8,810.50 $11,854.09 $2,070.00 $14,466.09 $1,340.00 $10,289.06 $7,476.68 $11,688.89 $5,703.92 $17,389.59 $1,560.00 $21,347.19 $30.00 $23,090.82 $485.00 $15,273.76 $5,032.41 $18,600.14 $3,400.00 $180,348.44 $51,160.79 $15,029.04 $4,263.40

Other

Total

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $494.00 $1,540.00 $2,415.22 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,449.22 $370.77

$20,224.39 $19,157.00 $21,030.20 $13,924.09 $15,806.09 $17,765.74 $17,886.81 $20,489.59 $23,792.41 $23,575.82 $20,306.17 $22,000.14 $235,958.45 $19,663.20

Table 2: 2012 Monthly Giving

Ministry Expense Summary “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.� Matthew 9:37-38

In the first century, Christ told his disciples that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. This statement holds true two-thousand years later and for this reason we make every effort to be efficient with the money God has entrusted to us. At Gospel Community Church, we categorize our spending in one of two ways: Internal or External. Finances spent internally are for ministries that are focused on discipleship and fellowship of our church body; such as Sunday morning gatherings or small groups. We believe these functions are important for the spiritual health of the body of Christ and as we mature and grow internally it empowers us, encourages us, and teaches us to share the love of Christ externally. Ultimately, the objective is to have a missional church – the way Christ intended it. The internal costs help facilitate in this goal of taking the gospel to the lost. The internal costs include administrative expenses, facility, fellowship, Sunday morning ministries, community groups, salaries, and others. Finances spent externally are for ministries which are focused on meeting needs and spreading the gospel to the lost - both locally and globally. Our long term vision at Gospel Community Church is to spend 50% of all giving internally and 50% externally.1 Figure 1 shows that in 2013 we spent roughly 57% internally and 43% externally. Figure 2 shows that in 2012 we spent roughly 56% internally and 44% externally. 1

Matthew 7:12


$128,384 43%

$170,629 57%

Interal Spending External Spending

Figure 1: 2013 Internal vs. External Spending

$91,573 44%

$117,616 56%

Internal Spending External Spending

Figure 2: 2012 Internal vs. External Spending


Figures 3 & 4 show the overall spending of Gospel Community Church for all categories both internally and externally in 2013 and 2012. Each category of spending is discussed in further detail in the following sections. Administrative Advertising and Promotion

Benefits

<1% 2% 9%

4%

5% 5%

Children's Ministries 1%

Discipleship Facility

12%

15%

Fellowship Honorariums

11%

Salaries Uncategorized

6%

24%

2% <1%

Worship Church Planting Global Missions-Long

2% 1%

Global MIssions-Short Local Ministry Local Missions

Figure 3: 2013 Overall Expense Summary


Uncategorized Administrative $6,586 6%

Advertising Church Needs

$40,237 34%

Discipleship $30,342 26%

Equipment Facility Fellowship Honorarium Insurance Salaries Taxes

$17,030 14%

Figure 4: 2012 Overall Expense Summary


Internal Ministries “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 The ministries internal to the church are intended to help disciple our existing members and create opportunities for fellowship throughout the year so that our love for each other might abound more and more.2 As we grow in the faith and mature as Christian’s this time and effort spent focusing on the needs of the church body is intended to motivate us as believers to take the gospel to the world. In 2013, we spent roughly 57% of all expenses, or $170,629, on ministries internal to the church compared to 56% in 2012. The major categories of spending include administrative, facilities, children’s ministries, and salaries. The breakdown of internal expenses is found in Figure 4 and is discussed in the following sections.

Administrative 1% 3%

1%

Advertising and Promotion

4%

9%

Benefits 9% 1%

42%

Children's Ministries Discipleship Facility

26% 3%

Fellowship Honorariums Salaries

1%

Uncategorized Worship

2

Philippians 4


Figure 5: 2013 Internal Expense Summary

Salaries and Benefits “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:17-18 Salaries represent the largest percentage of our internal ministry expenses. We believe that those who preach the gospel should earn their living from the gospel.3 In 2013, we were blessed with one full time employee (Teaching Pastor) and two part time employees (Worship Leader and Executive Assistant). At the beginning of 2014 we were able to have three full time employees (Teaching Pastor, Worship Pastor and Executive Pastor) and one part time employee (Executive Assistant). Only one full time staff currently receives benefits. Benefits are considered for full time staff on a need basis. Total Salaries $71,915 Table 3: Salaries Total Benefits $6,518 Table 4: Benefits

Facility At the beginning of the year we were located at RS Payne Elementary School and then moved to Phase 2 in June. Unfortunately, we were required to move due to extraneous circumstances – the move increased our rent expense and costs associated with equipment. We will continue to look for cost effective ways to comfortably meet and worship Christ together without spending too much of our monthly tithe on a facility. Facility $42,922 Table 5: Facility Costs

Fellowship “that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12

3

1 Corinthians


At Gospel Community Church we believe it is important to encourage one another both spiritually and practically in the way we spend our time and resources.4 In 2013, we spent $5,626 on activities that we consider fellowship oriented. These include coffee on Sunday mornings, meals together, volunteer appreciation, cook-outs/picnics, and gifts for those in our family of faith. We believe that gathering together to enjoy the company of those in the family of faith is an important way to display our love for each other to the world. Fellowship $5,626 Table 6: Fellowship Costs

Administrative “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Luke 16:8 Administrative costs go toward required expenses to operate our church as a legal entity in the United States. These fees typically include software and subscriptions, postage fees, taxes, ATM and online banking fees, purchasing of checks, office supplies, etc. Insurance and background checks account for a high percentage of the administrative costs. Gospel believes these are necessary investments to ensure the safety of the church body. It is our goal to keep these fees to a minimum to maximize our ability to give toward the mission of the church. In 2013, administrative expenses were $15,121 on activities required for church operation. Administrative $15,725 Table 7: Administrative Costs

Honorariums Throughout the year we have guest speakers and guest worship leaders that preach and lead worship for the church. In order to honor and thank these guests for the hard work they put in we pay them for their contribution to God’s kingdom through one time gifts known as Honorariums. In 2013, we spent $800 on Honorariums. Honorariums $800 Table 8: Honorariums

Discipleship At Gospel Community we believe in supporting our leaders and church members as they participate in activities that contribute to their spiritual well being (their development in their

4

Romans 1


walk with Christ). In 2013, we spent $2,482 on activities associated with discipling our congregation, which includes expenses for community groups. Discipleship $2,482 Table 9: Discipleship Costs

Children’s Ministry At Gospel Community we believe it is important to raise up the next generation to know and understand the love of Jesus Christ. Our Kid City ministry has continued to grow over the last year, and in 2013 we launched a youth group at Gospel Community. In 2013 we spend $14,801 on our children’s ministry. Due to our move we needed to purchase equipment to help utilize the space at Phase 2 for the children, which increased the cost for children’s ministry. We also purchased a check in system for the children’s ministry to ensure the safety of the children. As Kid City ministry continues to grow we plan to continue to invest in it. Looking forward that may include hiring dedicated support staff, continued investment in facility, and updating curriculum. Children’s Ministry $14,801 Table 10: Children’s Ministry

Worship At Gospel Community we believe it is important to have an environment that is conducive for worship on Sundays. In 2013, we spent $5,465 to make this happen. These costs include software for the audio/visual team, equipment for the worship team, as well as supplies for special events on Sunday mornings (i.e. Communion Sunday and baby dedications). None of these costs included compensation for band members. All of the band members graciously volunteer their time. Worship $5,465 Table 11: Worship Costs


External Ministries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.â&#x20AC;? Matthew 28:19-20 Ultimately, all the ministries we perform internally within the church are designed to create disciples that are prepared to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Our external ministries are geared toward taking the gospel to all the nations, starting locally and extending globally. We categorize expenses for our external ministries into five categories: Global Missions- Long, Global Mission- Short, Church Planting, Local Ministry, & Local Missions. We believe that through these three avenues we can effectively fulfill the great commission of Christ.

10%

14%

22%

Church Planting

26%

Global Missions-Long Global MIssions-Short

28%

Local Ministry

Local Missions

Figure 6: 2013 External Expense Summary


Global Missions - Short “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Short-term global missions represented $35,970 of overall spending at Gospel Community Church in 2013. We believe these short term trips allow us to participate in major overseas discipleship making processes – such as trips to India, Ecuador, Uganda, Los Angeles, as well as trips that individuals from the church went on through other organizations. All expenses associated with these short-term trips were raised independently of the church’s tithes and offerings. Global Missions - Short $35,970 Table 12: Global Missions- Short

Global Missions - Long “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Global missions represented $33,714 of overall spending at Gospel Community Church in 2013. This money was contributed to missionaries around the world including monthly contributions to sponsor Sarah Pisney who is in Uganda, Brittany Wray who is in England, and Heather Matthews, who is in Honduras, as well as, one time gifts for ministry partners like Humbly I Serve. Some of this money was also used to help people in the Philippines recover after the typhoon, support orphanages in India, build a school in Uganda, and support global missions groups, such as Wycliff Bible Translators. Global Missions - Long $33,714 Table 13: Global Missions- Long

Local Ministry “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Local ministry represented $27,786 of overall spending at Gospel Community Church in 2013. These funds include supporting our ministries: 

Ema Ministry- a ministry to help the single moms in Lynchburg

Lighthouse Kids- a ministry that focuses on helping the children in Lynchburg

Re-Entry Dinner- a ministry that helps those who have been affected by incarceration

Rekindling- a ministry that works to help individuals rekindle their passion for God and educates them on utilizing spiritual gifts for God’s glory


Other local ministries Local Ministry $27,786 Table 14: Local Ministry

Local Missions “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” Matthew 25:34-36 Meeting needs for those locally, particularly those in our church family, is an essential element to our mission at Gospel Community Church. In 2013, we spent $12,429 on meeting local needs. This includes: back packs for children at RS Payne Elementary School, City Serve Projects, softball cook outs, buying groceries for those in our community, paying water bills, electric bills, helping to pay for funerals and supporting those in our church that came across difficult financial times. We look forward to continuing to support and serve our community and our church family to tangibly share the love of Christ in a practical way. Local Needs $12,429 Table 15: Local Missions

Administrative Ministries Setup & Tear Down The setup and teardown crew is responsible for all non-technical setup on Sunday mornings – including cleaning up the room, removing the dance floor, placing chairs, placing lamps, etc. Schedule – Every Sunday beginning at 7:00am (whenever GCC has two services) or 9:00am (whenever GCC has one service) until complete. Connection The connection team is responsible for setting up the connection table, the signs around GCC, and preparing the coffee. The connection team also sets up the laptops to allow new members to sign up for ministries online through GCC website before, during, and after the church service. They also are responsible for touching base with new and interested members. Schedule – Connection table is setup every Sunday beginning at 8:30am. Connection duties are performed when convenient throughout the week.


Media, Sound, Sunday Morning Worship Service The media and sound team is in charge of setting up the sound board, creating the Power Point presentations, preparing video content, and setting up the stage equipment for the worship band. Schedule – The sound equipment is setup every Sunday before 9:00am. The Power Point slide is developed Friday/Saturday after the teaching pastor has emailed the appropriate content to the Power Point developer. Web Design The web design team is in charge of maintaining the www.gospelcc.org domain name and content. The team works in coordination with the Community Group team and Connection team to help facilitate these ministries. Also, the web design team uploads sermon and video content to the website. Schedule – Duties are performed on a continual basis.

Discipleship Ministries Hospitality and Prayer Team The hospitality team is in charge of assigning greeters at the door on Sunday mornings and having individuals roaming the church to greet people. Schedule – The group meets every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Worship Service The worship service is our Sunday morning worship coordinated throughout the service. Schedule – The worship team meets for practice every Sunday at 7:00am and plays until the service ends. Nursery/Toddler Ministry The nursery is dedicated to watching and taking care of the 0-3 year olds at the church. Schedule - The nursery ministry meets every Sunday at 8:30 am until the end of the worship services. Children’s Ministry The children’s ministry is dedicated to teaching, worshiping, and entertaining kids from ages 412. Schedule – The children’s ministry meets every Sunday at 8:30am until the end of service.


Community Group The Community Group’s are designed to help individuals find community within the context of Gospel Community Church. They are smaller and more intimate settings for building relationships and pursuing after Christ. Schedule – Multiple groups scheduled throughout the week.

Outreach Ministries City Serve The Saturday Serve outreach allows the church to get out in the community to perform projects and develop relationships with the local community. Schedule – Meets every Saturday at 10:00am at Lighthouse Ministries. Downtown Bible Studies The downtown Bible Studies are similar to the Community Groups but geared toward nonbelievers and new converts in the downtown area of Lynchburg. Global Missions The global missions team is dedicated to helping organize short-term missions trips, develop relationships with long term missionaries and organizations, raise awareness in the church about global needs, coordinate prayer for unreached people groups, etc. Ema Ministry A nonprofit organization that exists to encourage, educate, and evangelize young single mothers through the Gospel of Christ.


Gospel community church 2013 financial report