ROCK CITY CHURCH COLUMBUS, OH USA
ANNUAL REPORT APRIL 2016 MARCH 2017
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We are more than believers. We are all-in, whole-hearted, faith-filled, fully-devoted followers of Jesus.
Annual Report: Year Six
Table of Contents 04 Welcome 06 Numbers 20 Expansion 32 Stories 42 Beyond Our Walls 52 Financials
VI Joshua chose twelve men; he called them together, and told them: Go to the middle of the riverbed where the sacred chest is, and pick up a large rock. Carry it on your shoulder to our camp. There are twelve of you, so there will be one rock for each tribe. Someday your children will ask, “Why are these rocks here?” Then you can tell them how the water stopped flowing when the chest was being carried across the river. These rocks will always remind our people of what happened here today. Joshua 4:5-7
Working through the pages of this annual report is one of the most refreshing exercises our team does all year. We live and work in a world that runs on a never-ending cycle of run – go – don’t stop! But the word of God reminds us over and over again not to “forget” to pause - to remember - to say, “thank you.” I want to encourage you as you read through the pages of this book to see and celebrate the story it tells. It is a story of the faithfulness of God. Every number you will see is connected to a life to someone’s eternity - and I pray that we never take for granted the work of Jesus in and through His Church.
These are exciting days, and just as Joshuaâ€™s men moved forward after building their monument, we look ahead to the work that is before us. This book is a reminder that numbers matter because people matter, and so long as ONE remains spiritually lost in our city, we will RUN. I am so honored and thankful to be your pastor, serving alongside of you to love and serve this city in a way that both honors Christ and advances His Kingdom. Six years â€Ś And the best is yet to come! Chad Fisher / Lead Pastor
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We will celebrate the work of Jesus in us, through us and all around us. Every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God.
Decisions to follow Jesus in Year 6.
1,921 1,922 1,923 1,924 1,925 1,926
6,061 decisions since launch.
Attendance HISTORICAL AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE 3000
Attendance YEAR 6 MONTHLY AVERAGES
PEOPLE IN GROUPS IN YEAR 6
PEOPLE SERVING ON A MINISTRY TEAM IN YEAR 6
1,648 Rock City Kids
BAPTISMS IN YEAR 6
BAPTISMS SINCE LAUNCH
one hundred & ninety-two
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We will not be complacent. A church that never stops going is a church that never stops growing.
01.22.17 In Year 6, Rock City Westerville opened its doors for the first time at Westerville Central High School. After surveying our church and asking where people would like to see the next Rock City campus opened, the answer was a resounding: â€œNortheast Columbus,â€? and in January of 2017, Rock City Westerville set a record for the biggest launch day in Rock City history!
We are so grateful for the opportunity this campus provides us to reach people in Northeast Columbus and beyond. Westerville will never be the same!
When we heard that Rock City was opening a campus in Westerville we knew we needed to be a part of it. We attended the first launch team meeting and Rock City Westerville has been our home ever since. Each week we serve on the setup and impressions teams and we are finding our home here.
Even though we are still facing challenges in our life, we now know God has a plan for us. Thank you, Rock City, for being a part of Godâ€™s story in our life. This is just the beginning! - Jen
We love how bright our Short North Campus shines in the heart of our city, and in Year 6, we launched our first-ever Rock City Midweek worship experience - giving people in our church and in our city that arenâ€™t able to attend church on Sundays the opportunity to experience God each and every week right in the heart of the Short North! With the same great worship, message and people that make Rock City, Rock City ... Midweek is giving more people than ever the opportunity to encounter Christ and experience the life-changing power of His Presence every single Wednesday night.
E X PA N S I O N TIM 2010
Launch Team Moves to Columbus. Seven adults and two children move from Toledo to Columbus to start a church.
First Public Worship Experience. 430 attend our first worship experience at the AMC Theatres at Lennox Town Center. 43 people are saved.
Third Worship Experience Added. On Easter Sunday, 2012, only one year after launch, the first-ever 12:30 worship experience is started.
Second Campus Launch. As Lennox exceeds capacity, a second campus is added at the Regal Cinemas on Georgesville Road to a launch-day attendance of nearly 500.
September Second Worship Experience Added. For the very first time, volunteers now have the opportunity to attend one, serve one.
83.3% of the people in our city are still unchurched
from launch to now.
Third Campus Launch. Six months after launching the Regal Campus, Rock City’s Fawcett Center Campus opens its doors.
RUN Campaign Begins. A $10 million initiative to launch two permanent campuses and a Dream Center in Columbus is established.
Upper Arlington Campus Launch. With preview services in December drawing more than 4,000 people, the UA Campus officially opens its doors.
Westerville Campus Launch. Expanding into a new area of our city, our Westerville Campus launches on January 22, with nearly 1,000 people in attendance.
Short North Campus Launch. Rock City opens the doors to its first permanent campus in the heart of our city.
Hilliard Campus Land Purchased. 14.5 acres of land in Hilliard are purchased that will be home to Rock City’s future broadcast campus.
December The Columbus Dream Center Opens. An outreach arm for the local church opens its doors and becomes a hub of hope and healing for the poor.
Fall Hilliard Campus Ground Breaking. Plans are currently underway to break ground on Rock City’s second permanent campus, which will become the primary broadcast campus for Rock City Church. With state-of-the-art technology and incredible family and children’s ministry space, this campus will be a beacon of hope and light for the people of Columbus for years and years to come.
Media Statistics 452,601 WEBSITE VIEWS 6,216 FACEBOOK FANS 2,753 TWITTER FOLLOWERS 5,193 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS 43,902 VIMEO VIEWS 23,023 SERMON VIEWS ONLINE 673,866 HOMES REACHED WITH A MAILER
Fastest Growing Churches in America Rock City Church has been recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Churches in America for the fourth consecutive year by Outreach Magazine.
Sermon Series YEAR 6
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It will always be about the one. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and we too will pursue every lost one until every lost one is found.
LAUREL Our Rock City experience started by receiving a flyer in the mail. We had been recently married and were looking for a church home, so it seemed to arrive at the perfect time. We attended our first service in the fall of 2014, and we instantly felt like it was a good fit for us. Destin and I had both grown up in Christian families, and I grew up as a pastorâ€™s daughter. Church wasnâ€™t a new concept for us but something that had taken the backburner, as it does for many during their young adult years. After a long time of feeling hopeless and empty, today we are whole and complete. After nearly a year of attending Rock City, Destin and I decided to re-commit our lives to Jesus by being water baptized. We were both reconnected to Jesus but also to each other, as we began a new spiritual journey together. During our 2 Â˝ years at Rock City, the worship and messages, as well as the volunteer opportunities, have both challenged and encouraged us to continue navigating our faith and develop fulfilling relationships with Christ and other believers. Now that we are expecting our first child together in just a few months, we look forward to witnessing the impact Christ will have on his life and our growing family. As our spiritual journey is ongoing, we are eager to see, with the help of Rock City, where it will take us.
DUT On January 15, 2017, I Googled “churches near me that offer evening services,” and found Rock City. After work that day I went home, changed, and headed to the 7pm service at the Short North Campus. That night, God spoke to me directly through the message: Crash The Chatterbox. I was afraid to run back to God because my sins weighed heavy on me, but through this series, the Lord reminded me of who I was in Him. What I took home that night was, “God wants us to see our sin not so that we can be condemned but so that we may be freed!” I reclaimed my freedom that night and started living free from that moment forward!
H E AT H E R In August of 2016, I moved from Massillon, Ohio to Columbus and began going to Columbus State. Back home I was really involved in my church but when I got to Columbus, I struggled to find a community I could call home. I was so grateful when some family friends reached out to me and invited me to the Rock City Upper Arlington Campus. I loved it! The next week I attended the Short North Campus and that is when God really began to do an amazing work. I got plugged into an awesome LifeGroup right away and my LifeGroup leader asked if Iâ€™d like to serve on the Short North parking team. Suddenly, I was in this community of Christians that I never thought was possible. After serving for a couple of months, I learned about the Rock City Internship Program. After a lot of prayer, I applied and was accepted! Even now as an intern, I continue to meet amazing people here that love to serve others and long to see the lost reached. I am forever thankful for Rock City and that I get to be a part of what God is doing here.
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We give up things we love for things we love even more. It is an honor to sacrifice for the cause of Christ and for the sake of others.
COLUMBUS OUTREACH AT A GLANCE 1,778 shoes given through Christmas give 2,000 loaded backpacks & supplies given to children 331 winter coats provided to families in need 350 loads of laundry washed during Laundry Love events and at the Columbus Dream Center 1,100 teachers served at one of 16 teacher appreciation events 132 Rock City LifeGroups served locally
NORTH CAROLINA & LOUISIANA When
tornadoes hit home, Rock City disaster relief teams and funding helped in Louisiana and North Carolina.
HONDURAS Rock City funding supports a Childrenâ€™s Development Center and an Orphanage in Choluteca, Honduras which is a hub
of hope for children in one of the poorest
Rock City fully funds a medical clinic in Guayabo, San Salvador providing a
medications that support a community of more than 5,000. The
Development Centers in San Salvador makes
throughout the country to have a safe place to learn, get medical care, clean drinking water, nutrition and spiritual development.
countries on the planet.
LOCAL & GLOBAL REACH
BANGLADESH 17 pastors in Bangladesh are fully funded by Rock City, making it possible for them to grow their churches and proclaim the Gospel in one of the most densely populated and predominantly Muslim regions of the world.
INDIA 10 pastors in India are fully funded by Rock City so they can focus full-time on sharing the Gospel and planting churches in unreached villages of India.
Child Sponsorship This year, over 260 children were sponsored by the people of Rock City in Honduras, El Salvador, and India.
The Association of Related Churches (ARC) works with church planters and leaders to provide support, guidance and resources to launch and grow life-giving churches. As one of the original supporters of Rock City Church, we are committed to “paying it forward” by helping ARC fund new church plants around the world.
$79,910.51 GIVEN TO ARC BY ROCK CITY CHURCH IN YEAR 6 TO PLANT LIFE-GIVING CHURCHES
ARC AT A GLANCE
613 ARC CHURCHES PLANTED TO DATE 79 CHURCHES PLANTED IN 2016 $15M GIVEN TO MISSIONS BY ARC CHURCH PLANTS 20,000 TOTAL LAUNCH DAY ATTENDANCE IN 2016 17 ARC CHURCHES LAUNCHED GLOBALLY
PARTNERSHIPS As our church has grown, so has our ability to make an impact in our city and around the world. Below are some of the organizations we were blessed to partner with and serve during our 6th year.
ONE FOR ONE
Homeless Families Foundation
For every person who walks through our doors - every service, every week - we give one dollar to meet a local or global need.
Columbus City Schools Tree of Life Christian Schools The Columbus Dream Center International Friendships OSU Athletes in Action OSU Search Ministries Young Life OSU InterVarsity Mid-Ohio Foodbank Chick-fil-A Columbus Restaurants Reeb Avenue Center
GLOBAL Great Commission Latin America Alpha Ministries Samaritanâ€™s Purse Total Health Association of Related Churches Compassion International
In Year 6, One for One totalled:
$136,863 MID-OHIO FOODBANK For every first-time guest that walks through our doors, Rock City donates $5 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, which they in turn are able, through their partners, to turn into $50 worth of groceries helping to make Columbus hunger-free and healthy. To date, giving totals:
$40,065 Providing $400,650 worth of groceries to families in need.
The Columbus Dream Center is a local outreach arm of Rock City. It is how we make a difference day in and day out for those in our city who are hurting and in need. In Year 6, the Dream Center further established itself as a hub of hope through expanded programming and the engagement of thousands of volunteers. In addition, it is a beautiful example of what it looks like when the body of Christ joins together. This year, the Dream Center partnered with nearly 40 churches and outside organizations, and this is just the beginning!
56,723 MEALS SERVED
25,884 VOLUNTEER HOURS
NEW PROGRAMS IN 2016 Children & Youth After School Program Middle & High School Boys Outreach Middle School Girls Outreach Super Saturday Kids Outreach Meeting Basic Needs Evening Meals Medical Bus & Lunch Laundry & Shower Facilities Outreach Adopt-A-Block Homeless Street Outreach Human Trafficking Outreach
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We will lead the way with radical generosity. We believe it is more blessed to give than to receive and it is impossible to out-give God.
OPERATIONAL BUDGET Operations 25%
Future Fund + Savings, Administration, Financial Services, Youth Ministry, Childrenâ€™s Ministry, Church Life (Hospitality, T & E, Print Materials), People Development (Materials, Resources, LifeGroups), Creative Arts (Audio/Video/Tech Equipment & Services, Copyrights, Graphic Design, Web Support, Staging)
PT & FT Salaries + Benefits for Staff and Office Administration *National average of Staffing Expenses for churches is 40-50%
Worship Space Rental, Office Space, Facility Upkeep, Utilities, Other Facilities (Trailer Storage, etc.)
Local and Global Missions and Outreach, Local Marketing, Church Plant Funding (ARC), Missionary Support, and Benevolence (Rock City Love Fund)
Rock City Church operates with an Open Book Policy of financial integrity and works with an outside CPA, The Church Law Group and a Financial Advisory Team to ensure all funds are being used for maximum efficiency and with the utmost integrity. A Board of Directors, which includes pastors of respected congregations, including CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, meets annually to discuss and approve the projected annual budget.
TOTAL REVENUE BREAKDOWN IN YEAR 6 $3,946,213.44
Operational budget does not include RUN Campaign revenue which is used for RUN Campaign initiatives, including campus launch and expansion.
TOTAL BEYOND OUR WALLS BREAKDOWN IN YEAR 6
$942,214.32 + $857,766.59 $1,799,980.91
OUTREACH RUN EXPANSION
BEYOND OUR WALLS
RUN is the movement of Rock City Church toward establishing two permanent campuses and a Dream Center in Columbus - a three year $10 million campaign that began in 2015.
TOTAL COMMITTED OVER 3 YEARS
TOTAL GIVEN TO RUN THROUGH YEAR 6
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
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