ANNUAL REPORT YEAR 7
Table of Contents 04 Welcome 06 Numbers 20 We Will Run 30 Stories 40 Beyond Our Walls 52 Financials
In Genesis 1, we are given the four most important words in all the Scripture: “In the beginning God…” Everything begins and ends with Him. In the beginning God created, and the sound of His creation continues to resound throughout all generations. In six days, God created everything we see and know, and on the seventh day, God rested. All that He created was good. He rested in that. It was the beginning of His eternal, everlasting legacy that we get to be a part of even still today. That word, “Legacy,” is a word I believe God spoke to my heart for this year – our seventh year. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus makes a promise to build His Church. It’s the only time in the Scripture that He promises to build something, and certainly, He has been ever so faithful to His Word, as we can see His work on display all around us. I believe our Legacy Year represents a significant season in the life of our church – a season of kingdom expansion like never before. We have the opportunity to both rest in what God has done and is doing, knowing that what He is building here through us will outlive, outlast all of us, and partner with Him - to live and leave a legacy of faith that impacts our generation and future generations to come!
ACTS 20:24 HOWEVER, I CONSIDER MY LIFE WORTH NOTHING TO ME; MY ONLY AIM IS TO FINISH THE RACE AND COMPLETE THE TASK THE LORD JESUS HAS GIVEN ME – THE TASK OF TESTIFYING TO THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S GRACE. This book is the story of God’s faithfulness. It is the story of the greatness of God, partnered with the faithfulness of the thousands of people who call Rock City home. It is the story of dreams and answered prayers and sons and daughters coming home. It is a book full of numbers, each one with a name and a story. This is our Legacy. I believe all that we have experienced, celebrated and encountered in these few short years is the foundation upon which life-giving and life-changing ministry will continue for generations. And, I believe this year, our seventh year, will be a year we will look back on for many years to come, as a Legacy-Defining season for our church and for the amazing people who call it home. May the work of God continue in us, through us and all around us. This is our Legacy! Let’s Go!
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.
Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. Acts 5:14
Decisions to follow Jesus in Year 7
2988 Decisions since launch
Attendance HISTORICAL AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
Attendance YEAR 7 MONTHLY AVERAGES
PEOPLE IN GROUPS IN YEAR 7
PEOPLE SERVING ON A TEAM IN YEAR 7
Rock City Kids and Youth FIRST-TIME FAMILIES
546 EASTER ATTE
64 NDANCE 2017
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452 BAPTISMS IN YEAR 7
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1698 BAPTISMS SINCE LAUNCH
We will not be complacent. A church that never stops going is a church that never stops growing.
We Will Run
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Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. 2 Corinthians 8:11
HILLIARD GROUND BREAKING
At the beginning of 2015, we sensed the Lord telling us to RUN, and it was clear that He was opening the door for us to put down permanent roots in the Short North and in Hilliard. Because of the faithfulness and generosity of the people of our church through the RUN Campaign, we were, in fact, able to open a permanent campus in the Short North, as well as The Columbus Dream Center! And, in the fall of 2017, after two years of planning, we officially broke ground on what will be our Rock City Hilliard Campus! With anticipated completion in the fall of 2018, these 14.5 acres will house a 50,000 - square - foot, state-of-the-art facility with dynamic and spacious childrenâ€™s and youth facilities and enable us to put down permanent roots in an area ofÂ town where more than 40% of our church resides, while reaching the thousands of unchurched who live within a few miles. We are so grateful to God for His heart for our city and for all of those who have prayed and contributed to this historic moment in the life of our church.
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 the first worship experience at the AMC Lennox - 43 people are saved
SECOND WORSHIP EXPERIENCE ADDED
FROM LAUNCH TO NOW
With a third worship experience added on Easter Sunday 2012
SECOND CAMPUS LAUNCH As Lennox exceeds capacity, a second campus is added at Regal Cinemas on Georgesville Rd
THIRD CAMPUS LAUNCH Six months after launching the Regal Campus, Rock City’s Fawcett Center Campus opens its doors
RUN CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF A capital initiative to launch two permanent campuses and a Dream Center in Columbus begins
ROCK CITY SHORT NORTH OPENS
The church’s first permanent campus in the heart of our city opens its doors
THE COLUMBUS DREAM CENTER OPENS The local outreach arm for Rock City opens its doors and becomes a hub of hope and healing for the poor
UPPER ARLINGTON CAMPUS LAUNCH With additional seating capacity, the Rock City Upper Arlington Campus opens its doors at Upper Arlington High School
HILLIARD CAMPUS LAND PURCHASED 14.5 acres of land in Hilliard are purchased that will be home to Rock City’s future broadcast campus
WESTERVILLE CAMPUS LAUNCH Expanding into a new area of our city, Rock City’s Westerville Campus launches with nearly 1,000 people in attendance
ROCK CITY MDWK LAUNCH To accommodate the fast growth at the Short North Campus and reach a new demographic of people, Rock City opens a Midweek Worship Experience
HILLIARD CAMPUS GROUND BREAKING Rock City officially breaks ground on the Rock City Hilliard Campus and is on track to open the doors in the fall of 2018
ROCK CITY CHRISTMAS EVE ATTENDANCE Setting a new attendance record, 7,338 people attend a Rock City Christmas Eve Experience
OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR CITY ARE STILL UNCHURCHED
1,988,565 WEBSITE VIEWS 7,650 FACEBOOK FANS 3,098 TWITTER FOLLOWERS
7,489 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS 30,000 VIMEO VIEWS 35,000 SERMON VIEWS ONLINE 704,497 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 fifth consecutive year by Outreach Magazine.
Y E A R S E V E N AT A G L A N C E
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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.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone;; a new life has begun!! 2 Corinthians 5:17
TYLER PUGH Two years ago, I moved to Columbus from West Virginia. It was such a difficult season for me being away from my family and friends. I was going through a ton – dealing with unhealthy habits and a lifestyle that didn’t glorify God - and was so tempted to move back home. Looking back, I can see it was God’s plan for me to be here and a huge part of that plan included Rock City Church. In November of 2016, I came to my first Rock City service and gave my life fully to Jesus. I had always said I was a “Christian,” but in reality those were just words. I hadn’t fully surrendered to Him. As I started engaging in the church and connecting, I saw what it looked like to live out my faith, and I knew that Columbus was my home. Fast forward to today, I am serving at the Westerville Campus as the guest experience leader. I love having the opportunity to connect with people who are walking through our doors for the first time, just like I was connected with two years ago. My Rock City small group has also become a huge part of my life, providing an amazing group of men that I can call mentors and friends. And perhaps the most exciting thing is that I am engaged to be married to an amazing, Godloving girl that I met at the Westerville Campus grand opening. God truly planted me at Rock City for a reason, and I am so thankful He chose this church and this group of people to become my family. I am forever changed.
KRISTY ADAMS During my senior year of college, I found Rock City Church. At the time, I was desperately praying for a church community that I could surround myself with and live life alongside. When I walked through the doors for the first time, I remember seeing all of these joyful people worshipping alongside one another, and I remember praying – “Lord, I want what they have!” After that first Sunday I attended Rock City Connect. Before long, I was involved in Rock City Kids and joined a small group. I loved being involved in every way I could, but honestly, one of the most cherished moments of my life happened the night I got baptized. I had nervously invited some of my friends who didn’t go to church to be there for my baptism. It was a stormy summer day and when tornado sirens started going off, I felt defeated. God had other plans though, and before long, the Short North team had set up the baptism tanks in the basement of the campus. Surrounded by acoustic worship, a church I loved and my friends, I experienced the sweetest glimpse of heaven. Today, I have the privilege of serving as a Rock City intern, and I have been on four Rock City mission trips! God has transformed my life through this church in countless ways, and I can truly say I have what I longed and prayed for that first day I walked through the doors.
TIM & MARTI GRANT Marti and I walked through the doors of Rock City for the first time 18 months ago. We were in search of a place that would help anchor our children who are in their early 20s. That first day, we felt the familiar feeling of the Holy Spirit, and we knew we were home. Suddenly, our family began to look forward to Sunday mornings. The volunteers and campus pastors were energized and the powerful messages were invigorating. When the church announced that they were launching a Westerville Campus, we knew it was time to jump in and start serving. Being a part of the launch team gave us a feeling of belonging and family. We were amazed at the excitement, organization and team chemistry. Serving consistently has allowed us to build meaningful relationships that are much deeper than those we had when we were just attending Sunday services. Today, we are contributing to the work Jesus is doing in and through this church, and as a family, we are more focused than ever on cementing our legacy. Our desire is to leave a legacy of love for Christ for our family, friends and community and Rock City is helping us do that. It is hard to imagine a time when Rock City was not our home, and we are so excited and open to being used by God to reach the next generation!
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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.
My children, let us not love with words or in talk only. Let us love by what we do and in truth. 1 John 3:18
MAKING A DIFFERENCE LOCAL AND GLOBAL IN YEAR 7
SHOES GIVEN THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS SHOE GIVE IN COLUMBUS & CENTRAL AMERICA
AMOUNT GIVEN BEYOND OUR WALLS FOR LOCAL AND GLOBAL OUTREACH IN YEAR 7
LOADED BACKPACKS & SUPPLIES GIVEN TO CHILDREN IN NEED
PASTORS IN INDIA + BANGLADESH FULLY FUNDED BY ROCK CITY
WINTER COATS PROVIDED TO LOCAL FAMILIES
CHILDREN SPONSORED BY THE PEOPLE OF ROCK CITY
LOADS OF LAUNDRY WASHED DURING LAUNDRY LOVE
PEOPLE WERE SENT ON A MISSIONS TRIP
VOLUNTEER HOURS SERVED BEYOND OUR WALLS
TEACHERS SERVED AT ONE OF 29 TEACHER APPRECIATION EVENTS
LETâ€™S DO THIS. In late August, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma ripped through Texas, the Southeast and Caribbean Islands, leaving massive devastation and, for thousands, a loss of hope. Armed with a simple idea, Rock City jumped into action and led Columbus in collecting supply buckets filled with cleaning supplies and food. Before long, local companies and news agencies wanted to be a part, and through this initiative, we were able to host the first-ever NBC 4 - Rock City Church and American Red Cross Day of Giving, engaging hundreds of Rock City volunteers and thousands in our city. In total, three semi-trucks full of supplies were sent to Texas and the Southeast to help meet their immediate needs, and thousands of dollars were given to help churches in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico serve their communities.
125,000 + Pounds of food and supplies given 35,000 + Items collected - filling three semi-trucks $33,000 + Given to Texas, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Islands
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.
$95,886 GIVEN TO ARC BY ROCK CITY CHURCH IN YEAR 7 TO PLANT LIFE-GIVING CHURCHES
$367,133 GIVEN TO ARC BY ROCK CITY CHURCH TO DATE
ARC AT A GLANCE
733 ARC CHURCHES PLANTED TO DATE 120 CHURCHES PLANTED IN 2017 $15M GIVEN TO MISSIONS IN 2017 28,023 TOTAL LAUNCH DAY ATTENDANCE IN 2017 21 ARC CHURCHES LAUNCHED GLOBALLY IN 2017
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 7th 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 International Friendships OSU
In Year 7, One for One totaled:
Athletes in Action OSU
Search Ministries InterVarsity Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Chick-fil-A Columbus Restaurants NBC 4
For every first-time guest that walks through our doors, Rock City donates $5 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. They in turn are able, through their partners, to turn each $5 donation into $50 worth of groceries, helping make Columbus hunger-free and healthy.
GLOBAL Great Commission Latin America Alpha Ministries Samaritanâ€™s Purse Total Health Association of Related Churches Compassion International Food for the Hungry One Child Matters Elevate Church, Florida Hope City, Texas Harvest Bridge Fellowship Church, California Fatherâ€™s House, California Elevate People, Texas The Church, Texas
To date, Mid-Ohio giving totals:
$65,820 Providing $658,200 worth of groceries to serve local families in need.
The Columbus Dream Center is a local outreach arm of Rock City Church. The doors for this hub of hope opened just two years ago in the heart of our city. Fueled by a love for the people of Columbus and the idea that the local church truly is the hope of the world, we are seeing love shared and lives transformed each and every week through the programs and outreach of the Dream Center. Powered by thousands of volunteers, each week the Dream Center after-school program, homeless and sex trafficking outreach, laundry and shower program, Adopt-A-Block, meals program and many others, are able to meet some of our cityâ€™s most basic needs. And perhaps one of the things we love most about the Dream Center is the opportunity it provides for us to partner with other local churches and organizations! This year alone, over 60 churches and outside organizations jumped in and served, and we know weâ€™re just getting started!
At the Dream Center in 2017
67,241 MEALS SERVED
35,901 VOLUNTEER HOURS
a r iT a ys Dream Center Spotlight
Tiara Tuesdays is a program at the Columbus Dream Center for girls ages 9-14. Studies have shown that for many girls, confidence declines greatly from 5th to 9th grade, and the goal of Tiara Tuesdays to is to provide young girls with the opportunity to have healthy and safe relationships with leaders who love them, grow in their confidence and begin to understand their identity in Christ.
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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 outgive God.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Psalm 105:1
BUDGET Ministry Operations 33%
FUTURE FUND + SAVINGS, ADMINISTRATION, FINANCIAL SERVICES, YOUTH MINISTRY, CHILDREN’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, 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 Capin Crouse, LLP, The Church Lawyers, and the Rock City Board of Directors to ensure that all funds are being used for maximum efficiency and with the utmost integrity. The Board of Directors, which includes pastors of respected congregations, including CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, OH, meets annually to discuss and approve the annual budget. The financials provided in this report are based on the previous 12 months of data (March 1 – February 28) in alignment with our annual birthday. The fiscal year of Rock City Church is August 1 – July 31.
TOTAL REVENUE BREAKDOWN IN YEAR 7 $4,707,088.60
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 7
$1,011,578.05 + $2,339,068.23 $3,350,646.28
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 7
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
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