ANNUAL REPORT YEAR 8
ROCK CITY CHURCH COLUMBUS, OH USA
ANNUAL REPORT YEAR 8 APRIL 2018 - MARCH 2019
Table of Contents 04 Welcome 06 Numbers 20 We Will Run 32 Beyond Our Walls 42 Financials
WE SAY THANK YOU BECAUSE WE ARE GRATEFUL. Psalm 9:1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
There is something so powerful about the words, “Thank You.” It’s one of the first phrases we teach our children when they are toddlers. I can recall telling my children to “SAY THANK YOU” hundreds of times when they were younger, as we were leaving a store or restaurant, or when someone would give them a gift. And, over time, it became something they did automatically. Instilling good manners in our children is important. It sets them up well for life. It also sets them up for a healthy relationship with the Lord and with others. As a church, one of our most important values is, “We Say Thank You – Because We Are Grateful.” This may seem minor, but I believe it sets the tone for everything we do. When I comb through this book, considering the numbers, stories and journey the Lord has taken us on in our eighth year, they are the only words that seem adequate. THANK YOU, GOD! Let me encourage you, as I encouraged my children when they were young, to join with me in saying, “Thank You, God” as you read through this report. As you turn each page, thank Him for what He’s done – thank Him that each and every one of us gets to be a part of this amazing move of God, and thank Him for what’s to come – that we are just getting started! May His work continue in us, through us and all around us. And may we never take this for granted! Eight incredible years, and the best is yet to come!
Chad Fisher / Lead Pastor
Our mission is to reach the unchurched and awaken the spiritually restless to become fully devoted followe rs of
The Numbers WE CELEBRATE Every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God. #rcvalues
I was brought up a preacher’s kid, so naturally I was in the church all the time. I gave my life to Jesus when I was 16; however, as I reflect on that season of my life, I think I did it just because all of my other friends were doing it and I think I had a skewed idea of what “church” was. I was missing the love, faith and consistency of what a church should be. I was going to church just because it was something to do. I was going because I didn’t want someone to say, “Did you know that Lea didn’t come to church today?” It was draining and so eventually I just stopped going to church altogether. Time went on and on and years later, I found myself at Rock City Church where I rededicated my life fully to Jesus. Since that time, I have experienced God’s love in action. I am in a Small Group. I serve others. And I have experienced God’s healing and His presence. I am so thankful He led me here.
Total Decisions in Year 8
4,694 Total Decisions Since Launch
OVER YEAR 7
HISTORICAL AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
Attendance YEAR 8 MONTHLY AVERAGES
PEOPLE IN GROUPS IN YEAR 8
PEOPLE SERVING ON A TEAM IN YEAR 8
TOTAL KIDS ATTENDANCE
YOUTH NIGHT DECISIONS FOR JESUS
Applying for a Rock City Internship was by far, the most important, impactful and life-changing decision I have ever made. In a season of my life where I was surrounded by uncertainty about where I was going in school, what my future held and what path I wanted to pursue, I found myself surrounded by people who were every bit of what I needed. Through this internship I found understanding of what my purpose is and peace in knowing that Jesus is all I will ever need. Itâ€™s my second semester interning at Rock City and I have gained confidence in my identity in Christ, the path that I am pursuing and a better understanding of what it is like to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our city. These past two semesters have shaped me in a way that will have a permanent impact. I walked through the doors of Rock City with very little emotionally and spiritually. Now, I am overflowing in confidence and Iâ€™m surrounded by people who constantly lift me up in my walk with Jesus.
The Rock City Internship Experience is building the next generation of life-giving leaders.
6817 EASTER ATTENDANCE 2018
UP 25% OVER YEAR 7
UP 34% OVER YEAR 7
9853 CHRISTMAS ATTENDANCE 2018
BAPTISMS IN YEAR 8
TISMS BAPTISMS SINCE LAUNCH
We Will Run WE ARE FOR THE ONE Jesus came to seek and save the lost and we too will pursue every lost one until every lost one is found. #rcvalues
In Year 8, Rock City Hilliard opened its doors for the first time. This 50,000 sq. ft, stateof-the-art permanent facility is now the broadcast campus for Rock City and home to thousands of people every single week. With dynamic childrenâ€™s and youth space and an incredible auditorium, we couldnâ€™t be more excited or grateful that we have been able to put down permanent roots in this growing and vibrant part of our city. Hilliard and Columbus will never be the same!
01.27.19 HILLIARD LAUNCH
Kevin Zeallear I had been involved in youth groups as a kid. Actually encountered Jesus in a real way when I was 12 but when I reached high school, I stopped going. I wanted to party and be a teenager instead. I’d go with my mom when she’d ask on holidays, but she eventually stopped asking. My mom got sick with cancer in my early twenties and passed away. I was confused and mad at God for taking her. She was so at peace at the end of her life. She was refusing pain meds because she didn’t feel any pain and was eager to go home to heaven. I had no idea what that meant and it started to get me to consider God again. But I was so hurt – I never thought she’d die. I got married a few years after her death. My wife was struggling hard with anxiety and was seeking answers. She checked out Rock City one week when her Grandma was in town since we lived down the street from the Lennox Theater. She really enjoyed it and kept going back. I was skeptical. I thought I’d be judged. That church people would look at me differently because of the life I was living. I watched her as she got more and more involved. She got plugged into a Small Group. Started serving on a team. She kept asking me to join her, so I finally went. The first week I was at Rock City, God spoke to me through Pastor Chad. He said, “If you’re mad, beefing with God over losing a loved one … I don’t know who I’m talking to, but God put this on my heart to say … that you’ve come home.” It immediately broke me. That day God started healing my heart so I could finally be at peace with the loss of my mom. Since then, we’ve suffered the loss of a child through a miscarriage, and even though it was painful, it actually brought me closer to God. Where before it would have pushed me further away. I can’t imagine where my marriage would be at if we would’ve walked through that pain without God and without Rock City. Today our life is totally different. Our marriage is better, relationships are deeper. We’re making lifelong friends. I’m leading a Small Group. My wife’s anxiety is gone. Where once the path was not clear for our future – it is now clear. Centered around God. It’s all different and for the better.
PRISON LAUNCH 03.25.18
In April of our eighth year, we planted the first Rock City Church Campus inside the walls of a local prison. Focused on providing a life-giving worship experience and church community to those behind bars, our first prison campus has provided hope and healing to hundreds of inmates. Rock City also provides an instant family to those who attend while incarcerated when he or she gets out of prison.
Matthew 25:36 â€œI was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.â€?
SINCE LAUNCH FIRST-TIME GUESTS
336 DECISIONS FOR JESUS
“I WAS A RESIDENT at Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility and I was released on February 11. I want to thank you personally for bringing your message to ME. I now attend services at the Short North Campus. I’ve connected with Pastor Nate and I want you to know that you have helped me MORE than you will ever know. God is awesome and amazes me more every day. Thank you again.”
“I’M CURRENTLY A RESIDENT at Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility. When I first got here I was invited to worship at Rock City on Sunday nights. This is the first time I’ve been to church in more than 17 years. I’m 29 – last time I was in church I was 12. Every time I’ve been greeted with smiles and handshakes from your volunteers, and every week your words hit more and more. You are teaching me the Word of God and a new way to live my life. I’m a recovering heroin addict. I’ve used drugs since I was 12. Finally, with the help of Rock City, I am learning to turn my life over to God. My thanks to you and to your team for starting a prison campus – please know that you are changing lives. Thank you ALL so much and God bless EVERY member, you ALL are my family. With all my gratitude.”
FROM LAUNCH TO NOW
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 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
FIRST ROCK CITY PRISON CAMPUS LAUNCH Taking God behind bars, Rock City launches its first campus inside the walls of a local prison - offering services for both men and women
ROCK CITY HILLIARD OPENS After more than a year of building, the doors are opened to Rock City Hilliard – a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus that serves the church as its broadcast location
2,700,000 WEBSITE VIEWS 8,961 FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS 3,614 TWITTER FOLLOWERS
14,500 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS 26,325 VIMEO VIEWS 37,712 SERMON VIEWS ONLINE 680,000 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 sixth consecutive year by Outreach Magazine.
Y E A R E I G H T AT A G L A N C E
Beyond Our Walls WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS, NOT CONSUMERS The Church does not exist for us; we are the Church and we exist for the world. #rcvalues
LOCAL AND NATIONAL BEYOND OUR WALLS 3,559
SHOES GIVEN THROUGH THE
WINTER COATS PROVIDED
LOADS OF LAUNDRY WASHED
CHRISTMAS SHOE GIVE IN COLUMBUS
TO LOCAL FAMILIES
DURING LAUNDRY LOVE
AND IN EL SALVADOR
BACKPACKS GIVEN IN PARTNERSHIP TO NBC4
TEACHERS SERVED AT
GUESTS AND FAMILIES
SERVED AT TIM TEBOWâ€™S
EVENTS - REPRESENTING 118
NIGHT TO SHINE
COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS
WALLS WITH ROCK CITY CHURCH
PEOPLE HAVE SERVED BEYOND OUR
During Year 8, Rock City came together to make a big impact both locally and nationally. From feeding every teacher serving in the Columbus City School District to joining with our partners at NBC4 to mobilize the city and help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Rock Cityâ€™s volunteer army showed up, gave big and made a tremendous difference.
GLOBAL BEYOND OUR WALLS Because of the faithfulness and generosity of the people of Rock City through the 2017 Year-End Legacy Offering, our ability to make a global impact expanded greatly in our eighth year. From putting feet on the ground in six countries through missions trips, to funding and equipping 39 pastors and sponsoring 332 children throughout the world, Rock City’s commitment to reach those who have never heard the name of Jesus remains steadfast. We can’t stop, and won’t stop, until every lost person is found and until every hurting person is healed.
BACKPACKS AND 9,708
PASTORS OVERSEAS FULLY
SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO
FUNDED BY ROCK CITY
CHILDREN IN AMMAN, JORDAN
CHILDREN SPONSORED BY
PEOPLE WERE SENT ON A
THE PEOPLE OF ROCK CITY
AMOUNT GIVEN BEYOND OUR WALLS FOR LOCAL, DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL OUTREACH IN YEAR 8
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.
$173,506 GIVEN TO ARC BY ROCK CITY CHURCH IN YEAR 8 TO PLANT LIFE-GIVING CHURCHES
$540,639 GIVEN TO ARC BY ROCK CITY CHURCH TO DATE
ARC AT A GLANCE 809 ARC CHURCHES PLANTED TO DATE 76 CHURCHES PLANTED IN 2018 19,034 TOTAL LAUNCH DAY ATTENDANCE IN 2018 772 TOTAL LAUNCH DAY DECISIONS FOR CHRIST IN 2018
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 eighth 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 The Columbus Dream Center International Friendships OSU
In Year 8, One For One totaled:
Athletes in Action OSU
Intervarsity Mid Ohio Foodbank Chick-fil-A Columbus Restaurants
Reeb Avenue Center Tree of Life Christian Schools
For every first-time guest who 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.
SON Ministries The Salvation Army NBC4
To date, Mid-Ohio giving totals:
Great Commission Latin America Alpha Ministries Samaritanâ€™s Purse
Providing $894,000 worth of groceries to serve local families in need
Total Health Association of Related Churches Compassion International Harvest Bridge One Child Matters Advancing Native Missions Impact with Hope The Tim Tebow Foundation
At the Dream Center in 2018
Dream Center Spotlight
ADDED PROGRAMS IN YEAR 8
44,769 MEALS SERVED
The Columbus Dream Center is the local outreach arm of Rock City Church. Powered by thousands of volunteers, the Dream Center helps meet our city’s most basic needs.
24,192 VOLUNTEER HOURS
50 PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Sisterhood Middle School and High School Mentoring Columbus City Schools Mentoring Partnership World Changers 5th Grade Mentoring Program Guest-to-Volunteer Program
“A few months ago, I was released from prison with a bus pass but nothing else. I was homeless and alone. When I got downtown and off the bus, I was handed a card for the Dream Center. With no where else to go, I followed the directions on the card and ended up at one of the Dream Center Meal Nights. I started coming to Meal Nights regularly and also was blessed by the Shower and Laundry Program. Through the services and friendships I found at the Dream Center, I now have the confidence I need to succeed. God has taken ahold of me and I know this is where I belong. I now lead a Dream Center Small Group and am helping those who were in the same place I was just a few months ago.”
“I lost my job because of drugs and alcohol and was on the streets for two years. This past year I’ve been coming consistently to the Dream Center. I first came here for laundry services every week. Then you all stuck to me because of the love you all show. I was asked if I wanted to start volunteering. I got a lot out of coming here and receiving the services, so I wanted to give back because this place has blessed me. I was in a rough place when I first started coming to the Dream Center. Now I’ve gotten approved for my SSI and I am not on the streets any more. Since being here I’ve stopped drinking. I stay more focused now and I get to meet people who are going through the same things I went through and I can encourage them that there’s a better future for them.”
Financials WE WILL LEAD THE WAY IN RADICAL GENEROSITY It is more blessed to give than to receive and it is impossible to outgive God. #rcvalues
Ministry Operations 27%
$1,597,378.48 FUTURE FUND + SAVINGS, ADMINISTRATION, ACCOUNTING SERVICES, YOUTH + MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, WEEKEND WORSHIP EXPERIENCES (PRINT MATERIALS, CAMPUS SUPPORT), SMALL GROUPS, GROWTH TRACK, CREATIVE ARTS (WORSHIP, PRODUCTION, GRAPHIC DESIGN, WEB SUPPORT), CARE MINISTRY, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
$2,215,427.20 PT & FT SALARIES + BENEFITS FOR PASTORAL AND NON-PASTORAL STAFF *NATIONAL AVERAGE OF STAFFING EXPENSES FOR CHURCHES IS 40%-50%
$955,226.63 WORSHIP SPACE, OFFICE SPACE, SHORT NORTH AND HILLIARD FACILITY UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE, UTILITIES, OTHER FACILITIES (TRAILERS, STORAGE, ETC)
$1,083,899.08 LOCAL AND GLOBAL OUTREACH, DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL MISSION TEAMS, OUTREACH MARKETING, CHURCH PLANTING (ARC), MISSIONARY SUPPORT, CHILD SPONSORSHIP *NATIONAL AVERAGE OF OUTREACH EXPENSES FOR CHURCHES IS 10-14%
ROCK CITY CHURCH OPERATES WITH AN OPEN BOOK POLICY OF FINANCIAL INTEGRITY AND WORKS WITH HARN & ASSOCIATES, CAPIN CROUSE, 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 CEDAR CREEK 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 (MAR 1 – FEB 28) IN ALIGNMENT WITH OUR ANNUAL BIRTHDAY. THE FISCAL YEAR OF ROCK CITY CHURCH IS AUG 1 – JUL 31.
TOTAL REVENUE BREAKDOWN IN YEAR 8 $1,351,059.40
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 8
$1,083,899.08 + $2,268,509.78
OUTREACH RUN EXPANSION
BEYOND OUR WALLS
RUN 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 8
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
“FROM THE MOMENT I WALKED INTO THIS CHURCH, I FELT AT HOME. I WAS NOT RAISED IN A CHURCH GOING FAMILY, BUT I WANT TO BREAK THAT CYCLE. I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW HOW AWESOME GOD IS AND HOW MUCH HE LOVES US.”