GRACE CHURCH

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

A LOOK BACK AT 2016

At the end of each year, we believe it is imperative that we take a look back and remember the ways we have seen God’s faithfulness to our church. These numbers and stories are only a brief snapshot into the vibrant life of Grace Church. They represent the growth, struggle, joy, and hope that we share in Christ as a church family. We are also so grateful for the way God, in his mercy and grace, has provided resources so that we can continue to disciple, equip, and care for one another. Your generosity fuels this mission!

Every dollar given is a dollar given toward ministry and the promise of glorifying God through our mission (Matthew 28:18-20). This “onefund” philosophy allows you the benefit of partnering with God, through the local church, to advance His kingdom at home, here in the Upstate, and around the world. We hope that you will take a few moments and enjoy this communication piece, while also remembering what God has done in your own life this year.

SERVICES

TOGETHER, WE WORSHIP

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SERVICES ACROSS 8 CAMPUSES
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2016 EASTER ATTENDANCE
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AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
PELHAM - 2,8260%
DOWNTOWN - 1,2570%
POWDERSVILLE - 1,0870%
HARRISON BRIDGE - 7720%
ANDERSON - 3990%
SPARTANBURG - 2920%
GREER - 1940%
EN ESPAÑOL - 1110%

2016 TEACHING

7,234

Teaching App Downloads

137,937

Media Plays on the Teaching App

105,332

Visits to the New Website

176

Posts to the New Blog

2,260

Followers on Instagram

300%

Engagement Increase on Facebook

a different perspective on work

“I have a different perspective on work now and a greater appreciation for the work that God has given me. He has changed my heart and shown me the beauty of motherhood. Hosting neighborhood kids, bringing foster children into our home, and loving and leading my children—that’s Kingdom work. It took my life being turned upside down for me to see that. But I no longer whine and moan over this work. It’s constant and exhausting and sometimes not very fun, but it is good.”

– Natalie Patterson, Spartanburg Campus

CAMPUSES

TOGETHER, WE GROW

Pelham

Filled 50 leadership roles with new leaders since the Greer Campus launch and formed 16 new Community Groups out of Foundations to connect new members.

Spartanburg

Moved to the new facility with almost 3,000 homes within a 1 mile radius and attendance jumped by almost 50% after moving in. Now offering weekly student ministry programming for 7th-12th grade students.

Powdersville

Celebrating 375 adults in biblical community, 25 families fostering, and over 100 college students serving.

Anderson

Doubled attendance since last summer and added a second worship service to accommodate new guests.

Downtown

Welcomed over 200 covenant members who became participants in community groups and equipped over 200 men during Men’s Roundtable: A Man and His Faith.

En Español

Launched 90 people into biblical community and discipled 80 men and women in Men’s Roundtable and Ezer groups.

Harrison Bridge

Connected 53% more people into serving roles and hosting 200 children and 100 students in weekly services.

Greer

Officially launched as a new campus and established 2 new community groups through Foundations. Discipling men and women through 6 MRT and 3 Ezer groups launched in the fall.

where we are supposed to be

“We are normally pretty apprehensive about new things, but we also like doing what we can to help. We saw serving as a small way in which our family could take up a mission and see what God was going to do with it, but now the new friendships, culture of selfless service, and unexpected feeling of connection with downtown Greer make the whole thing seem like less of a sacrifice and more like just where we are supposed to be.”

– Josh and Becky Bagwell, Greer Campus

DISCIPLESHIP

TOGETHER, WE EQUIP

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IN COMMUNITY GROUPS
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IN PASTORAL CARE GROUPS
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TOTAL IN BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
PELHAM - 1,0040%
DOWNTOWN - 8170%
POWDERSVILLE - 3620%
HARRISON BRIDGE - 3120%
ANDERSON - 1000%
SPARTANBURG - 1320%
GREER - 780%
EN ESPAÑOL - 800%
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COVENANT MEMBERS
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MEN
THROUGH MEN'S ROUNDTABLE:
A MAN AND HIS FAITH
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+ WOMEN
TRAINED USING EZER
IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES

A COMMON LANGUAGE

“Following the birth of our second child, running on little sleep, and placing unrealistic expectations on each other, our marriage was in a really hard place. The church connected us to the re|engage community. We discovered that we lacked the ability to communicate without escalation and damage. re|engage gave us language and tools to explore humility and forgiveness, as well as a common language to aid in communication. Because we are creating new healthy patterns for us and for our kids, the impact has been noticed by people who know us well.”

– Paul and Clare Sifford, Pelham Campus

PASTORAL CARE

TOGETHER, WE MOVE

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THROUGH RE|ENGAGE
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IN CARE MINISTRIES
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THROUGH RE:GENERATION

THE FREEDOM OF REDEMPTION

“Through DivorceCare, I began to understand what grace is. I had never really understood that. And redemption, I never really got that. I knew the word, could define it, but to really feel it and experience it, I’m starting to get that. I saw Him help me own the anger, the self-pity, and the pride. Just seeing how what I thought wasn’t going to work and how God made it work has been liberating and healing for me.”

– Lisa and Connor Davis, Pelham Campus

NEXT GENERATION

TOGETHER, WE RAISE UP

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KIDS IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

PL: 713 | DT: 229 | HB: 229 | PV: 193

SP: 79 | GR: 58 | AN: 48 | ES: 19

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RAISED BY KIDS FOR PROJECT KENYA
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STUDENTS ON FUSION RETREAT
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STUDENTS ON 24SEVEN RETREAT
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STUDENTS ON FORGE RETREAT

MOSAIC SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

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CHILDREN & YOUTH IN 2014
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CHILDREN & YOUTH IN 2016
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ADULTS IN 2014
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ADULTS IN 2016
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HIGH SCHOOL KAIROS INTERNS
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COLLEGE KAIROS INTERNS
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POST GRAD INTERNS AND RESIDENTS

THE PATH OF MATURITY

Kairos, if nothing else, broke me. We speak so boldly in church of denying ourselves and picking up the cross of Jesus. But never before have I understood that denying myself includes being transformed from my prior nature that I was once actually okay with epitomizing—a nature that screamed out acceptance of an eternity apart from the peace of an eternal Father.

– Drew Huskey, Spartanburg Campus

OUTREACH

TOGETHER, WE SERVE

125

Grace Church members serving as mentors to children in the Upstate

OVER 100

Nicaraguan & Kenyan Pastors enrolled in long-term theological and discipleship training institutes

14%

of SC children in foster care are supported through our partnership with Miracle Hill

240

Grace Church families fostering and/or adopting

511

fostered children in 294 families served through the Foster Adopt Resource Center

DEFENDING THE VULNERABLE

“My husband and I feel privileged that the Lord has called us to this. He is allowing us to uphold their cause and defend these young boys. These two boys were given to us so quickly that we cannot deny the need for foster parents is real and immediate. He continues to confirm our obedience as we get to know these children and see the many needs in their lives. We believe now more than ever that fostering is an incredible ministry.”

– Dan and Amy Johnson, Downtown Campus

FINANCIAL

TOGETHER, WE CHOOSE

43%

GIVING ONLINE

6% INCREASE FROM 2015

$700,000

DEBT REDUCTION

954

NEW GIVERS

41% INCREASE FROM 2015

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8 YEAR COMPARISON

2008

1 CAMPUS

2,400 PEOPLE

2016

8 CAMPUSES

7,200 PEOPLE

TOTAL DEBT INCREASE: $1.2M

GOD ALONE CAN SATISFY

“God reminded me that He alone is our hope and security in this world, and He alone can satisfy our hearts. I can’t count the amount of times I would look at the people of Nicaragua and think to myself, “I wish I could just give them all money so that they could have hope.” The Nicaraguan pastors reminded me daily that God is the only thing that could give their nation hope. I was trying to give hope by providing material possessions. God gives hope by changing hearts and offering Himself. He alone can satisfy.”

– Rob Venable, Pelham Campus

WAYS TO GIVE

Every dollar given to Grace goes to support ministry to our church members, to our local community, and to our partners around the world. We could not do this without you and our leadership is overwhelmingly grateful for your financial partnership in the gospel, and we look expectantly to the next year of ministering together.