GRACE CHURCH

2017 ANNUAL REPORT

A LOOK BACK AT 2017

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 family of local congregations. We are very 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! We believe that everything we possess is a gift from God, especially the gracious gift of faith. Our responsibility, then, is to be a faithful steward by sharing and investing what we have been given. Because of God’s power and the generosity of individuals like yourself, we have seen a return on investment that has been felt worldwide. In the same way that the Christmas season helps us think about what God has done in our own lives, we hope this overview of what God has done in our church this year will lead you to gratitude and worship.

SERVICES

WE CHOOSE WORSHIP

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SERVICES ACROSS 9 CAMPUSES
9,368
2017 EASTER ATTENDANCE
7,862
AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
PELHAM - 2,95537%
DOWNTOWN - 1,17215%
POWDERSVILLE - 1,11914%
HARRISON BRIDGE - 92212%
ANDERSON - 4155%
TRAVELERS REST - 3865%
SPARTANBURG - 3835%
GREER - 3064%
EN ESPAÑOL - 2043%

2017 TEACHING

BY THE NUMBERS

1,165,297

PAGE VIEWS IN 2017

487,084 UNIQUE PAGEVIEWS

405% INCREASE IN ENGAGEMENT

68% INCREASE IN ENGAGEMENT

MOST PLAYED: WORTHY OF IT ALL – 1,300 PLAYS

Justin and Jamie Bishop

Justin and Jamie Bishop have been attending Grace for three years and married for half that time. From their premarital instruction in Merge to their regular participation in Ezer and Men’s Roundtable groups, the Bishops know the foundation for their new marriage is rooted in truth within a safe and biblical community. “Because our families are not in Greenville, Grace has become our family.” The local church provides the Bishops a place to sit under God’s Word and seek to apply that knowledge in community. Jamie notes, “Our community group has been a huge part of our discipleship. Every single week we are doing real life—not sugarcoating things—and working through issues. They let us process, speak truth, and help us understand what the Bible says to do.” Justin agrees: “The community group is not just a meeting on Monday nights—it extends throughout the week because we literally do life with them.”

CAMPUSES

WE CHOOSE LOCAL

Pelham

Added a Sunday night service to provide extra capacity for weekend worship services. Maximized our Student Ministries to include discipleship of 550 students.

Powdersville

Launched re|engage with 45 couples in attendance. Over 225 children and 145 students are being served each week, and125 first time financial gifts were given to our church.

Downtown

Sent over 50 people on mission trips to Allendale County, and the number of covenant members regularly serving increased from 51% to 70%.

Harrison Bridge

Over 400 adult covenant members – 98% are in biblical community and 99% are actively serving.  Financial generosity has grown 20% from last year.

Spartanburg

Launched an additional Sunday morning service to accommodate growing needs in children’s ministry and guests. This change also gives families the opportunity to serve and worship together each week.

Anderson

Connected 78% of Foundations attendees into membership and discipled 90 men and women in Men’s Roundtable and Ezer groups.

En Español

Moved into a new facility, which has allowed us to recruit and involve about 80 more people in different serving roles in campus impact, student, and children’s ministries.

Greer

Added a second service to accommodate a growing number of families with young children. Weekly student ministry programming launched for students in 7th-12th grade, and the number of community groups doubled from 2016.

Travelers Rest

Launched a new campus in October averaging around 400 people in weekly attendance. Currently there are 273 in active serving roles and 163 people in biblical community (10 community groups).

A FAMILY OF LOCAL GONGREGATIONS IN THE UPSTATE

A FAMILY OF LOCAL CONGREGATIONS IN THE UPSTATE

TRAVELERS REST CAMPUS LAUNCH

“Having a campus in TR allows me to worship and minister to those who live in my community. It also allows my unchurched friends to see a spiritual  family associated with the area, that they may desire. It has made TR our place to belong and given purpose to reaching our community for Jesus.” – Sue Hooker

“We had new neighbors move in recently. They said they were hoping to find a church close to them to attend. We were quick to tell them about the TR Campus. They told us last week they were signing up for discovery, and they were anxious to get involved! Without the TR campus being close to them, I’m not sure they would have come!” – Sylvia Flint

“Doing church close to home makes it much easier to do things like MRT. Instead of driving downtown, I can drive five minutes to my friend’s house. This helps me to get to know more men on a deeper level so we can challenge and encourage each other.” – Josh Pearman

GRACE CITY LAUNCH

We are excited to be partnering with Will and Mallie Plonk as they move to Charleston in January to plant Grace City Church. Over the past six years on staff, Will’s passion for launching a church has grown alongside his gifts for teaching and pastoring, which have been confirmed by the leadership at Grace. In addition to a core group forming in the greater Charleston area, 20 individuals are moving from Greenville to help plant this local church. Please be in prayer for Grace City Church and the anticipated launch date of August 2018. For more information, please visit www.thegracecity.com

“Historically, nothing reaches a city for Christ like church planting, and we believe it takes a full spectrum of diverse churches to do so.”  – Matt Williams

Brad and Neely Ledford

Brad and Neely Ledford were excited when Grace announced the desire to launch a campus in Travelers Rest. Brad’s roots were deep and his connection to that part of the Upstate was strong. “I grew up in this community; it’s where I live, where my kids go to school, and my wife is a teacher there.” Since 2015, Brad and his family were driving to the Downtown campus in Greenville to worship. But when they heard the news of the plans for Travelers Rest, they knew they wanted to be a part of that initial group to reach their own community.

When you worship in the community where you live, there is “connection, accountability, and an opportunity to serve others.” And, as a Travelers Rest high school alumnus, the irony of meeting in that facility is not lost on Brad. “There have been lots of people praying, and God is doing something special.”

DISCIPLESHIP

WE CHOOSE EQUIPPING

3,248
IN COMMUNITY GROUPS

COMMUNITY GROUPS PER CAMPUS
PL: 80 | DT: 55 | PV: 29 | HB:26 | AN: 9 | GR: 9 | TR: 10 | SP: 10 | ES: 4

+
147
IN PASTORAL CARE GROUPS
+
360
IN RE|ENGAGE
=
3,755
TOTAL IN BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
3,668
COVENANT MEMBERS

MEMBERSHIP BY CAMPUS

Jordan and Jordan Janushkowsky

The Janushkowskys had heard about the re|engage marriage ministry offered at Grace but thought it was intended only for relationships in trouble or in crisis mode. “We thought we didn’t need that; we thought our marriage was near perfect.” However, as they processed the workbook, heard the marriage stories, and shared in their groups week after week, the benefits were realized. The act of setting aside time for intentional study “exposed some things in our relationship that we didn’t know were there.” Unconfessed sin, doubt, and issues brewing beneath the surface were now being written and spoken with humility and met with grace. “We can talk honestly about sin and work through it. The burden is lifted off, and she can help me learn and grow from it.” With a deeper level of intimacy and oneness, both expressed thankfulness and described their re|engage journey as a “really beautiful thing.”

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STUDIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

The Quest for Authentic Manhood, The Quest for Purity,
A Man and His Wife, A Man and His Faith,
A Man and His Work, Leadership Values, and
coming April 2018 – A Man and His Son/Daughter 

1,847
WOMEN THROUGH EZER

3 studies available in Spanish –
Biblical Femininity,
Redeeming Sexuality,
and Body Matters

Ron Winegard

Raised in a home with a mother and two sisters, Ron Winegard had very little male influence. Two years ago, Ron attended his first Men’s Roundtable. After hearing the teaching, Ron went home, downloaded the rest of the series, and listened to them all within the next 24 hours. “I’ve never heard anything like that.” Although Ron has been married to Lindsey for 22 years and has always attended church, Men’s Roundtable introduced him to the idea that “God needs to be my main priority and then my wife. Everything else flows from that.” It changed his marriage as he learned that he must love Lindsey like God loves the Church. Patterns of selfish behavior turned to leading and loving in new ways. “I can’t be mean or belittle her. I am learning to communicate and it is my responsibility to lead her even through conflict.” Ron now leads groups for Men’s Roundtable at our Powdersville Campus.

PASTORAL CARE

WE CHOOSE MOVEMENT

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CARE MINISTRIES OFFERED
159
IN CARE MINISTRIES
100
THROUGH RE:GENERATION

KAITLYN FIEDLER

As an 8-year-old girl, the life Kaitlyn Fiedler knew changed in one moment. A car accident on a South Carolina highway stole the lives of her parents and four siblings. Although her normal was gone, Kaitlyn had faith that God saw her grief and cared for her.

Kaitlyn serves with SHIFT, a GriefShare ministry for grieving kids and teens. As she shares her story, pours out her energy, and identifies with suffering, Kaitlyn heals and holds to the promise in Hebrews that “God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers.” (6:10) Kaitlyn looks forward to the day when she will see the fullness of God’s glory. But while she waits, she serves.

Click here for more of her story on We Choose

NEXT GENERATION

WE CHOOSE INVESTING

1,813
KIDS IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

PL: 782 |PV: 242 | DT: 232 | HB: 217

SP: 109 | GR: 82 | AN: 66 | TR: 53 | ES: 30

211
NEW FAMILIES SINCE PROMOTION IN AUGUST
385
STUDENTS ON FUSION RETREAT
(5TH AND 6TH GRADE)
405
STUDENTS ON 24SEVEN RETREAT
(7TH AND 8TH GRADE)
487
STUDENTS ON FORGE RETREAT
(HIGH SCHOOL)
1,058
STUDENTS ACROSS ALL CAMPUSES
400
ADULTS SERVING IN STUDENT MINISTRY

Our special needs ministry, Mosaic, is now offered in some capacity at all campuses.

113
CHILDREN & YOUTH IN MOSAIC
24
ADULTS IN MOSAIC
9
HIGH SCHOOL KAIROS INTERNS
41
COLLEGE KAIROS INTERNS
14
POST GRAD INTERNS AND RESIDENTS

Austin Williams

This summer, Austin participated in Kairos, a 10-week internship program for college students. Grace Church internships give students opportunities to study spiritual topics, develop leadership skills, and carry weight in various ministries. Church leadership and staff pour into these interns with real time feedback, discipleship, and teaching.

Austin learned what it looks like to function in a group of believers. He says he gained an “understanding of the power and purpose of the local church, understanding that I am a son of the Lord and that I can be okay with who I am and how to use my skills and talents for the Kingdom. I am specifically designed to be a part of the body of Christ.”

Students often head back to college with a fresh perspective, a deeper understanding of God, and much to reflect upon. “Throughout the summer I learned what it looks like to be the person the Lord has designed me to be versus who Austin wanted Austin to be.”

OUTREACH

WE CHOOSE OTHERS

In 2017, Grace Church began strategic partnerships with Project Hope Foundation and Jump Start Ministries.

Project Hope Foundation is an organization that provides a lifespan of services for the autism community through various programs. Grace has been able to help by providing wraparound groups, counseling services, regular use of Grace facilities, and support of monthly team therapy meetings.

189
individuals on the autism spectrum directly impacted through our partnership with Project Hope Foundation.

Jump Start is a faith based prison rehabilitation ministry that helps fight recidivism by helping train men and women to transition back into the workplace. Volunteers are serving through inside programs, mentoring, and providing dental care and jobs

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volunteers serving with JumpStart

TEN YEARS OF KENYA MISSIONS

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Kenyan churches impacted
1,100
Church leaders trained
45
OVC children supported
15,000
Patients cared for
$
18,000
donated to Homes of Hope towards a single family affordable house
74
licensed foster families with 17 more in process
1,200
volunteer hours served in Allendale this Summer

Wendy Arnold

The line of hundreds of people waiting for medical treatment in Kenya can be staggering, but Wendy Arnold tries only to set her attention on the person sitting at her table—because in each moment, God has given her the opportunity to make each person feel known, heard, and loved by Jesus. Wendy explains, “I have no expectation of giving them all that they need, and they have no expectation that I can, but come only for the hope that someone may actually listen to them and care… the most important thing that happens at the clinic is that these people are connected to the local church.”

The medicine she can provide can only go so far. It does not have the power to erase years of physical ailments. She knows that their pain will not disappear. But when we look past physical needs, we see people who desire community and ultimately a relationship with our Creator. As Wendy puts it, “Our God created us to be relational. He created us in His image. He created us to be loved, and our clinics help ensure that these battle-worn people know that they are cared for—that there is hope. They may not see relief this side of Heaven, but there is hope on the other side.”

FINANCIAL

WE CHOOSE GENEROSITY

815

NEW GIVERS

24.50%

GIVING UNITS INCREASE 2016-17

2

LARGE GIFTS TOTALLING $1.4M

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. We look expectantly to the next year of ministering together.

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