WE GROW PEOPLE

ANNUAL REPORT 2015

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ABOUT

WE GROW PEOPLE

2015 was truly an amazing year in the history of our church. Locally, we sponsored a Habitat for Humanity home that was ultimately occupied by a family from our congregation. We celebrated 40 years in the ministry. We are thankful for God’s faithfulness in entrusting us to do so much of the vital work of growing His kingdom.

Thank you for your partnership. We encourage and challenge you to increase your level of support of our ministry so that we can continue to enlarge our reach and achieve our vision of growing people within our church, and ultimately, throughout our city and around the world.

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Bryan L. Carter
Senior Pastor

MISSION

People growing people by connecting them to their next step with Christ.

VALUES

Boldness for Christ – Unapologetically representing Christ to the world. (Phil 1:20)

Passion for People – Intentionally cultivating life giving relationships. (John 13:35)

Catalyst for Change – Relentlessly transforming our city. (Jer 29:7)

Hunger for More – Radically pursuing what God has next for me. (Matt 5:6)

STRATEGY

Worship – in a worship service weekly

Grow – in a grow group weekly

Serve – internal/external serve teams.

 

ministries

Ministries

missions-outreach

Missions & Outreach

12

Twelve (12) members traveled to Durban, South Africa to conduct medical clinics, provided support at an orphanage and conducted evangelistic outreach in the city and rural areas.

50000

Awarded $50K in Bless Dallas Community Partner Funds to 8 community partners

297

Successful Global Missions Expo with 297 sign-ups, 3 external global missions partners & 8 Concord global missions teams.

  • Successful Local Missions Expo with 152 sign-ups, 7 external community partners & 5 internal mission teams. 
  • Partnered with Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church, Antioch Fellowship MBC, DART Police and YMCA Oak Cliff to host ChristGiving, a holiday outreach that served over 3,000 families with toys and food boxes.
  • Launched Apartment Ministry at Brooklawn Springs Apartments with monthly Bible study, door-to-door evangelism and quarterly outreach projects
  • Held 5 How to Share Your Faith Classes with 40 attendees
  • Held Bless Dallas Month with 13 community outreach projects with over 175 volunteers
growth-assimilation

Growth & Assimilation

1324

New Members

255

New Believers

264

New Believers Baptised

185

Decisions on Back to School Sunday

100

New Believers served by Fresh Start Staff

200

Young Adults connected to ministries

132

Baptisms in a single Sunday

350

Guests served

500

New Members who completed Catch the Vision Course

GROW GROUPS

  • Launched New Welcome Packet for New Members
  • The Bridge saw the increase Bible Study attendance (275-300)
  • Mobilized 5 new Community Group leaders
  • Sports & Fitness successfully completed 5th year of Soul Patrol and launched a boot camp
  • Mobilized a Morning Bible Fellowship leadership team
pastoral-care

Pastoral Care

74000

We served 129 families through benevolence with over $74K in support

  • Established a ministry within the juvenile detention system for boys and girls ages 11-16
  • Only prison ministry that ministers at the federal, state, and local level
  • Provided ministry to 14 nursing homes across Dallas County. We also had 13 children to serve and 12 ministers to deliver messages at the nursing home.
  • ›Established prayer conference calls and liaisons within several ministries
  • We served 138 families during their time of bereavement

 

 

 

spiritual-wellness

Spiritual Wellness

300

Conducted 300+ sessions of coaching, spiritual direction, counseling

  • Counseling of over 1,000 members to help return them to spiritual and marital health and then be able to continue their healing by helping others.
  • Provided 4 Special Spiritual Wellness Sessions for the Staff
  • Fully trained 4 Listen to My Life coaches
  • Expanded the Spiritual Wellness office area to increase privacy and focus for Concord members and leaders desiring restoration.
  • Hosted Candlelight Vigil to offer a gentle touch to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one offering life-giving relationships and counseling as needed
  • Completed 120 fifty-minute coaching sessions as of August 1
  • Two single moms completed The Well as of June 21
  • Held three Listen to My Life Mini Retreats as of June 30
  • Staff participation in monthly coaching session is approximately 97%
  • Participated in racial unity dinner and luncheon hosted by Association of Women in Ministry Professions (AWMP)
  • Completed Prepare and Enrich Pre-marital and Marriage Facilitator Certification
  • Hosted Single Mom’s Baby Dedication Celebration June 21
nursery

Nursery (6wks – K4)

11

11 New Volunteers joined the ministry.

  • Creative elements added to Nursery worship service
  • Added one new Lambs Leader
  • Added another preschool classroom for Sundays (2 rooms total)
children

Children (Grades 1-5)

2000

Hosted Harvest Carnival with over 2,000 attendees complete with games, rides, food and candy for the kids.

  • Upgraded the SEEDS worship area
  • Completed VBS serving over 120 kids each night.
  • Collaborated with Nursing Home ministry
  • Served 275 in Summer Day Camp
youth

Youth

 

175

Back 2 School service yielded a tremendous harvest. There were approximately 175 decisions made by children and youth.

  • Beaux & Debs for Christ yielded its highest attendance and monetary profit.
  • ›Increased emphasis on prayer through partnership with Prayer Ministry. Students offered specific prayers and gave testimonies about answered prayers.
  • Commissioned 5 student leaders to attend Jamaica Mission, as well as serve in Concord’s mission ministry. Each of their lives were impacted significantly. Upon their return, they shared their experiences with other students and encouraged them to attend a mission in the future.
  • Student, Lloyd Reid, preached his first sermon in youth church.
  • Successfully transported 60 youth to Kids Across America, and several of them rededicated their lives to Christ.
  • Approximately 100 people signed up to mentor.
  • SOUL student leader involvement doubled in size since the start of the year, and they have been very active in preparing for Sunday/Wednesday worship, as well as assisting other ministries of the church.
women

Women

400

Graduated over 400 women in 53 WOW grow groups.

  • We offered over 15 classes/grow groups through 31U and served 300+ women.
  • We hosted AWAKEN in partnership with Priscilla Shirer serving over 2500 women from across the city.
  • We served the women of our church and community by offering GLAM serving 1000+ women with activities both fun and inspirational.
  • We supported “Jesus Says Love” ministry by providing over 250 gift cards and $2000. We also signed up over 50 volunteers.
  • Ministered to over 400 women in our Fall session of Women of Worth (WOW) Bible Study through over 50 community grow groups.
  • WOW Bible Study Kicks Off Oct. 3 – Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • We also supported the following ministries in: Embrace Grace, Dominican Republic Mission Trip, and Prison Ministry.
  • Successfully celebrated Women’s Day with guest speaker Bishop Vashti McKenzie.
  • Victorious-Fall Revival Sept 30 – Oct 1 featuring Heather Lindsey and Dr. Jazmin Schulark.
men

Men

500

Graduated 500 men from ISI Bible Study with the highest completion rate to date

  • The ministry experienced an increase in going outside the walls of Concord by starting and maintaining Community Groups in the Schools (Wilmer-Hutchins High School, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy), and various workplaces of Men attending ISI Saturday Morning Bible Study and Thursday Night Bible Study
  • An increase in volunteer services by men of the church to support the efforts of MADD, The Church Fall Harvest Festival, assisting with the call of the needs of other members
  • Youth ISI Saturday Morning Bible Study aka ‘The Future’
  • The creation of a Christian Motor Club
  • Fellowshipped with Park Cities Baptist and Friendship West Baptist Churches
  • Successful Fight Night Fellowship – Connected with brothers outside of Concord by challenging the men to invite neighbors, coworkers, unchurched family (etc.)
  • Hosting Men’s Day 11/22
  • 26 men signed up to start new Grow Groups in 2016
young-adult-couples

Young Adult & Couples

100

Over 100 young adults participated in Uplift Sunday

  • Facilitated and led the Summer BR3 series called Let’s Get This Straight
  • Added a year round BR3
  • Volunteered at various church events›
60

Graduated 60 Couples Seriously Interested (CSI)

  • Friday Night Live Series with sessions focused on Communication and Sexual Intimacy followed up with counselors available to meet with couples
  • 4 Thrive University Classes offering Biblical guidance and practical life applications to couples
seniors

Seniors

  • Collaborated with the Men’s Ministry to initiate an adopt a Senior program. 10 Senior pilot initiatives focusing on Concord seniors needing Home repairs, Medical Support, Transportation or Family Support
  • Hosted a Senior luncheon providing fellowship and retirement tips

 

harmony

Harmony

258

Number of Active Counseling Clients

  • Continued implementation of Hogg Grant received in 2014
  • Radio Show “Therapeutic Thursday” every other Thursday 9:45am with live comments from Harmony Counseling Ministry
  • Taught two WOW classes (Get Real about Sex and Adult Purity)
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Resource Sunday, NAMI Walk, Community Panel
  • Food Pantry
    • YTD Number of Individuals Served: 2,088
    • YTD Number of Families Served: 4,558
  • Counseling
    • YTD Number of Active Clients: 258
    • YTD Number of Sessions: 417
  • Received a $2,500 donation from Frost Bank Duncanville at their Opening House
  • Hosted a successful Teen Domestic Violence Summit on October 25 at all 3 youth services.
  • Purchased TheraNest, online platform for Counseling Services (documentation, appointments, billing)
  • Presented at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church as part of a Mental Health Panel
  • Interviewed 10 potential candidates for Skill Now Workforce Readiness Initiative. 3 started training.
  • Practicum site for student from seminaries and universities
  • Partnership with UNT at Dallas (BA practicum students)
  • WINS (Working in Neighborhoods Strategically) Mental Health in South Dallas
  • Offered E K Bailey Preaching Conference Mental Health Booth
anniversary

Anniversary