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Annual Ministry Report 2020

Baptism


Baptism is the outward expression of a changed heart—a declaration of love for Jesus. It’s also a symbol of our desire to stop living for ourselves and start living life for God.

363

Baptisms This Year
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3,160

Servant Ministers
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Serving At Central


Using your gifts to serve others fills you with a sense of purpose and helps you make an impact in God’s Kingdom. Are you a part of that number yet? We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing Servant Ministers. Find out how you can serve in a ministry where God has gifted you to serve! Children’s, Students, Prayer, Global Outreach, and ACTS Homeless Ministry, are just a few of the many great options to choose from!

3,160

Servant Ministers
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Christmas

19,049

Christmas Attendance

40

Number Of Services

Fill The Sleigh

6,269

# kids impacted
(best estimate)

75

# of schools
partnered with

$47,525

$ donated, used to buy toys and cover additional costs

12,519

Total gifts donated

Donated toys to additional
organizations / families

  • 8 additional schools in Mesa
  • 5+ Central families
  • Financial gifts to 2 Ahwatukee schools for food, clothes, and other necessities for families
  • Toys for our refugee families
  • 8 additional schools in Mesa
  • 5+ Central families
  • Financial gifts to 2 Ahwatukee schools for food, clothes, and other necessities for families
  • Toys for our refugee families
  • Toys for children being held in detention centers at the border
  • Glendale group home that attends Central
  • Donation to the Levesque’s group home fundraiser
  • 11 other organizations
  • Toys for children being held in detention centers at the border
  • Glendale group home that attends Central
  • Donation to the Levesque’s group home fundraiser
  • 11 other organizations

Easter

Due to COVID-19, this was a year unlike any other. The entire church had to pivot and find new ways to connect and serve people who were isolated, scared, and in need. You showed up and made a great impact.

34,490

Easter Attendance
Estimate

8000

Phone Calls
Made*

1000

People
Signed Up**
*
  • Personal Connection Follow-Up during COVID-19
  • Volunteers personally called attendees (mostly older) to check on them and provide help and encouragement.
**
  • LYNC Group sign-ups
  • LYNC (Love Your Neighbor Connection) groups were formed and met via Zoom throughout the stay-at-home orders to connect, pray for one another, and take care of each other’s needs.

Care for AZ donations - Donated in one week and delivered to Banner Gateway employees to show them they are noticed and appreciated.

1700

Face Masks
Donated

1100

Handwritten Thank
You Notes

$20,000

Donated
Financially

Rooted


This 11-week program focuses on connecting with God, connecting with the Church, and connecting with your purpose. People who have been through Rooted say it helps them connect with a Life Group and grows their relationships with God!

1002

Participants in 2 sessions

52

Baptisms from Rooted participants

194

Participants began serving at Central

196

People gave more or for the first time

32

Ongoing Life Groups formed from Rooted

Life Groups


Life groups make a large church seem smaller. Life Groups allow you to be authentic, build relationships, go deeper in biblical discussions, serve together and more.

257

Life Groups

2,624

People In Life Groups

Global


Join Global Outreach and make a difference in the world whether it’s by befriending internationals in our community, increasing your global awareness through education, or by possibly going on a global connection trip and visiting other parts of the globe.

17

Trips To 7 Locations

177

participants, with almost 60%
first-time participants

Impact on nations among us:

Over 500 foreign-born individuals were touched through the programs we participated in, including local ministries serving the nations among us:

  • Citizenship classes
  • Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring
  • After school homework tutoring for refugee kids
  • Zoo day
  • Welcome to America Project serving days
  • Refugee resettlement assistance
  • Assisting refugees with creating income by sewing face masks
  • Elder Support Project on the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands
  • International student welcoming activities (hikes, BBQs, holiday parties)

Impact on nations abroad:

Over $440,000 given to 56 individuals and partner organizations serving around the world.

This money supports overseas ministries serving refugees, providing healthcare, winterization efforts, children’s education, skills training and income development, bringing tourism into countries, and peacemaking.

Children's


Children represent the future of our church and future followers of Jesus. We take very seriously our role in raising kids up to know and love Christ.

1425

Weekly average attendance numbers before going online

892

Servant Ministers that
help in Children’s

124 Kids

And 22 Leaders At
Virtual Children's Camp

46

Children’s baptisms
this year

Students


Our Central Students ministry (CSM) is leading our students in grades 7-12 on their journey with Christ. The students connect to a Life Group and meet each weekend with their group to make friends, have deep discussions, ask questions, and grow in their faith.

830

Average Weekly
Attendance

96

Baptisms
this year

208

Virtual High School
Summer Camp

92

Virtual Junior High
Summer Camp