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Annual Ministry Report 2021

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.

294

Baptisms This Year
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2,092

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!

2,092

Servant Ministers
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Christmas

20,452

Christmas Attendance

32

Number Of Services

Fill The Sleigh

3,350

# kids impacted
(best estimate)

39

# of schools
partnered with

$63,119.62

$ donated, used to buy toys and cover additional costs

6,700

Total gifts donated

Easter

18,010

Easter Attendance
Estimate

18

Number
of Services

$389,600

$ Donated to Support
Women in Need

Partner Organizations

Living Hope Centers

Christian organization providing counseling, classes, housing, and support to women faced with an unexpected pregnancy.

Maggie’s Place

Provides family care, support, substance abuse counseling, skill-based life training, and housing for vulnerable moms and their kids. They have six homes around the Valley with a goal to open more and help additional families.

Together for the Family

Focuses largely on supporting Syrian refugee women and children impacted by the Syrian civil war. They offer job skill training, trauma counseling, and family support to this vulnerable population.

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

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

Community Involvement

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Gilbert

Partnered with:
Young Lives

Glendale

Partnered with:
GoTEN Ministries and Kellis High School

Queen Creek

Partnered with:
The Combs School District

Tempe

Partnered with:
Adopt a Street and Save the Family

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!

Due to COVID, we offered both in person and online options for Rooted. This will continue for the foreseeable future!

394

Participants in 3 sessions

39

Baptisms from Rooted participants

394

Participants in 3 sessions

38

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

First Online Campus group composed of people who all live outside of AZ in Spring 2021 Session.

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.

189

Life Groups

1,861

People In Life Groups

Global Outreach


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 800 individuals were touched through the programs we led or participated in to serve the nations among us. This includes foreign-born individuals – such as refugees, immigrants, and international students. It also includes individuals from non-majority cultures, such as our Navajo and Hopi neighbors. Over $100,000 given through partnership with 8 organizations and through the efforts of Central Christian Church.

  • Navajo and Hopi nations Elder Support Project, providing multiple tons of food and water to vulnerable elderly Native Americans
  • Refugee resettlement assistance
  • Welcome to America Project serving days to outfit apartments for newly-arrived refugees
  • Citizenship classes for refugees reaching their 5th year in the U.S.
  • Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • After-school homework tutoring for refugee children
  • Headsets for Title 1 Elementary schools to assist students with on-line learning during COVID
  • Advocacy between schools and non-English speaking households to transition school-aged children to on-line learning
  • Assisting refugees with creating income by sewing, marketing, and selling thousands of face masks
  • International student welcoming activities (hikes, BBQs, holiday parties)
  • Providing community and support for international students who were unable to return to their families during COVID travel restrictions
  • Serve and support local Welcoming Centers for asylum seekers

Impact on nations abroad:

Over $400,000 given to 51 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. Emergency donations were made towards the port explosion in Lebanon, towards flood relief efforts in Sudan, towards the bombings in Gaza, and towards COVID relief efforts in Tunisia and Egypt.

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.

841

Weekly average attendance

523

Servant Ministers that help in Children’s

184

# of Kids who attended Pre-teen camp

371

# of Kids who attended Kids Camp (3 yrs – 3rd grade)

54

Children’s baptisms
this year

CSM


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.

400

Weekly Average
Attendance

59

Baptisms
this year

299

# of Students who attended High School camp

169

# of Students who attended Junior High camp