Annual Report 2016 - Every Nation NYC Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

Introduction

Perhaps 2016 could be summarized as the year of “up”. Of this year’s many distinctions, this was the year: Cleveland’s Championship drought dried up; the Chicago Cubs 108-year curse let up, ‘Brangelina’ broke up, Samsung phones blew up, Google phones started up, and iPhones went up…in price!

This has been an “up” year of a different sort for our church. For Every Nation NYC, the words level-up or upgrade capture the essence of God’s overall story written among us. Some elements of our “up” are obvious while others have been so subtle you may not have noticed. In either case, both internally and externally this mark of “up” has touched our church. What’s amazing is, that God wrote you into this story. We are excited to be a part of His story with you! And in this annual report we want to catch you up to speed. As our eyes look up to Him in gratitude for what He’s done in 2016, we are filled with hope and expectation that we are nicely setup for more to come in 2017! Please be encouraged as you read through our summary of His story for Every Nation NYC 2016.

Every Nation NYC exists to help people know God, grow together, discover purpose, and make a difference in New York City and beyond!

Re-up on Mission

For fifteen years our vision statement,“Transforming the City, One Life at a Time” has informed our church’s goal.

How we achieve that goal is what our pastoral team was inspired to re-clarify in the Spring. We endeavored to craft a new mission statement that would effectively articulate what God has called us to do. A statement that would rally people to re-up on mission. A statement that would describe for our congregation and City who we are. A memorable statement that would also be a measuring tool for every sermon, ministry, and program in our church to determine if it aligns with whom we are truly called to be. Now here it is…

Every Nation NYC exists to help people know God, grow together, discover purpose, and make a difference in New York City and beyond!

Almost everything we’ve done this year and everything God has done in us could be put into at least one of these four categories. Additionally, these are four key aspects to the Christian life as outlined throughout Scripture. So this new statement is simply re-clarifying what God has called us to all along. It serves to articulate what we are about in a way someone inside and outside of our church, both believers and nonbelievers could understand.

Up-fit Our Building

Our 414 Journey

Over a decade ago our 414 journey began as we purchased a space to be a home base for Every Nation NYC. Along the way, the challenges and opposition we faced in this journey have stacked up seemingly higher than the condo building in which our space is situated. Last year, we were miraculously green-lighted by the City to begin our more than one million dollar renovation process. No words can describe the breakthrough in seeing this happen! Generous donations from people in our congregation and even strangers in other states poured in. Now we sit on the precipice of reopening 414, which is now officially zoned a theater in Midtown Manhattan.

We are now ready to reach more youth, students, and New Yorkers from every walk of life! This space, dedicated to God and His purpose will be used for worship, prayer, native-language church plants, campus ministry outreaches, evangelism and apologetics training, baptisms, leadership development, offices, pastoral counseling, and connect groups.

We had hoped that by the time this report was released, we could announce that all the needed funding was provided. As we are in the final weeks of construction we rejoice that the building mortgage is completely paid off and more than 85% of all renovation expenses are covered!

Our total 414 Building Project was $1.7 million including: paying off our mortgage, renovating the building, and upfitting it with lights, sound equipment, and other additions that will enable us to make optimal use of it. To date we have raised $1.45 million. We now have $250,000 to have the project completed paid-off, debt-free.

If you would like to be a part of this last $250,000 provision please send your year-end donation to Every Nation NYC ℅ 414 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 or donate online and choose Building Campaign (414) as the designation.

Upgrade Our Process

Market Cues helping us to grow

Fifteen years ago our church launched with the urgency to impact a City devastated by the worst terrorist attack on American soil. As time progressed that urgency morphed into relentless pursuit of loving people and walking through open doors to share the gospel, start new ministries and spawn new church sites. Along the way we developed plans and processes in efforts to keep pace with an ever-moving target of reaching New Yorkers. Unlike many new church plants that begin with plans and a slow-paced roll-out until a full-blown church emerges, our church emerged from an urgent response, a quickly-coalesced congregation, and the plans came in phases later.

In fifteen years hundreds and thousands of lives have been impacted by the gospel, believers who have been baptized, marriages restored, students, youth and unreached people groups reached, and etc.–it’s humbling and amazing, both that it happened and how it’s all happened by God’s grace. Now it is time for our church to grow to its next phase. We are working on a strategic plan to execute gospel ministry in this hostile climate.

To achieve greater effectiveness as a church and ministry, we have been in an assessment process that will help us affirm our strengths and make critical adjustments to help us move forward with increased clarity and consistency in our mission to help people Know God, Grow Together, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference in NYC and beyond.

Our consulting group, Market Cues is reviewing and meeting with our pastoral team, and we look forward to a fresh upgrade in 2017.

Below are some of ways Every Nation NYC is fulfilling our mission to help people know God, grow together, discover purpose, and make a difference in New York City and beyond.

The Next Generation

Jesus cares about the next generation, and so do we. Here are three brief highlights from our Every Nation NYC children, our 414 Youth Ministry, and our Every Nation Campus college & graduate student ministry.

The Next Generation

 

Jesus cares about the next generation, and so do we. Here are three brief highlights from our Every Nation NYC children, our 414 Youth Ministry, and our Every Nation Campus college & graduate student ministry.

 

Children becoming Disciples

This year we baptized the most children in our church’s history! Eleven children have confessed genuine faith in Christ and out of obedience to Him were baptized! We can all learn something from the simplicity of their faith.

Children becoming Disciples

This year we baptized the most children in our church’s history! Eleven children have confessed genuine faith in Christ and out of obedience to Him were baptized! We can all learn something from the simplicity of their faith.

414 Youth Ministry

Youth following Jesus

In June thirty-five students who’ve been a part of our 414 youth ministry graduated from high school! Many of them have now started their college careers and some of them who have become disciples who serve in the youth ministry. This ministry is not only leading youth to Christ, but also is making great disciples as well. Our youth ministry continues this semester to impact high school students from all five boroughs.

414 Youth Ministry

Youth following Jesus

In June thirty-five students who’ve been a part of our 414 youth ministry graduated from high school! Many of them have now started their college careers and some of them who have become disciples who serve in the youth ministry. This ministry is not only leading youth to Christ, but also is making great disciples as well. Our youth ministry continues this semester to impact high school students from all five boroughs.

Every Nation Campus NYC

Changing the World

Every Nation Campus NYC continues to reach the next generation of leaders from around the world. As a local-church-based campus ministry, Every Nation Campus NYC together with our church’s partnership has ministered to students from twenty-seven colleges and universities in 2016, including Columbia University, NYU, and Juilliard. By reaching college and graduate students with the gospel in our global City, we have an entry to change the world.

One international student from Juilliard, Cheng Jin, a sophomore composer from Singapore is the only Christian in her family. In April, we had the privilege of baptizing her. This October she celebrated her twentieth birthday. She was so excited, because for the first time since becoming a Christian, her birthday fell on a Sunday, which meant she got to spend it at church. Reaching university students is high-priority and a great strategy.

Every Nation Campus NYC

Changing the World

Every Nation Campus NYC continues to reach the next generation of leaders from around the world. As a local-church-based campus ministry, Every Nation Campus NYC together with our church’s partnership has ministered to students from twenty-seven colleges and universities in 2016, including Columbia University, NYU, and Juilliard. By reaching college and graduate students with the gospel in our global City, we have an entry to change the world.

One international student from Juilliard, Cheng Jin, a sophomore composer from Singapore is the only Christian in her family. In April, we had the privilege of baptizing her. This October she celebrated her twentieth birthday. She was so excited, because for the first time since becoming a Christian, her birthday fell on a Sunday, which meant she got to spend it at church. Reaching university students is high-priority and a great strategy.

Reaching Our Region

Spanish-speaking Congregation

Under Joseph Ford, our Spanish-speaking congregation is raising up leaders who are reaching others in their community. We believe this will become a full-service congregation in the latter part of 2017.

Connect Groups Changing Lives

Our church has connect groups that meet all over the City and northern New Jersey on every day of the week. Through our connect groups, dozens of people have come to faith in Christ, have been added to our church, and been baptized. One such group, led by Robi and Rebecca Cai, a newlywed couple, had four people get baptized this year. This group of recent college graduates doing finance and business, represents many other connects groups making a difference for the kingdom of God in our City.

Ohr Yeshua

Our Russian-Jewish Congregation in Brooklyn is a microcosm of Every Nation NYC as a whole. Through the leadership of Inna and Misha Edelstein, both Jews and Muslims are being reached for Christ. They now have ten different ethnic/national groups represented in their congregation. This summer seven people were baptized in the ocean off Coney Island.

New Jersey

Our New Jersey site has been growing in their new facility in Parsippany, NJ. In August, Pastors Adam Burt and Shino Prater baptized eleven people!

To Have and To Hold Marriage Retreat

Pastor George & Tondra Gregory put on a marriage conference for our church hosted by our New Jersey site in May. With the divorce rate extremely high in New York City, this ministry has become a priority in our church. By God’s grace we have seen many couples come to Christ and pursue holy matrimony.

The Christian Comedy Show

Every Nation NYC sponsored well-know comedian, Donna East, and her series of Christian Comedy Shows. Donna, who attends our West Side Congregation, held these at the Comic Strip Club on the Upper East Side. Hundreds of New Yorkers were engaged through both laughter and personal testimonies of headlining Christian comedians.

Compassion for our City

Covenant House & Gifted Hands

A portion of everything that come into our general tithes and offerings goes to compassion ministries and efforts in the City and beyond. Additionally, some of our church members volunteer their time to further assist the Gifted Hands Ministry, impacting the lives of women in transitional housing in our City. Your support is also serving many other underprivileged people throughout the City.

Impacting the Nations

God has also called Every Nation NYC to reach the nations within our City (residents from at least 192 nations live within New York City) and also to send out people to reach the nations of the world. In addition to supporting overseas churches and ministries on a monthly basis, several members of our church have gone to Nepal, Kenya, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Namibia for missions work.

Impacting the Nations

God has also called Every Nation NYC to reach the nations within our City (residents from at least 192 nations live within New York City) and also to send out people to reach the nations of the world. In addition to supporting overseas churches and ministries on a monthly basis, several members of our church have gone to Nepal, Kenya, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Namibia for missions work.

Taiwan Missions Trip

This summer a team of five from Every Nation NYC went to Taiwan to support our Every Nation Taipei church and its campus ministry for ten days. Despite cultural barriers and other challenges, by God’s grace the team was able to greatly encourage the local church. Also, a student came to know Christ at a student camp that they helped to organize.

Every Nation World Conference in South Africa

In October 2016 almost twenty Every Nation NYC members traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for the Every Nation World Conference. It was an exciting time to see five thousand attendees from fifty-eight nations coming together and reconnecting from across the world hearing the vision of fulfilling the great commission through church planting, world missions, and campus ministry.

Financials

Church/Site-Church financials for this fiscal year are currently being reviewed by our CPA and the reports will be ready February 2017 at our Annual Member’s Meeting.

Building Campaign Summary

Total Project:

$1.7 million

(mortgage payoff, renovation and upfitting:media, sound, lights, etc.)

Total Raised:

$1.45 million

Remaining Balance:

$250,000

If you would like to be a part of this last $250,000 provision please send your year-end donation to
Every Nation NYC
℅ 414 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

or visit everynationnyc.org/giving
and choose Building Campaign (414) as the designation.

If you would like to be a part of this last $250,000 provision please send your year-end donation to
Every Nation NYC
℅ 414 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

or visit everynationnyc.org/giving
and choose Building Campaign (414) as the designation.

Here’s Our Team!

Merry Christmas from our Every Nation NYC pastors and staff!  We consider it a privilege and an honor to serve the Lord and our church. On behalf of our elders, pastors, deacons, ministers, and admin team, we pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus will be poured out on you abundantly during this season.