2017 Annual Report

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Introduction

Grace Chapel has almost 200 reviews on our Facebook page. We are humbled and blessed by the wonderful things so many people have said about our church. These are real people who are experiencing the life-changing presence of God, week in and week out, through our Sunday services and midweek ministries.

Here at Grace, almost 4,000 adults and kids come together in worship services each week, with hundreds watching online. Over a thousand people participate in midweek ministry programs like Celebrate Recovery, Fire, Men’s and Women’s Ministries, and Student Ministries. Over 1500 people are connected to one of our 107 Life Communities. It’s an amazing testimony to the power of God that He’s able to use a church body full of flawed people like us to draw so many closer to Himself, week after week.

But there is something stirring in our congregation. A prompting of the Spirit. Among our leadership – Pastor Bryan, our Elders, staff, and volunteer leaders – there’s a growing burden for those who are far from God, who aren’t part of any church at all, and aren’t likely to wander in on their own.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”   - Matthew 28:19-20

It’s a passage of Scripture known as the Great Commission. The words “Therefore go” were a focal point for us this year, as we embarked on our biennial Generosity Initiative, NEXT. The impact on the financial foundation of our church was undeniable: Giving to our General Fund was 6% higher than FY16, allowing us to contribute $600,000 to our NEXT Fund Reserve for Capital Projects, bringing that reserve total to over $1M. This will sustain our ongoing ministries and partners, and also enable us to launch the Foxboro campus and begin setting aside funds for the Wilmington expansion.

In addition to the financial growth, we were challenged to find our “go;” that is, to discover our God-given gifts and calling to advance God’s Kingdom in this world. Many people are already responding to the call to #FindYourGo as they discover their unique contribution to changing the spiritual landscape of Greater Boston.

But to launch ourselves into action, we need a firm foundation. On the heels of our NEXT initiative, the Roots Challenge was a 10-week experience that included a teaching series, a small group component, and daily scripture reading and study. Over 3500 Mizizi (Swahili for “Roots”) books were given out. The Mizizi Roots curriculum, originally developed at Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, was minimally adapted for our use here at Grace Chapel.

Our Global Awareness theme this year was Neighboring Well, as our global and regional partners challenged and inspired us to love and serve our neighbors both near and far. Our GAW special offering enabled us to give almost $69,000 to two critical needs:

  • World Relief’s response to the Southern Africa Food Crisis, to provide food security for Malawi, following a time of extreme drought. The funds for the Southern African food crisis were matched dollar for dollar by a ministry called “One Day’s Wages,” a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme poverty. As a result, our gift was doubled!
  • World Relief’s hurricane relief efforts in Haiti, given to help relieve suffering and rebuild southern Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, October 2016.

Another highlight of this year’s ministry was the successful launch of our monthly EPIC gatherings for boomers, empty nesters, and early retirees. This missional community of over 300 people has been seeking to energize and mobilize a generation to live lives of significant love, wise influence, and generous involvement.

With the addition of Pastor Tom and Amy Boisclair (Foxboro) and Pastor Stephen and Rebekah Nykairu (Watertown) we have a full complement of Campus Pastors serving thousands of people across Greater Boston.

 

2017 Annual Report (PDF)

Our complete 2017 Annual Report, including Nominees for Church Offices, Finance Update, and Proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year is available for download in PDF format at the link below.

Download the 2017 Annual Report (PDF)