Fondren Church

2018
Annual
Report


FONDREN
CHURCH

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"The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself in love." (Gal. 5:6).

That's our vision. As such, we count what "matters" in a way that gives us a picture of the overall health of discipleship at Fondren Church.

Because we believe that a disciple is someone who:
(1) connects with God,
(2) grows in community,
(3) serves with one another, and
(4) gives to the mission of God,
these numbers are what "matter" to us. They give us a picture of health, and so, they're more than mere numbers. They're like our vital signs. We pray that these marks of discipleship would give you a picture of the health of your church and the people who serve to build her up in love.

 Connect
to God

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597

Average Sunday Attendance


939

easter sunday

This was our highest attended Sunday.


on a given week, Our People are…
440 Adults
92 Kids
31 Students
34 College Students


1:20

Ratio of First-time Guests to Adult Attendance

We seek to welcome others in and help them connect to God. So for every 20 attendees, we invite and host one guest.

 
 
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In September, Mark, Owen, and Madeline Phillippi were baptized together.

We are thankful for families and individuals taking their next step in their faith journey.

 

31

CHILDREN DEDICATED

We celebrate these families who committed to raise their kids in the Lord in special dedication services.

 
 
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“This time was so special to us. It was the best dedication service we could have imagined.”

Hayes and Ally Singleton

 
 

Grow in
Community 

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45

Total Number of Groups

We desire to see people move from rows to circles. We believe community helps people grow in Jesus.
Groups are the space where that happens. So the more space we have, the more room we have to grow.

32 Adult Groups
11 Student Groups
2 College Groups

 
 
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“Because of my group, I’m able to understand who I am in Christ and what it means to share burdens together.”

Jane Doe, Group Member

 
 

392

People in Groups

Our desire is to see our people move from connecting on Sunday to growing throughout the week.


Our groups are made up of…
350
adults
14 Students
28 College Students

 Serve with
One Another

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137

PEOPLE Serving on Sundays

We are thankful for the team of volunteers who make Sunday happen.


71 PEOPLE SERVING Weekly
129 people serving Monthly


1 to 60

Ratio of Staff to our people

We are committed to equipping the saints for ministry.


45

people on average Engaged in a Serve Day

Our people are on serving in ways that impact our local community.

 
 
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“In August, Fondren Church held a serve day at Walton Elementary School where we painted, cleaned, and worked on multiple projects.”

In Our City. For Our City.

 
 

98

PEOPLE participated in a Mission Trip

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.

 
 
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Fondren Church traveled to Matamoros, Mexico and built a roof on a home that will house orphans.

 
 

 Give to the Mission

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$1.95
Million

2018 Budget

 

$1.73
Million

Budget Raised as of Nov. 30 (89%)


$60

Average Weekly Gift Per Person

 

$3,927

Average Annual Giving per Person


$1.79
Million

Total Given to Missions in
history of Fondren Church

We “double the tithe,” by giving 20% of every dollar to mission partners and causes.


$370k

Given to Missions in 2018
which led to:

35 children rescued from human trafficking.
600 at-risk kids served weekly in Cambodia.
40 West Fondren students mentored weekly.
90% improvement on reading scores through elementary reading program.
3,000 meals a week served to children on the island of Hispaniola.
A new roof built for an orphanage in Mexico.
A multi-purpose building finished in downtown Marks, Mississippi.
Over 100 neighborhood families impacted by Easter Egg Hunt, Fall Fest, and Christmas Tree giveaway.
Renovation begun on Community Room in our current gym.

 
 
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“20% of every dollar you give goes to organizations like The Hard Places, one of our partners fighting sex trafficking in Cambodia.

Pictured: Student Pastor Daniel Wagner laughs with street kids during the 2018 Cambodia Mission Trip.

 
 

42%

Percent of Budget Devoted to Staffing

"equipping the saints to do the works of ministry." Ephesians 4:12


153

First-time Givers

 

247

Systematic Givers


294

TOTAL Members

 

30

New Members


Love Gives

This fall we introduced Love Gives, a three-year initiative to retire our debt, create a hospitality area, expand our kids space, and transform our gym into a community center.

Listen to Robert Green cast a vision for the initiative below.


Thank You
Fondren Church!

This was an incredible year, and we look
forward to what God has in store for 2019
as we express our faith in love.

If you would like to help us finish the year strong by
providing a year-end gift, click the link below.