2018 Annual Report

LOVING ALL PEOPLE TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

A Letter from Steve

Friends in Christ,


I love the Church! Even though there have always been naysayers, charging hypocrisy or distrust in “organized religion,” there are plenty of reasons why I love the Church and I hope you do as well.


     Jesus loves the Church. A metaphor for the Church given to us in Scripture is a bride—cherished, valued, adored. It’s a beautiful picture of a love relationship.


     Jesus died for the Church. Our Father went to the fullest extent to bring us to Himself. In laying Himself down, we could be brought in.


     Jesus empowers the Church. I am thankful to be part of something whose very message continues capturing the world, not because of man’s ingenuity or wisdom, but by the power of God Himself.


But I also love this church, this particular gathering of God’s people.


     You are good hearers of the Word. I, along with Luke, get to sow the seed of the Word among people who want to hear from God. You love God’s Word; that is a blessing for a preacher.


     You are generous to one another. Acts of service to one another is among us is as it should be since we are compared to a Body that builds each other up. 


     You want to be challenged and led. You will not be satisfied with the status quo congregationally or personally. You know God expects growth and looks for growth. Therefore, growth must be expected and noted.


Thank you for allowing me to be among you; thank you for your encouragement, heart and love in the Lord. We press on to do that for which God has called us.


Blessings to you all,

Steve White

​​​​​​​Senior Minister

NUMBERS

Guest Central

Plainfield Christian Church welcomes hundreds of guests to Sunday services, hosts Starting Point once a month, and provides a Membership Track for a deeper connection with our church.

First-Time Guests

1,421

Starting Point Attendees

231

New Members

110

Starting Point

Walking into a new church can be daunting.

Emily Dunn came to PCC shortly after moving to the area and was looking to connect with a church. Emily attended Starting Point, hoping to learn more about PCC and how to get involved in a Life Group. “Since Starting Point, I joined a Life Group and am currently in Membership Track. It was the first stepping-stone to becoming connected in a large body of Christ.” 

EMILY DUNN

Membership Track

Will and Leslie Mansard started attending Plainfield Christian Church last summer and felt called to be more engaged. 

“We felt connected to the ministry of PCC and wanted to learn about the core values of the church.” They were excited to find a way to serve and learn more about following Jesus. After the six-week class, they had even more clarity about how to do that at PCC. “We look forward to getting baptized and continuing to grow in our relationship with God.”  

WILL & LESLIE MANSARD

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Baptisms

 

62

COMMUNITY

Worship Attendance

5 Services | 3 Venues | 2 Campuses

Weekly Worship Attendance

1,872

Easter Attendance

2,754

Avg. Weekly Children

393

Avg. Weekly Students

259

Groups

1,077

PEOPLE IN A LIFE GROUP

(ON & OFF CAMPUS)

33.6

% CHURCH FAMILY ENGAGED IN A LIFE GROUP (ON & OFF CAMPUS)

Life Groups

“I have always felt that God has called me to help and support others wherever they are in their faith journey, and I get to do that through being committed to the church.” Kyle Orender attended Membership Track as the first step of many to honor what he feels called to do.

 

Kyle sat in service each Sunday, but he felt the need to take a next step with the church. Kyle met new people who also felt the need to take the next step to commit to the church. “I was also able to find a Life Group through a friend I met in class—things really came together in a way that I'm very thankful for!” 

KYLE ORENDER

NUMBERS

Digital Age

2018 marked a shift for Plainfield Christian Church, as we focused on reaching our community where they are—digitally!

Podcast

Listens

21K


Blog

Reads

7,495


Facebook

Video Views

144,644


Weekday Chat

Weekly Reach

1,507


FACEBOOK LIVE BROADCAST

mypcc.info

This year, we designed a new tool to keep you, our church members, in the loop!

Mypcc.info has given you mobile-ready, personalized access to next steps within the church.

Total Pageviews

72,092

SINCE MARCH 2018

Accessed on a Mobile Device

61.89%


plainfieldchristian.com

 

Plainfieldchristian.com is a valuable tool to help people in our community connect to our church for the first time.

Total Pageviews

88,776

New Users

22,317

Top Pages
 

Plan Your Visit

Sermon Audio

Staff

Treehouse Community Hours

Average Monthly Users

3.7K

Kids & Students

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School was a blast! 700 kids gathered together each day for a week of VBS fun, games, and learning about the love of Jesus. These kids even raised over $15,000 for missionaries who serve in sports and education ministry in the Balkans. Kids, adults, and families were greatly blessed by this week and we are thankful for all those who were involved.

Back-to-School Community Bash

We celebrated the return of the school year with the community at the Back-to-School Community Bash at Hummel Park. Bounce houses, yard games, food, and friends made for a perfect summer send-off.

Camp Allendale

"Right here is the reason that we do this. We believe in the life-changing power of Jesus and so do these kids. They are making a decision that is not a kid decision, it’s a grown-up decision to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives.”

ERIC CARTER

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTER

Middle School Service Weekend

"Trips, serving opportunities, and retreats will end up being large life markers in the spiritual lives of students. I believe these are made possible and sustained by our weekly programming at Pier 14 Student Center where our adult volunteers serve as trail guides on the narrow path towards Jesus. It is in these groups that faith is formed and shaped through the Word and obedience to it."

ERIC CARTER

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTER

High School CIY

 

"I was at CIY and I was with so many people who knew that they needed Jesus in their life. Everyone had various reasons for realizing they need Jesus and I felt that way, too."

 

ELI

"At CIY they said, 'God is with you and people are with you and you’re never going to stop having a support system.' That just really helped me to take this next step of getting baptized."

 

LOREN

High School

D-Group Retreat

"D-Groups are a large part of the weekly discipleship of our students. The retreat gives us an awesome opportunity to go deeper, form relationships, and get a great start to the year."

DERIC SKINNER

HIGH SCHOOL MINISTER

PCC Reunion Campus Picnic

 

"God designed us to be together. It is such a sweet thing when we’re able to experience bond of fellowship as brothers and sisters."

 

TIM GEPHART

PCC REUNION CAMPUS MINISTER

Serving in the Church

This was Ashley Ellexson’s third year serving at VBS with third graders. She initially volunteered for VBS to help her son become more comfortable with church. She loved it so much that she started teaching third grade girls on Sunday mornings.

 

“I have fallen in love with the excitement of our kids when they share in the glory of God.” We are so thankful for our volunteers and thankful for you, Ashley!

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ASHLEY ELLEXSON

VBS & PCC CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER

Sometimes God calls us to something that is outside of our comfort zone, but in those moments, He teaches us amazing things about who He is. “All I knew was that God had created an opportunity for someone to join Him in this work of revealing Himself to the next generation, and I didn't have a reason to not to be that someone.”

 

For Chris, getting to join with God in His work of revealing Himself to the next generation has been a great experience. “The reality is that God loves the kids who attend our church. He wants them to know Him through His mighty acts, through what they read in the Bible, and through praise songs so they can worship Him!” 

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CHRIS SULLIVAN

PCC CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER

Jordan Hoard has been helping with Vacation Bible School for three years now—since her freshman year of high school! Last year, she worked with Kindergarten students and she absolutely loved it!

 

“I love working with kids and getting to know them. VBS is a way for me to serve God while doing something that I love.” 

-

JORDAN HOARD

VBS & PCC CHILDREN'S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER

NUMBERS

Serving Statistics

Number of People Serving

1,183

Church Family who are Serving

36.9%

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WORLDWIDE

Global Impact

33

Global Impact Partners

  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • New Zealand

Continents Represented

6

Global Impact Trips

7

Participants on Trips

52

Global Impact Trip to Ghana

"We climbed into wooden canoes on the Oti River. We pushed off and our guides paddled us to the other side. We landed and stepped into Togo. 

 

We hiked up the rocky river bank to the dirt road and hid from the hot sun under a small building with a thatched roof, eagerly waiting for our ride to arrive. We had already visited several churches in Ghana, but we could not have imagined what would happen next.

 

Our rides eventually drove up. There was a motor king—a large motorized tricycle with a bed in the back—and a handful of motorbikes. We climbed onto the vehicles and set off for the churches. (Just so you know, the motor king sputtered under the weight of six Americans!) 

 

We arrived at the first village church. They were singing and dancing as we walked in. Joy filled the room. We worshiped with them, gave our greetings, preached, and then set off for the next church. 

 

That drive was much more eventful. The scenery became more and more rural, the homes less and less developed, and the sky darker and darker as we journeyed towards our destination. It slowly started to rain and then it began to pour. We had no protection from the rain, so I pulled my rain jacked from my bag and tried to put it on. However, the wind blew it out of my hands and it glided onto the muddy road. One of our drivers retrieved it for me, but it was too late. We were all soaked by the time we arrived at the next church. Austin Ganyo, one of our missionaries in Ghana, called it the “authentic African experience.” 

 

The next church service took place in a very humble building made of mud with a thin metal roof in a town with no electricity. We danced a tribal dance and, once again, worshiped, gave our greetings, and preached. However, something different happened next. The pastor said, “The church has a gift for you.” A group of men walked outside and then reemerged with a ram in hand. They presented the ram to us. 

 

The poorest church had given us the greatest gift. 

 

We were humbled and shocked by their generosity. This ram was a huge sacrifice in such a poor community. The gesture reminded us of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8:2: “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 

 

I hope and pray that I can live with that kind of generosity. 

 

Many amazing things happened during our mission trip to West Africa, but our trip to Togo was by far our favorite part of the trip. 

  RILEY WEAVER

  GLOBAL IMPACT MINISTER

181,008

Meals Packed at the

Lifeline Meal Packing Event

 

 

Lifeline Christian Mission exists to extend hope to people are around the world. PCC partners with Lifeline's ministries in Haiti and Honduras where they have schools, churches, and clinics available to meet basic physical needs as well as vital spiritual needs. Lifeline also provides meals and builds homes in these communities. 

 

We had an opportunity to partner with Lifeline this year to create meals that will go into these communities to feed those who are hungry. 865 people attended this event and because of your help, 181,008 meals are being sent to Haiti to feed the hungry. 

Learn More About

Global Impact Trips

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Local Impact

Local Partners

4

Given to the Active Grace Bucket

$36,769

PCC Reunion Campus Christmas Shop

The PCC Reunion Campus Christmas shopping event helps those who are struggling financially to purchase gifts for their children and is an open door to encouraging those in our community with the love of Jesus. Thank you to all who volunteered and donated toys—this year, more families were served than ever before.

Thursday Night

Community Meal

Sometimes difficulty is our pathway to finding hope. This was true for Cynthia and her family of four. They moved to Plainfield in 2005; difficult circumstances led to them losing their home two years later.

 

“We were homeless for more than three years, living in a hotel. It was really hard.” 

 

It has been a long, difficult road for their family, but they have been willing to ask for help along the way. The Thursday Night Meal at Plainfield Christian Church has been a huge blessing in their lives. “It’s helped us in so many ways. More than you know. Your church goes above and beyond every time they make a meal.”  

 

Through her own journey and struggle with homelessness, Cynthia has found a hope in Jesus through the love that she’s experienced from the Church and local food pantries. She even volunteers to help others who have fallen on hard times and has directed them to the meal at Plainfield Christian Church. “For people who are on a low-budget income that can’t afford meals, it’s quite a major help. No one was expecting the church to do this, but they are thankful.” 

 

We are thankful to provide hope through a hot meal each week. 

Thanksgiving Community Meal

"At this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, 1,410 meals were served by 158 volunteers. In addition to feeding those who were hungry, volunteers also helped those who were lonely and trying to find a peaceful place in their hearts.

 

One of the families attending this year first came to the community Thanksgiving dinner six years ago. The family, then new to Plainfield, was struggling from the loss of work and brought their young triplets and son to the meal. They couldn’t afford food and had no one to turn to having recently moved from another state. With no money to go back home, they discovered a new family of friends and community here in Plainfield. They now come to the dinner as their family tradition with their grown son and triplets."

 

DERIC CLAY

Learn More About Local Impact Partners

Finances

​​​​​​​

2018 YTD Budget

$4,382,140

REQUIRED FOR BUDGET

$4,280,832

GIVEN FOR BUDGET

$4,251,767

ACTUAL SPENT

$1,846,012

MORTGAGE BALANCE

$557,481

MORTGAGE REDUCTION GIVEN THROUGH

THE UNFOLDING STORY

$206

AVG MONTHLY PER CAPITA GIVING

2018 Finances

Personnel $ 2,084,141
Operations $926,845
Missions & Outreach $729,250
Discipleship & Fellowship $309,120
Debt Service $332,784
Total $4,382,140

2019 Finances

Personnel $ 2,334,784
Operations $1,080,055
Missions & Outreach $733,770
Discipleship & Fellowship $379,220
Debt Service $332,784
Total $4,860,613

Our Vision for 2019

IMPACTING HOMES BY OPENING OURS

Impacting Homes by Opening Ours

WHY THIS VISION?

We could not be more excited to start 2019 with a new vision that will set the course for PCC.

But you may be wondering, why this vision?

 

Over the course of 2018, God revealed to our leaders the opportunity that lies before us as a church. Hendricks County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state for the last several years. Last year, this area had a 5% growth rate as compared to the national average of 0.5%.  Additionally, lots of young people are moving into our ministry area. In the next five years it is projected that, 54% of the population in the immediate five mile radius around our church will be 40 years old or younger. God has positioned us with an incredible opportunity to reach the next generation of believers in the name of Jesus.

 

A recent survey of our congregation revealed that high spiritual maturity is a prominent characteristic of our people. We praise God for this and know that will position us well now and in the future! However, this survey also revealed characteristics of an “Introverted” church—meaning we have grown too inwardly focused. This is not uncommon for a church that has been around for nearly 200 years, but it is a clear indicator that we need to refocus on being obedient to what God has called His Church to accomplish—reach lost people and to make disciples.

Impacting Homes by Opening Ours

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR OUR CHURCH?

"Impacting Homes by Opening Ours," is the vision that God placed on the hearts of our leaders. This vision is not a program or a church growth model. It is a way of walking in obedience to what we’ve been called to. We believe that we can reach people in the name of Jesus by using one of the best tools that God has equipped us with: our homes. 


Of course, this concept is not a new one. It’s scattered all throughout the pages of the Bible. In fact, the spirit, vitality, and movement of the 1st Century Church is a beautiful picture of the Gospel message at work in its purest form. It was an organic movement, from house to house and life to life. We believe the church that we read about in the book of Acts can look that way again in 2019. Our building located at 800 Dan Jones Road is not the Church—you are the Church in your homes, communities, workplaces, and schools. 

This picture of an organic movement of Christ’s love from house to house and life to life is a simple one. So this vision is returning us to a simpler call, as modeled by the 1st Century Church. To engage in the mission of Plainfield Christian Church, you will be called to:

CORPORATE WORSHIP

HOME GROUPS

SERVING

Additionally, you will be equipped to own your faith, grow in Christ, and reach your neighbors through an extensive 36 week University Model that will be offered both in person and online.

WORSHIP

One of our core values is compelling unity. As part of this vision of opening our church home in hospitality, we plan to unite our entire congregation back to one venue, the Sanctuary. There will be four services (one traditional worship and three modern worship) including a new evening, modern worship service time. These shifts are scheduled for fall of 2019.

HOME GROUPS

Home Group gatherings follow the pattern of the early church as exemplified in Acts 2:42-46, including:

 

  • Conversations that continue the topic of Sunday’s sermon, guided by sermon-based discussion guides: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching …”
  • The practice of genuine Christian fellowship (i.e., koinonia: friendship, gospel partnership, and glad sharing): “They devoted themselves … to fellowship …”
  • Gathering around the table to share good food: “They devoted themselves … to the breaking of bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”
  • The discipline of prayer: “They devoted themselves … to prayer.”

 

 

Home Group meetings provide regular structured opportunities for brothers and sisters in Christ to practice hospitality by opening their homes to one another. The act of regularly opening homes to one another disciples home group participants into the kind of people who also open their homes to those who do not yet know Jesus. Home Groups provide a place for accountability to our vision of reaching out and developing redemptive relationships with neighbors.

SERVING

A big part of opening our church home in hospitality is equipping you to serve in areas of need throughout the Sunday services. There are many ways that you will be able to serve in areas of giftedness, but the primary areas will be: Hospitality Team, PCC Kids, and PCC Students. Look for more information on specifics in the coming months.

Hospitality in the Church

Justin Jones is not new to PCC, but he is new to the Hospitality Team. It was a natural fit for him from the beginning. “Most of my career has been in hospitality and operations, plus I love seeing and interacting with as many people as possible each Sunday.” Volunteering at PCC has been a big part of creating and maintaining balance in Justin’s life. “This ministry has changed my life. My family and I would not be where we are today without the strength, mentorship, and support we have received from the church.”  

Justin recognizes that the church experience starts in the parking lot, continues through the welcome team, and culminates with the worship service and message from the pastors each Sunday. “I get to be a small part of this experience, which sends thousands of believers into the community equipped for another week.” 

 

JUSTIN JONES

UNIVERSITY MODEL

God has commissioned you, the Church, to make disciples. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul writes, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” This is Paul, speaking to Timothy, who will reach “reliable people” who will then be qualified to teach others. That’s four generations of discipleship! 

 

This University Model will be our way of equipping you to be a disciple maker who also makes disciple makers as Paul spoke about in 2 Timothy 2:2. This is designed to not only equip you with information, but the tools and approach to own your faith and walk in obedience to what God has called us to. 

Impacting Homes by Opening Ours

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?

We believe that you can impact others through the act of hospitality. That is, opening your home and life to those that God has placed on your path. So as part of this vision, we’re asking you to prayerfully consider dedicating your home. What does that look like?

PRAY

 

Constantly consider who God has placed in your life at work, school, the gym, community, or neighborhood.

 

Who is God placing on your heart?

CREATE MARGIN

 

Relationships take time and we have to make time in our schedules to connect with people.

 

 

How is God leading you to create margin?

DEVELOP A RHYTHM

 

Once we’ve identified relationships worth developing and created margin in our schedules, we need to develop a rhythm of inviting others in. Start small, but be intentional.

 

What is a way that you can become intentional on a weekly or monthly basis? 

BE PATIENT

 

Relationships don’t happen overnight and sometimes it takes years to earn someone's trust.

 

 

What does waiting on the Lord look like for you?

BE BOLD


Take a risk and open your home and life to someone else in the name of Jesus. Show hospitality as God has shown to us.



What does taking a risk in Jesus’ name look like for you in this vision?

This vision has the potential to make a great impact on our community through you—the Church! We want to have a visual representation of that impact in The Hub through a map of our community. Please provide your information at mypcc.info to express your intentions of dedicating your home and, from there, we will place an anonymous representation of your home on the map in The Hub.

Dedicate Your Home

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