2016 ANNUAL STATEMENT
Firstly, thank you so much for your generosity in 2016, not just shown through the giving of your treasure, but also your time and your talents. It’s truly one of Nicole and I’s greatest blessings in life to see people find fulfillment through experiencing all that God has for them, and we want you to know how much you all truly do make a difference through your faithfulness in giving. Thank you!
As some of you may know, Nicole and I stepped into the role of Lead Pastors in the beginning of 2015, and we relaunched the church officially under the name of C3 Los Angeles. At that point, the church was still a campus of C3 Atlanta, and we began the journey of establishing ourselves as our own 501(c)3 and church within the movement of C3 Church Global. We needed to walk that process in a way that was healthy for C3 Atlanta and also that set us up to succeed. In September of 2015 we succeeded in doing that and officially began our journey as a church.
Leading C3/LA is one of my greatest joys in life, and I take my role very seriously. I do not know of any higher privilege than to be able to do this, and I approach every week, every meeting, every strategy, every pastoral care session and every sermon with an attitude and awareness that reflects the honor of this calling and my accountability to God. I also recognize that we have a responsibility to you, our spiritual family, to steward your investment into C3 Los Angeles with integrity and care. Myself, our board and our core leadership team are totally committed to that responsibility.
I’m excited to share with you our annual report from our first, full financial year as a church. Attached you’ll find a chart that breaks down our operating income for 2016 into five categories. Each category reflects a healthy yearly spend, and our financial position as a church is strong. As a church still in it’s early years we constantly are balancing faith and caution. We’re faith-filled with spending in areas that are sound investments into our continued growth such as smart hiring decisions and venues but also cautious to calculate each financial decision with every outcome in mind so as not to yield any negative effects. Ultimately, our sowing into the church loses its point if it does not serve to bring about the work of salvation and discipleship. But praise be to God, He has taken what is finite in our hands and used it to produce results that are infinite and eternal in value. In 2016 we saw over 300 people make a decision to receive the gift of God’s love and grace. This reflects an increase of 25% more than what we saw in 2015! Among all the numbers, this is the most important. And remember, behind every number is a person and every person has a story of how God used C3/LA to reach them with His love and walk with them on their journey toward abundant life. This is something we can all be proud of, but let us not become complacent. We have much more to do. We have recently taken some big faith steps with our launch in Sherman Oaks and additional services. In doing this we have greatly increased the room we have for God to fill and capacity we have to serve and make a difference in people’s lives. Let’s go all in this year together and continue to see the miraculous happen among us as we steward every part of our lives for the glory of God and the spreading of the gospel in Los Angeles.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your generosity. God is using you in mighty ways. Here’s to an even more effective and fruitful 2017.
Yours in Christ,
Ps Jake Sweetman
Personnel & Staff Development: $215,545 / 45%
Facilities: $112,362 / 23%
Outreach, Marketing & Ministry: $98,180 / 20%
OPERATIONS: $41,616 / 9%
Savings: $12,467 / 3%
2016 Operating Income
*National average of personnel expenses for churches is 40-50%
*Recommended facilities budget is <35%