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2018 Annual
Impact
Report

Our Mission
Our Mission
Our Mission
Our Mission

God did amazing things
through our church in
2018—and the impact
is still growing!

Our Mission

We exist to introduce people to Jesus and together fully follow him.

Fully Follow

Fully Following Jesus

As a church we believe we grow best by gathering each week, connecting in groups, serving together, and getting out and impacting our communities.

Fully Follow
Fully Following Jesus

Gather
Connect
Serve
Get Out

Gather
Gather
Why We Gather

An average of
16,034 people
gathered together
each weekend

Gathering Each Weekend

We gather weekly as a community to talk to God through worship and prayer and to hear from God through studying the Bible. This helps us form relationships and find encouragement so together we can fully follow Jesus.

Lives Changed By Christ
Weekly Attendance
Average Weekly
Attendance By
Location

Berks 504

BranchCreek 1,237

Coal Township 69

Columbia-Montour 992

Ephrata 1,987

Hanover 367

Harrisburg 1,359

Hazleton 267

Lancaster City 1,128

Manheim 6,165

Waynesboro 407

West Shore 248

York 1,544

Locations
New Locations
New LCBC Locations

Part of introducing more people
to Jesus means being intentional
about looking for ways to
impact communities
throughout Pennsylvania.

In 2018, we launched 2 new
locations to further this mission.

LCBC Coal Township

LCBC West Shore

LCBC Coal Township

We launched LCBC Coal Township in a storefront in February, starting with an average of 20 people each week and growing to a current average of 69 people each week.

LCBC West Shore

We launched LCBC West Shore with Christmas Eve services and welcomed 466 people through our doors for the first time from the West Shore of Harrisburg.

Baptism
Baptism
Sue's Story

497 people
told their story
through Baptism

Sue Lehman, LCBC York

Sue's Story

I grew up going to church and was baptized as a baby. Over time, I drifted away and ended up in all the wrong places. I was making bad choices that left me feeling guilty and empty inside. I often heard people talk about having a relationship with Christ, I just always felt like I was halfway there. Two summers ago, I decided to visit LCBC. I left that first Sunday feeling excited inside. As I attended each week, I felt a change stir inside of me. I started reading my Bible and felt my faith growing. I learned to trust Jesus with everything in my life. I finally have a personal relationship with Jesus that I was searching for. I now tell people over and over again—Jesus has changed my life!

Kids

Forever Friends

Each week at kidVenture Island, kids experience God’s truth in safe and exciting environments through interactive stories, videos, and music while connecting with a leader and a small group. As kids take their next step, we provide them with an opportunity to trust Jesus and ask him to be their Forever Friend.

KidMinistry
Forever Friends

302 kids who asked Jesus
to be their Forever Friend

An average of 2,935 kids
in kidMinistry each weekend

5,404 kids experienced
kidVenture Island for the first time

An average of 1,147 kidMinistry
volunteers serving each weekend

Students
Student Ministry
Melake's Story

An average of 1,233
students in Student Ministry
environments each week

1,350 students experienced
Student Ministry environments
for the first time

150 students shared their
story through Baptism

Melake Dagnachew, LCBC York

Melake's Story

I grew up in a religious household, and for the most part that’s really all that kept Jesus in my life. Growing up in bad neighborhoods and hanging around the wrong people, I picked up on everything except the right path in life. After getting into enough trouble, I ended up as a resident in the Youth Development Center. My life away from Jesus was separating me from everything I ever loved, and I thought I finally hit rock bottom. I was introduced to LCBC, and while there I felt like I was truly accepted. The lessons I learned each Wednesday night at HSM stayed with me until I went to sleep each night. After coming every Wednesday, my life changed in ways I never thought it could. My prayers are now a part of my daily routine, and serving God feels like the missing piece that makes my life whole.

Students

Amara Sherman,
LCBC Ephrata

Amara's Story

Our God is awesome. I’ve had 24 hours to think about what I’ve been a part of since Sunday while serving with The 72, and I think those words about sum it up. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of something bigger than yourself. And stepping out in faith this week and getting down and dirty (literally) to love others and glorify him will always be worth it, no matter the cost. It's not always easy, but it's ALWAYS worth it.

The 72 is a three-day experience where high school students and their leaders serve their local communities across Pennsylvania.

Student Ministry
Amara's Story

910 middle school
and high school students
experienced retreats

205 students & leaders
served our local communities
at 35 sites across 5 counties

Connect
Connect
Doing Life Together

7,026
people
connecting
in Groups

Doing Life Together

Life change happens best when we’re connecting in intentional relationships with others and growing alongside those who share our desire to be more like Jesus.

Connect

From LIFE Group to Baptism

Elorah, Taylor, and Jess were part of a LIFE Group they formed at LCBC Manheim while in College Age Connect, LCBC’s ministry for 18-to-25-year-olds. They decided to take a big next step together—getting baptized.
Elorah had experienced her first real quiet time with God during Fall Escape, a weekend retreat away with College Age Connect. Taylor was moved by what she heard the speaker say on the same retreat, and it had pushed her to get baptized. And Jess had struggled with feelings of depression and suicide before coming to Connect, hearing the truth about her worth in Jesus, and finding her LIFE Group.
On November 25, 2018, all three were baptized and celebrated telling their story together.

Taylor, Elorah, and Jess after Baptism

Connect
From LIFE Group to Baptism
Serve

Serving Together

We serve in one area of our church using the unique gifts and purposes that God has given each of us. In doing so we become more like Jesus while leading others to better know Christ.

Serve

6,642
people actively
serving at LCBC

Serve
Serve
Eric's Story

Eric Koziol, LCBC Hazleton

Eric's Story

I grew up Catholic and was an altar boy in my church for 11 years. It always just felt like going through the steps, and I remember thinking ‘Why do I have to be here?’ Eventually I went from just going around holidays to not going at all. My life got to a point where nothing seemed to be going right. I was angry all the time, my fiancée and I broke up, and I got into some trouble. I finally agreed to come to LCBC Hazleton when it launched with my best friend. From that point on, my only regret was not coming sooner. I serve in Guest Services door greeting and on the Security Team, and I’m working on building a team to set up First Steps and Growth Track classes each week. My life looks a lot better since I’ve started serving at LCBC. I’ve made so many friends, and I get excited to see first time people. It’s different than I felt growing up about church. My anger is gone, I’m more laid back. Now I fully understand the power of God and I see why I’m here after putting my faith in him.

Get Out

Getting Out Into Our Communities

Getting out of our church and into our communities gives us the opportunity to develop relationships with others and show God's love to the world by living out our faith.

Get Out
Why We Gather
Local
Get Out:
Local Impact
Nate's Story

$449,653
given through Be Rich

2,702 people
served 6,130 hours
with 87 organizations

$296,435
given through Giving Tree
and Operation Christmas Child

Nate Hoffer, CEO of Good Samaritan
Services in Ephrata, PA

Nate's Story

We have been a Be Rich partner for a few years now, and every year it is such an encouragement to see the support we receive. This year a volunteer group from LCBC Ephrata came to the women’s shelter as a part of Be Rich, and I thought one of the volunteers looked familiar. I quickly remembered that she lived in our shelter in 2014 with her son. She was leaving an abusive situation and fortunately we were able to help her. Now here we were, 4 years later, and she is regularly attending LCBC Ephrata, married to a supportive husband, and is a homeowner. She expressed gratitude to me for what Good Samaritan Services did for her, and she wanted to give back. To see her again and to experience her progress blessed my heart tremendously. It especially made me happy that she is plugged in to LCBC. I have so admired how LCBC encourages its members to BE the Church in the community, demonstrating God’s love and compassion in very practical and tangible ways.

Global

Lindsay Spencer and family, LCBC BranchCreek

Lindsay's Story

My family has sponsored kids for years, but I didn't realize the full impact of child sponsorship until I traveled to Campamento, Honduras with LCBC this past summer. In one town, where our church had been sponsoring kids for years, the children were healthy, well-clothed, had good shoes, and were spirited. However a town 45 minutes away in a more rural setting where child sponsorship had just begun, the kids were thin and sickly looking, some balding from malnutrition. These children were oppressed with the weight of poverty. The stark contrast had me in awe. It also compelled me to act. It compelled me to share on social media, which then compelled some of my friends and co-workers to act, sponsoring children as well. I’m so proud to be part of a church that acts.

Get Out:
Global Impact
Lindsay's Story

1,045 new children were
sponsored this year, adding
to a total of 5,138 children
sponsored by our LCBC family

86 people were a part
of 7 sponsorship trips
taken in 2018

Digital
Digital
Steve & Maggie's Story

247,974 people visited
LCBCchurch.com for the first time

13,284 LCBC App downloads

18% growth across
social media platforms

An average of 1,529
Live Stream views per week

Steve and Maggie's Story

My husband Steve was strong and healthy, when suddenly he was admitted with the West Nile Virus in September of 2018. It changed our lives. We dropped off from attending church at all. I began watching LCBC sermons archives on the website, and Steve started watching the live stream. Eventually, being a part of the 10:45am gathering was a routine for us. The hospital staff even know that it’s our routine now—when they stop in to take his blood pressure they catch a few minutes too. In my opinion, watching the live stream is just as important as Steve’s medicine—it gives us a sense of connection and encouragement, and when I choose to attend services in person with my kids, it gives me joy to know that Steve is also a part of the service from his hospital room. This sudden change in Steve’s health has changed everything for us, but the LCBC Live Stream has too.

Steve and Maggie Moore, LCBC Live Stream

Giving

Stephen Rhoades, LCBC Berks

Stephen's Story

I have always believed that tithing was important, however, my heart was not really in it. More times than not, I found myself doing it out of obligation, not joy! When I started going to LCBC, I heard Campus Pastor Matt Parks explain the 90-Day Tithing Challenge. For some reason the safety of getting every dollar back gave me freedom to take the leap and trust God. Money was extremely tight living on a fixed income due to injuries sustained in the Army Infantry. I wanted to be able to trust God, but I wanted to see if God would show up. Not only did he show up, but he proved that I could trust him. God convicted me that up until I took this challenge money had been an idol. Now I look forward to tithing. Today, God continues to provide for my needs still, and I feel like the chains of financial bondage have been broken, and I now have a completely different outlook on money.

Giving
Stephen's Story

$27,751,339
given in 2018

268 households took part in
the 90-Day Tithing Challenge

ECFA CERTIFICATION LCBC has a desire to pursue accountability in our financial management and received ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) certification in June of 2018. ECFA certification ensures that we faithfully demonstrate compliance with the established standards for board governance, financial accountability, and stewardship.
Visit ECFA.church to learn more.

Leadership
Leadership
Development
Aaron's Story

5,301 leaders developed
through LCBC-hosted conferences
like The Global Leadership Summit,
Deep & Wide, Orange Tour,
and All Access

Aaron Becker,
President of Haller Enterprises,
LCBC Manheim

Aaron's Story

As an LCBC partner, I first learned about The Global Leadership Summit through weekend gatherings. 4 years ago, I decided to attend the Summit myself. The two days were so impactful on my own leadership vision that I extended the invitation to a number of our team members at Haller Enterprises. We now have nearly 20 attendees and they all look forward to the Summit, knowing it will be a time of learning, great challenge, and tremendous camaraderie.

Impact

Pastor's Roundtable

As a church, we’re passionate about investing in the leadership development of individuals and other churches to fulfill the mission of introducing more people to Jesus across our state. In 2018 LCBC’s leadership partnered with 12 like-minded churches in the state of Pennsylvania with the purpose of encouraging and sharpening each other. And now those 12 churches have continued reaching out to other church leaders in their communities with the same mission in mind.

Church
Partnerships
Pastor's Roundtable

Through the Pastor’s
Roundtable, there are now
40+ churches across PA
talking, thinking, praying, and
working together to blanket our
state with the love of Jesus.

Thank You
Thank You
Thank You

Thank You

We’re so honored to be a part of what God is doing across the state of Pennsylvania, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2019. Thank you for being a part of our LCBC family!