NOW YOU SHOULD FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED. LET THE EAGERNESS YOU SHOWED IN THE BEGINNING BE MATCHED NOW BY YOUR GIVING.
2 CORINTHIANS 8:11 (NLT)
2 CORINTHIANS 8:11 (NLT)
In early 2015, we took the biggest step of faith our church has ever taken. Driven by the goal of launching two permanent campuses and a Dream Center in the heart of our city, we set off to raise $10M over three years. An audacious goal for sure, but our church is an audacious church and within a matter of a few weeks, $5.3M dollars was committed. To-date, three years into our three-year campaign, $6.7M dollars has been committed and $4.4M has been received through our RUN Campaign, fueling the greatest season of growth in the history of our church!
Because of this generosity, we have been able to fully accomplish 2/3 of our original plan and are well on our way to changing the spiritual landscape of our city forever. In the fall of 2015, Rock City opened its doors to the Short North Campus and Columbus Dream Center. Since its launch, the Short North Campus has tripled in size and is now home to as many as 1,200 people every weekend. In the beginning of 2017, the Short North Campus launched our first Midweek experience on Wednesday nights. Each week we’ve seen hundreds of new guests walk through the doors of Rock City.
The Columbus Dream Center has become the hub of hope we always dreamed it would be. Every week, families are served and volunteers are engaging the hurting and hopeless. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of.
NOW IT’S TIME TO FINISH WHAT WE STARTED.
For the past five years, Rock City has been recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Churches in America and in 2016, we experienced our most significant season of growth yet. Despite all of this, we know that the vast majority of our city is still unchurched and living without the hope of Jesus. That’s why we must continue to RUN!
In June of 2016, we closed on 14.5 acres of land that will be home to our largest and most technologically advanced campus to-date. With more than 40% of our church living in Hilliard and the surrounding areas, we are excited about building our primary broadcast campus here; putting down permanent roots in our city, strengthening us and allowing us to reach more than ever before.
In the fall of 2015, because of the generosity of Rock City Church as part of our RUN Campaign, Rock City opened its first permanent campus in the Short North. Within weeks of opening the doors, additional worship experiences were added to accommodate the growth and today, this campus is thriving with five worship experiences and to date, close to 500 people who have walked through the doors of this campus have made a decision to follow Christ!
Through the first phase of our RUN Campaign, Rock City was able to invest $1.5M into the heart of our city and turn a dream into a reality by opening the doors to The Columbus Dream Center! This hub of hope is a place where the church can tangibly serve the needs of our city … providing medical care, children’s programing, homeless outreach and much more. We are on track to serve more than 60,000 meals at the Dream Center this year alone. Perhaps most exciting are the more than 40 partner churches and organizations who have come alongside to fuel this mission. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of.
STATUS: LAND PURCHASED AND CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
At the beginning of 2015, we sensed The Lord telling us to RUN and it was clear to us that He was opening the door for us to put down permanent roots in the Hilliard area.
Today, we are building a permanent campus on 14.5 acres of land off of Britton Parkway – a rapidly developing area of Hilliard.
As the home of our Rock City Hilliard Campus, this property will house a nearly 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility with dynamic and spacious children’s and youth facilities and enable us to put down permanent roots in an area of town where more than 40% of our church resides while reaching the thousands of unchurched that live within a few miles of this facility.
From here, we’ll be able to more effectively launch mobile and permanent campuses throughout our city and beyond and offer an excellent live-stream experience at all of our receiving campuses.
With land purchased, we officially broke ground in the fall of 2017 and are on track to open the doors to our Rock City Hilliard Campus in the fall of 2018.
We are asking our Rock City community to continue to honor their RUN commitments so that we can see this project to fruition. In addition, those who are new to Rock City can jump in on what God is doing by making a new RUN commitment and advancing the vision of this church.