It's been a watershed year

2020 was a watershed year in the life of our church.  We had an opportunity to see God move in miraculous ways, both big and small.  There is no way to capture fully all that we saw God do, but we hope the highlights below will encourage you as we get ready for the Lord to do more in us, through us, and around us in 2021.

From new initiatives to our regular ministry programs, we saw the Lord bring revival to people and places.  In fact, we had over 500 revive stories – testimonies of life transformation – submitted throughout the year. You will see some of these stories throughout this page, like this one below:

Revive Story Family

Revive Story: "Even though we are making less money than we have in the past, we've been able to increase our giving from 10% to 15%."

Becoming Revive Church

In 2019, our vision team sensed the Lord leading us to a place of revival.  On September 20, 2020 we officially became Revive Church!  As part of this change, we were able to engage many of our people in our mission to Live and Love Like Jesus Right Where You Are through designing our new logo and restoring our lobby and bathrooms, which included: over 65 volunteers, over 400 volunteer hours, and over $10,000 of donated materials.

Shopping Center Purchase

As part of the vision God laid out for us and before we encountered the global pandemic, He put in motion the financial miracles that allowed us to sell 25 acres of land on Indiana Avenue and receive two large gifts valued over 4 million dollars. As a result, we were able to pay off our mortgage and purchase the entire shopping center outright with no debt.

Owning the shopping center debt-free has put us in a position to transform the center into a Bridge that will revive our area and connect people to Jesus. Through the Bridge, we will be able to create opportunities to bring hope and the love of Jesus to struggling families across our church and community.

Vulnerable families

In 2020, we formally launched our benevolence fund. Our people contributed almost $100,000!  This fund has provided direct and immediate financial relief to help dozens of families and individuals with housing, medical, and food expenses.

Our local partners also saw an increase in the number of families they support:

  • The Food Pantry served 79 families each month providing 21,223 meals in 2020.
  • The Second Chance Thrift Store donated over $23,000 to missions work.
  • Packs of Hope delivered over 3,242 backpacks – each representing a child transitioning to homes in the foster care system.
  • Haven’s Hope served over 50 families and distributed 63,000 diapers.

Our commitment to serve vulnerable families extends across the globe where the need is most dire. We are grateful to our global partners:

  • Every Life was able to serve 2,540 vulnerable families in Kenya. They had 41 baptisms and 330 Bibles distributed. Check out this Revive Story about the Jesus in a Backpack program:

  • LightBridge served 330 children in 2020 and made a commitment to financially support a church plant next to their team site in Cambodia.

Revive Story Local

Revive Story Local 2

2020 was obviously a difficult year for so many and churches were not immune to those challenges.  However, 2020 produced many meaningful moments where God’s grace permeated Revive Church and created opportunities to plant seeds of revival. Here are some additional highlights from the year:

  • Revive Students trained and commissioned 21 students through Lead the Cause and 18 students started serving in Nextgen ministries.
  • Revive Kids delivered over 300 kits to families during the lockdown and pivoted ministry to serve families in-person and remotely.
  • We formally launched our Young Adult ministry, which has grown to 3 groups and over 50 people.
  • We launched an online campus and have seen over 200 people participate weekly in worship services.
  • Our Men, Women, and Groups Ministries have pivoted to smaller gatherings and online options for those who cannot meet in person.

Yes, 2020 was a watershed year.  We have seen the Lord move in us, through us, and around us.  We are excited for what He is preparing for us in 2021 and look forward to you joining us in the work!

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