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2015
Annual Report

Harris Creek Baptist Church

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WHAT A GREAT YEAR!

Listen to our lead pastor, brady herbert, recap our year below

MINISTRY BREAKDOWN: COMMUNITY

Living Life-on-life with one another


8 New Life Groups

We believe there is no substitute for living life-on-life within biblical community. We finished the year with a total of 44 adult Life Groups and 574 adults in Life Groups, 110 of whom are leading those groups.

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101 New Covenant Members

In 2015, we had our largest ever Connections with a record number of attendees joining our church on mission by becoming Covenant Members. Sign-up below for one of our upcoming Connections Events!

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57 Total Baptisms

2015 marked the first year we dedicated entire Sunday services to celebrating baptism. This led to a total of 57 adults, college, youth, and kids being baptized over the course of the year. Watch their testimonies by following the link below!

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250 Pounds of Coffee COnsumed
60,000 Creek Connections Printed
2000 HC United Shirts Distributed
1,044 Average Sunday Attendance

MINISTRY BREAKDOWN: EQUIPPING

Top Sermons From 2015
01

Interstellar

This sermon was a part of the "God in the Movies" series that fell in the Spring of 2015.


02

Let Earth Receive Her King

This sermon was a part of the "Joy to the World" advent series in December 2015.


03

Renewing Ruined Cities

This was a part of the "Our Turn" sermon series and our expansion campaign in October of 2015.


2015 Sermon Series



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Ethos

A 5 week series on who we are and why we do what we do.

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God in the Movies

Our annual sermon series about finding God in culture and movies.

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The great "I AM"

Our Lent sermon series covering different names of God each week and the implications they each bring for us.

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The Dreamer

Our 10 week summer series about the life of Joseph.

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#blessed

Our fall kickoff series covering what a biblical approach to the #blessed life really means.

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our turn

This was our 5 week series to kick-off our Our Turn generosity initiative.

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life after life

We reexamined the impact eternity has on our day-to-day lives in this sermon series.

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joy to the world

Our 4 week advent series on finding true joy in the midst of any season of life.

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Every year our Lead Pastor, Brady, blogs about all the sermon series from the past year. He gives a detailed recap of which ones he loved, which ones didn't end up where he might have wanted, which authors he quoted, and which passages he referenced.



MINISTRY BREAKDOWN: Worship

Most Sung Worship Songs in Services
01

Good Good Father

This song was played 18 times between our two campuses. Original by Housefires.

02

God With Us

This song was played 15 times between our two campuses. Original by All Sons & Daughters.

03

Jesus We Love You

Tied for 3rd was Jesus We Love You (Bethel), Holy Spirit (Jesus Culture, and Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture).

OPEN UP THE SKIES CD RELEASE

One of the most exciting parts of 2015 was the release of our first ever worship album, "Open Up the Skies." If you still haven't gotten your digital copy yet, you can purchase it on iTunes and other online digital distributors.

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Music Videos Released

Look back to our Worship Pastors, Drew and Rebecca, recording a few of our favorite songs this past year.

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MINISTRY BREAKDOWN: Mission

Seeking the welfare of the city

Bell's Hill Reading

Each week, Harris Creek volunteers lead 23 different reading groups composed of 75+ students from Bell's Hill Elementary School.

Mission Waco

This year, Harris Creek provided over 130 volunteers that served over 200 families during the annual Mission Waco Toy Store. Also, Harris Creek families donated 140 bicycles and 100+ toys for the store.

LIVING WATER

Over the past 5 years, we have given over $120,800 to Living Water International to help build wells in developing countries.

Some OF OUR Favorite MOMENTS from 2015

LOOKING BACK AND SEEING ALL GOD HAS DONE IN OUR MIDST
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Baptism Sunday at the Convention Center

28 Total Baptisms on One Sunday
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Youth Mountaintop Launches

"Mountaintop," the new weekly gathering for students (6th-12th grades) launched with approx. 70 students attending each week!
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Intern Program Launches

Our Intern Program launches with a class of 12 interns for its inaugural semester!
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Navigate Family Fun Night

We had over 200 kids and parents attend our first ever Navigate Family Fun Night.
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Our Turn Stories

We heard countless stories of transformation from families exploring what true generosity looks like for them through the Our Turn Initiative.
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CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE

A few of our Life Groups served a meal to the homeless attending Church Under the Bridge multiple Sundays during 2015.
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Our Longest Standing Covenant Member, Kathryn Hoy

Kathryn Hoy is the longest tenured member of Harris Creek. Her comments on the "Our Turn" Initiative: "This is long overdue, and we're going to be forever changed if we faithfully obey God's voice."
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College Night of Worship

Our college students gathered at Common Grounds in November to worship together.
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Brady Gets Soaked

Our Lead Pastor, Brady, gets soaked by his assistant Chelsey, in one of our favorite videos: the staff slomo video!

Our TurN & Finance Numbers

Take a look at some of our finances from this past year

OUR TURN

Over the course of the Our Turn initiative, God visibly worked by growing people in their own walks of faith through generosity. At the conclusion of the series, we had a total of $2,298,529 pledged to the vision, with a staggering $655,000 of that given in cash by individuals and families on “Big Give Sunday.” 393 individuals or families participated in Our Turn, 182 of those giving to Harris Creek for the very first time. Along with that, we had 58 individuals or families move from being “first-time” or “occasional” givers to becoming consistent givers.

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Giving Numbers

Over the course of 2015, we had a total of 594 total Giving Units (representing either individuals or family units). $3,904 was the average contribution per giving unit and $192,969 was the average giving taken in per month.

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Nitty Gritty Finance

Over the course of 2015, we were able to keep our Debt Income Ratio at 8%, with our goal being to keep it below 30%. The debt we carry per giving unit is $3,250.69, with our goal being to keep it below $5,000.

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Kids, Youth, & College Ministry Highlights

Milestone moments in our ministry areas
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Kids Ministry
"Helping kids discover what it means to develop a relationship with Christ."

Our Kids Ministry hosted our first-ever Navigate Family Fun Night, and over 200 kids and parents attended! We also had over 30 families involved in Baby Dedication, 17 kids attended Investigate Junior classes, and we finished the year with 182 total volunteers between our two campuses!

Youth Ministry
"Helping students discover what it means to own their faith."

2015 was a banner year for our Youth Ministry. We launched an all-new weekly Sunday night gathering that averaged approximately 70 youth each week! We also have 30 students involved in a mentor or mentee relationship, as well as 110 students in Life Groups. We launched 3 new Life Groups and gained 32 new volunteers this year.

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College Ministry
"Helping students discover what it means to be rooted in the local church."

Over the course of the past year, our College Ministry gained 34 new volunteers, bringing our total number of volunteers to 84. We have also launched 17 new college-specific Life Groups, which brings our total to 38 College Life Groups. One thing our College Ministry is extremely proud of is the launch of our Intern Program, with 12 students in its inaugural class alone.

Watch our 2015 Recap Video

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Most Popular Blog Posts in 2015

Check out our blog posts with the most reads from the past year
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Sticks and Stones

"On the heels of having our second son three weeks ago (shameless plug, here’s a picture of Reeves) Reeves Everett I am even more aware of the importance of what I say and how I say it. My two year old just recently..."

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Story of Restoration

"We know how God’s presence was evident in previous generations, and we invite God to make Himself known in our time (Habakkuk 3:2). God’s story has always been one about restoring peace..."

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LET THE FORGIVEN...

"In a world where Might is Right and justice is king, forgiveness is counter-cultural and often perceived as a sign of weakness. As our Lifegroup sorted through Brady’s sermon (Facing the Past), we found ourselves..".

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Online Media Statistics

Check out these stats from our website, app, and social media in 2015
  • 49.2%
    Web Visitor Traffic
    New Web Traffic

    Almost half of all our web traffic in 2015 was people visiting our website for the very first time.

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  • 28,445
    Total Website Visitors
    Website Visitors

    This number denotes the amount of visitors we had on our website per device.

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  • 840
    New App Downloads
    App Downloads

    Our mobile app reached over 840 new downloads and a total of 3,660 downloads.

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  • 2,526
    App Media Plays
    APP MEDIA PLAYS

    Our app reached 2,526 individual media (sermons, videos, etc.) plays in 2015.

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  • 285
    New Insta Followers
    Instagram Follows

    We gained 285 new followers on Instagram. We're feeling the love!

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  • 203
    New Twitter Followers
    Twitter Follows

    We now have a total of 1,017 followers on Twitter.

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  • 188
    New Facebook Likes
    Facebook Likes

    We gained 188 new Facebook Likes. Thank you - we like you, too!

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  • 10,800+
    Online Video Plays
    Video Plays

    These plays include videos from our website and Vimeo channel in the year 2015.

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