As we close in on the end of 2016 many of us are thinking about year-end charitable donations. We wanted to make sure that we communicated how your contributions are being used to forward the vision and mission we hold together at Commons Church. We are grateful that you have been generous toward us, and that has allowed us to be extraordinarily generous as a community. So far this year over 20% of our expenses have been missional projects directed outside our doors to those in need here in city of Calgary and around the globe. Over Advent we hope to raise another $40,000 for those in need. At the same time we continue to connect more people to the story of Jesus. Incredibly, our community continues to grow as more people explore or re-enagge their faith journey through the conversation here at Commons. We look forward to a 2017 that will stretch us in new ways as your generosity enables us to add a fourth service on Sundays and to prepare for the launch of a second Parish in a new neighbourhood of Calgary.
Below you'll find some highlights of the year and a breakdown of how your donations have been used in 2016. Thank you for being part of the Commons Story and please consider how you might contribute before year end.
2016 Financial Report
We have been blessed with a remarkable staff team at Commons and we've been able to expand that team in meaningful ways this year. Bobbi Salkeld has joined our team bringing with her a needed female voice in our regular teaching rotation and some gifted leadership as we begin to take steps towards developing our youth programs. Scott Wall joined us to bring leadership to our Parish initiative as we begin to imagine branching out beyond Kensington into more core neighbourhoods in the city. We are thankful for every part of our staff team.
In 2016, our total staffing cost, including salaries, benefits, pension and employer costs have taken up 44% of our expenses.
Bringing new voices onto our team as we plan for the future.
Salary Wages and Benefits: $293,177
We firmly believe that in order to expect a generous community, we need to be a generous community. With that commitment guiding us we have been given the opportunity to participate in some amazing stories this year. We worked with IJM to support a citizenship office in Thailand. We supported almost 100 children in Kalende Zambia. We have been able to dive into complex situations and discern how we can help locally with benevolent care. We have partnered with incredible local agencies that provide evidence-based, best-practice care to effect long term change in the city. This Advent we hope to raise an additional $40,000 that will go those who need it most.
In 2016, 21% of our resources have been directed outside our doors into these projects.
We have transitioned our first refugee family from our direct support into their new life in Calgary.
Local and Global Partners: $92,312
Benevolent Care: $7,910
Refugee Resettlement: $25,923
Short Term Missions : $14,863
Home Churches, Dinner Parties, Weekend Universities, Stampede Breakfasts. These are just some of the investments we have made in ministry here at Commons. This is where we group together all of the costs for initiatives that provide care, connection and discipleship within our doors. Everything from providing fantastic coffee on Sunday so people feel welcome to handing everyone a Journal Project when they enter the church so they can follow along and learn about who we are, all of this is part of what we call Ministry at Commons.
In 2016, 12% of our resources have been spent on these ministries.
We served breakfast to over 1700 of our neighbours at our Annual Stampede Breakfast in July.
Food and Hospitality: $7,155
Weekend Production: $10,083
Community Events: $22,081
Discipleship Materials: $26,800
Barista and Coffee: $11,969
We have been blessed with a very functional building in an amazing location. Though the building is old and in need of some significant upgrades, it is in great shape structurally. This year, we replaced the roof, installed new exterior doors, and continued to invest in the kids areas downstairs. We also replaced a furnace and a hot water water tank, and planted some new trees in front of the building. Can't wait to see them grow over the coming years.
In 2016, 14% of expenses were related to the facility.
A brand new exterior roof and interior ceiling throughout the sanctuary and lobby.
Facility Upkeep: $23,524
Capital Projects/Purchases: $56,412
It might not be the sexiest category but there are very real administrative costs required to keep the church moving forward. While we endeavour to keep administrative costs low we also want to make sure that we operate in ways that ensure our sustained viability.
In 2016, 9% of our costs were deemed administrative.
Negotiated lower credit card processing fees through our Merchant account.
Software/ Telephone: $15,184
Insurance/ Professional Fees: $16,493
Bank Charges/ Processing Fees: $9,393
Volunteer/Staff Expenses: $19,196
Total Donations received so far in 2016 have been $733,647
Total Expense year to date $667,473
Thank you for being part of our story in 2016. We can't wait to see what God has planned for us in 2017.