GOD IS STILL
We continue to be amazed at what God is doing through Ethos! At the risk of repeating ourselves too frequently, the truth is, one of the best parts about Ethos is you. No matter how you found yourself reading our “2021 Year End Report," we love you and are honored to be in this together with every one of you! We don’t care what part we play; we are just thankful to play a part. As you read this report, our prayer is that you would sense the whisper of the Spirit saying to you, "Well done." We truly believe God is smiling on the collective work of Ethos and pray that you know how valuable you are. May we always be a church that is built on the sacrifice of many rather than the gifts of a few.
We thank God for all that He is doing in our community, and we believe that the best is yet to come! So, here’s to 2022! A year that we sense God is calling us to lean deeper into holistic discipleship as we live out our vision to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did. Let us be in awe of God. Let us live sent, open-handed, and united. Let us reach, serve, & love more people than we ever dreamed possible,
in Jesus’ name.
Love & Peace,
Jordan & Courtney
MOST PEOPLE HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE THE REAL JESUS.
We are on a mission to change that.
Living life as a family is our priority
The best part about Ethos is the people! The Ethos Family is the heart and soul of our church and everything we do, whether creating spaces of belonging, serving with relentless generosity, or investing into each generation and transforming lives by loving all people in Jesus’ name.
March 21 marked our first regathered Sunday worship experience at Nationwide Conference Center. In May, we expanded into a second service as we create a space for all people as we continue to grow in our Sunday attendance. We don't speak publicly about how many people attend in-person on Sundays because we don't believe those are the numbers that matter the most. However, we are grateful that the Lord continues to connect people into our Ethos Family.
Additionally, our Creative and Production Teams lead the strategy and process to continually improve our live-streamed Ethos worship experiences, and we are seeing people join our community online from other cities and states as we follow Jesus together.
Adults in Small Groups
We had 24 small groups across the city where people are connecting in relationally healthy community and growing to become more like Jesus.
We are leaders who serve and servants who lead to make a difference throughout our city. Servant leaders give their time, energy, and talents to build the Kingdom of God via Ethos through various servant leadership teams from Monday through Sunday.
We celebrate BIG for each person who says “yes” to a personal relationship with Jesus. We are continuing to identify ways to best equip Ethos to live on mission and to build disciples for Jesus.
The Ethos YTH team hosted our own Summer Camp where students had fun, developed life-giving community, and unpacked the hope of Jesus for their lives.
People in Undivided
We are excited that 25 people enrolled in the Ethos Undivided Class, and leaned into conversations around racial solidarity as we identify ways to bring unity as followers of Jesus. We desire to be a part of the answer to Jesus' prayer in John 17.
What can we do today that will be celebrated in Heaven for all of eternity?
We dream of being a church marked by radical generosity.
Each year, we budget a minimum of 12% of our income for local and global justice initiatives and planting life-giving churches to further the mission of God. This year, we went above and well beyond our walls while giving 20.9% away toward justice & outreach initiatives.
2021 Fiscal Numbers
January – November
Equipping the Ethos vision to see every person be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and to do what Jesus did.
Generosity to accelerate the vision and impact of Ethos through Projects, Generations, and Justice & Outreach.
Our annual special offering where 100% goes towards fueling organizations in our own backyard and across the world.
Net Giving in 2021
FALL LEGACY IMPACT
Each fall, we receive our Legacy Offering where one hundred percent of every dollar that we receive that weekend is given away to organizations who are making a difference locally and globally. And thanks to your regular generosity, we were able to give above and beyond our Legacy Offering to accelerate the vision of organizations who are impacting people's lives today in a way that will be celebrated in Heaven.
Ministry Expenses include but are not limited to: Kids, YTH, College & Young Adults, Men, Women, Ethos Classes, Ethos Communities, Office Supplies, Insurance and Website & Online Support.
Facility Expenses include but are not limited to: Rented Venues, Office Leases, Maintenance, Building costs, and Utilities.
Staffing and contractors
Wages & Contractors include but are not limited to: Wages for contractors and salaries for all staff and benefits for full-time staff.
Beyond Our Walls
Funds designated toward Local Justice & Outreach, National & Global Church Planting, and Global Missions. We strategically invest into serving our city and partnering with incredible organizations.
Net Surplus Added in 2021
By your generosity and God’s grace, we have ended the year with a surplus. Our plan is to use this money to support a permanent location.
THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP IS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS
Meals served through
Grocery Give in 2021
In the summer of 2019, Ethos launched a Grocery Give to serve families and individuals who were experiencing food scarcity. Since then, we’ve partnered with local schools and communities to grow the impact and families served by Ethos.
Since the Ethos Grocery Give has begun, we have served a grand total of 24,627 meals.
Unique I Love My City Projects
(814 hours serving the city)
Throughout 2021, Ethos strategically planned and served the city of Columbus through I Love My City Projects in partnership with incredible organizations and communities.
SUMMER ON WHEELS BIKE DRIVE
TEACHER PIZZA GIVE x 2
FOSTER CARE BLOCK PARTY, THE BAIR FOUNDATION
TO-GO MEALS FOR HOMELESS TEENS, THE STAR HOUSE
LIFELINE MEAL PACKING PROJECT
GAS & GROCERY GIVEAWAY
BABY SHOWER, MOMMIES MATTER
TEAM CUISINE, THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
HOMELESS CARE KITS x 2
DISASTER RELIEF BUCKET PACKING
ETHOS GROCERY GIVE x 24
Global Mission Trip
We took a team to El Salvador where we had the opportunity to connect with church staff in the cities of La Libertad and San Miguel. We were able to do a number of projects to help serve the church and surrounding communities. The one week we are there helps pastors Ivo and Giovanni and their teams connect with and serve people the other 51 weeks we aren’t there.