At Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni we love our neighbours even as we love ourselves. And so, our members are committed to our local church just like our church is committed to them; our fellowship reflects the diversity of the suburb in which we are found manifesting the unity we have in Christ; whether at church on Sunday or in our homes during the week we are warm, friendly and generous with each other and guests; and Our members are growing and triving through Small Group Bible Studies, Biblical Counselling and Leadership Development.
What Loving Fellowship Looked Like Last Year
We’re growing. Every year we’re a little bigger than the year before. And we’re retaining the people that the Lord adds to our number. And so over time saints are matured and leaders are developed. Shepherding, teaching, encouragement, exhortation and counselling is happening amongst our flock. We’re loving one another more, serving one another more. The Lord is doing a mighty work in our midst. And so we’re shining brighter and brighter in our city which in turn is attracting more and more people to our assembly. What a joy to watch!
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Attendance: We have experienced our 8th year of consecutive growth. Over November we averaged 20% member, 20% adult and 17% child increases in attendance at our Sunday morning services year on year. We expect over 120 people in any Sunday morning service now with seating capacity for 144. Due to capacity constraints we’re limited regarding hosting speakers and special services. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Members: We have taken in 24 members this year. At the end of the year we had 98 members on our main register and 16 members on our supplementary register. Our average member attendance at Sunday morning services is 62%. We baptised 12 people into membership this year. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Visitor Care: We have around 10 first time visitors every Sunday morning. We need to get better at capturing their information on visitor cards and following up with them during the week. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Hospitality: Tammi has been developing this area. We’ve bought new cups to accommodate our growth, expanded the kitchen facilities and hosted a number of fellowship events this year. Renovations: We repaired our roof, renovated our bathrooms, done some touch up painting and had air conditioning installed.
Where to from here?
We need to extend. And praise the Lord we’ve been able to save an amount towards it and are ready to get the process underway. A building committee has been nominated and hopefully plans will be drawn up shortly.