I'm excited about 2016 in so many ways for Bell Street Church of God. Without a better way of explaining it, I feel in many ways that there is a new transition coming this year for our church that will relaunch or propel the church so to speak into a brand new environment. I don't mean that a relaunch is needed in that the church isn't doing good or God isn't blessing us. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. When I say a relaunch or propelling, I see it as necessary because God has laid a foundation over the last two years to start moving onto something brand new compared to what we've been experiencing.
On the first Sunday of February, we'll have a Celebration Sunday officially ending our church-wide 21 Day Fast. It'll also be the two year mark of our coming to serve as pastor. In this period of time, God has proven Himself time and time again. In 2013, the average Sunday morning attendance for the church was 49. In 2014, it was 82. In 2015, it was 98. More than 25 times, the church was filled with over 100 people for a morning worship service. Church finances have grown by more than $30,000.00 in two years time. The church has completed 27 projects and paid for every project as it was completed minus one with very minimal debt that will be paid off in the next six months. More than 60 people have been saved, baptized, and become members of the church in two years. New ministries have launched while others were relaunched. The church now has 140 people on roster that attend at least one service per week. Small Group Discipleship has been launched and ministered to over 50 adults over the last six months of 2015. New events and outreaches have been conducted resulting in ministry opportunities and new faces. We've celebrated the great moments of life with families in marriages and several babies being born. We've been able to take services live on the internet and have a small following that are faithful to watch week in and week out. Prophecies have been fulfilled and records have fallen. It's a new place for this church. It's a place it's never been, and I believe it's a place that is leading to newer places.
Going into 2016, the church is now at a place of building for the future. We've spend the last two years building for the present. We've worked to update facilities, enlarge areas, and remodel spaces for ministry. We've worked to pay off a couple of smaller items, while refurbishing and repurposing areas and resources to begin and expand ministries. We have a specific vision we called the "Emmaus Vision" that leads us in our decisions, plans, and ministry. Our vision has helped us pour a strong and solid foundation for our future over a period of two years' time. I believe 2016 is the year the foundation begins settling in preparation for more to be built and realized. It's a forward plan taking us places never thought of as God leads us and provides for us.
The settling period is never easy. Transition is often needed, but rarely enjoyable. Change can be the illusion of progress or the catalyst for advancement. Those elements have to be wrestled with in the settling phase. We're learning how to be this new church that has been created and shaped over the last couple of years. Becoming this church is not directly tied to attendance though that's certainly part of it. Becoming this church is all about walking in the vision and the forward mentality created through hours of services, meetings, prayers, periods of fasting, and worship. In 2016, we will continue to learn how to become this new church as we continue to learn to walk in God's vision for our church in the community. And when the settling has solidified, the building will begin in more ways than one.
In 2016, we're excited about what God is going to do. We're excited about our quarterly worship nights, youth nights, and kids nights scheduled on Sunday nights throughout the year. We're excited about two big Family & Friend Days each with their own special outreach target. We're excited about a full year in Small Group Discipleship. We're excited about the relaunching of the church's men's ministry with fresh vision and outreach focus. We're excited over our youth and kids ministry as they continue making great strides along with their specific events and outreaches planned. We're excited about our growing women's ministry now called, "Glow," and the exciting new ministries coming out of it like one focusing on ministering to young mothers and their children. We're excited about a new focus on young couples as we continue the baby steps laid in last year's small group offering with couples' ministry. We're excited about the mission and outreach opportunities already planned and still being formulated for this year.
We recognize many of our own imperfections after two years. Every church has them. We have ours. We're definitely not a perfect church. We have come such a long way in such a short time, however we recognize just how much further we need to go in many areas. As a church, we're striving for the prize. We're striving to be faithful and effective in the Kingdom. In many ways, we're all on a learning curve, and we're excited for new experiences in 2016. We're looking forward to meeting new people, to seeing more people saved, to seeing more families restored, to seeing more addictions broken, to baptizing more people, and to seeing more and more families call this church their home. In 2016, we will begin laying the financial blueprint through our this year's annual budget and beyond to get us ready for adding a new sanctuary building on campus in the next few years. The vision is pushing us forward, and the means are there for the journey. I don't expect it to be easy. These past two years haven't been easy. I don't expect it to be without its share of challenges and hardships. We've experienced them as well. But I believe God has a plan, and if we'll be faithful, He'll see us through whatever comes our way. It's up to us to follow Him.
I'll be posting our preliminary 2016 calendar overview on our church website this week, and I invite you to take a look at some of the things that we believe can be beneficial to you and your family. I'd love the honor to be your pastor if you're looking for a church. Our church, more than anything, strives to be known as a church that preaches Jesus, worships Jesus, talks about Jesus, and exhibits Jesus. From Him, all things flow into our lives, families, and church. If Jesus is in the center, the rest takes care of itself. We've got growing ministries for every member of the family, and will continue to establish and sharpen ministries in our efforts to make Jesus famous in our community. Come check out Bell Street Church of God in 2016!