2020/21 Annual Report

2020/21 Annual Report

 

When I look back on the impact that Covid has had on our way of life over the past 18 months — including the way we do church — I’m reminded of the famous lines in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

We have gone from rocking live services in the Sanctuary on Sundays and Wednesdays to closing the campus for the better part of a year. We went from having more than 1,000 people in the Sanctuary each week to recording services in an empty room and posting them online.

Even though we’ve reopened with live services once again, rebuilding our weekly attendance and giving to a sustainable level has been slow. We’re currently hosting about 400 people in the Sanctuary each week. We’ve gone from hugging to keeping our distance; from unmasked to masked; from being already short-staffed to having just a handful of employees; and from copious activities and events to services and a few online classes.

All of this impacted our revenue over the past year, resulting in a loss of over $30,000 per month, and totaling more than $400,000 for the fiscal year. It has been a challenging year: the worst of times.

But we have also seen the best of times in the many ways we have been blessed. Many of you have continued to give to our ministry, even when our services were only online. Several folks began giving electronically for the first time, and even signed up for auto-giving, which is such a big help in supporting our ministry. We qualified for two PPP loans of approximately $150,000 each over the last two years, which helped us to cover salaries and utilities.

In addition to the 400 people who are attending our live services each week, we have an average of 300 to 400 more who watch our online services. Some of these folks are still cautious about returning to a large gathering of people. Others, after getting out of the routine of going to a brick-and-mortar church, now prefer the ease and convenience of getting their spiritual boost on demand.

In the backdrop of all of this, many churches have closed, and many more are really struggling. Realizing the depth and scope that this past year has had on other supportive organizations, Unity of Phoenix continued, in faith, to tithe during these uncertain times more than $130,000 to 19 community programs and non-profits. We fully comprehend the importance and value of giving hope to others that have been affected, as well! Though the past year has not been easy for our ministry, I am pleased, proud and thankful for the continued love and support that so many have for Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center.

All of us have kept the faith and shown tremendous resilience in learning, adjusting and continuing to find new ways to be a beacon of spiritual light, comfort and inspiration, both live and virtually. God has a plan and purpose for our lives and for our ministry. We are definitely holding an intention that our attendance and giving will increase and that new congregants will be attracted to our uplifting and empowering message. We will not only survive — but thrive — in all areas of ministry, including our finances.

God has blessed and brought us this far, and we give thanks for the good that we know is still to come! Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center is a great ministry and my prayer is that each and every day, in each and every way, we will continue to get better and better and
better!!!

Rev. Richard Maraj
Senior Minister
Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center

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Location and Contact Information

Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center

1500 E Greenway Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Phone: (602) 978-3200

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