2017: Year in Review

David Cederquist, Pastor of Brookside Community Church & President of Brookside CDC

David Cederquist, Pastor of Brookside Community Church & President of Brookside CDC

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (NLT)

In 2017, this verse defined Brookside Community Church and Community Development Corporation. This has been a year of growth and favor in seeing God lead us by His mighty power. First, we have seen favor in ministry to those in need. Weekly, we see over 350 people participating in the programming and events offered and many more volunteer their time. Visitors find us through word of mouth because people are directing the broken to our doorstep where they know they’ll be ministered to with the Gospel of Jesus.  Second, we have seen favor in the partnerships needed to do this work. Brookside has seen 12 partner agencies, eight local churches, and over 275 volunteers engage in our programming and ministry. We could never do what we do without the faithful servants who dedicate their time to the work of God at Brookside. Third, we have been blessed to start Brookside Community Housing with the purchase of a single-family home being utilized for the women’s transitional program and rehabilitation on a 3-bedroom home to stabilize a family in 2018. Fourth, we have experienced favor in bringing the right leadership to Brookside through the amazing staff God has provided to lead in this ministry.

To imagine that this tremendous growth has only happened over three years is amazing and should bring us to our knees in worship as we trust God for this next year. The work must go on and we are excited for what is next as we move into 2018. We plan to see more organization around volunteers and programming, a board established for Brookside CDC, greater engagement in partnerships with local churches in the Indianapolis area. We pray you will continue to join us in prayer and support as we look forward to what God will do in this coming year.

David Cederquist

Impact by the Numbers

Brookside Community Church

Average attendance: 130

Average served at breakfast: 155

Food Co-op members served: 58

Emergency food bags distributed: 82

Total cash value of food: $21,066,60

Volunteer hours served by co-op members: 850 hours

Brookside Community Play

Numbers served: Summer Play – 212, After School Play – 48

Children served in After School Play that come from poverty: 95%

Number of volunteers: 99

Brookside Community Reentry

Number served: 136

Individuals that have no access to reliable transportation: 85%

Bus passes distributed: $14,590.00

Job referrals: 36

Average $/hr rate: $11.25

Brookside Community Housing

Number served: 11 individuals (8 men, 3 women)

Properties owned: 3 housing units, 2 vacant lots

Number of volunteers: 60 individuals