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Rock City Church Case Study

Rock City Church experiences sustained growth of 40% and expanded campuses.

Rock City Church Case Study

How do you build and fund the right facility without neglecting ministry opportunities?

Rock City Church is a multi-campus church in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas. In 2010, pastors Chad and Katie Fisher had a big dream for God’s work in their city. Through their faithful leadership and the help of strategic partners, Rock City Church sees countless lives transformed in Jesus.


Like many young churches, Rock City Church congregated in a local high school for weekly services. This setup gave them resources to invest heavily in their community:

  • In the first five years of ministry, Rock City Church gave away $1 million to the community
  • Rock City Church attendees have a 40% volunteer rate for community events

A permanent facility was always on their “one day” list. The timeline quickly accelerated once they were given just 20 months to leave the high school. This five-year-old church needed to quickly assemble a team, a plan, and the right budget for their vision.

Rock City Church Case Study
Rock City Case Study

Rock City Church assembled a team and began a project plan. Unfortunately, they failed to secure the financing they needed. Like many churches, they needed to adjust their project plan for financing while still maintaining stakeholder support. 

The timeline and money that were present simply wouldn’t work together. They needed someone to help guide them to their goal of finding the right facility for their growing church. 

The project plan adjustments included:

  • Reworked plans to include 7,000 additional square feet of office space without exceeding budget
  • Ensured that the entire facility was balanced for current and future growth
  • Addressed all program space needs and parking
  • Plan to build within budget and timeframe

The Solution

After working with dozens of churches like Rock City Church, Ministry Solutions had the expertise and experience needed to help this congregation find and fund the right building project. 

The Ministry Solutions team worked with Rock City Church to walk through a simple project process:

  1. Rework the project plan to address all needs – like office, parking, and future growth – while staying in the desired timeline and budget. 
  2. Partner with Rock City leadership to develop the financial strategy and funding package for the building. This plan created competitive bidding between lenders, leading to a $2m decrease in financing expenses.
  3. Since the project plan was reworked, construction started 4 months ahead of schedule. 
  4. Rock City Church opened their new campus and saw sustained growth of 40%.
Rock City Church
Rock City Church
Rock City Church

The Results

Today, Rock City Church thrives in Columbus and the surrounding areas. With a thriving broadcast campus, they have a state-of-the-art facility to project sermons to four additional campuses. Their new space also led to a significant increase in family ministry. 

Like every project, the Ministry Solutions team worked to develop the right plan for Rock City Church. Since they have a big heart for the community, the new facility includes green space for food trucks. This and other building elements have made this facility a popular place for corporate events, community events, and weddings. Rock City Church has experienced sustained growth of 40% and are looking to launch two additional campuses.

Ministry Solutions provided a wide range of services for Rock City Church, including:

Rock City Church Case Study
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