Centre Street Church

3900 2nd St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 9C1

Charitable Reg. #:82150 3018 RR0001


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Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Centre Street Church:

Founded in 1958, Centre Street Church (CSC) works to foster a community that helps people become followers of Christ. As part of this purpose, Centre Street Church also conducts charitable activities in both Canada and abroad. The charity states that it works towards its mission by pursuing God, pursuing relationships, pursuing mission, and pursuing simplicity.  

CSC’s Pursing God program includes weekend worships and faith-based community events. In F2018, CSC celebrated 172 baptisms and 756 prayer-focused events with 6,105 people in attendance. In addition, CSC had an average weekend worship attendance and live stream audience of 7,739 people. 

CSC’s Pursuing Relationships program brings together small groups of church members to provide peer support, prayers for one another, and spiritual learning. In F2018, 6,325 individuals attended 523 groups of all ages.  

CSC’s Pursuing Mission program works to support the poor in 11 countries including Canada, Moldova, Bolivia, Ukraine, Cambodia, Nepal, India, South Africa, Mexico. In F2018, CSC distributed 200,000 pounds of food through its food bank at its West Campus location. In addition, CSC had 20 new church partner plants who are couples or individuals who set up a Church in a new community. in F2018, CSC sponsored 1,032 children and distributed 13,000 bibles globally.  

CSC’s Pursuing Simplicity program aims to help people unclutter their lives in order to further develop their spirituality. In F2018, CSC had 1,024 new volunteer applicants for this program.  

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Results and Impact

Centre Street Church reports that in F2018, 11 people came to Christ during its Why Believe course. In other words, the course resulted in 11 new believers. In addition, there were 355 recorded decisions for Christ, and 37 campers accepted Christ.

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Centre Street Church is a Large charity, receiving donations of $15.8m in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income). The charity did not report any fundraising costs on its audited financial statements, nor its T3010 filing with the CRA. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go towards CSC’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CSC has funding reserves of $23.7m, which can cover program costs for over 2 years.  

This is a new profile that has been sent to Centre Street Church for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Profile created on July 22, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.1%12.6%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 11.1%12.6%10.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 213.2%141.7%108.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 15,78213,49014,658
Fees for service 1,1501,1591,473
Investment income 372239182
Total revenues 17,30414,88816,313
Program costs 11,09010,72412,293
Administrative costs 1,8811,8411,681
Total spending 12,97112,56513,974
Cash flow from operations 4,3332,3232,339
Capital spending 702269665
Funding reserves 23,64815,19913,305

Note: Ci did not include gain on sale of property in revenues, decreasing total revenues by $6.6m in F2018.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 103

Avg. Compensation: $59,306

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Centre Street Church is a place of worship and spiritual discipleship. We appreciate the opportunity to provide context for why we believe places of worship/churches (like ours and many others) may not be achieving high grades or meeting criteria set by Charity Intelligence.

Members of our congregation give to CSC because in Christianity, as in many other religions, giving an offering to our place of worship is a part of our biblical financial stewardship. In turn, the core part of the church’s responsibility is to provide spiritual development, a gathering place for worship, biblical teaching and opportunities to serve the community. Our core focus is to provide a faith community that facilitates deeper relationships with God across all ages and life stages from children to seniors. An estimated 8-10K people call Centre Street Church home because they have been touched personally by the discipleship opportunities we provide. 

Our church values transparency and accountability, regularly holding updates to our congregation and members on our finances, giving strategies and impact (locally and globally). We have also hired an organization to help us measure our impact and financial effectiveness, locally, nationally and globally. For example, through the work of the Halo Project, it is estimated that the 834 faith-based organizations in Calgary Alberta, many which are not currently measured by Charity Intelligence, with a combined annual budget of approximately$458,787,281, have a shared impact or Halo effect of $2,188,415,330 towards Calgary and the surrounding areas.   As of mid-2019, we are in the midst of an in-depth review of our specific impact in Calgary, Canada and globally. 

We believe there are aspects of our mandate and faith that make it challenging to quantify or report outcomes or outputs in the same way best practices may prescribe for non-faith based non-profit organizations. Although we report many outputs in our annual reports (such as our ESL and Canadian citizenship training classes, distribution of food and community meals to marginalized communities, service to over 250 families with special needs and more) these outputs are not our central purpose as a church. Rather they are a means to a greater end. For us that greater mission is for people to discover and grow their relationship with God (Jesus). Our intention is to change hearts.  

But we cannot quantify the impact of a changed heart, or a person’s kindness and how it makes a big difference to the surrounding community. Or measure the peace a person feels as they grow in their relationship with God or make amends with family and community. Additionally, we don’t use business levers to predict, compare or control those outcomes from year to year. Instead we ask the Holy Spirit to change hearts, minds and behaviours.  From a completely non-faith based perspective our role in the community can be seen as taking a proactive approach that decentralizes community service by supporting the personal and spiritual growth of individuals who then positively impact their own communities.

Finally, it is important to note that the donations we receive support external efforts outside the church. In the 2018/19 year we conservatively budgeted $1.5 million dollars for distribution to local, national, and international ministries, non-profit agencies, missionaries, church planting efforts and numerous entities around the world. Some examples of organizations to which we have donated include:

  • Samaritan’s purse
  • Mustard Seed
  • A.R.T (Humanitarian effort and church planting in Ukraine)
  • Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada
  • Calgary interfaith foodbank

Additionally, we give over $100K each year to numerous charities, for one-time events like building houses, helping workers exit the sex trade, translation projects and campaign scholarships.

To learn more about Centre Street Church, please visit our website at www.cschurch.ca.

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