The Commons is a fascinating place at each of our campuses—not so much during the week—but before and after each service these spaces come alive.
The Commons have been thoughtfully placed and arranged to help people come together. I enjoy standing off to the side and letting it all soak in; the laughter, joy, encouragement, tears—mostly from children finding their favorite donut is not available. I’ve observed people planning, introducing new friends to old friends, I’ve watched people lean in and pray over each other. The Commons is a place where followers of Christ are doing all kinds of ministry together.
Richwoods envisions itself to be a church that engages with people intentionally drawing one another into relationship—life changing relationships—with Christ and each other.
Next time you step into the Commons, take a moment to be thankful, and then step into it with all you have to make it a place of life changing moments.
A note about the graphs below.
Mid-summer we began to share with you the cash flow challenges we have been facing at Richwoods. From the stage, Jim commented we were not experiencing a giving problem, which was true. At that point in the year the total giving to the church had been within what we had projected.
That was then, and as they say, “This is now.” The problem then was the greatest amount of generous giving was primarily designated to special needs outside of our operational financial needs. Since then, our local economy has shifted, and we dissolved a campus resulting in a downward shift in giving trends.
We still have a surplus in those desginated funds, but we continue to run behind in our operational funds—the gifts given without designation. To date, we are running behind about $74.6K.
This has put a strain on our ability to support the week-to-week ministry programs. We’ve had to juggle bills, postpone payments, and even forgo purchasing normal ministry items affecting children’s and youth ministries. You may have noticed a couple of faucets in bathrooms that are “out of order.” Every week we have to make financial decisions that might surprise you.
As much as we want to provide quality weekend services and programs, we also need to be transparent with our attenders. Before the year ends, we need to close the gap on the -$74.6K.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, we are praying God will continue to bless Richwoods through your generousity. As you are able, please pray with us and continue in your faithful giving so that we together can be the church God has called us to be in this community.
Knoxville Weekend Attendance
Parkway Weekend Attendance
Total Weekend Attendance
On average Richwoods needs to receive $48.3K in gifts to meet its operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church, we do not take annual pledges to set a budget, but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.