A New Normal

img_8497It seems “normal” just keeps getting redefined. The expression “new normal” continues to gain traction. During the past couple of years one of the ongoing discussions among churches revolves around the shift of regular attendance at church. It used to be attending service three times a month was considered a solid, regular attender. In today’s culture, individuals consider themselves regular attenders when they attend less than two times a month. (The statistical number is 1.5, but that’s weird.)

The attendance conversation has included questions about volunteer needs, giving trends, and even commitment levels. It would be easy to assume the new normal for regular attendance is an indicator of an individual’s commitment to the church, but we don’t believe this is necessarily true. While there is great value in maintaining relationships through frequent time together, there is also reality.

Part of our job in church leadership is to help people become familiar with our calling — the where we are going and why it’s urgent. We believe that people are committed to the things God has called us to, even when they are not present with us for a weekend worship experience. We believe the greatest impact we have as a church is the people of Richwoods being the hands and feet of Christ outside the walls of our campuses, even on Sunday. We desire people to be committed to the work of expanding the gospel of hope we have in Christ and having an impact for the Kingdom of God more than having the same people in the chairs each weekend.

In this new normal there is still plenty of room for the people of Richwoods to continue to help build the church up through volunteering and giving. As a church with multiple services, you can serve during one service and worship at another in the same weekend. With our online giving options you can set up reoccurring donations through rCircle, or use Txt2Give, PayPal, or your own online banking tools.

Our budget is set on the assumption that we will have an average number of people attending 52 weekends a year giving a certain amount per head. This new normal makes that equation tricky. Currently, about 30% of our weekend giving comes in via electronic methods and we believe this will continue to grow as people who are committed to the church give when they are not physically present.

I encourage you to take a look at these new options to give. It’s a great opportunity to be part of this new normal and support the mission of the church as we help a greater number of people find and follow Christ.

Weekend Attendance

Knoxville Campus

Parkway Campus


Weekend Giving

On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.

Knoxville Campus: $73.8K
Parkway Campus: $1.5K
Total Giving: $75.3K
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K


Our goal for year end giving is to raise over $90K beyond our regular giving to cover the cost of our Knoxville roof. 10% of every dollar in excess of our average monthly giving will go to help “Raise the Roof” in Haiti.  Additionally our Missions Team will match the 10% up to $10K.  We have a great opportunity to raise our level of generosity this season and make a huge impact in Haiti. Would you prayerfully consider helping make this a reality?

2016 Cash Balance

As a policy we must have at least 2 weeks of average weekly income in our cash balance at all times, currently that figure is $75K.

YTD Giving

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.

Year To Date Giving: $1,793,997
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $1,891,292

If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email.  You can also leave a comment below.


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