The most effective outreach tool the church has is individuals who want to SHARE the HOPE they’ve found in Jesus with their friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family.
Doug is a great example. He’s an ordinary guy who worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years before starting his own business a couple of years ago. I sat next to him and his friend, Robert, at lunch this past week. Robert attends Richwoods on occasion—but always as a direct result of Doug reaching out to him with a personal invitation.
I marveled at Doug’s compassion for his friend that pushed him beyond his level of everyday comfort to a place where he extended an invitation to join him at his church. Doug is on a personal mission to Share the HOPE he has found in Jesus with his friend.
Easter is only five weeks away. It’s a great time to start praying about who you can extend a personal invitation to join you at church. Ask God to give you the name and face of someone you may know who is unchurched, someone who, without your compassion, would probably never darken the doorstep of a church.
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.
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.
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