Been there, Done that.

trainingMichael Phelps is in for a fifth run at the Olympics.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t approach the tryout this time around with a “been there, done that” attitude.  I’m sure he could have, the guy is the model competitive swimmer.  Think about it for a moment, with all of his gold medals, with all of his past coaching, he still trained, he still employed others to help him get better and hone his skills.

At Richwoods, we are all about providing our ministries through the leadership of volunteers.  I am amazed, sometimes dumbfounded, at the push back when a training or equipping opportunity is offered.  I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of thinking I know enough to lead as well, and then I hear the words of one of my leadership coaches echo in my head, “Leaders are life-long learners.”

In the next two years, we are pushing for everyone of our volunteers – current and new – to complete our Volunteer Equipping curriculum for a few reasons:

  1. To make sure we are all on the same page as we lead within the church.
  2. To discover, or rediscover, the unique way God has created us to serve and lead inside and outside the church.
  3. To mobilize as many people as we can to do extraordinary things as ordinary people for the kingdom of God.

We will have the curriculum available for you to go through as a small group this fall or you can jump into a four week GroupEdu class starting on September 22, at Parkway Campus or starting on October 20, at Knoxville Campus. Keep your eyes open and get ready to be a life-long learner.

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: $38.5K
Parkway Campus: $1.5K
Total Giving: $40.0K
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K

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.  Combined with the cost of replacing the roof at $140K the total we would need to have in our cash balance by the end of October would be $215K.  The cash balance is as of the Friday prior to the date of this posting.  Figures in the graph are in thousands ($K).

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: $1,073,655
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $1,095,244

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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