Calculating Impact

summerflowersThere are just a few more weeks of summer left, did you get everything done that you wanted?  If you’re like me, both my project and play lists were way too long, forcing me to make some decisions on what I will and won’t do.  I found a great tool to help me think through cause and effect so I can focus on the items that will bring the greatest amount of satisfaction.

As we head into fall at the church, we also begin planning for 2017, which includes taking a look at all of our ministry activity.  We want to have an effective balance in everything we do, we also want to focus on ministry and activity which help people take next steps on the discipleship path.  Guess what?!  We can use the same tool to help think through resource investment and life changing impact.

I would encourage you as a leader in the church to think through the ministry you are involved with in the context of this grid.  Here’s what it looks like:

Using the tool is pretty simple.  First, make a list of all of the programs or activities the ministry provides.  Then take those items and rank them in terms of life changing impact.  Everything we do at Richwoods has some impact on helping people find and follow Christ, but not everything is equally effective, so be honest and arrange them accordingly on the grid with the greatest impact on the right and the least on the left.

Once you’ve done that you’re going to think about these items in terms of their cost, specifically what is the investment needed from leaders and resources.  Process each item and place the items with low cost on the bottom and the items with the greatest investment needed at the top.

By now, each square should have a ministry or two and here’s how to interpret it.

In the top right box write, “PRIORITIZE.”  In the bottom right box write, “GO!”  In the bottom left box, write “CAUTION.” In the top left write, “STOP!”  You should definitely do the stuff in the bottom right, the top right, choose carefully.  The left bottom, well, make sure this doesn’t get in the way of the good stuff to the right.  The top right, that’s pretty self explanatory.

Sometimes getting the most out of our energy isn’t as much about doing more as it is about doing the best things and leaving the rest undone.

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: $30.8K
Parkway Campus: $2.3K
Total Giving: $33.1K
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: $1,217,338
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $1,224,371

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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