That’s how Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 20. He compares his economy to a landowner who invites people to work throughout the day, not just once but five times.
The landowner has an interesting question for people as he returns after his early morning hiring, “Why are you standing around?” It’s a question loaded with expectation. Jesus expects us to be at work in his economy, not standing around waiting.
The beauty is that Jesus is also busy, seeking out and inviting all of us, all the time, to join him in his work in the kingdom—and he provides a “wage!” There are side effects to working in the kingdom that are hard to describe but many of you already know what I mean. You experience a joy and satisfaction in being part of something bigger than yourself.
This past weekend in the State of the Church message, Jim shared that it takes more than 250 volunteers working together each week to provide the ministries of Richwoods. Keep in mind this is 250 volunteer roles that people fill in rotation, meaning we have potentially 600-750 individuals every month helping make Richwoods a place where people can find and follow Christ. Believe it or not, we still have countless opportunities for people to jump in to help.
“Why are you standing around?” Ready to jump in but not sure where to start? Let me suggest starting with a six week Volunteer Orientation through GroupEdu where you will discover how God has shaped you as an individual to serve best. Discover the satisfaction of being part of something big!
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.
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.