Early in his ministry, even before he appointed the twelve apostles, Jesus made it very clear to those who followed him that his way of doing things was different. A perfect example is when Jesus took notice of the woman from Samaria. He crossed social boundaries by starting up a thoughtful conversation with her that resulted in her life being transformed and many in her village finding hope in Jesus.
Those who were following Jesus at the time were perplexed by his actions. When they asked why to what he was doing, his challenge to them was to look around at what the Spirit of God was doing around them and join in.
A few weeks ago in the State of the Church message, Jim shared that we need to “stay focused to do what we know we need to do.” We can take this statement in different directions. The disciples were focused on day-to-day needs—getting lunch—but this is not the “need to do” thing Jim was speaking of. He was talking about staying focused on our mission, helping people find and follow Christ.
Every day the majority of us interact with unchurched people. “Staying focused on what we know we need to do” involves keeping our eyes up and out to see where God’s Spirit is working in the lives of the people around us and to enter into relationship with them. It’s always harvest time in God’s economy.
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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