Merit Badge


When I worked with an adventure outfitting ministry in the Rocky Mountains, knowing how to figure out direction was essential.  It was easy in the city of Colorado Springs where we lived – all you had to do was look at Pike’s Peak and everything was in relation to the mountain.

However, our basecamp at 10,000 feet elevation near Horn Peak was heavily forested and dense so it was easy to get turned around as you navigated the landscape ahead of you.  Becoming disoriented was not uncommon so we learned how to orient ourselves.  It’s often a matter of stopping to observe what’s around and beyond you.  At times we had so drained our bodies that water and food were needed to think better.

The key was to find a place to see beyond the tree canopy to get a different perspective in order to figure out where you were and where you needed to go.  Orientation is a critical skill.

Within Richwoods we want everyone to be contributing to the ongoing ministries of the church. A better way of saying it is that we want everyone putting their skills, knowledge, and creativity into taking Richwoods where we’ve never been before.

Every one of us has been given passions, experience, skills, and gifts that when combined with others allow the church to fulfill the redemptive potential God has in mind for us.  Some of us have no idea what our skills or passions are and some of us have been serving in an area too long and may not even know we need a break.

We have developed an orientation workshop called Volunteer Equipping to help our volunteers gain a new perspective on their passions, skills, gifts, personality, and experience.  It’s perfect for anyone who is new to the church and trying to figure out where to serve as well as for those of us who have been around a while and need a new perspective.  Here’s the kicker, we are asking everyone to go through the workshop over the next two years so we can all have the same awareness.  It’s kind of like earning a merit badge.

There will be several workshops offered throughout the year, and a small group workbook you can go through with others on your own schedule. Our next opportunity is coming up in a two day workshop on Saturdays, June 18 & 25, from 9am-noon.  Childcare will be provided.  Sign up for our Volunteer Equipping class. If you have questions about the workshop contact Teri or Alissa.

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: $34.7K
Parkway Campus: $3.5K
Total Giving: $38.2
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K

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: $756,567
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $726,258

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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