Jesus often framed the stories about his Kingdom in business concepts, and numbers do matter to the kingdom, as do the lives of individuals. Being relational doesn’t mean we won’t count numbers, but we will always remember our mission is about people, the relationship they have with God and with others.
Our vision for the next five years is to be a church of impact that is vibrantly bringing hope to our community, expanding God’s Kingdom by directly exposing 10,000 people to the hope of the gospel.
Exposing 10,000 people to hope – that’s a number that matters, a number worth counting! We know not every one of these individuals will stick around at Richwoods, some may find Jesus here and transition to another church and we’ll celebrate that when it happens. Some of these 10,000 may not step inside the doors of a church for a long time, but at least a seed of hope was planted that the Spirit of God will germinate at a later time.
Some of these 10,000 are going to choose Richwoods as their church home. What if that number is 20 percent? That’s not necessarily shooting for the stars, but that’s an additional 2,000 people attending and finding hope at Richwoods – a great number to track! It’s a number that will bring change and challenges as God uses us in our community to have a vibrant impact.
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.
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.
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.