One Friend at a Time

onefirendatatimeAs I recently worked with our Student Ministries staff on their hopes and dreams for 2017 and beyond, our conversation transitioned from what has been accomplished in students’ lives to focus on the ministry’s potential impact.

By the end of the conversation, these leaders realized they have just begun to scratch the surface of what God wants to do with the students of Richwoods. They actually believe, and are working toward, helping the students join with God in his effort to draw everyone to him. It’s their hope that the groups currently meeting on Wednesday nights will increase over these next several months as our students “spread the hope of Christ to every student one friend at a time.”

I love the vision our staff and adult leaders are casting to our students – having a huge impact by making it bite size, “One friend at a time.” That’s brilliant! And it’s something that we as adults ought to mimic. What a great example they are setting for us.

As a church, we have a lofty vision ahead of us, but a vision without action is just a bunch of words. We will have an impact in our community by joining God in his restoration work by paying attention to who he is putting in our rhythm of life and inviting them to join us at a weekend service. We can do this, “one friend at a time.”

Along the way, I ask you to pray for the students and their leaders as they lean into this desire and encourage them when you see them on weekends.

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: $34.2K
Parkway Campus: $.8K
Total Giving: $35K
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.

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: $1,639,552
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $1,786,568

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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