Progress with Silence

leaningintoitStanding in the Knoxville Commons this past Sunday I bumped into my friend, Don, who inquired about the outcomes from our time with the Unstuck Group.  I realized that it’s been well over a month since the last time I gave an update.  I’m glad so many are curious about what is going on.  Fact of the matter is, we are right in the middle of the process with the Unstuck Group.

The sound of silence you’ve heard is the result of nearly fifty individuals from Richwoods leaning into five initiatives uncovered during our two-day strategic planning session with Unstuck Group’s founder, Tony Morgan.  These initiatives were identified as key items to help the church move forward into the next adventure God has waiting for us.

Just to refresh your memory, here they are again:

  • Visitor and New Guest Initiative: looking at things like our environment and culture of connecting with people outside the church and our ability to engage them with acceptance, love, and relevance.
  • Children’s Ministry: researching a fresh brand and environment to take our children’s ministry from good to amazing.
  • Weekend Services: in contrast to Parkway Campus’s pattern of growth, we determined that Knoxville Campus has some growth barriers on Sundays.  Alternative service times, creative environments, and sermon series, are all being looked at from various angles.
  • Our Discipleship Path: last year we officially launched our discipleship path. This initiative is looking at how we communicate the path, how to balance our ministries around it, and how to evaluate our progress together as a church.
  • Leadership Development: focusing on providing a simple, clear path for individuals to grow in their leadership capacity as our church works toward being more volunteer led, staff supported.

The task forces will submit their proposed action steps to me on August 12, (that’s this week if your following along at home!)  I will review and submit the steps to Mark Meyer from the Unstuck Group who will sit with us on August 15, to review, tweak, and challenge our thinking.  Then the real fun begins as we create timelines to talk about the plans in a larger format and build some momentum to move forward.

This month we will also spend two days with Amy Anderson from the Unstuck Group as we tear into our staffing and structure.  Most of the staff are pretty excited about this portion of our journey…yes, that’s sarcasm! 🙂  Amy will help us look at our leadership structure, staff roles and responsibilities, as well as gifts and abilities of the staff to make sure we have what we need to support the church as we lean into what’s next.  Our time with the Unstuck Group will wind up at the end of September with an overview of the process with Tony Morgan.

Please continue to partner with us as we pray through and gain clarity on where we believe God wants us to go from here…it’s like right on the tip of our tongue! Part of this process is also discovering why we feel it’s so important to move toward our God given potential and not just hang out where it’s comfortable.  We firmly believe God has a specific role for us to play in his Kingdom. Stay tuned for this stuff! It’s the most rewarding part of being in ministry with you as we realize that what God has for us in tomorrow is so big, so outlandish, so exciting, that we experience fear and excitement all in the same moment.

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: $35.2K
Parkway Campus: $3.0K
Total Giving: $38.2K
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.  Combined with the cost of replacing the roof at $140K the total we would need to have in our cash balance by the end of October would be $215K.  The cash balance is as of the Friday prior to the date of this posting.  Figures in the graph are in thousands ($K).

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: $1,153,032
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $1,148,653

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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