I hope when people walk through the doors of one of our campuses on a weekend that they enter into an experience they can only find at Richwoods. I suppose it’s more than just a hope, it’s something we are intentionally working toward and for good reason, too. We know more people are exposed to the hope of Christ each weekend and are called to believe at our campuses than one person or family unit can do by themselves.
Together we have greater impact!
There is a specific experience we want individuals to have each weekend. This experience is generated by those of us who call Richwoods our church home and has four elements where we each can participate.
Welcomed: We want people to feel a genuine sense that we were expecting them. We’ve taken effort to make sure a pleasant, friendly, and inviting culture exists. This has everything to do with being hospitable. We are anticipating guests and friends over so we want the driveway to be cleared, the house to be clean, the air to smell good, and so on.
Seen: Can you imagine being invited over to someone’s house, arriving and then not being greeted? In that scenario, you’d probably ring the door bell, so it would be hard not to notice you. At church, the doors are always open, guests and visitors don’t announce themselves and wait to be greeted, which requires each of us to be observant of others who seem disconnected, new, or trying to figure out what to do next.
Touched: This element is a little harder to describe. In a nut shell, we want each individual to walk away from their time with us having been moved by something, like music, or the message, a baptism testimony, or someone they encountered.
Cared For: This is what it looks like to follow through with being SEEN. If I observed someone on the front end and welcomed them, I take it one step further by seeking them out before they leave, thanking them for coming and asking about their experience. Questions like this bring value to others, it expresses our care for them.
Keep these four elements in mind as you approach each weekend. Leave yourself a note so you can refer to them before you walk through the doors of one of our campuses, so that collectively, people have a church experience that is wonderfully unique to Richwoods.
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 goal for year end giving is to raise over $90K beyond our regular giving to cover the cost of our Knoxville roof. 10% of every dollar in excess of our average monthly giving will go to help “Raise the Roof” in Haiti. Additionally our Missions Team will match the 10% up to $10K. We have a great opportunity to raise our level of generosity this season and make a huge impact in Haiti. Would you prayerfully consider helping make this a reality?
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.