“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 MSG
God’s economy, the way he gets things done, is built on a set of nestled relationships. The Universal Church—the Bride of Christ—is made up of what seems like an endlessly diverse network of local churches. Within each of these local churches is an equally growing diverse set of individual people who have been touched by the redemptive love of Christ.
When Jesus speaks of being salt and light, he is speaking to the Universal Church, the local church, and to each and every person who follows Christ. In it’s simple complexity, God is using each layer to reach people who are far from him and draw them into his grace and love in order to set them up as light-bearers.
God’s expectation for each of us as followers of Christ is to join him in his redemptive work of his creation. Within each of us is a unique gifting to help the local church fulfill it’s redemptive potential within the larger Bride of Christ. I encourage you this week to listen, and if you were here take a second listen, to the sermon from this past weekend as Jim shares about our specific mission at Richwoods, and join us this next weekend as we lean into our vision for the near future.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39K in weekly gifts to meet its 2017 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.