Recently one of our campus pastors was sharing a conversation he had over text messages with a Richwoods attender who had been reaching out to a friend. The investment of their friendship had reached a point where an invitation to join them at Richwoods on a Sunday was accepted.
As the weekend drew closer, the excitement in the text messages grew between the pastor and attender. Within them it was discovered the campus pastor would be giving the message that weekend. The text message to the campus pastor was filled with sarcasm, but laced with a bit of truth, “Please don’t suck. :)”
There is great value in being relevant to the world outside the walls of Richwoods. In our current sermon series, Seeds, we’ve teased this balance out. You can listen to it here. As a staff we must continue to evaluate and critique the things we do and say in order to stay relevant as we communicate the unchanging message of hope within the gospel of Christ. As followers of Christ, I think we all have the same responsibility to be relevant to the people God brings into our path of life each day.
We believe God has called and placed Richwoods in a position to reach out to 10,000 unchurched or over-churched people before 2021 comes to an end. To be clear, when I refer to Richwoods, I’m not talking about the building, but the people. As we embrace this calling, each of us needs to be praying for the Holy Spirit to move ahead of us, and we need to be faithful to invest in authentic relationships and be relevant to people who are far from God. In other words, “please don’t suck :)”
By the way, the friend came with a few family members who found Richwoods to be relevant, but the friend, well that story is still in progress.
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On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in 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.
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.