Trail Blazing

trailmarkerHelping People Find and Follow Christ. If you’ve been around Richwoods long enough, you’ve heard this statement echoed through the hallways of our campuses. It’s short and sweet, but filled with potential.

For years we’ve enjoyed a fantastic run of rapid growth – not to say it’s all been easy, we’ve suffered some losses along the way. Then a couple of years ago the leadership at Richwoods began to sense something was missing. We did some soul searching, took time to pray, reflect, and think. After a season of this, it was clear what we were missing was a path for the people of Richwoods to follow.

We discovered that we have a great deal of thoughtful reasons as to how we do what we do, and where we want people to find life and hope in Christ, but we never really teased out the helping part. What we found was the most effective way to help people in their spiritual journey was to mark and illuminate a path that reflects our values for each individual’s spiritual formation as we find and follow Christ. Here’s a condensed overview of what we share with people who are visiting Richwoods:

God loves us where we are, but he doesn’t want us to stay there. He has great things in store for us, he also has expectations for us. He calls each of us to abide in him and to be active in his Kingdom. He expects us to be part of what he is doing here on Earth.

At Richwoods, we believe following Christ includes engaging in five areas which help us discover how to abide and be productive.


To Believe
To accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and follow him as Lord.
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To Belong
To connect with Christ and others in authentic relationships.
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To Bless
To worship God and generously bless others.
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To Build
To contribute to and participate in the ministry of Richwoods.
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To Become
To be increasingly conformed to the image of Christ.
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postscript: My wife, Jill, and I have had a few of you inquire about our invitation to have dinner with you. It’s still open!

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: $26.2K
Parkway Campus: $2K
Total Giving: $28.2K
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K

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: $563,706
Year To Date Anticipated Giving: $547,538

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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