Monthly Financial Update

June 2018

June was an incredible month at Riverside! Every Sunday we saw people (kids, students, and adults) say “yes” to Jesus as Lord in our services and at special events. This is why Riverside Church exists! Praise the Lord for letting us be a part of His greatest plan in people’s lives! As our fiscal year came to a close, we saw 1,004 people say their own personal “yes” to Jesus as their Lord the past 12 months! Praise His Name!

We also saw many people in June continue to take next steps in their relationship with Jesus and we celebrate each one as it means growth and transformation is happening every week through all the ministries here.

The Is This Us series concluded June 10th, the Kids Production Bootcamp presentation was shared June 17th, and we had the State of the Church message and Annual Meeting June 24th. I am very excited about our new series starting July 1 called Don’t Forget.

Our Sauk Rapids campus is moving forward. Pastor Nate has been appointed for this season as the Campus Pastor at Sauk Rapids. A campus pastor is someone who becomes the “point person” at a campus, and helps give leadership and guidance to our teams/staff that serve there. I am still the Senior Pastor of Riverside Church no matter how many campuses we develop. I will continue to be the primary speaker at our services. But a campus pastor is that personal presence helping the campus stay focused on Riverside’s God-given mission and helping the campus explore ways God may want to use them in their unique settings that are centered in our vision and values. Since opening this campus in the middle of March 2018, we have seen 67 people say “yes” to Jesus as Lord there!

As we talked about June 24th at the services and Annual Meeting, these past 12 months probably has to be the most amazing period of time in giving and generosity in 87 years of Riverside Church history! Our giving to the Fuel for Ministry fund grew by 20% over last year, and our giving to the Fuel for Global Missions fund grew by 26% over last year! We saw a huge increase in first time giving households, and in other ways, too. This is clearly an indication of the deep work of the Spirit in many people’s hearts and lives. There was no one huge gift or huge donor that caused these increases. It was more Riversiders giving and more Riversiders growing in the grace of giving that made this happen. To God be the glory!

Digital giving makes such a huge difference in so many people’s lives here. It helps people develop the consistent practice of the grace of giving and putting God first in their finances. As we talked about June 24th (if you missed the service that day, please make sure you watch it online here), 61% of all our giving happens digitally. You can give it a try this summer.

Pray for everyone who considers Riverside Church their spiritual home to practice the grace of giving and generosity being just a “normal” response for our church so we can reach more people for Jesus. Our new fiscal year begins July 1 and we have a new budget goal to reach that will require an increase in our giving. But as we have seen, God is faithful!

Thanks to all of you who give to the Lord’s work through Riverside Church. It makes a difference in real people’s lives here and around the world every week.

Both the opportunities and obstacles we face are very real, as they are for any of God’s churches seeking to partner with Him in making a Kingdom impact. Keep praying that God will clearly lead us, empower us by His Spirit, and show us His ways.

God is at work in and through Riverside, touching the lives of thousands of people in significant ways. Your gifts help make that happen, both now and for eternity.

God bless you all!
Pastor Tom

Weekly Averages for June 2018

  • Sunday Attendance: 1,440
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $50,265.48 (2017-18 approved united/multi-campus weekly budget was $56,054.64).  Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $4,763.31
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $2,894,388

Weekly Averages for June 2018

Financial Figures for June 2018

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $3,115,880
>> Year to Date Giving $2,834,965
>> YTD Difference $280,915

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $3,115,880
>> Year to Date Expenses $2,919,299
>> YTD Difference $196,581

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $2,834,965
>> Expenses To Date $2,919,299
>> Difference $-84,334