Monthly Financial Update

December 2019

How we are so thankful for our amazing Lord and what we saw Him do all throughout December:

• Despite a snowstorm the first Sunday of the month, and a rainstorm (and wintry mix) the last Sunday of the month that affected attendances both Sundays, we still saw lots of people and guests all month long.
• We saw the Lord once again use our Christmas production of A Christmas Carol and our Christmas week services to see hundreds of people respond the greatest good news of all time. We praise the Lord for His working!
• We had great engagement in both Children and Student Ministry events in connecting with kids and students.
• We saw 353 people say YES to Jesus as Lord!!

What an amazing God we follow and serve! And while I do say this often to remind us, let me say it again: Know that what we experienced in December is experienced by very few churches not only in America, but around the world; not because of how great we are, but because of how God will use any church that takes His mission and only reason for coming into our world seriously and the #1 priority.

Giving for December was very strong in both our major funds, especially with end of year and special gifts received.

So now we are starting not only a new calendar year, but a new decade. We have so much more before us that God wants to do in us and through us. Please be praying for our new series that just started, A Different Life, that God will use it in all of our lives to be a tool of genuine transformation as we engage more personally with the Person of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being outward-focused as a church.

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. Between 50% - 75% of all our giving happens digitally. You can always give it a try.

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. We are in the final two months of the last quarter of our fiscal year and have a 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 December 2019

  • Sunday Attendance: 1,908
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund: $87,720.74 (Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks)).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $11,254.35
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $3,603,961

Weekly Averages for December 2019

Financial Figures for December 2019

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,797,530
>> Year to Date Giving $1,643,617
>> YTD Difference $153,913

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,797,530
>> Year to Date Expenses $1,308,400
>> YTD Difference $489,130

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving to Date $1,643,617
>> Expenses to Date $1,308,400
>> Difference $335,217