Monthly Financial Update

October 2022

October was a positive month at Riverside and we thank the Lord for working in and through us! 

Our all-church spiritual journey, Unoffendable, wrapped up Oct. 23 and I believe from the feedback and engagement we saw throughout it that it was one of the most impactful journeys we have ever done. We thank God for His grace in our lives and the lives of others. 

We concluded the month with our Global Missions Sunday and the announcement of a new partnership in Guinea, West Africa, as well.

We have started a new series. "Family Circus," for November and it seems as if the Lord has already been using it in a variety of ways and lives and homes. 

Throughout October we continued to see many first time guests, and all month long there were many children, students, and adults that said 'YES!' to Jesus as Lord!  What a wonderful Savior!

Our digital connection each Sunday continues touching lives each week, as well. As a reminder, if you and/or members of your household are traveling, have underlying health issues or are high risk, or are simply not feeling well on a Sunday, we stream all our services live online, as well as providing them on our message webpage for later viewing. It's a great way to stay connected even when you are not able to attend in person.

We are now one month into the 2nd quarter of our 2022-2023 fiscal year. After a slow start financially in July, August and September were better months in giving, especially as we had some larger gifts given a couple of Sundays each month. Most of October giving was a bit soft, but the end of the month we received a wonderful gift from an estate that helped both our Fuel for Ministry and Global Missions Funds finish the month strong. 

Digital giving makes such a huge difference in so many people’s lives here, and it is the main way people give. It is a great tool that helps people develop the consistent practice of the grace of giving and putting God first in their finances.  On average, 73% of all our giving happens digitally, and we have more households making reoccurring digitals gifts than ever before! Join the growing number of people at Riverside who are discovering how this makes such a difference in their spiritual journey. You can always give it a try be checking out the links above under the "Ways to Give" tab.

We praise the Lord for everyone of you who give to the ministry of Riverside, and our financial position is healthy. Your giving makes a difference in real people’s lives here and around the world every week. Pray for everyone who considers Riverside Church their spiritual home to practice the grace of giving, that generosity will simply be a “normal” response for our church (no matter what the economy is like) so we can reach more people for Jesus.

Thank you for being outward-focused as a church. It makes such a difference in the life and health of any local church to keep the passion and priority of Jesus THE first priority of how it functions and ministers. The opportunities are there every week to invite people to either “come and see” in person, or “come and watch” with you online.

Both the opportunities and obstacles we face are very real, and this is actually more true than ever in these challenging days as we navigate our lives and ministries in a deeply divided and confused world. This is true for any of God’s churches seeking to partner with Him in making a Kingdom impact. Keep praying that God will clearly lead and empower and care for us as we have regathered with all areas of ministry moving forward.

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 October 2022:

  • Average In-person Sunday Attendance: 1,566
  • Average Online attendance: 615
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund: $64,497
      Our approved Big Lake/Sauk Rapids/Central weekly budget is $73,200
  • Fuel for Global Ministries Fund: $20,878
  • Approximate cash set aside for multisite: $6.4 million