Monthly Financial Update

January 2019

2019 got off to a good (although frozen the last half of the month) start here at Riverside!

The series ROAR: Truth in a World of Opinions began in January through the first week of February, and Part 2 of our Proverbs series, RelationShips or Sinks starts Feb. 10th about God’s wisdom for all of our relationships with friends and family. The response to our studies in Proverbs has been very encouraging and it appears that God is using these messages in many hearts and lives in very specific and powerful ways. We also continue to see the largest ever engagement in small groups in our history; and nearly every week we are seeing children, students, and adults say “yes” to Jesus Christ as Lord, which is why Riverside Church exists!

We continue to welcome guests every Sunday at both campuses.

Our Sauk Rapids campus continues to experience many positive signs of health and growth.

Growth in attendance between our two campuses is happening and giving for January was very strong in both our major funds.

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. 61% of all our giving happens digitally. You can always give it a try (“Automate the Important”).

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 starting our 3rd quarter of our new 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 January 2019

  • Sunday Attendance: 1,785
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $66,286.15 (Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks)).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $5,469.45
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $2,894,388


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Weekly Averages for January 2019
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Financial Figures for January 2019
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Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,010,821
>> Year to Date Giving $1,767,958
>> YTD Difference $242,863

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,010,821
>> Year to Date Expenses $1,653,562
>> YTD Difference $357,259

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $1,767,958
>> Expenses To Date $1,653,562
>> Difference $114,396