Monthly Financial Update

December 2018

What more can be said of what God did at Riverside during December? From Christmas production/Christmas weekend services, and special Student and Children’s Ministries’ outreaches we saw nearly 400 people say yes to Jesus as Lord! And our Christmas offering of over $210,000.00 given away to help local food shelves, CAMA Services relief work in Florida (Hurricane Michael) and Paradise, CA (Camp Fire), and funds to help send more C&MA international workers around the world was something we have never experienced before! What an amazing God we serve and how much we have to thank Him for!

Our new series ROAR: Truth in a World of Opinions began the first Sunday of January and the response already has been very encouraging. We continue to see the largest ever engagement in small groups in our history; and we continue to see children, students, and adults say “yes” to Jesus Christ as Lord, which is why Riverside Church exists!

We continue to welcome a significant number of 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 December 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 December 2018

  • Sunday Attendance: 1,930
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $93,040.89 (Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks)).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $20,653.23
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $2,894,388


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Weekly Averages for December 2018
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Financial Figures for December 2018
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Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,751,360
>> Year to Date Giving $1,475,067
>> YTD Difference $276,293

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,751,360
>> Year to Date Expenses $1,409,908
>> YTD Difference $341,452

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $1,475,067
>> Expenses To Date $1,409,908
>> Difference $65,159