Monthly Financial Update

October 2018

October was a great month at Riverside! We have much to thank God for!

Our all-church spiritual journey Divine Direction that wrapped up October 21st (as far as Sunday messages goers) had a great impact in many lives. We continue to see the largest ever engagement in small groups in our history; we had not only one Great Pumpkin Party but added a second one at the Sauk Rapids campus; we saw the highest level of response to our new next step missions connection card that anyone can remember; we had one of the largest membership classes ever (at the Big Lake campus) and another one scheduled at Sauk Rapids in November; and we continue to see children, students, and adults say “yes” to Jesus Christ as Lord all month!

This is why Riverside Church exists.

We welcomed a significant number of guests every Sunday at both campuses.

Our Sauk Rapids campus experienced another strong month in many ways.

Growth in attendance between our two campuses is happening and giving for October was positive in the Fuel for Ministry fund, and stable for the Fuel for Missions fund.

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 now into our 2nd 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 October 2018

  • Sunday Attendance: 1,782
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $50,411.52 (Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks)).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $4,228.58
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $2,894,388

Weekly Averages for October 2018

Financial Figures for October 2018

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,167,573
>> Year to Date Giving $952,572
>> YTD Difference $215,001

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,167,573
>> Year to Date Expenses $801,555
>> YTD Difference $366,018

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $952,572
>> Expenses To Date $801,555
>> Difference $151,017