Pastor Tom's Monthly Financial Update

December 2020

Welcome to 2021! I don’t think any of us were sad to see 2020 fade into the past. While our challenges haven’t all gone away, it is good to have a fresh start and even just say “2021”.

Despite the dramatic changes we are all still having to deal with due to restrictions of physical distancing and limits of size of groups, we continue to experience that the God we serve is never quarantined and the mission of Jesus is still moving forward. So we have so much to praise God for!

Every week in December there were children, students, and adults who said they said Yes to Jesus as Lord! We saw more people say Yes to Jesus in December than in any month since the pandemic restrictions first started back in March last year.

It has been great to continue regathering in person at our campuses again, and each week we are seeing both new guests, as well as Riversiders starting to explore what it’s like to meet in person again! If you and/or members of your household have underlying health issues or are high risk, we are so pleased that you can stay connected to our online campus, too!

December was an incredible month of generosity at Riverside! In fact, I don’t think we have ever had a month in Riverside’s almost 90 year history of such amazing giving! That is something to celebrate and acknowledge in these strange days we are all navigating, which makes it even more incredible!

The special Christmas Offering was a time where this church opened their hearts and gave and gave again…over $230,000.00 total that we have been giving away to both local and global needs. On top of this, the church received a very wonderfully generous estate gift. And on top of this, end of year giving (between Dec. 28th and 31st) was also at an unexpectedly high level! In the midst of this most challenging of years, this church stepped forward with open hands and said to God, “Receive these gifts from me.” ONLY GOD!

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.

Digital giving makes such a huge difference in so many people’s lives here, and now more than ever, it is the main way people can give even when we cannot meet together. It helps people develop the consistent practice of the grace of giving and putting God first in their finances. Between 70% - 90% 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.

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.

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, and this is actually more true than ever in these days of COVID-19 as well as the upheaval and violence that show us that we live in a deeply divided nation and 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 (Remember, Riverside Church has NEVER CLOSED!), 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 2020
(please keep in mind that these numbers for the month reflect three extraordinary times of giving, i.e., Christmas Offering, special estate gift, and end of year giving, so that will significantly impact our monthly average):

  • Sunday Attendance: Happening both digitally and in person since July 19th. 
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund: $152,697.08 (Our approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $69,168.24).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $24,756.80
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $4,104,309

Weekly Averages for December 2020

Financial Figures for December 2020

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,797,530
>> Year to Date Giving $2,439,744
>> YTD Difference +$642,214

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,797,530
>> Year to Date Expenses $1,398,891
>> YTD Difference $398,639

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving to Date $2,439,744
>> Expenses to Date $1,398,891
>> Difference $1,040,853