Monthly Financial Update

April 2019


There is no other way to describe what we experienced at Riverside in April:

• Every Sunday in April we had over 2,000 people in attendance.
• We continued to see large number of guests throughout the month (especially at the Big Lake campus).
• Every week people said YES to Jesus as Lord!
• We saw the largest number of people to ever attend Riverside in its entire history for a single event (4,360) Easter weekend. This was 590 people more than last Easter even though we had the exact same number of services (11 services at both campuses). Our Sauk Rapids campus went over 500 in attendance for the first time ever Easter weekend!
• During Easter week (Palm Sunday-Easter Sunday) we had 322 people say YES to Jesus as Lord! 44 of those people were at the Sauk Rapids campus.

Part 3 of our Proverbs series, ROAR 2 wrapped up April 14th. 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. God is at work through our small groups, children and student ministries, and in so many other aspects of the work here. We began a new series (Part 4 of our series in Proverbs), Ducks in a Row? on April 28th and that series will carry us into June.

Growth in attendance between our two campuses continues and giving for April was healthy in both our major funds.

Every week is an opportunity to invite someone to “come and see” at Riverside. Thank you for being outward-focused as a church.

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. Over 60% of all our giving happens digitally. 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. We are in the final two months of the last quarter of our 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 April 2019

  • Sunday Attendance: 2,637 (we believe this is the highest ever monthly average attendance in Riverside's 88 year history).
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund: $53,874.00 (Our new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $66,466.71 (53 weeks)).
  • Fuel for Global Missions Fund: $5,184.96
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite: $2,894,388

Weekly Averages for April 2019

Financial Figures for April 2019

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,854,068
>> Year to Date Giving $2,452,733
>> YTD Difference $401,335

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,854,068
>> Year to Date Expenses $2,094,672
>> YTD Difference $759,396

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving to Date $2,452,733
>> Expenses to Date $2,094,672
>> Difference $358,061