Background
 
Riverwood Covenant Church began in the late 90’s because Plymouth Covenant Church Imagined what it would be like to have an impact in the Rockford/Greenfield area. That Imagined opportunity became reality in 2002, when Riverwood officially chartered as a congregation of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
 
The growing church began to Imagine what it would be like to be a body that connects with God and others, grows in Christ, and reaches the lost and hurting. We organized around those ideas, knowing that “the only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6).
 
Then we began to Imagine how we could impact the community, and in 2010 launched RiverWorks Community Development Organization, now serving hundreds each month in the area. Then the congregation Imagined having a place to call home, and built our first building in 2012. The congregation Imagined increasing in impact, and it grew to more than triple in size.
 
God has birthed new dreams, and now we are Imagining again. Over the next three years, we are raising funds and building ministry to bring this Imagining to reality!
 
We invite you to be part of this awesome, God-inspired opportunity!
 
Results (so far 🙂 )
 
Total Received/Pledged: $381,000 over 3 years!
 
Phase I: $270,000. Fully funded. Thank you for funding ALL of Phase I in November 2017.
 
  • Elevate Student Ministries full-time position $165,000 over 3 years ♦ 100% funded
  • Church Planting through the ECC $50,000 ♦ $25k funded so far
  • Making a Difference International $50,000 ♦ moved to Phase III due to timing
  • Pulse Twin Cities $5,000 ♦ $5k funded
 
Results of Phase I (we are SO excited!) 
  • Elevate Student Ministries has more than doubled from 50 students to well over 100 students in the first 6 months after this funding… with a record 150+ on May 16th, 2018.  And this is just the beginning. Elevate is reaching our Riverwood students as well as unchurched and hard-to-reach students from our community.  The number of students living out their faith has also grown dramatically, in part through small group discipleship.  Student groups where leaders and peers show what authentic faith looks like is contagious!!  THANK YOU FOR FUNDING ELEVATE!!! 
  • Pulse Twin Cities: Over 100 Elevate students and leaders, in two buses, drove to USBank Stadium on May 18, 2018 for a historic evangelistic event with sixty-three thousand in attendance.  Life-change.  Thank you for funding $5,000 in support for Pulse Twin Cities.
  • Church Planting:  Mike Brown oversees church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church – Northwest Conference.  When Mike received our $25,000 check for this initiative, he wrote this letter to the Riverwood family – WOW!!  A must-read:  Mike Brown Letter
 
Phase II: $450,000. We are well on our way to funding Phase II.
 
  • Fund 3000 square foot addition to the church. $450,000.
    • Space is one of the biggest limiters to growth for Riverwood.
    • Our Next Generation ministry serves over 70 children each Sunday, and well over 100 students on Wednesday nights. The issue is space. 
    • This funding will provide space for our Next Generation – large room, breakout rooms, classrooms and restrooms.
Phase III: $362,000. Just IMAGINE.
 
  • Grow our Riverwood Family
    • Strengthen, heal and transform marriages – Scholarship for 30 couples to attend the Family Life Marriage Conference.
    • Many families and individuals find themselves in financial bondage. Allow 100 families to move toward financial freedom with half scholarships to attend Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.
    • The church rises and falls on leadership, and a healthy church is led by healthy leaders. 30 leaders attend 20 hours of training, enrichment programs, and worship.
  • Secure our Financial Position
    • Creating a financial reserve to absorb the fluctuations in irregular giving and expense patterns. Shorten long-term obligations of the mortgage. 
  • Reach our Community and World
    • Create awareness, information, interest and momentum for ministry via an on-line and printed presence, reaching 5,000 to 8,000 households.
    • Impact 75,000 different people per week with Riverwood messaging on an electronic sign by Highway 55.
    • Provide funding towards a 1,000+ seat auditorium and church facility, serving 2,000+ people per month for Life Renewal Ministries in Northeastern Uganda.
    • Partner with MADI’s Hope House to fund a security wall and make repairs to impact the well-being of 60 children.
    • Partner with SonScape Retreats to provide our missionaries time to renew and invest in their marriages and their commitment to serving.