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Illuminate Goals


Primary Goal - 100% Engagement

Illuminate is an opportunity for every person to give ourselves fully to Jesus and fall more deeply in love with him.


What are we holding back from Jesus and need to relinquish control of to him?


What step of faith do we need to take to step into the unknown while fully trusting that He will be with us?


What new level of generosity do we need to reach in order for us to express our gratitude to Him for His amazing love?


Secondary Goal - 5.06 Million

Over the next two years, we are trusting that God will provide the funds to accomplish this amazing Kingdom-building initiative for the future of our church and the eternal good of our neighbors.

2.3 Million

This portion represents the operating expenses, or what we might call the General Fund, over the next two years.

2.76 Million

This portion represents the significant portion of our project cost that we are praying and believing God will provide, as part of this Illuminate goal.


Let's Illuminate


Since the beginning, God has called Ridgewood Church to be on mission to transform lives: to light the way for people who feel far from God, connect those who are lost with Jesus, and to help bring the healing power of God to a broken world. It’s been amazing to see what God has done in and through Ridgewood since our inception in 1863. The outgrowth of that small Groveland Sunday School is that lives have been changed forever! Now it’s time for us to look ahead and ask God, “What’s next?

We’re embarking on a new season. I believe this is a season that we’ll look back on in twenty years and say, “That was a defining moment in the life of our church.” We’re referring to this season as “Illuminate.” It’s an opportunity to refresh and restore our facilities. Our building has been, and can be, a modern, clean, and safe tool to reach our city. By using our building as a tool in Making Jesus Known Through Community Impact, we can light a lamp that may have been darkened for years. Jesus is the only person that can strike a match that leads to eternal life. Our desire is to bring this good news to our city, state, and to the entire world.

During this “Illuminate” season, we are challenging everyone to pray about their generosity and their commitment to Ridgewood’s mission over the next 2 years. I encourage you to join Wendi and me in examining our vision for Illuminate and prayerfully consider what steps of faith God is calling YOU to take during this season.

A verse that perfectly represents our efforts to shine the light of Christ in the darkness is found in the Gospel of Matthew:

“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

This is one of the largest steps of faith we have ever taken as a church. I’m excited to take it alongside each one of you!

Paul D. Johnson
Lead Pastor


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