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Keeping You Current // September 2017

September 14, 2017

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Keeping You Current // August 2017

August 8, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - August 2, 2017

August 3, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order August 2nd, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, Jim Underwood, and Kevin Jackson. Also in attendance were Rebecca Harris, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the July12th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the July financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn.

Joey White led a discussion with regard to our multi-site model based on an opportunity that has been presented to Harris Creek by another local church. The Board talked about viability of an additional site for multiple uses throughout the week, as well as some of the financial realities that would come with an additional site. *Shortly after this meeting on another date, the Board, along with several Harris Creek staff members, toured the church and grounds.* Discussion will continue.

Rebecca Harris talked about opportunity we have with Welcome Back Sunday. We are excited about kicking off the new school year at the Ferrell Center and we have designated people to lead specific tasks logistically to ensure that things run as seamlessly as possible.

Brady Herbert provided some signposts for closing out summer and the fall semester.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Blair Browning closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Blair Browning


Minutes of the Board of Elders - July 12, 2017

July 13, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order July 12th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Kevin Jackson, and Mark Welstead. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Trent Horner, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the June 14th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the June financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. We discussed forecasting a path to December and the end of Our Turn noting various benchmarks and trends in giving. We are thankful for our members honoring their giving commitments and for others who are jumping in as we pursue the ambitious financial goal of Our Turn. Joey stated that the construction efforts are progressing well and the elders were able to go out and talk to the supervisor who informed us of what all was currently taking place.

Joey White led a discussion with regard to our multi-site model and this conversation involved various iterations of what Harris Creek could do in the future. There may be opportunities arise and we want to be prepared if/when those occur so we are having thoughtful discussions about our model now.

Brady Herbert talked about opportunities with Welcome Back Sunday in August. He gave his vision for the fall as well as the upcoming year for our church.

Brady Herbert provided multiple signposts as we closed which included discussing his upcoming sermon series: God and Country.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Brady Herbert closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // July 2017

July 3, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - June 14, 2017

June 15, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order June 14th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Jim Underwood, Kevin Jackson, and Mark Welstead. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Trent Horner, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the May 10th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the May financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. He also described the payment process between Harris Creek and our contractor, K4. The invoices rout through our architect to ensure accountability.

Joey White and Rebecca Harris discussed creating a social media policy for our staff. We looked at best practices and discussed everything from official church communication that derives from a church "sponsored" social media platform (i.e. Harris Creek Youth on Instagram) to communication that stems from church staff's personal social media platforms. There is not a desire to micromanage and at the same time, there is a big responsibility attached when you are a part of the Harris Creek staff.

Joey White discussed personnel ideas with the departure of Matt Steen who has served Harris Creek with excellence over the past couple of years. Matt is departing for an Executive Pastor role and will thus leave a void that must be filled in our operations. Joey will initially manage these responsibilities as we continue to have conversation about future personnel decisions.

Brady Herbert talked about options and opportunities with Welcome Back Sunday in August. We are waiting on cost numbers from a couple of venues. Our priority is that the first Sunday back energizes our core, casts a vision for the church, but also for the upcoming year, and that it attracts and welcomes back students (as well as new families). We will continue to discuss this item.

Brady Herbert provided multiple signposts as we closed.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Blair Browning closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // June 2017

June 1, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - May 10, 2017

May 31, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order May 10th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Jim Underwood, Kevin Jackson, and Mark Welstead. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Trent Horner, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the April 12th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the April financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. Despite increasing our budget the past two years, the church continues to meet our budget as well as underspend based on the budget. However, we will need to build more of a surplus in order to continue toward the Our Turn goal. As always, we are grateful for the many faithful, and indeed, "cheerful givers" in our church.

Joey White highlighted specific areas of the upcoming Ministry Plan, and he noted several experiments that the teams will take on. As a church, we want to key in on three areas – these are: 1) poverty/homelessness; 2) adoption/foster care; 3) women/children/families. We are doing this in order to cultivate a rich focus of ministry and to provide a more targeted approach collectively for our Body. For example, the college group will pursue a mission trip with Living Water International. Not only does this fit within the first key area of poverty, but it also encompasses one of our principles as a church: "Deep over Wide." We have a long-standing relationship with this ministry and this will be a way to increase our involvement. We will have a several new ministries launch this year, and again, more focused ministry partnerships throughout our teams.

Another exciting development will be the addition of Life Group Coaches. We do NOT want to pull people away permanently from the life groups that they have formed a strong connection with, and yet we DO want to take advantage of their knowledge that stems from having healthy group experiences. Thus, we will ask and train couples to be Life Group Coaches where they will help facilitate new life groups for 6-8 weeks beginning in the fall. This will enable a new life group to get off to a great start with people who understand "best practices" for Life Groups. During this period, the hope is that leaders will emerge from within the group and that the Life Group Coaches can return to their groups with confidence that they have helped the new group get off to a great start.

We remain very excited about the opportunities for leadership development for both staff and for our
members that will result from this new Ministry Plan. More so, we are excited about the ministry
that will occur both within and outside of the church walls. We are thankful for the thoughtful planning process in which staff members were truly pushed to create and to consider innovative ideas.

Brady Herbert talked about the fact that multiple members of staff have been asked to officiate weddings. We will engage in licensing these staff members, as it will provide more structure and coverage for our staff.

Joey White discussed the first meeting later in the day led by K4 that had a lengthy agenda and had numerous subcontractors in attendance. He also noted that construction would be beginning later in the day! The plan is to be entering the new building in fall '18 coinciding with the start of the school year.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Drew Greenway closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // May 2017

May 11, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - April 25, 2017

May 2, 2017

A strategic meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order April 25th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Jim Underwood, Mark Welstead, Kevin Jackson, and Chris Holmes. Also in attendance was Rebecca Harris.

We discussed Part 2 of Leonard Sweet's book, So Beautiful.

We discussed proposed and future organizational charts. This conversation obviously entailed future plans with regard to logistics of our services that ranged from sites to delivery ability (i.e. pre-taping a sermon vs. streaming).

We closed in prayer and concluded at 8:30pm

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning