A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on August 10, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. Jim Underwood, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were P Michael Smith, Chair, Blair Browning, Brad Lail, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, and Mark Welstead. Trent Horner was also in attendance. Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, and Derek Davidson joined for portions of the meeting.
Jim Underwood opened the meeting in prayer.
The minutes from the prior elder meeting were reviewed and approved.
Brady Herbert led a brief review of the July financial statements which were very positive, both in terms of offerings (over budget) and expenses (below budget). The elders are so grateful for the faithfulness of our covenant members.
Trent Horner presented two local missions opportunities: (1) a $10,000 donation to Jesus Said Love to assist in offsetting some of its costs in renovating office space where it will offer classes (for training, fitness, yoga, cooking and nutrition), provide space for employees, and provide retail space for women to sell merchandise they have created; and (2) a $20,0000 donation to Mission Waco to offset some of its start-up expenses related to completing its Jubilee Food Market to address a current "food desert" in North Waco (expenses related to build out and initial stocking of the store). Harris Creek has existing restricted funds that are to be allocated solely toward such non-budgeted mission projects such as these. Both Trent and Bethany Stephens were enthusiastic about these two particular opportunities to further our partnership with these two long-term ministry partners of the church. The elders elders approved the $10,000 donation. The other proposed donation will be considered on a later date.
Rebecca Harris alerted the group to the desire by numerous other churches to use certain artwork she has prepared in conjunction with various sermon series at Harris Creek. The elders authorized her to set up a mechanism whereby formal permission can be bestowed upon such churches. If any funds from such permission exceed $1,000, the elders will revisit with Rebecca whether any additional plans need to be made for allocation of such revenues.
Brady Herbert briefly alerted the group to some upcoming events, including the need to reschedule the next Strategic Elder Meeting until the evening of August 30th.
The needs of the body were discussed and Drew Greenway closed the meeting in prayer.