A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order November 9, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. P. Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Brad Lail, Mark Welstead and Chris Holmes. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Trent Horner, Joey White and Jon Green.
P. Michael Smith opened the meeting in prayer.
The minutes from the October 12th meeting were reviewed and approved.
Joey White did a brief overview of the October financials for the Church as well as recapping a recent conversation between he and the point person from Bank of the West – our lending bank for Our Turn. The elders will meet with Bank of the West representatives next week in order to finalize plans on what the closing will look like with regard to financial reserves, building contingencies and debt-to-equity ratio, which has been somewhat of a moving target. While the prudence has been necessary, we are all certainly antsy to "show" the beginnings of the build, though there has been immense work done thus far in the planning of the build. We discussed our hope for a strong close to the year in giving and how that will propel us to a strong launch into the build and into the new year. The Elders remain very grateful for the continued generosity and faithfulness of the congregation.
Brad Lail led a discussion on Kevin Jackson, who the elders have interviewed as a possible addition to the board replacing the vacant spot from Timothy Ateek. The elders have prayerfully considered Kevin and thoughtfully assessed how he could be a valuable asset to the team. We have decided to bring his name to the congregation for a final vetting.
Joey White and Brady Herbert facilitated a discussion with Dave Steell and Andy Malcolm (who were not present prior to this point), executive staff and the elders regarding church polity, leadership/elder teams and the ways in which our elder board serves staff and the church. It was a great discussion comparing and contrasting and learning from one another and Harris Creek is thankful for this partnership in the UK that will continue to grow.
The needs of the body were discussed and Brady Herbert closed in prayer.