Elder Update: July 2018

July 18, 2018

Elder Update

Church Family,

As part of our effort to provide our church family with monthly updates during this season of transition, we are presenting you with this July Update.

We hope you are having a wonderful summer! We are so grateful for your prayers for both our staff and Elder Board – we have an amazing collective team at Harris Creek including all of those in our Body.

As we continue our search for our new Lead Pastor, please continue to join us in praying for the right person and the right timing in this process. We pray for the Spirit to truly stir that person's heart for this role. While we will continue to have some gifted individuals speak with stand-alone sermons the remainder of the summer (and a few times this fall), we are thrilled to tell you about our interim plan for this fall.

Rather than utilize a single interim, we will have three primary communicators beginning with "Welcome Back Sunday" on August 19. We believe this plan to be the best move for our Body as it will bring more stability and consistency from the teaching role this fall. We are also excited to hear from these three individuals on a regular basis. The three speakers this fall will be:

Timothy Ateek "TA" – Executive Director, Breakaway Ministries
David Marvin "Dmarv" – Young Adults Director, Watermark Dallas
Nate Hilgenkamp "N8" – College Director, Harris Creek (we felt Nate needed his own nickname, too)

We feel enormously blessed at how God has given this group of godly teachers the desire to step in as co-laborers in Christ to preach His truth this fall at Harris Creek. As we pray with confidence and expectation for our new season as a church, we thank God for his faithfulness in times of transition.

Exciting things are happening at Harris Creek both now and in the near future with the completion and opening of the new worship center this fall. Thank you again for your prayers and as always, feel free to reach out to us at elders@harriscreek.org if you have any questions. We are humbled and grateful to serve in this capacity during such an important time in our church's life. More importantly, we are thankful that ALL of us are serving in important ways and that God has raised all of us up to be at Harris Creek during this specific time!

In Christ,
Your Elders


Executive Update

As our elder team continues to lead out in the search for our next Lead Pastor, our current staff team is busy at work preparing for an exciting fall! Our staff continues to assess and adjust how we engage people on Sunday mornings and are making changes to better mobilize around our mission as a church. In addition to these organizational changes, you can expect some facility changes as well in advance of the pending grand opening of the new worship space on September 30. Just about all of us will experience change this fall related to the campus growth. Though this will require some patience and flexibility, we know that in the end it will make for an awesome Sunday experience for everyone! Stay tuned for ways that you can join us in preparing our building for these changes. We will need your help!

I want to commend you for your continued financial support of Harris Creek! We continue to see guests visit each Sunday, a reminder that God is still moving through this place. Your financial commitment is key in helping us reach our collective goal to engage both new and existing families effectively. Our lending partner, TFNB Your Bank for Life, continues to serve us well! They have structured our loan in such a way that will help us conserve cash prior to closing on our loan early in 2019. In the mean time, allow me to challenge you to remain consistent and sacrificial in your support. Though we operate with a planned deficit related to our receipts and expenses each summer, we still have some work to do in catching up to our preferred financial goals. As always, you can track our financial progress in the "News" portion of our website.

Lastly, if your family would like to help us make the grand opening special, contact me about how you might partner with us to provide for some unique items that will make that not only that day, but also an ongoing memorable experience for our Body!


In Christ,
Joey White
Executive Pastor