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Items filtered by date: February 2017 - Harris Creek Baptist Church

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on Wednesday February 15, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present, including Brady Herbert, Mark Welstead, Chris Holmes, Kevin Jackson, P. Michael Smith, and Jim Underwood. In addition, Joey White, Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, and Jon Green were in attendance.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the January 11, 2017 elder meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White reviewed the church financials for January which were remarkably positive with a favorable net variance from budget (both giving and expenses) of approximately $95,000. Such faithfulness by the congregation is a joy to witness and will help put our church in the best position possible as we get closer to finalizing arrangements for funding for the expansion project.

Joey White also gave an overview of the current conversations still underway with two potential lending institutions including a comparison of the current terms being discussed for the loan packages. No decision has been made yet but we hope to be in a position in the next month or so to make some decision as to which path to take to get the project funded prudently and in a timely manner.

Brady Herbert raised for discussion informal requests from a small number of church members for temporary ordination for the sole purpose of officiating respective wedding ceremonies. The elders decided that they would not make any exceptions from the normal procedures (and purposes) for obtaining ordination by Harris Creek.

Brady Herbert offered his thoughts concerning an agenda for the upcoming strategic elder meeting.

The needs of the body were discussed and Drew Greenway closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order January 11th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. P. Michael Smith, Chair, (initially) presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Brad Lail, Mark Welstead, Jim Underwood and Chris Holmes. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Trent Horner, Joey White, Jon Green, and Kevin Jackson.

Kevin Jackson opened the meeting in prayer.

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

P. Michael Smith presented the new slate of officers for the 2017 year, which is Brad Lail as Chair, Jim Underwood as Vice-Chair, and Blair Browning as Secretary. The elders unanimously approved this group and in advance, we appreciate their service. We are thankful for the great way in which P. Michael Smith has served in the Chair role for the past two years and are glad that his role as an elder continues this year.

Joey White did a brief overview of the December financials for the Church as well as recapping the encouraging close to the year with regard to giving. We have expanded our budget for 2017 and this is a result of the trust we have in our Body, which is made up of so many who are giving sacrificially – something we don't take lightly. We celebrate the character of our people. We are also moving forward in discussions with new lenders for construction and discussed processes and timelines which will have more clarity in the next couple of months.

Chris Holmes gave an update on the writing of the bylaws and state that he should have a working document toward the end of the month to discuss at next month's strategic meeting. This stems from the "bylaw summit" the Elders had in October and we are committed to having these ready to present to the church body for discussion and approval late spring/early summer (May/June).

Brady Herbert discussed the ordination of a current member of the church who is completing his time at Truett Seminary. Several elders and staff volunteered to be a part of meetings this process will entail.

A schedule of 2017 strategic meetings was put forth and Brady Herbert highlighted that ongoing conversations about best uses of staff with regard to capacity and fit would be discussed with regard to everything from responsibilities to organizational chart. We also will read a Leonard Sweet book as an elder board and discuss key parts at the next two strategic meetings.

The needs of the body were discussed and the group closed with time in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning