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

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order March 15th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Mark Welstead, Jim Underwood, Kevin Jackson, and Chris Holmes. 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 February 15th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the February financials for the church as well as providing an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. We continue to examine overall metrics of giving/additional giving year over year and remain thankful for the faithful, sacrificial giving of the church body. Joey also facilitated a discussion regarding expansion financing and our two potential lenders (NOTE: following this meeting, the elder board went and met with First National Bank McGregor (TFNB), one of the two financial lenders under consideration for lending at the time, in order to hear their proposal. We met at their bank, and after hearing their proposal, the Board later voted via e-mail and agreed to go with this local lending institution: TFNB).

Chris Holmes temporarily recused himself from the room as the Board discussed a contract between Harris Creek and Baylor University's School of Social Work. There are stipulations within the contract between the Department and Harris Creek primarily based around confidentiality, which the elders understood. Signing this contract will enable us to have a student intern at the church and the Board unanimously approved signing the contract.

(Chris Holmes returned to the room) Brady Herbert gave an update on the creation of the new Ministry Plan. He has challenged each group to experiment this year based on our Ministry Principle of "Create over Reproduce." The goal is to have fresh vision in all areas knowing that not everything will work, but that failures are a part of healthy innovation. Staff will present what the final product will look like to the elders in May.

Trent Horner conveyed an issue within a Life Group, which the Board discussed.

Trent Horner talked about "For the City" training. Trent and Bethany Stephens spent two days with Austin Stone church to examine a more expansive launch of mission opportunities in our city for our church. These opportunities will be on our website soon enabling a more robust search platform where the Body can find an opportunity to serve based on the day/area/etc. they choose. The website will also have the benefit of providing a hub that a) helps us know who is involved where; and b) eliminates the need of having one point person to do all of the connecting. Trent believes this will be a great on-ramp for our people to invest in the city. Trent also met with Prosper Waco, who is collaborating with local churches and non-profits.

The needs of the body were discussed and Jon Green closed us in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning