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Keeping You Current // July 2016

June 28, 2016

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Keeping You Current // June 2016

June 8, 2016

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - March 2, 2016

May 18, 2016

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on March 2, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Vice Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Braid Lail, Mark Welstead, Timothy Ateek, Chris Holmes, and Jim Underwood. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Jon Green, and Joey White.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

Joey White provided a financial review for the month of February discussing both regular gifts as well as contributions toward Our Turn. Joey also explained that quarterly statements would start going out to those who made commitments toward the Our Turn campaign to help people monitor their own faithfulness.

Joey White summarized and reviewed term sheets from different prospective lenders for financing of the Sunwest expansion project. Further meetings between these lenders and the elder board will be scheduled so that a final decision can be made on a lender and the preferred loan vehicle.

Joey White also discussed a construction timeline giving both an update on the current status of various preliminary efforts and forecasting additional items that will need to be addressed so that the project can move forward. Joey also reported that he had executed the contract with the architect for the next phase of design and planning. (The elders had previously authorized Joey to enter into any such contracts necessary for this project on behalf of Harris Creek.)

Brady Herbert discussed efforts to schedule an off-site meeting of the elders at another church in Dallas later this spring. Additional dates will be considered.

Looking further ahead in the calendar, Brady Herbert discussed possible options for Harris Creek with Christmas occurring on a Sunday this year. The last time this fell on a Sunday, we offered Christmas Eve services and encouraged church members to do special family events on Christmas morning or to join others in worship and service at the Church Under the Bridge. We did not have church services in our facilities on that Sunday morning. Similar plans are being made for this year.

Brady Herbert led a "State of the Church" discussion regarding miscellaneous matters in the life of Harris Creek, including by way of example, issues regarding the time of transition in which our church body finds itself (as outlined during the Imagine Banquet), staffing needs, etc.

Jim Underwood closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Minutes of the Board of Elders - April 13, 2016

May 18, 2016

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on April 13, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. P. Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were T.A. Ateek, Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Braid Lail, Mark Welstead, and Jim Underwood. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Kelly Merritt, Jon Green, and Joey White.

The minutes from the March 2, 2016 elder meeting were approved.

Joey White provided a very positive financial review for the month of March, discussing both regular gifts as well as contributions toward Our Turn. Not only have gifts been strong but the staff has done a good job managing expenses this year. Joey indicated that quarterly statements had been sent to the congregation regarding Our Turn contributions.

Joey White summarized our lending options from two different financial institutions. After a period of discussion, the elders unanimously chose a lender to provide financing for the expansion project.

Joey White also discussed individuals who, due to their expertise, could provide valuable assistance in making decisions regarding the expansion project. The elders approved Stacey Smith, Marshall Stewman, and JD Dethrow to participate on this construction team. As the need arises, additional individuals may be included on this project moving forward.

Brady Herbert provided an update on filling open staff positions. He was optimistic about one particular candidate for the Community Pastor role. A final meeting with this candidate was being scheduled.

The needs of the body were discussed and the elders closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Keeping You Current // May 2016

May 5, 2016

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Keeping You Current // April 2016

April 8, 2016

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - February 10, 2016

March 14, 2016

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on February 10, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. P.Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Timothy Ateek, Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, Braid Lail, P. Michael Smith, Mark Welstead, and Jim Underwood. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway and Joey White.

The minutes of the January 13, 2016 elder meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White reviewed the January financials for the church. This was a very positive review with indications of great generosity by the church body getting us off to an unprecedented start for the new year.

Brady updated the group on the staff search process, reviewing several possible candidates for each open position.

Joey White led a discussion concerning expansion planning with specific information on the status of our discussions with possible lenders, the retaining of certain engineers, and other aspects of the planning for the new facilities.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Minutes of the Board of Elders - February 22, 2016

March 14, 2016

A strategic meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on February 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. P.Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Braid Lail, P. Michael Smith, and Jim Underwood. Also in attendance was Joey White.

Brady led the elders in a time of prayer, reflection and communion. and reflection.

Brady led a discussion using the article, "5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For," as a launching pad for a time of self-evaluation and looking forward in our long-term planning.

Joey White and Brady Herbert facilitated a conversation about planning on issues related to (a) discipleship strategies, (b) bylaw revisions, (c) staffing and organizational options, and (d) expansion efforts at the Sunwest campus.

Joey White provided a brief update on matters related to physical expansion at Sunwest.

Jim Underwood closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Keeping You Current // March 2016

March 2, 2016

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - December 9, 2015

February 10, 2016

A special meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on December 9, 2015, at 6:30 a.m. P.Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Brad Lail, Stefan LeRow, Graham Cook, Timothy Ateek, and Jim Underwood.

Graham Cook opened the meeting with parting thoughts on being an elder over the past 5 years.

The minutes of the December 2nd, 2015, elder meeting were reviewed and approved.

The elder board interviewed Blair Browning as a potential elder candidate to rotate on the board starting in 2016. The board agreed that pending congregational feedback Blair is a good and qualified fit for this season in Harris Creek.

Brady Herbert led a discussion on the next steps in the elder selection process.

Brady Herbert updated the board on the Our Turn/Big Give. Overall, there was a positive response with an increase in giving units. These will be reported to the congregation on December 20.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Graham Cook