Minutes of the Board of Elders - September 14, 2016

January 12, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order on September 14, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. P. Michael Smith, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, Brad Lail, and Jim Underwood. Also in attendance were Joey White, Trent Horner, Rebecca Harris, and Jon Green.

P. Michael Smith opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the August 10th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White led a review of the August financials for the Church. The finances have continued to be very positive with higher than budgeted receipts. The expenses for August were a bit higher than budgeted but mostly due to certain timing issues. The net result was favorable.

Trent Horner sought approval for a $25,000 gift to help with initial start-up costs for Mission Waco's new grocery. These funds came from funds set aside for missions but not yet designated for any other particular usage. The elders continue to be enthusiastic regarding our partnership with Mission Waco and unanimously approved this request.

Brad Lail led a discussion concerning the identification of possible new elders. These discussions will continue and the elders would appreciate the Church's prayers for wisdom on such matters.

Brady Herbert provided a preview of upcoming events within the Church.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Minutes of the Board of Elders - October 12, 2016

January 12, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order October 12, 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 Jim Underwood. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway and Jon Green.

P. Michael Smith opened the meeting in prayer.

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

Brady Herbert did a brief overview of the September financials for the Church as well as recapping the Our Turn campaign. He conveyed his thoughts that he planned to say to the Body in the quarterly update noting the challenges and necessities of both meeting the budget and exceeding the budget in order to sufficiently fund Our Turn. The Elders are very grateful for the continued generosity and faithfulness of the congregation and how it always rises to meet challenges.

Jim Underwood offered a summary of the recent special bylaw drafting meeting. We are hopeful to have a proposed new set of bylaws for the congregation soon.

Brady Herbert provided a status report on efforts to identify a possible new Sunwest Campus pastor.

Brad Lail discussed the timing for possible new elder interviews.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Underwood


Minutes of the Board of Elders - November 8, 2016

January 12, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


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