Keeping You Current // March 2018

March 6, 2018

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - February 21, 2018

February 20, 2018

Harris Creek Baptist Church
Minutes of the Board of Elders
February 21, 2018

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order February 21, 2018, at 6:30 a.m. Jim Underwood, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning (via phone), Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Brad Lail, Stacey Smith, Chris Holmes, Bill Neilson and Kevin Jackson. Also in attendance was Joey White, Drew Greenway, Rebecca Harris, Jon Green, and Trent Horner.

1. Jim Underwood opened the meeting in prayer.

2. The elders reviewed and approved the minutes from the January 10th regular meeting.

3. Joey White gave a brief overview of the January financials for the church which were in line with budgeted expectations. Joey then led a conversation on the financial standing for the construction of the new sanctuary. While financing will cover the structure of the building, the church will need additional funds to cover the necessary audio/visual equipment. The staff, along with the help the elders, will develop a plan for the needed funds. Any future budget surpluses received in 2018 will go directly to support the remaining financial gap.

4. The elders and staff discussed a short-term preaching schedule to allow Brady an opportunity to rest and spend time with his family. While Brady’s leadership for the church is vital, the long-term benefits from this time away are greater than his short-term absence.

5. Jon Green led a discussion on the staff’s trip to The Crossing church in St. Louis. The staff divided into two teams, traveling within the same week but at different times to maintain a presence in Waco. Many of the staff shared their personal reflections on the trip, but overall, the staff was appreciative of the opportunity to learn and share from a church that is serving its community well.

6. Trent Horner proposed a possible change to the church organizational structure to better align staff with ministry interests. Nothing formal has been approved, but the elders supported the potential change with more details to be shared soon.

7. Stacey Smith closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Brad Lail


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Minutes of the Board of Elders - January 10, 2018

January 9, 2018

Harris Creek Baptist Church
Minutes of the Board of Elders
January 10, 2018

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order January 10, 2018, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Jim Underwood, Stacey Smith, Chris Holmes, and Kevin Jackson. Also in attendance was Joey White.

1. P. Michael Smith opened the meeting in prayer.

2. The elders reviewed and approved the minutes from the December 10th budget presentations at Sunwest and Downtown as well as the minutes from the December 13th regular meeting.

3. Brad Lail led the discussion on the selection of the leadership positions within the Elder Board. Effective the morning of January 10th, the elders appointed Jim Underwood as Chairman, Blair Browning and Vice-Chairman and Brad Lail as Secretary.

4. Joey White gave a brief overview of the December financials for the church and how the year wrapped up as the Our Turn campaign reached its completion. The response from “Big Give” Sunday (and the subsequent weeks in December) by the congregation was overwhelmingly positive. The movement by God through the congregation was a great encouragement as the new sanctuary works towards completion. Despite the natural attrition during the two-year campaign, new and non-pledged giving helped cover much of the gap in the current financial position for construction costs. The elders and staff are very satisfied with the influence of the Our Turn Campaign regarding how it led both to strong financial support and a deepening spiritual commitment to financial stewardship.

Communication of the financial results to the congregation will take place in January. The clear ongoing message is that any future budget surpluses received in 2018 will go directly to support the constructions costs and help erode the remaining financial gap before closing in the coming months.

5. Brady Herbert led a conversation on providing him clarity and elder protection on preaching expectations. The elders discussed the importance of ensuring the long-term success of the church and Brady by developing some guidelines for Brady’s preaching frequency. Included in this discussion are making Sunday preaching opportunities available to other interested staff as well as the frequency of guest preachers. With the spring preaching schedule already set, the board asked Brady to propose a preaching schedule for the fall and beyond with suggested boundaries.

6. Brady Herbert closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Brad Lail


Keeping You Current // January 2018

January 4, 2018

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - December 13, 2017

December 12, 2017

Harris Creek Baptist Church
Minutes of the Board of Elders
December 13, 2017


Minutes of the Board of Elders - December 10, 2017

December 11, 2017

Harris Creek Baptist Church
Minutes of the Board of Elders
December 10, 2017

A special meeting of the members of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order December 10, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m. Blair Browning presided at the Sunwest campus and P. Michael Smith presided at the downtown campus.

Blair Browning and P. Michael Smith opened the respective meetings in prayer.

The main agenda item was to vote on the 2018 operating budget. The prospective budget had been available to all interested parties after service the prior two weeks and any questions had been directed to Executive Pastor, Joey White. Thus, this formal meeting was not for discussion but simply for a vote. Passing the budget would require an 80% approval from the covenant members who were in attendance at each campus and the budget passed with unanimous approval.

The Elder Board is very grateful for the important ways in which our members have financially supported the church, in addition to the many other ways they serve. The cheerful giving that has occurred throughout the Our Turn campaign gives us great confidence that we can not only meet, but also even exceed this coming year's budget.

Respectfully submitted,
Blair Browning


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December 4, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - November 8, 2017

November 9, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order November 8, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Jim Underwood, Chris Holmes, Mark Welstead, and Kevin Jackson. Also in attendance were Rebecca Harris, Joey White, Trent Horner, Drew Greenway, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the October 11th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White had sent a report of the October financials for the church in advance since we had a full schedule for our time so he began by asking if there were questions about those numbers. Next, most of our time was spent thoroughly reviewing the proposed 2018 budget. We discussed some specific areas, but we also spent a lot of time discussing what areas would naturally need an increase due to the new facility that will be opening within this budget year. Further, what amount of those increases will be recurring going forward and what are one-time costs. Much work has been put into this process so the answers were much more than hopeful guesstimates – Joey has done a tremendous job running the point on this large, important project for Harris Creek.

We discussed our two prospective candidates for Elders (we had held interviews the prior week with each individual). We agreed to move forward with the two individuals, which means we will present the names to the church in the near future for a two-week period where church members are able to voice any concerns over Biblical reasons why one should not serve in this role. We are excited about the ways in which these two individuals' talents will add to the Elder Board.

We discussed the timing of the Budget proposal and subsequent vote as well as the Elder announcements. Due to our final push for Our Turn and "Big Give Sunday," we talked about optimal timeframes for each of these important items.

We closed by praying for the church and for several specific prayer requests.

Respectfully submitted,
Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // November 2017

November 2, 2017

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