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Keeping You Current // November 2017

November 2, 2017

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Keeping You Current // October 2017

October 2, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - September 13, 2017

September 14, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order September 13, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, Jim Underwood, 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 August 2nd meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the August financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. This quarter's Our Turn updates will go out this week and Brady will address the church this Sunday (9/17) on the status.

Brady Herbert led a discussion with regard to a multi-site opportunity that has been presented to Harris Creek by another local church. The executive team from staff met to discuss the viability of an additional site since our last elder meeting and presented a thorough proposal. There is great potential at the site and it has the prospects of being a catalyst to growth in the church, but without financial margin, Brady said he just does not see how we can take this on at the time. There would be additional staffing necessary in additional to other monthly costs. We all trust that if the Lord wants Harris Creek there, He will make it abundantly clear on the financial front, but that currently, the report from Brady and executive team is to pass.

Brady Herbert, Joey White, and Jon Green described a looming deadline involving our kids' location at the downtown site. We have space leased through the end of 2018 so this is not imminent, but we are actively seeking alternative plans for the future to be prepared. We discussed an opportunity that exists with our current landlord at the Hippodrome, which would bring stability to this area of the downtown campus.

Drew Greenway and Rebecca Harris talked about Deacons and their current form and function within the church. (*NOTE: We had a strategic elder meeting on the evening of 8/22 where this topic was the main conversation so this report is a follow-up from that meeting*). Drew led a focus group with four current Deacons and presented some of the thoughts/themes that came out of that time. We had a very informative and healthy discussion about how best to move forward with this important group of servant leaders at our church. We encouraged Drew to lead an additional focus group or two in order to represent more voices and he will report next meeting from those times. Trent Horner also highlighted approaches from two other churches with regard to Deacons to inform the board of structure and function, which was helpful.

Brad Lail reiterated date/time for an upcoming strategic meeting regarding new elder selection and then Jim Underwood closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // September 2017

September 14, 2017

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Keeping You Current // August 2017

August 8, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - August 2, 2017

August 3, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order August 2nd, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, Chris Holmes, Jim Underwood, and Kevin Jackson. Also in attendance were Rebecca Harris, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

The minutes from the July12th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the July financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn.

Joey White led a discussion with regard to our multi-site model based on an opportunity that has been presented to Harris Creek by another local church. The Board talked about viability of an additional site for multiple uses throughout the week, as well as some of the financial realities that would come with an additional site. *Shortly after this meeting on another date, the Board, along with several Harris Creek staff members, toured the church and grounds.* Discussion will continue.

Rebecca Harris talked about opportunity we have with Welcome Back Sunday. We are excited about kicking off the new school year at the Ferrell Center and we have designated people to lead specific tasks logistically to ensure that things run as seamlessly as possible.

Brady Herbert provided some signposts for closing out summer and the fall semester.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Blair Browning closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Blair Browning


Minutes of the Board of Elders - July 12, 2017

July 13, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order July 12th, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. Brad Lail, Chair, presided. A quorum was present. In attendance were Blair Browning, Brady Herbert, P. Michael Smith, Kevin Jackson, and Mark Welstead. Also in attendance were Drew Greenway, Trent Horner, Joey White, and Jon Green.

Brad Lail opened the meeting in prayer.

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

Joey White gave a brief overview of the June financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. We discussed forecasting a path to December and the end of Our Turn noting various benchmarks and trends in giving. We are thankful for our members honoring their giving commitments and for others who are jumping in as we pursue the ambitious financial goal of Our Turn. Joey stated that the construction efforts are progressing well and the elders were able to go out and talk to the supervisor who informed us of what all was currently taking place.

Joey White led a discussion with regard to our multi-site model and this conversation involved various iterations of what Harris Creek could do in the future. There may be opportunities arise and we want to be prepared if/when those occur so we are having thoughtful discussions about our model now.

Brady Herbert talked about opportunities with Welcome Back Sunday in August. He gave his vision for the fall as well as the upcoming year for our church.

Brady Herbert provided multiple signposts as we closed which included discussing his upcoming sermon series: God and Country.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Brady Herbert closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // July 2017

July 3, 2017

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Minutes of the Board of Elders - June 14, 2017

June 15, 2017

A regular meeting of the elders of Harris Creek Baptist Church was called to order June 14th, 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, Kevin Jackson, and Mark Welstead. 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 May 10th meeting were reviewed and approved.

Joey White gave a brief overview of the May financials for the church as well as provided an overview of the church's progress with Our Turn. He also described the payment process between Harris Creek and our contractor, K4. The invoices rout through our architect to ensure accountability.

Joey White and Rebecca Harris discussed creating a social media policy for our staff. We looked at best practices and discussed everything from official church communication that derives from a church "sponsored" social media platform (i.e. Harris Creek Youth on Instagram) to communication that stems from church staff's personal social media platforms. There is not a desire to micromanage and at the same time, there is a big responsibility attached when you are a part of the Harris Creek staff.

Joey White discussed personnel ideas with the departure of Matt Steen who has served Harris Creek with excellence over the past couple of years. Matt is departing for an Executive Pastor role and will thus leave a void that must be filled in our operations. Joey will initially manage these responsibilities as we continue to have conversation about future personnel decisions.

Brady Herbert talked about options and opportunities with Welcome Back Sunday in August. We are waiting on cost numbers from a couple of venues. Our priority is that the first Sunday back energizes our core, casts a vision for the church, but also for the upcoming year, and that it attracts and welcomes back students (as well as new families). We will continue to discuss this item.

Brady Herbert provided multiple signposts as we closed.

Multiple prayer requests and praises were given and Blair Browning closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Browning


Keeping You Current // June 2017

June 1, 2017

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