The Elder Board met on Tuesday, March 21, at the Rolling Meadows Campus. Gratitude was a resounding theme of this meeting. As the group heard report after report of exciting growth and blessing in the church, at four separate moments we stopped to thank God for the current season of fruitfulness He has us walking through.
- We heard and praised God for a report about the strength of our church attendance and giving across our campuses in 2017 to date. While not the most significant indicator of ministry fruitfulness, the increase is cause for great joy as the Lord is adding to our number day by day (Acts 2:47).
- Exciting updates and timetables about the stewarding of the ‘extra’ 2016 giving to projects, including (as previously communicated to the congregation): new children’s space at the Cathedral; the second of three phases of improvements to our new campus home in Aurora; freshly updated Children’s Ministry spaces in Elgin, Rolling Meadows, and Niles; an outdoor gathering area in Crystal Lake; finishing the courtyard at Deerfield Road; and additional mortgage pre-payment and church-planting efforts.
- The Elders were thrilled to hear of the good work being done on all seven campuses by our deacon teams. Their hands-on efforts in counting the offering, the care of our facilities, the stewarding of benevolence, etc., etc., etc., allow our pastors to fulfill their ministry of shepherding and teaching God’s Word.
- A good portion of time was given toward reviewing the extensive progress made in the decentralization of Harvest Bible Fellowship over the past 90 days. The board commended the senior staff for their desire and plans to extend increasing control and resources to our church planting partners for greater kingdom impact. Regional churches across North America will be trained and tasked to focus on planting in their area and agreed upon areas world wide.
- An update was shared about the proposed hybrid campuses. With HBF decentralization underway, the hybrid campus opportunities in Madison, WI, and Springfield, IL, are better suited for the new model of regionalized church planting. The funds raised for their support through our year end giving will now be administered under the oversight of Harvest Naperville which under Senior Pastor Ron Zappia is giving renewed leadership to our region within HBF and with full HBF support has recently changed it’s name to High Point. Please pray for this first and treasured church plant of ours as they eliminate confusion between their various and our campuses and extend their own ministry uniqueness in reaching people for Christ. High Point Church has our love and full support.
- Finally, the board received the great news that for the 4th consecutive year, Capin Crouse completed our ECFA compliant audit (click here). The board thanked the finance team, and in particular Fred Adams, for their faithfulness to the task of managing our church finances in a manner that is above reproach.
As we head into the Easter season, the Elders want encourage the congregation to exemplify the same gratitude felt and expressed by our leaders.
Harvest Bible Chapel is happy and healthy and fruitful — a gift from the Lord, for which wisdom calls us to be grateful. May we continually offer back to Him “a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Please join us in thanking God for the men and women of our staff who continuously strive to give their best in all they say in do for our church and for the Lord’s kingdom. We all are extremely blessed. We also thank the many volunteers who serve faithfully — giving of their time and resources to increase the cause of Christ in our church, communities and beyond.
— the Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel