Harvest Bible Chapel

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January 2018 | Elder Update

January 18, 2018

The Elder Board met on January 16, 2018.

  • Together, the Elders thanked God for His faithfulness to Harvest in December. Reviewing the strong year-end in terms of ministry impact, attendance, and giving was an encouragement for all, and a great reflection of “the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3) across our church.
  • The new slate of 9 Elder candidates was approved and accepted to the Elder Board. They bring full participation as Elders starting February 1. (Note, all 10 candidates presented to the congregation were qualified, but one needed to withdraw due to unforeseen work conflicts that prevent him from serving at this time.)
  • The Elders approved the 2018 budget, at a need of $510,000 per week. Bill Sperling, on behalf of the Finance Committee, walked through the process that was undertaken to arrive at the budget. We thanked CFO Jeff Sharda and his team for leading well through this process.
  • The Elders also approved a new staff transition communication policy. In response to a desire expressed in congregational meetings and among our staff, this policy brings a consistent protocol for informing the congregation of staff transitions. The plan was developed by the Personnel Committee, reviewed by the Executive Committee (EC) at their January meeting, then presented to the full Elder Board for approval. See the Staff Transitions page for updates.
  • The Elders continue a heightened focus on their responsibility to take actions that protect our church. Specific discussions this month centered on a staff member no longer employed and a former Elder no longer attending the church. If you observe conduct that is detrimental to the ministry of our church, please report it to our Elders at [email protected].
  • The Elders continued a discussion they began in November on child safety. We are pleased by the extensive work done by the Children/Student Ministries and the security team in background checks, conformity to process, and pro-active communication. The Elders reaffirmed the need for all mandatory reporting to be done exactly as required and mandatory security training for all volunteers to continue.
  • In addition, we discussed the evident increasing momentum surrounding Vertical Worship. As this gifted team is invited to places or to minister with people who don’t completely align with Harvest theologically, the Elders affirmed these as opportunities to teach and share what we have all been learning about vertical worship from a biblical perspective.

Pastor James and Randy Williams have almost completed their ‘lessons learned in 2017′ project, promised in last month’s Elder Update. They will be presenting it in the February meeting, which allows for all the newly joined Elders’ presence in the meeting.

The Elders look forward to Pastor James’ return to the pulpit next weekend (January 27-28) and his new series, Gamechangers: 7 Scriptures that Shatter Strongholds. We are grateful to the Lord and prayerful that our 30th year might be the most fruitful in our church’s history.

– The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel


Stewardship University and Classes

Looking to manage your time, talent, and treasure in a fresh way during 2018? Attend Stewardship University at Elgin Saturday, January 20 or Rolling Meadows Saturday, February 3! There are tons of workshops to choose from.

Also, Financial Peace University launches week of January 29 across all campuses!

Much More 2018

January 13, 2018

Unique in Design. United by Grace. Join us at the Much More Experience 2018 on Friday, March 2 at the Elgin campus. Social Hour starts at 6:00 pm. Main Event starts at 7:00 pm.

My Church

January 12, 2018

MY CHURCH – Connecting through Harvest

We are excited that you are moving forward in the ownership of your commitment to Harvest. Click below to learn more.

Baptism Class

Step 2 Class

Membership (after Step 2)

Feel free to reach out to Katie Mellas with questions:   [email protected]


My Community

MY COMMUNITY – Small Groups

We are excited that you are moving forward in the ownership of your commitment to community through Harvest.  Click below to learn more about Small Groups.





Hope Groups (men/women)

Feel free to reach out to Sophie Eliopulos with questions:  [email protected]

My Energy

MY ENERGY – Serving God

We are excited that you are moving forward in the ownership of your commitment to work for Christ at Harvest. Click below for your area of interest.

Hospitality Teams:
Work for Christ Application
(parking, greeting, connect counter, usher teams, etc.)

Harvest Kid’s Ministry:
ADULT Application
JUNIOR Application

Feel free to reach out to Phalycia Barrios with questions:  [email protected]

My Choices

MY CHOICES – Stewardship University

We are excited that you are moving forward in the ownership of your commitment to Stewardship.

Click below to learn more about upcoming opportunities.

February 3, 2017 – Stewardship University

Other Stewardship Classes 

Feel free to reach out to David Shumway with questions:  [email protected]


My World

MY WORLD – Short Term Missions

We are excited that you are moving forward in the ownership of your commitment to missions.

Please email Pastor Kurt ([email protected]) and indicate which of these areas of interest you would like more information:






Happy New You – Rolling Meadows

We are excited for you to move forward in your commitment to Christ.  Click on the following responses for more information or to register.

1. MY WORLD – Short Term Missions


2. MY CHOICES – Stewardship University


3. MY COMMUNITY – Small Groups


4. MY ENERGY – Serving God


5. MY CHURCH – Connection through Harvest

Hope Groups

January 2, 2018

Hope Groups is our church-based, 13-week course held at various Harvest Bible Chapel campuses throughout Chicagoland.

It’s all about finding true, lasting hope and freedom in Christ.

2018 courses are now open for registration!

Join us for a Hope Group in Aurora, Cathedral, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Niles or Rolling Meadows.