The Elder board convened for its regular monthly meeting on April 21. The meeting was opened with a time of prayer for our church and staff, with a special time of praying for the team traveling on the Risen for the Nations tour.
Organizational Matters Covered
- The Executive Committee reported on their regular and ongoing interactions with the senior staff and with Pastor James. We continue to be encouraged by the growing level of dialog between all involved as we carry out the role of oversight and accountability.
- The Elders continue to work on revising our church’s Constitution. We are taking on this challenge in order to follow best practices for an organization as large and complex as Harvest has become since the Constitution was drafted, nearly two decades ago. The doctrines and structure will be the same. But it will explain more clearly the means by which the organization is governed, and how the Elders intend for the resources God has provided to be scripturally stewarded. Please continue to be in prayer for our Elders as they seek the Lord’s wisdom in executing this important task. A meeting for interested members to ask questions of the Elders and staff leaders about this and other issues will be held May 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. on the Elgin Campus.
- The Elders also spent time reviewing and discussing the various responsibilities of the Elder board and its leadership, as we look to update our organizational documents and policies.
- We were encouraged by a report on the status of the North Shore Campus, and heard an update on the plans for a post-Labor Day launch, as well as an update on final steps being taken to acquire the property without incurring additional mortgage obligations or debt. Executive staff reported on the status of the ongoing search for an appropriate long-term home for the Aurora Campus.
- Work has begun on Elder recruitment for the coming year.
- The spiritual vibrancy of the flock continues to grow under the hand of our Lord. The Elders are hearing very positive feedback on Pastor James’ preaching. We praise God for the news of continued growth in attendance and the faithful giving of our flock. We are thankful for the report of more than 30,000 in attendance over our Good Friday and Easter weekend.
- Harvest Bible Fellowship staff have been actively praying and fellowshiping with the spouses and families of the Risen for the Nations team while their loved ones are away. Meals and gatherings have been well received and appreciated.
- Walk in the Word continues to experience encouraging growth in lives being impacted. There is a need for identifying, recruiting and training of volunteer staff as the prayer support line continues to expand. Staffing structures were also recently reduced to reflect current revenue in both the radio and TV ministry.
- The full-length film production is scheduled to begin within the next several weeks. The Elgin campus is bustling with preparation, and the production team is energized for what the Lord might do with this exciting endeavor.
- Our own worship leader Jon Guerra recently released an album of original works entitled “Little Songs,”available for download at JonGuerraMusic.com or the Apple iTunes store. You’ll recognize immediately what a gift he is to our church family.
- Harvest Christian Academy reports a wonderful recent school musical, and is in the early stages of recruitment for the 2015-16 academic year.
- The Fellowship Training Center has recruited additional training staff leadership, and plans for this fall’s Harvest University are well underway. This year marks the first time Harvest University will take place in two locations: our own Rolling Meadows Campus and Oakville, Ontario.
We continue to be humbled and amazed at what the Lord is doing in our midst. We are not taking God’s blessing for granted and our Elders thank Him for the privilege of serving our flock and partnering with our staff. The fields are ripe for Harvest, and that reality hits us more and more each day.
The Executive Committee, on behalf of the entire Elder board of Harvest Bible Chapel.