The Elders met for a special Elder meeting on Sunday, August 6, 2017. The work resulting from this meeting has taken until this week to complete, thus the need for an update at this time. The purpose of this meeting was to review the details of and navigate through some unforeseen outcomes of Pastor James’ resignation as president of Harvest Bible Fellowship on June 14, 2017.
- The Executive Committee presented their conclusions on the following:
- While Pastor James had approval to resign as President, he did not have the authority to dissolve our governance of and participation in HBF. This action was beyond the authority given to our Senior Pastor in the church’s Bylaws, and he has been appropriately reprimanded. Pastor James expressed regret for the hurt this sudden set of actions has caused the broader HBF family.
- While the governance structure of Harvest Bible Fellowship had been clear internally (among our Elders and Staff), this clarity was not as widely distributed as it should have been. This caused preventable confusion surrounding staffing and finances.
- While the transition process has been bumpy, we are optimistic regarding the strategic direction. We now have the freedom to recruit/train/serve pastors and help start churches as friends, without having to govern them — a desirous final outcome.
- Several other staff members (including Scott Milholland and Fred Adams) openly acknowledged in the meeting their failures of both process and execution, which heightened tensions with our HBF friends during this season.
- Several Elders pointed to the immense fruit HBF has born over the last 15+ years through the 160+ churches we have planted. As we entrust their future success to the Lord, we are praying that in God’s time, unnecessary impediments to our unqualified support for their church planting efforts will be removed.
Of his own volition, Pastor James shared some of the ‘why’ behind his decision during his sermon on the weekend of August 12-13, 2017. We covet your prayers as we continue the process of cultivating a pace of ministry and organizational structure that will allow his next years as our Pastor to be his most fruitful and supported.
See below for a financial audit that completes our financial oversight. This audit, along with a firm commitment toward financial generosity, was communicated in writing to all current HBF pastors on Friday, September 1, 2017. If you have any further questions, please contact the executive committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel