Completed the search for Operations Leader. Hired Roger McCoy to fill this role beginning January 2020.
Final candidates selected for the Operations Leader role
September 14–15 — Communicated updates from the efforts of the Leadership Vision Summit and details about the future direction of the church. Watch here.
September 7 – Niles to begin its transition to independence with shared services agreement in place with HBC
August —Received a revised list of issues to be in the arbitration process from James MacDonald
May — Received letter informing us that our former Senior Pastor, James MacDonald is pursuing arbitration with Harvest Bible Chapel through the Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC). See May update here. See what arbitration is here.
August 9-10 – Vision Summit with Elders, Church Leadership Team, and Campus Pastors to advance the priorities of the church
May 2019 — Decision to plant Niles as an independent church
April 30 — Instated new Elder Board (see 9 members here)
March 2019 — Instated Church Leadership Team (see members here)
Begin the search for Lead Teaching Pastor
Arbitration: In May 2019, James MacDonald initiated Christian arbitration against HBC and we formally entered the process in December 2019. We will make every effort to provide regular updates as we are able within the confines of the ICC’s confidentiality rules and requirements. This process will be lengthy and tedious; we ask that you pray for discernment for the panel of Christian arbiters and our legal team.
January 2020 – Install Updated Elder Board
Select the 4 additional Lay Elders to the Elder Board
Install 2 Campus Pastors and Senior Leaders to the Elder Board
February 2020 – Pending closure on final details of Niles building purchase, full operational independence will be granted to CityLine Bible Church, completing the planting of the Niles Campus.
Christmas 2019 — Celebrated at Harvest.
All-Church Worship Nights: second Thursday of the month in Rolling Meadows (September-December)
November 2019 — Thanksgiving Meals delivered to families in need
November 13 — A Night with Tim Tebow featuring Vertical Worship
Harvest Christian Academy 2019-2020: launched an International Student Program
Vertical Worship: Next Album recording on September 12 (the second Worship Night)
All Church Worship Nights: second Thursday of the month in Rolling Meadows (beginning August 8)
July 2019 — Camp Harvest Junior High and High School Summer Camps: 70+ salvation decisions
June 2019 — Act Like Men Palooza Unplugged: 590 men. See the recap here.
June 2019 — High Five: 3200 kids + volunteers, 120+ salvation decisions. See the recap here.
February 2019 — Wake Up Student Conference: 1200+ students, 50 salvation decisions. See the recap here.
Harvest Christian Academy 2018-2019: Top 2% SAT scores in Illinois; Baseball team made it to the State Finals; 10,000+ hours of community service and outreach by the students; budget ended in black
Vertical Worship: Yes I Will picked up by K-Love radio station
All-Church Worship Nights (January-May)
All Church Women’s Retreat: February 28-March 1, 2020
March 13, 2020 — Vertical Worship album release
Harvest Christian Academy 2019-2020: update Media Center; improve Ministry Strategy for HCA and Elgin Student Ministry
Compassion outreach expanded on each campus (see update below under “Finances”)
December 23 – November financial dashboard from the Finance Committee posted and can be read here.
December 6 – October financial dashboard from the Finance Committee can be read here.
November 21 – Elders shared the financial review report with the church. See the update here.