February 28 – The elder board is growing so we can better care for the people at Harvest. We added two campus pastors (Pastor Ed Ollie, Chicago Cathedral and Dr. Mike Vanlaningham, Deerfield Road), along with Lead Ministry Pastor Greg Bradshaw, which brings our total to eleven elders.
February 28—We have researched various recruiting firms who could help us find our Lead Teaching Pastor and have decided to partner with Vanderbloemen to help in this search.
February 28 – The Niles Campus officially became CityLine Bible Church. We are so excited to see what the Lord will do through CityLine in and around the surrounding community for many years to come.
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)
Search for Lead Teaching Pastor—We have decided to partner with Vanderbloemen to help in this search. We invite you to join us in praying for the Lord to bring us this individual (whether an internal candidate or an external candidate) as we begin this search. We trust His plans and His timing.
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.
Elder Board Changing Size—The goal is to have two non-staff elders from each campus. We’re looking to announce the additional non-staff elders by the beginning of March and officially welcome them on the board by end of March. That would give us a total of twelve non-staff elders on the elder board in addition to two campus pastors and our Lead Ministry Pastor. Once we hire our Lead Teaching Pastor, he would be the sixteenth member of our elder board.
Started a new giving reporting method to the congregation for greater clarity. The new reporting can be seen on the back of the weekly sermon notes and here.
September 4-5 — Accounting firm was on-site going through financial documents as a part of the continued process for the financial review.
Finance Committee (including congregation members, Elders, and staff) was relaunched and reports directly to the Elder board
Paid down $3M to the mortgage
April 2019 — Launched and developed Procurement Department
March 2019 — Changed duration of Closer Campaign (see update here)
March 2019 — Reduced annual church budget from $24M to $16.8M through staff reductions, budget reductions, and other financial initiatives
March 2019 — Launched legal and financial review to be conducted; initial legal review received primarily about governance
February 2019 — Completed forensics audit regarding former CIO fraud investigation
March 12—Our former CIO was arrested, posted bail, and was released. His initial court appearance is scheduled in April.
Closer Campaign funds of $300k to be utilized for outreach/compassion ministry across all campuses (a portion of the funds collected from December 2018 – March 31, 2019)
2019 Audit: Now that the 2018 audit is complete, the 2019 audit process will begin. The Elders have now tasked the newly assembled Audit Committee which consists of the non-staff Finance Committee members, to provide oversight for the engagement of the church audit for 2019. The first step in the process will be to prepare a request for proposal to public accounting firms in order to select the auditors for 2019 and commence the audit. We expect the selection of the auditor to be determined soon and the audit to be completed by the end of summer.
March 2020—Campus Pastors to finalize plans to utilize the remaining funds from Closer Campaign for local projects and ministry initiatives (half of the Closer funds collected from April 1-December 31, 2019) This is a part of the Campus Pastors’ Quarter 1 Goals.