September 14–15 — Communicate updates from the efforts of the Leadership Vision Summit and details about the future direction of the church
Sept 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.
Aug 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)
Complete the search for Operations Leader
Begin the search for Lead Teaching Pastor
Arbitration: While the church has not entered the arbitration process, we have received a list of issues from James MacDonald. We are currently working with the Institute of Christian Conciliation (ICC) to determine and finalize which issues would be subject to an arbitration process.
Jan 1, 2020 – Niles is to be completely independent, including operations
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
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 recap here.
June 2019 – High Five: 3200 kids + volunteers, 120+ salvation decisions. See recap here.
February 2019 – Wake Up Student Conference: 1200+ students, 50 salvation decisions. See 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: second Thursday of the month in Rolling Meadows (September-December)
Harvest Christian Academy 2019-2020: launch International Student Program; update Media Center; improve Ministry Strategy for HCA and Elgin Student Ministry
Compassion outreach expanded on each campus (see update below under “Finances”)
All Church Women’s Retreat: February 28-March 1, 2020
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
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)
January 2020: Campuses to utilize remaining funds from Closer Campaign for local projects and ministry initiatives (half of the Closer funds collected from April 1-December 31, 2019)
Final financial review report to be received from audit firm and communicated to church and staff
Closing on the Niles property and working towards re-amortization of mortgage loans
Elgin Police Department to complete their fraud investigation regarding former CIO