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Last updated: August 15, 2019

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Completed Next Steps
  • 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)
  • April 2019 – Established Ministry Leadership Team and Business Leadership Team (see members here)
  • March 2019 – Instated Church Leadership Team (see members here)
  • September: Communicate updates from the efforts of the Leadership Vision Summit
  • Sept 7 – Niles to begin its transition to independence with shared services agreement in place with HBC
  • Jan 1, 2020 – Niles is to be completely independent, including operations
  • Complete the response to arbitration questionnaire received by the Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC) the week of July 15

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Completed What’s Ahead
  • 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
  • Vertical Worship: Next Album recording on September 12 (the second Worship Night)
  • Compassion outreach expanded on each campus (see update below under “Finances”)
  • All Church Women’s Retreat: February 28-March 1, 2020

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Completed Next Steps
  • 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