January's board meeting was a very encouraging time for our board. After a time of prayer and some time in the word of God, we turned our attention to a few key items.
The first was planning the budget for 2019. We were able to go over this in some detail, thanks to Dave Dyer, and focus not just on the bottom line, but also on how to reflect well the mission of God in our financial planning and priorities. The result of this time is the proposed budget that will be presented to the membership at the February AGM. We then moved on to plan that very meeting, which we are looking forward to.
The other two key items on our agenda were beginning to plan a mission/vision/values training and retreat weekend for the leadership of Timbers and an initial review of Pastor Andrew. For the retreat and training our plan is to bring in Brian Derksen, from the Pacific District of the C&MA, to lead and train us in this near the beginning of May. In addition to the regular reports, the rest of the meeting focused on two key issues: the budget cycle and budget planning, which is important as we approach the end of 2018, and our membership practices/policies. For this initial review the board, with Pastor Andrew excused, asked a few key questions, with the goal of providing encouragement, thoughts towards improvement, and clear feedback.
We ended our time together both encouraged and energized.