Despite summer being a time when many aspects of life, including church life, slow down, our July Board meeting was as full as ever!
We always enjoy starting in the word and prayer together. Not only do we enjoy this, we recognize that it is a necessity. Our primary work is that of following Jesus, and we do so only as we submit to His word and seek Him in prayer.
After this a few key issues occupied our time. One was a lead pastor review. It is the desire of both the board and Pastor Andrew to make sure we have good systems in place for accountability and improvement - an annual review is one of these. In leading up to that, we decided to do an initial, smaller, review in order to both catch anything early and refine the process. In this case, there wasn't anything to catch, but there was much work to be done on the process!
Finances continue to be a point of discussion. Our average offering for the year and our budget are not lining up; we continue to receive less than we had thought we would. This will require some adjustments to our budget and ministry planning, and so we have begun those discussions. We are also committed to praying into this as we know that we serve the Lord of all creation who does not lack what we need.
Lastly, we have continued moving forward in our vision and values process. Our additional meetings in June and early July (mentioned in the update from our June board meeting) were focused on prayerfully discerning issues around forming and calling a team to work in this area. In our July meeting we moved into creating the list of people that we believe we should call into this team.