Congregational Meeting Report
DURING THE FINANCIAL REPORT, the congregation was reminded that we began the fiscal year in July with a negative working balance just shy of $60,000. It was reported that a generous gift was given recently to the church to remove this deficit.
Gerry Gingras reported that Phase I of our building project is near completion. Upon completion of the work at 543 Maple Street, there will be an open house on a designated Sunday for the congregation to view.
Margarita Gonzalez was voted into church membership.
By-Law changes were presented and discussed regarding the process for church membership. The proposed changes recommend that the process for membership be an Executive Board function instead of the congregation voting on new members. The proposed changes will be voted on at our January meeting. Questions/comments can be directed to any member of the Executive Board or to one of the pastors.
Pastors Scott and Mike presented an update on the vision for church planting and a residency program.
- The model for church planting is an organic and bi-vocational model. The focus is on developing potential church planters who will work together with a small committed core of people to begin a new church. One advantage to this model is that it does not require a large amount of resources, namely financial and people. Secondly, it is more effective in reaching those who do not attend a church than a traditional model of church planting.
- The hope is that we would be ready to start a residency program near the beginning of 2018. The details of the process are still being worked out with the Executive Board. The purpose of this program is primarily to develop potential church planters, and secondarily to invest in those who are going into vocational ministry. It is anticipated that we will be asking for money to be released for this program at our meeting in January.
- It was announced that on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 to Noon, we have a great opportunity to hear from several church planters who are planting churches in New England. Also, Dave Baer will be presenting a biblical and theological reason for church planting. This gathering will give us a great opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about this next step in the life of our church. You can register here.