We intend to provide regular updates from the Board of Elders covering organizational information and prayer requests. If you have questions or comments, please email us at email@example.com. To see the current Board Oversight/Governance Policies click here. To view the Mission Hills Church Constitution & Bylaws (revision approved March 26. 2017), click here.
Elder Update – October 2017
We are a church family called in love to share in and be shaped by Christ Our Hope
Pastor Sam had shared at the June 2017 Annual Business Meeting that we were in a period of letting our “land rest”, as spoken in Leviticus 25, and this was true for many of the church ministries. Our focus in 2016-17 had been on our children and student ministries, and our new small groups. The Elders are so grateful and thankful for the faithful members and regular attenders during this season of waiting.
With the new Elder board in place, following are the roles and responsibilities assigned:
Chairman – Mark Richardson
Vice Chairman – Bruce Duggan
Secretary – Rock Klein
Alternate Secretary – Dale Hancock
Mark acknowledges that Ward Ewing left big shoes to fill. He is confident in the men on the board, and we are committed to the life of the church.
We are excited for the new season, especially the teaching from pastors Sam and Jamin, and the season of planting, through the launching of many of the Hope Initiatives this season. The Belong and Begin courses will be starting this fall and we are excited to see how God works through the time of instruction and teaching. The small groups are starting again and continue to be a source of hope and support for all the participants. We are encouraging the congregation to read through the Bible as a church using the ReadScripture app. The cafe continues to be a place for our church attenders to find food and fellowship, and we are so grateful for the cafe team and their hard work and great food.
Student and Children ministries are progressing with the addition of Adam Hankerson. Worship ministry is being bolstered by the hiring of Scott Last on a temporary basis to coordinate this ministry until a full time Worship Director can be found. Women and Men’s ministry events began in August. Global Outreach is progressing under Mike Goulet’s leadership with mission trips to Lebanon and Jordan and locally as well. The Compassion International project was a great success and we had people all over North County visit our campus to see the exhibit. A few of the staff and Elders attended Birth Choice banquet and it was great to see how we are involved in this local organization.
The Elders recognize their key role is to care for and protect the congregation. We are supporting this through the initiation of the Congregational Care or shepherding initiative. Each elder is assigned a group of members to provide a connection for the members to the elder board, for support and prayer. Please be looking for the elders email or phone call as we reach out and connect with each church member this coming year. Through this, we encourage you to go to your elders with your concerns and encourage others to do so as well.
We are committed to Elder Development, and are seeking right relationship with each other in Christ through confession and prayer. We are embarking on a year long study of the book ‘Pilgram Theology’. Through this process we are learning how doctrine and theology points us toward God which leads to right decision making for the church.
Thank you again for your faithfulness, participation, and encouragement.