Sunday morning we will make some very important decisions. We’ve had several Q&A sessions on these, but here’s a summary of them and bios on our proposed new Advisory Team members.
A new church – Last month our Student Minister Aaron Sanders told us of the journey he and Holly have been on the past year – their realization a new season is beginning in their lives as Aaron transitions from Student Minister to Lead Pastor. Their journey involves a small church in Galveston, University Baptist Church, voting to disband and give its property and buildings to Brazos Pointe Fellowship (pending our approval) to re-plant them as a new church with a new vision. And that journey engages our church in starting its first satellite congregation. A vote yes is a commitment on our part to support this new work prayerfully, financially and personally.
2012 Ministry Budget– In the coming year we will be increasing ministry budgets and adding part time staff positions to keep up with the growth we’ve seen this past year. We will be setting aside more resources to prepare for the increased debt service we will begin carrying in the later part of 2013. And of course we will be supporting the new church in Galveston. The result of these opportunities and responsibilities is a 2012 Budget with a modest increase of 7%.We will be setting aside more resources to prepare for the increased debt service we will begin carrying on our new facility in the later part of 2013.
Advisory Team – This team of seven men & women (Fonda Hundl, Kevin Johnson, Janis Kennedy, Jimmie Lapier, Mark Monical, John Rodriguez & Cindy Ullrich) oversee our financial decisions & operations and serve as an accountability council to our Leadership Team in general and to me directly. Mark & Cindy will complete their five year rotations this month. Our Leadership Team has nominated Matt Hiatt and Jackie Fuller to replace them.
Jackie Fuller has been a member of BPF for three years and currently serves on the Prayer Team and the Lord’s Supper Team. She has served as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Help Center for 16 years and Executive Director of Safe Haven for three years. She and her best friend Bobby have been married for 35 years and lead a Small Group together. Bobby is the director of Texas Port Ministry They have a wonderful family in Beaumont – daughter Jenny, son-in-law Brian, and three beautiful granddaughters, Brynn Lee (7), Normandy Jade (5), and Jewel AnnMarie (1). Bobby and Jackie are enjoying this season of life, especially the part of being BeBob and MeMom.
Matthew Hiatt has been a member of BPF for four years. He has been a Small Group Leader for the last three years, has served globally on our Bolivia team, and volunteers in the Pointe Guards ministry. The two most important people in Matt’s life are his wonderful wife, Lindsey, and his awesome 19 month old son, Patrick. When he’s not hanging out with them, he works as an engineer at the South Texas Project nuclear power plant where he’s been since graduating from Texas A&M with a BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering. Matt is looking forward to serving on the advisory team as part of giving back to the members of BPF who have done so much for him and his family.
Thanks for taking the time to read about these big decisions. After reflecting on them and praying for our church’s future, I hope you will be in worship Sunday morning to vote your approval for these long reaching choices. And while you’re there you can catch up on the week’s “Headlines”
Live bold, Greg
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