10-15-17 @North Heartland: Grace ... Why We Need It

Good morning NHCCers,

A few things on the docket this glorious fall morning ...

First, this Sunday we continue in our series North Heartland Matters. Awesome worship, drama and music will precede (and follow) my message Grace ... Why We Need It. I chose this topic because the proclamation of God's grace offered to us in Christ is at the heart of our mission as a church. For those who believe in and follow Jesus, this Sunday will provide a reminder of just how amazing grace truly is. For those who do not yet know Him, it will be an opportunity to understand grace and to receive it for the first time. I am excited and hopeful that God will use this service for His glory and our good. Feel free to pray to that end along with me!

Second, there is a great opportunity to help our Impact Partner Something to Eat (which serves those who are without food right here in our town) on Sunday, October 22nd from 2-4 pm. (For those who care, there is no Chiefs game that day).

"Feed the Funnel" is an all-ages family-friendly event during which we will pack 30,000 meals right in our building that afternoon. It's going to be a LOT of fun and a way to do something good for others at the same time. It would be super-helpful if you would register on-line at our website by clicking here. You can also sign up via the NHCC app (under the Sign Me Up tab) or stop by the kiosk in the commons on Sunday.

Third, if you missed last Sunday's service, you missed my explanation of why NHCC (and every other gospel-oriented church) exists and how events like the Las Vegas shootings highlight the indispensable role we play. As wonderful as organizations like Something to Eat may be, they cannot do what we do and what we do is critical to the future of our culture. Click here to check it out. 

Finally, we are in the process of adding a new member to the NHCC Advisory Council to replace two members who are coming to the end of their terms in December. Our goal is to have two new members interviewed, qualified and in place by January 1st. To accomplish that, we need nominations from our congregation.

I've listed the duties of the council and also the qualifications of its members in the postscript of this email. If you know anyone who might enjoy being part of the council as described in point one and you believe they may meet the qualifications spelled out in point two – especially the second list - please reply to this email and let me know. 

Hope to see you Sunday!


*** Last Sunday Stats ***

09:30  331
11:00  372
Total   703

Ministry & Operations Fund
Offering  $21,228
Goal       $28,000
YTD   $1,026,662
Goal   $1,034,500
Status     -$7,838

*** NHCC Advisory Council Overview ***

1. What does the Advisory Council do?

The Council enhances and empowers the leadership of the church by coming alongside the senior pastor for the following purposes:

Advise – provide feedback and recommendations to the senior pastor concerning the ministry and leadership of the church.

Protect – guard the congregation from out-of-control pastoral leadership (fire and hire senior pastors when necessary) that would damage the people and reputation of NHCC; guard the pastors from out-of-control members of the church who would damage the morale and reputation of the pastors.

Give Consent – serve as corporate officers, approve the annual budget, sign off on major changes in strategy and major initiatives (eg, capital campaigns).

Note that the Council is not responsible for designing ministry strategy and programs. The Council provides evaluation and accountability for the leadership coming from the pastoral staff.  NHCC is “staff directed; council protected.”

To carry out this role, the Council meets one evening each month (usually for about three hours) to discuss the status of the church. Areas of discussion typically include finances, staff, attenders who need help, programs and strategies. In addition, other meetings may be called as needed.

In addition, council members are sometimes asked to assist in special situations requiring church authority (conflict resolution between church members, corporate resolutions and legalities, church membership interviews and termination) as well as serving communion and other church functions in which the pastors need assistance.

2. What are the qualifications of Advisory Council members?

Basically, Advisory Council members must have a commitment level to Christ and NHCC equivalent to what we expect of paid ministry staff members. Specifically, a member of the council …

a.    Must be a sincere and growing Christian.
b.    Must love Jesus and North Heartland: its pastors, people and purpose.
c.    Must be a formal member of NHCC (having completed the “Introduction to NHCC” class and the signup process) with a deep understanding of and commitment to not only the vision of the church but also the values of the church (how we desire to do life together as a body of believers).
d.    Must be fully engaged in the life of NHCC (attendance, regular and proportional-to-income giving, serving, etc)
e.    Must have been attending NHCC for at least three years.
f.    Cannot be related to a member of the church staff.

In addition, Council members must be able to:

a.    Engage in constructive dialogue with each other and the senior pastor concerning the issues facing NHCC. We don’t need “yes men” (or women). However, we also don’t need crusaders with an agenda to “fix the church.” Council members must be able to raise issues of concern without becoming adversarial to each other and the senior pastor. (i.e. to “speak the truth in love”)
b.    Maintain confidentiality. From time to time, sensitive issues concerning staff and attenders of NHCC arise. These cannot be discussed even with spouses.
c.    Bear the emotional load without becoming negative and discouraged. Overseeing a spiritually-oriented not-for-profit volunteer-dependent organization is one of the most difficult tasks there is.
d.    Bring water to fires instead of gasoline.
e.    Approach the task with joy and energy.

Because of the weight of responsibility borne by the council, members are asked to serve from five to seven years. 

3. What is the process of appointment?

a.    Congregation submits nominations.
b.    Council and pastors pre-qualify nominees based on qualities listed above. Those who are nominated but do not meet the qualifications (for example, not a member or not serving or financially contributing) will not be considered beyond this step. In addition, the Council typically takes into consideration the need to reflect the age, gender and marital demographics of the congregation within its makeup.
c.    Council interviews remaining nominees and recommends appointment(s).
d.    Congregation is given the opportunity to express approval or disapproval of the candidate(s).
e.    New council members are appointed and announced.

Rick McGinniss