On Sunday, June 18, church members gathered for a Campus Catalyst Town Hall Meeting to discuss VDOT highway project updates and participate in a Q&A Session on the second half of the Proposed 2017 Ministry Plan.
BUDGET AND VISION/GOALS
This year, we have done our budget differently than we have in the past — we have broken it into two six-month budgets, January to June and July to December. Pastor Eric explained that because of all the VDOT construction and uncertainties we have been facing this year, we felt it was prudent to break up the budget in this way.
The great news is that Wendy Howard, our financial controller, has estimated that by June 30, we will have approximately $545,000 “to the good” in our budget. This will help us accomplish more ministry in the second six months of this year, Pastor Eric said.
Before discussing the details of the July-December budget, Pastor Eric first went over the progress of our Ten-Year Vision (to see 10 campuses in Hampton Roads and plant 20 new churches around the world) and our One-Year Goal: Between January and December of 2017, First Baptist Norfolk will begin a second location. We are in “persistent and constant negotiation” about one piece of property for our satellite location, Pastor Eric said. We are waiting on God to open the door and resolve all the issues in order for us to move forward with this location. We have budgeted $130,000 for the second campus lease/rental.
As for our Ten-Year Vision, around Easter we took up an offering to help launch the Mission Church in Norfolk (one of our church plants). Pastor Eric was just with our church planter partners in Canada, and La Chapelle Church in Montreal has baptized more than 450 people since 2013!
Please download/print our Proposed 2017 Ministry Plan July-December (second half) here (Budget Booklet 2017 2nd half July-Dec final) and take a look through it. We will have a church vote on Sunday, June 25, in all worship gatherings by church membership to approve the proposed ministry plan, as well as to approve the motion to authorize a VDOT mediation team (see next section). This budget is “one of the best years that we’ve had in my recent memory,” Pastor Eric said. The reason that our budget is so good, he continued, is increased giving and generosity from our church members. We launched a new online giving platform in January, and we believe that has helped increase our giving significantly, as well.
VDOT MEDIATION TEAM
The church will vote on Sunday, June 25, in all worship services to approve the motion to authorize a VDOT mediation team, as well as to approve the proposed ministry plan. On Thursday, June 29, we will have a mediation with a judge, attorneys, and VDOT here at our church.
LANE CLOSURES NEXT SUNDAY
Next weekend, there will be lane closures on Kempsville Road that will impact our Sunday morning traffic. Please read this blog post to prepare for this change.