The elders at HBC would like to inform you on a number of important matters in the life and ministry of our church.
Search for an Interim Pastor
The elders are presently following some strong leads for an interim pastor who will fill the position of a Senior Pastor (temporarily) until a new one is found. This takes the pressure off the church and helps things run smoothly after Peter has gone. Please pray that the Lord provides the right individual who will be a good fit for HBC, maintaining its biblical integrity and high view of God. The elders intend bringing this individual to a members meeting as soon as one is found.
Search for new Senior Pastor
A special members meeting is scheduled on Feb. 1st for the approval of a call committee comprising of the elders plus 3 church members (see bulletin announcement). The church has already received two enquiries for this position so the elders are keen to get underway with this as soon as possible.
Jonathan Macfarlane, an assistant pastor here at HBC submitted a letter of resignation to the elders at the end of 2014. His plan is not to seek another full-time ministry role at present but instead take some time out with his family and move down to Wellington and become part of a church family he knows well there. Jonathan (and Lauren) will be greatly missed; he has served faithfully at HBC over the past 7 or more years in a number of ministry roles. Their last Sunday with us will be February 1st.
Meeting with Parents of teens
There will be a meeting for all parents of teens re. HBC Youth ministry on Sunday Jan. 25th following the morning service. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from parents what might be best for 2015 (considering we will be starting without a Youth Pastor). The elders, in conjunction with Peter and Jonathan also have some options they would like to offer.
Please be in prayer for the elders and the matters that are at hand as well as for the future of HBC. Ask the Lord to lead and guide our congregation into his perfect will. He is the Great Shepherd and is able to do what no man can.
Peter Somervell, Ian Lange-Smith, Roger Alexander and Chris Wade