MYRTLE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 5920 Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 – 850-455-7389 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING ON JULY 24, 2013 The regular business meeting was held on July 24, 2013, at 6:00pm.  The meeting was held in the worship center and was opened in prayer. CLERK’S BUSINESS:  Bonnie Quinley presented the minutes of the June 19, 2013¸ Regular Business Meeting as printed in the July Business Meeting package.  Motion to approve by George Butler and seconded by Brunette Williams.  APPROVED by show of hands.  Requests for Letters of church membership:  for June  From:   Klondike Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL for the letters of Bob & Gina Hodges From:   East Brent Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL for the letters of David and Gay Keighly  Motion to approve by Ellen Guerin and seconded by Dan Drainer.  APPROVED by show of hands. New Members to be approved:  for June Profession of Faith:  None  Statement of Faith:  Karen Jones Letter:  None  Motion to approve by Brunette Williams and seconded by George Butler.  APPROVED by show of hands.  TREASURER’S REPORT:  Shelia Ward: We did not have to use emergency funds for the Gulf Power bill. As it turned out we had money come in June.  So everything worked out so we still have emergency fund money. We are trying to keep track of the delay.  We are making an effort to begin to make some payment toward that, even if not the total, as we work through the process of the long range plan.  Dr. Hackett gave a lot of information for us to absorb, plus historical figures to look at so that we can come up with a plan with his guidance.  The committee is very serious in considering all aspects of everything that could possibly work in this plan so that we have information with which to work. We are getting ready for his second visit and that is a lot of work in itself.  Shelia Ward presented the Financial Report for June as presented in the July Business Meeting package.  Motion to approve by Ron Lowe and seconded by George Butler.  APPROVED by show of hands COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Leadership Team:  Kevin Simmons:  We met with Dr. Hackett.  Let me give you a brief of his credentials.  He has been with the Florida Baptist Convention for twenty-nine years.  He is currently a team strategist who leads the stewardship team for the Florida Baptist Convention.  He received his doctoral degree in ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has written five leadership books on stewardship as well as assisted in the development of several stewardship campaigns.   He brought us a lot of statistical data.  We provided him some data on our church and he was able to look at that and compare us against other churches in the Florida Baptist Convention.  Sad to say, but we are not the only one where we are.  There are a lot of churches out there that are in the same condition.  The good news is that he has been able to help some of those churches to gain back and recover to continue on to win souls to Christ.  I am encouraged by this.  Dr. Hackett highly recommended that we revitalize our Stewardship Committee.  John Bonelli, Chairman of Committee-on-Committees and Chuck Keistler, Chairman of the Constitution and By-laws Committee are working of this.  The Stewardship Committee will be responsible for coming up with an annual plan to educate the church on stewardship.  The Personnel and Finance Committees are working on some of the ideas that were presented.  They should keep you informed of their progress at future business meetings.  Some of these things are short term.  One of the things we are doing as a cost saving measure now is meeting in the Fellowship Hall for Wednesday night services instead of the sanctuary.  Some of the plans will be more long term and I ask for your patience.  Let these committees do the job you elected them to do.  This may not be overnight so please be patient and let the committee do the job right the first time instead of having to go back and do it all over again.  In conclusion, I am confident that the Lord will deliver us from this as long as we stay faithful and united in His will.  We will come through this stronger and continue to be that beacon on this corner in this community.  Read Philippians 2: 2-5 and it will show you where we are coming from.   Constitution/By-laws/Policies and Procedures Manual Committee:  Chuck Keistler:  Chuck gave an update from the committee.  We have approved the Constitution and By-laws.  The implementation date will be at the same time as we approve the General Policies and Procedures Manual because they all dove-tail.  This manual is complete in draft form and about sixty pages or a little more.  It will be available in the vestibule on Sunday for you to get a copy.  I will ask John to put it online.  We will have a question and answer session on August 7, 2013, which will be a Special Called Business Meeting, so we can get input from the church family.  Then we will take the input that the church family gives our committee and put it into the final copy.  It will be an up or down vote at the business meeting next month.  OLD BUSINESS:  None NEW BUSINESS:  None ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Pastor Ron:  On August 11, the second Sunday afternoon, we will have the next Billy Graham training for the Matthew Host Homes Outreach.  We have over twenty families trained and we are looking to triple that number.   We will try to do different times over the next two months so we can get as many of you into that training and prepared for that outreach in November.  Growth will be a part of our recovery.  The first Sunday of August we will have another Matthew slip for those far from God.  We will have a basket on the alter in both of our services and we will be praying for all these people that you have a burden for, who are far from God.  ADJOURNMNET:  Motion to adjourn by show of hands. _____________________________ ____________________________ Bonnie Quinley, Church Clerk Ron Lentine, Moderator