Dear Harvest Family,
We serve a mighty God and are grateful for the ways in which He continues to show favor to our church. The elder team is thankful to our staff who diligently put their hand to the plow to shepherd and guide this congregation. From serving the needs in our communities to safely and effectively reopening our campuses for in-person worship services, we are grateful for our staff. This week, in particular, we are excited for our Harvest Students team who regathered starting this past Sunday. Thank you to this staff and volunteer team for the care you give to our students.
As an elder team, we want to communicate on a more regular basis giving updates on what we are working on. With that in mind, here are four items we want to share with you.
North Shore Campus and Pastor Carl Barkow
We continue to celebrate and are encouraged by what God is doing on our North Shore Campus. This past weekend was the first official weekend of the newly (re)named North Shore Campus, formerly known as the Deerfield Road Campus. We are also celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness in the installation of Carl Barkow as the new Campus Pastor there. We are grateful for the faithful ministry of Dr. Michael Vanlaningham and Pastor Jake van Gilse as they served this campus. Expectant for God to move mightily through the North Shore Campus.
Elder and Staff Connections
Our elder team and staff are committed to working together for the goal of glorifying God through the ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel. We have planned a few team-building events over the next month with our elders and senior staff to grow as one team moving forward towards this goal.
Lead Teaching Pastor Update
Realizing the time it has taken to find a Lead Teaching Pastor, we have decided to restructure the search committee for the Lead Teaching Pastor and the Lead Ministry Pastor. This will help to create a more rapid and clear flow of information to review candidates and fill these positions. We invite you to join us as we continue to pray for wisdom from the Lord in the selection of the men who will fill these key leadership roles in our church.
A Story of Encouragement
We want to end this update with an encouraging story from Tim Stoner who serves as an elder from the North Shore Campus.
I was at a meeting in the City this afternoon and met a guy who used to be a public school principal. He heard me mention to someone else at the meeting that I was an elder at Harvest Bible Chapel. He said one of his social workers started coming to work and he could tell something had changed in her. He pulled her aside one day and said “What is going on with you? You seem happier, more content. Why?”
She told him “my mother-in-law invited me to her church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and I went to a few services. What I heard started to make a lot of sense to me, and I knew there was something there that I had been searching for. One Sunday, the pastor invited people who wanted to say ‘yes’ to a relationship with Jesus to come forward. I did, and everything in my life has changed.”
I (Tim) asked this man, “when did this happen?” He said, “within the past year.” He said to me, “Be encouraged. God is still doing great things at your church.”
—The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel