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Hillcrest Church Office
June 24, 2004
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by Tom Goodman
As a partner in leadership, you will want to participate in two important events this Sunday, June 27.
First, the staff hammered out a proposal to set before the congregation.
Then, in April and May, we discussed this with the church leadership in a series of large-group and small-group meetings. Some changes were made to the proposal in response to these discussions.
On May 16 we introduced the proposal to the congregation. Though many had heard about it, this was the first time to present it to everyone. We broke up into small groups for prayer and discussion.
For the last six weeks, we’ve answered further questions from the congregation. If you haven’t read the “Frequently Asked Questions” page on our website, go online at www.HillcrestAustin.org/ScheduleProposalFAQ.Now it’s time to ask for Hillcrest’s affirmation of this proposal. No doubt, change is not easy to consider! I’m grateful that Hillcrest has taken this process prayerfully and seriously.
I look forward to a Hillcrest Institute on Sunday nights where people can match the Bible to their needs (family, finances, recovery, etc.), and where people can grow in their knowledge of theology, church history, and social issues.
I look forward to a midweek service where worship and Bible study will provide the “shot-in-the-arm” that people need to get through the rest of their week.
I look forward to more closely matching the start-and-stop times of the activities we provide for our children, our students, and our adults.
I especially look forward to having a designated, protected time for our leadership teams to meet. This is so important!Let me stress that none of those things are happening under our current schedule, and so we can expect that none of those things will happen if we keep it. That’s why I am pushing so hard for us to make some changes to our schedule. Let’s give it a try!