Leadership Team Updates

Leadership Team Updates


July Update

The time has come again for LT Nominations. Three of the members of the LT (Carey Adams, Bill Vickers, and Tory Rogers) will end their terms of service at the end of September. We would love to have you all begin nominating those who you believe would serve well as a part of this team.

Remember as you prayerfully consider your nomination, that the LT serves as the governing body of the church and is responsible for administering all the church’s affairs except those matters reserved for church action.

Please submit the name of your nomination, as well as the reasons you feel God is leading them to serve a 3 year term on the LT, to lt@ironbridge.org.


Save the Date!
Ministry Conference
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4 pm in the Worship Center

We need you!
Do you have a background in accounting? Do you understand budgets, revenues, expenditures, and line items? The Accounting Team is forming and you have something to “add” to the team, please share your knowledge and experience with the Leadership Team at lt@ironbridge.org for consideration.

Budget Summary-Quarter 2

-The personnel budgets are running about $15k under budget with benefits tracking right on budget.
-Education & Discipleship are right on budget in total.
-Worship & Service Ministries is running over budget to this date, however, keep in mind the annual budget is put in equally by month, not necessarily how it was anticipated to be spent.
-Office & Administration is right on budget in total.
-Building expenses are split in the over/under budget categories. Maintenance contracts are under budget while building repairs & maintenance are over budget.
-IBC’s cash position continues to be strong, with over $27,000 of operating cash, above all designated funds.
*If you seek more in-depth information about the budget or quarter 2, please reach out to the office who can provide you with more details.*


March/April Update

A Benefits Team is being created which will be responsible for reviewing the Church’s benefit package for all employees and making recommendations to the LT for consideration. This will include the whole package from insurance, to personal time, to retirement, etc. If you have expertise in any of these areas or would like to nominate someone who may have a gift in this area, please email lt@ironbridge.org with your/their name and a little bit about your/their background. Please submit emails no later than April 17th.


November/December Update

Fiscal Year End Financial Commentary
The Church’s fiscal year closed on September 30. We are pleased to report another positive year as net receipts exceeded expenses by $13, 139. While giving was down 9% from budget, expenses were down 10%, mainly in the area of personnel. A detailed financial statement will be available in the Gathering
Area and will be discussed further in the Fall Ministry Conference which is at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday.  Thank you for your continued support of our ministries!


October Update

A heartfelt thank you does not seem enough for Barney Boyle, Rachel Adcock, and Pat Hale in return for their service to the church over the past 3 years as a part of the LT.  The LT is excited to welcome Kimberly Hurt, Julie Marshall, and Steve Whitlock as of October 1, 2021.

SAVE THE DATE
October 24 at 5pm in the Sanctuary-Ministry Conference


Business Meeting September 12th, 2021 at 5pm

Proposed Changes for the Bylaws can be found by clicking on the document below:

Proposed ByLaws Changes to be Voted on 9-12-21 (1)


September Update

Make sure you grab a copy of the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which will be available starting this Sunday (8/28) in the common areas outside the Sanctuary. Review the proposed budget prior to the Annual Business Meeting which will be held on September 12th at 5pm in the Sanctuary. Plan to attend the meeting so that you are able to vote on the proposed budget, new Leadership Team nominations (effective October 1), and proposed changes to the Bylaws (copies also available at the church in the common areas).

Please join for an informational dinner on Wednesday, September 15th at 6pm regarding the launch of the new Wednesdays at The Bridge activities which will begin in October.


August Update

With LT positions schedule to turn over in October please take a moment to pray, think and fill out a Leadership Team nominations form.  The window for Nominations will begin Sunday and last until August 15th.  You can pick up a paper form in the Welcome Center or download the form here.

Please save the date and come to our Church Picnic on August 15th with the main purpose is for fellowship and to briefly share plans for Wednesday nights.Next annual business meeting will be held on Sunday, September 12th at 5pm in the Sanctuary.  Main topics of the business meeting will be: purposed changes to bi-laws,  LT nominations and next year’s budget.

Remember to pray for the teachers of the Wednesday Night at the Bridge as they meet over dinner on September 15th to plan, train and lead others on Wednesday Nights.


July Update

It’s almost that time!  With summer getting into full swing, the LT asks you to begin to prayerfully consider who you feel God is leading you to nominate for the LT positions that will turn over at the beginning of October.  A formal request for nominations will come later in the summer.
Please remain in prayer for our Pastor Search Team as they are hard at work.


June Update

We would love your feedback!
As the LT begins planning for the second Ministry Conference coming this Fall, we would love to know your thoughts from the previous, and first, Ministry Conference held in April. Please reach out to any member of the LT, or email ELT@ironbridge.org.

Are you or someone you know looking for a way to serve in the church and help it grow? The Transition Sub-Committee of the LT is building a team that will continue the work of the original Transition Team as the church moves forward. Please get in contact with Marjorie Loya or Bill Vickers if you would like to be a part of this team.


May Update

The Search Committee for the new Senior Pastor has formed and is already meeting. They will prayerfully be allowing Christ to lead this search. The Team includes: Jon Loftis, Rachel Adcock, Paul Repak, Greg Sweeney, Tamara Tatum, Sarah Cochran, Rhea Shelton, Angela Compton, and Victoria Bates. Keep checking the Ironbridge website for an update with a picture and short bio for each of the team members.

Ironbridge will begin sponsoring a local basketball league and will be known as Chester Church Basketball League. When the season begins, we will be looking for volunteers to attend games, encourage, cheer on, pray for, and build relationships with the players and families.

IronBridge Baptist Church
2nd Quarter Financial Summary
(Jan 1st 2021 to March 31st)

• Operating receipts were slightly unfavorable to budget – $8.4K (-4%) for the quarter and only down (- 2%) from the prior quarter.
• Operating cash position improved $13.6K during the quarter.
• Association and mission giving (excluding designated gifts) were down slightly relative to budget due to the shortfall in operating receipts. However, $22K was raised during the quarter for missions. We are currently at about 85% of our Annie Armstrong Easter offering goal for 2021 of $6.5K.
• Our current mortgage principal balance continues to decline each month and ended the quarter at $754,932.
• We continue to keep expenses down relative to receipts. Our net receipts (receipts less expenses) were favorable $13.6K for the quarter. Favorability in salaries and benefits accounted for most (82%) of the reduction in our expenses relative to the budget.
YTD total receipts are down -8% (-$39K) to plan and expenses are also down about (-7.4%). Net Receipts are $27,692, as we continue to keep expenses below receipts for the first half of the year.

Thank you for your faithfulness in giving of your tithes and offerings to support the mission of our church, those in our community and those serving around the world.


Ministry Conference, April 25, 2021

Carey Adams shared briefly what a Ministry Conference is designed to be: a time when the Pastor(s) and Leadership Team report to the church. They are called and organized by the Leadership Team.

Ministry Updates

• Gary Threatt-Interim Senior Pastor
• Some of the proposed changes of moving most activities to Wednesday/Sunday have been pushed back.
• Baptism to be held on May 2
• While Becky has moved to North Caroline, Gary remains here and committed to Ironbridge until a new Senior Pastor is found.
• Carey thanked Pastor Gary for his vision and guidance in his time with us.

• Paul-Minister of Music/Bridge Groups
• Recently added 5 new worship team members, 2 new A/V team members, and have 2 new youth helping run the cameras.
• Thank you to Patrick Rogers for all the behind-the-scenes work being done.
• Student Worship is currently auditioning new members.
• Bridge Groups still meeting, many in person
• Summer Connection groups are being planned with 7-8 already in development stages with anticipated start in June.
• Classic Worship being held the last Thursday of each month
• Carey thanked Paul for his continued support and commitment to Ironbridge over his tenure.

• Zach Ginn-Student Pastor
• Zach shared a story and thanked Ironbridge for having a “we are for you, we believe in you” spirit as he and Jordyn have begun serving here at Ironbridge.
• Student Ministry focusing on helping each student to leverage their life and own their faith for the cause of Christ.
• This is being done with a Bible reading plan, games and fellowship, walking through books of the Bible (already completed Philippians, Jonah, and now in 1 Timothy).
• Successful Reset weekend in March with around 40 students in attendance
• Planning for a full week summer camp for students this summer
• On Sunday mornings, there are teams formed to teach the students how to serve and allow them to have a big part in ministry. Teams include hospitality, content, outreach, and tech.
• The Young Adult group is continuing to meet weekly.

• Tammy Baylor-Children’s Ministry Director
• Student ministry has been open every Sunday at 10:45 since September thanks to the volunteers who help with nursery through 5th grade.
• Weekly 15-20 students are engaged and learning about God.
• Also mailing out 35-40 kits to families who are not attending in person each month that contain material related to the lessons, all of which are available online.
• There is a separate Facebook page for BridgeKidz-and it is being viewed internationally!
• Easter at the Bridge was hosted by BridgeKidz this year with 127 cars coming through the Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt, most not members of Ironbridge.
• VBS will be held in person in July outdoors
• Desire to open up BridgeKidz for both services, but in need of more volunteers.

• Debra Cardwell-ICCS Preschool Director
• The preschool has been fully enrolled and fully staff all year
• 100 children attending classes
• Even with some families having occurrences of Covid, the preschool has been able to remain open without any shutdowns.

• Bill Vickers-Spokesman for the Deacons
• Deacons are 12 men who are called to be an extension of the Pastor in the provision of spiritual needs.
• They meet monthly for prayer and are available to people and families who have needs within the church.

• Marjorie Loya-Missions Director
• 3 levels of supporting missions
• Financial
• A percentage of giving goes to missions
• Mercy Mall/Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield
• Samaritans Purse/8 Days of Hope
• 2 families that are supported with missions giving
• Provide direct monetary support
• Sponsor families in the preschool
• Connections in Costa Rica
• Volunteer
• Nursery, Youth, Bridge Groups,
• Food Bank, Mercy Mall, Pregnancy Help Center
• Dinners to first responders in the community

Leadership Team Updates

• The LT is the governing body which handles “business” of the church except that which requires church approval.

• Introduction of members
• Bill Vickers-serving on subcommittee to implement the recommendations from the Transition Team
• Marjorie Loya-also serving on subcommittee for the implementation of Transition Team recommendations
• Tory Rogers-serving on subcommittee to improve communication
• Pat Hale-vice-chair; subcommittee on commitment calendar
• Barney Boyle-Finance Team, subcommittee on renovations/Capital projects and facilities
• Rachel Adcock-Pastor Sear]ch committee
• Paul Repak-Pastor Search committee
• Joe Messenger-Facilities subcommittee
• Carey Adams-chair; working on policies/procedures, commitment calendar

• Goals of the LT
• Better communication
• Compliance of Bi-Laws/Constitution
• Financial Stewardship-debt, managing expenses, review by outside CPA this summer, Kim Thomas-CPA who keeps the books of the church

• Financial Update-Barney Boyle
• Operating receipts were slightly unfavorable to budget – $8.4K (-4%) for the quarter and only down (- 2%) from the prior quarter.
• Operating cash position improved $13.6K during the quarter.
• Association and mission giving (excluding designated gifts) were down slightly relative to budget due to the shortfall in operating receipts. However, $22K was raised during the quarter for missions. We are currently at about 85% of our Annie Armstrong Easter offering goal for 2021 of $6.5K.
• Our current mortgage principal balance continues to decline each month and ended the quarter at $754,932.
• We continue to keep expenses down relative to receipts. Our net receipts (receipts less expenses) were favorable $13.6K for the quarter. Favorability in salaries and benefits accounted for most (82%) of the reduction in our expenses relative to the budget.
• YTD total receipts are down -8% (-$39K) to plan and expenses are also down about (-7.4%). Net Receipts are $27,692, as we continue to keep expenses below receipts for the first half of the year.

• Thank you for your faithfulness in giving of your tithes and offerings to support the mission of our church, those in our community and those serving around the world.

• Questions
• Question-What is the expected timeline of the Search Team? What is a reasonable expectation for the congregation?
• Answer-Jon Loftis-Pastor Search Team Chair-Team is already meeting and taking a prayerful approach. There is no timeline as they trust God is preparing a Pastor for our church and want to seek God’s will and allow Christ to lead the search.

• Question-What growth opportunities might be seen in terms of buildings, additions, etc?
• Answer-Subcommittee is working to identify what projects are needed-renovations and capital projects and determining the prioritization. There is the possibility of a Capital Program to raise funds for these projects.



 

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