Please see the below poster announcing our FALL GATHERING on Saturday, September 22, 2018. If you are a DHF of NC Church you should receive a sign-up sheet to use to register your people. But, there is also an online sign-up sheet located on FCC Richlands’ Web Page. Click on the following link “REGISTER” and it will take you to the registration page.
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met with five of our council members present along with a host of visitors from Otway CC, FCC Richlands, Tuckahoe CC, and Pleasant Hill CC. We also welcomed Harry and Beth Niser from Bath, NC. We were also thrilled to have two visitors from Walstonburg CC in Walstonburg, NC. Mrs. Carol Taylor and her Sister, Susan Dietrich, came to find out what DHF is all about. Our special guests for the day were Rev. Wayne Kent and Mrs. Leslie Kent. Wayne is the new Executive Director of DHF and is the Senior Pastor of FCC Decatur, Ill.
Our meeting was opened by Elder Danny Bailey who shared his recent experience at the Billy Graham Cove along with his wife Irene, Rev. Kenny Conner and his wife Debbie and their Son and Daughter-in-law. The speaker was Will Graham, Franklin Graham’s Son. The topic was “Satan’s Snares and God’s Blessings” based on 1 Samuel chapters 18-20.
- Lynn Maxwell gave the financial report provided by Rev. Betty Stowe who was unable to join us for the meeting.
- There were two nomination forms submitted for new council members to replace our two outgoing council members: Rev. Jack Mumford, Otway CC, and Elder Danny Bailey, Amity CC. The group heartily thanked these two individuals who have served our council faithfully since its inceptions, and both were a part of the original team that worked to establish DHF of NC. The two nominations were: Elder Judy Rose from Otway CC, and Rev. Lynn Maxwell from Pleasant Hill, CC. The two nominees were approved by the Council. Their names will be submitted to all DHF of NC Churches for approval. If approved, they will be affirmed at our Fall Gathering on Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018. At the next Leadership Council following the Fall Gathering, the Council will appoint a new leader for the council.
- Lynn recommended that Elder Danny Bailey take over the position as Secretary of the council. The recommendation was approved by the council. Danny will assume this role at the next meeting of the council. As Secretary, Dany will attend all council meetings but will not be a voting member. We are very grateful for Danny’s willingness to serve in this capacity.
- The major topic of the meeting was to finalize plans for our DHF of NC Fall Gathering, Sat., Sep. 22, 2018 at FCC Richlands.
- We are very happy to have Rev. Wayne Kent as our guest preacher for this event. We are doubly blessed to also have Leslie Kent to sing at our Gathering.
- We will have King’s Grace to provide music for our morning session. Lynn is working with Rev. Rick Vernon to see if we can get the 902 Praise Band for our afternoon session. (See NOTE 1 below).
- We all agreed to have the Richlands Piggly Wiggly Deli to cater our noon meal as they did last year. Lynn will speak to them and give them a firm number once we determine how many will be attending.
- Once all the music is finalized, Lynn will develop a poster for churches to use in advertising the event. Each church should advertise the event as widely as possible. Lynn also mentioned that he had spoken with Rick Vernon about another time slot on his show to advertise our event. (See NOTE 2 below). It was also suggested that we advertise in the News & Observer in order to get greater coverage. Jack Mumford suggested we look into advertising in the “Our State” magazine. Although it is probably too late to get something published in this magazine before our event, Jack suggested we look to advertise DHF of NC in the magazine in the future.
- It was recommended that we have Rev. Kenny Conner to preside over Holy Communion at the close of our event. We will identify others to serve at each Communion station as we get closer to the date.
- Since FCC Richlands is the host Church, it was recommended that we have their Board Chairman, or Rev. Ray Randall to open the event and welcome everyone, and to lead in the opening prayer.
- We will ask FCC Richlands to take care of registration at the door.
- Following our business meeting, we welcomed Rev. Wayne Kent to speak to the group. Wayne played the piano and Leslie led the group in singing two hymns; Great Is They Faithfulness, and Amazing Grace. Wayne spoke about his early years in ministry working in missions throughout Eastern Europe. He was Pastoring FCC Decatur, Ill. when DHF actually began in 1985 and has been actively involved with DHF throughout its history. Over the years he has seen his church in Decatur, Ill. grow from around 200 to 2,500. As the Executive Director of DHF, Kevin wants to use the Pastoral and technical resources available within the Church in Decatur to reach out and help churches to address whatever challenges they need help with in order to adapt to change, remain viable and to grow. Wayne emphasized that the age old problem of organizations doing the same old things the same old ways and expecting different results is a recipe for failure. Although the Gospel never changes, the methods for reaching the unchurched in today’s society have to change if the church expects to grow.
- Wayne spoke about how new-Church Pastors have one major focus, and that is “finding people” to bring into the church. In the beginning, that is the number one focus. The next focus is bringing those people together for worship, and then following with Education in the Bible. Once the church is going well the attention naturally turns to Administration and the money. This phase is followed by a focus on the church building program. Lastly, after twenty years or so the focus turns to caring for those members who helped found the church and get it going. All along, as the church works through each phase the tasks of the minister increases to encompass all the priorities that have been developing along the way. At the end, most of the minister’s time and energy is spent caring for the church, and very little focus is applied to “finding people” like it was in the beginning. When the focus of finding new people is lost, the church begins its inevitable slide towards its eventual closure. This all seems so basic, but in reality, the task of “finding people” requires a lot of commitment by everyone in the church, as well as a lot of innovation and change to keep the church viable and growing along the way. Wayne pointed out that what works in one community and culture is different from what works in another. The emphasis must be on exploring what works in your community, and then the whole church working at that one thing with a lot of energy.
- We all thoroughly enjoyed Wayne and Leslie’s time with us and are enthusiastic about working with them in the future. Much thanks to Judy Maxwell for the great refreshments she provided for the meeting. Our meeting was closed in prayer by Lynn Maxwell.
- I was not able to secure the 902 Praise Band for this year’s Gathering; however, I texted Wayne and Leslie and they agreed to do a music session in the afternoon. I was also able to get Mr. Tracey Whaley of FCC Richlands to sing a couple of songs for us also. So, we are covered for music.
- Rick Vernon has advised me to call and set up a taping for Sep. 5th. I will use this opportunity to advertise our Gathering.
Rev. Wayne Kent and his wife Leslie will be joining us for our Sat., Aug. 18th meeting of the Leadership Council. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am at FCC Richlands in the Social Hall. The Council will meet for a short business session from 10:00 – 10:30. We need to discuss plans for our upcoming Fall Gathering. We also need to review nomination forms received to replace two Leadership Council positions due to normal rotation. Please submit or bring your nomination forms to this meeting.
We have invited Church Leaders/spouses to attend our meeting in order to meet with Rev. Kent. The session to meet/greet Rev. Kent and Leslie will begin at 10:30 am. Refreshments will be served.
Please note that I posted an incorrect date for our upcoming Fall Gathering. The correct date is Sat., Sep. 22, 2018 at FCC Richlands.
The DHF of NC Leadership Council met with six members present at Amity CC. Everyone enjoyed the fruit and delicious cinnamon buns provided by our host church. We all were sad to see Rev. Bill Pollack retire from FCC Richlands and his leadership role on the Leadership Council. In light of his departure, Elder Robert Reynolds of Pleasant Hill CC, the Vice-Council Leader presided over our meeting. Rev. Kenny Conner from Amity CC opened with prayer and presented a devotion to our group on what the Bible says about our testimony. Kenny noted that each of us has a personal testimony, and every church has a testimony also. The Apostle Paul shared his testimony for Jesus Christ everywhere he went. In Luke 15 Jesus tells the story about the shepherd who had 100 sheep but one had strayed from the flock. The shepherd was compelled to go out and find that one lost sheep. Jesus said “6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” The church has a calling to go out and rescue those that are lost. Jesus said in Matthew 5:13; “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Kenny asked the question, “have we lost our salt? Have we covered up our light?” May the Church never forget its real mission.
- Lynn introduced Rev. Ray Randall from Richlands who was recommended by the board of FCC Richlands to fill Rev. Pollack’s vacancy on the council. Ray has been involved in ministry to our Veterans and has shared in a “road side” ministry at highway rest stops. Ray’s ministerial credentials have been approved by DHF. He supports FCC Richlands as a Supply Minister when needed, and supports the church in whatever way he is needed. The council affirmed Ray as a member of the Leadership Council and we look forward to having his participation and support.
- Betty Stowe gave the group a report on the National DHF Conference that she and her husband Lin attended at FCC Decatur, Ill. Betty noted that it was a very large church with 4-5 Pastors, with Rev. Wayne Kent as the Senior Minister. There were several keynote speakers during the event:
- Michael Teneyck spoke on using your resources that are available.
- Kevin Ray and Linda presented a history of DHF.
- Kim Holley from FCC Flora, Ind. also spoke.
- Doug Harvey spoke on “Longevity in Ministry.”
- Dr. Tom Harris spoke on “Interim Ministry.”
- Wayne Kent spoke on a “Vision for DHF.”
Betty said that at supper time they broke up into small groups and went out to eat at pre-selected restaurants. She noted that it was a very good experience.
- Dave Dummit spoke at the Saturday worship on the topic of “A Life That Matters,” and “Developing A Relationship With God.” Betty said they enjoyed the opportunity of visiting with people from other churches from across the country. There were approximately 100 people from distant churches in addition to the fine people from FCC Decatur. Betty and Lin, along with Steve Rogers from FCC Richlands really enjoyed the gathering and encouraged others to plan to go next year.
- Lynn Maxwell reviewed the minutes from our March 10, 2018 meeting. Betty gave the financial report.
- The Council discussed the results of our Spring Seminar on May 15, 2018 at FCC Richlands which featured Dr. Jim Fleming from LaGrange, Georgia. We had 71 persons in attendance for the day. Betty noted that the people from Unity CC enjoyed the content of Dr. Fleming’s seminars, and also the good food. Betty thought the overall quality of the speaker and the food was a good experience at a good price. We did have several people complain that they couldn’t hear Dr. Fleming clearly. Even with a microphone, his voice did not project well enough for some to get the full benefit of his presentation. Overall, we received positive responses from those attending.
- Kenny Conner said he believed that we need to focus on more extensive advertising for future events. Even though Lynn Maxwell and Bill Pollack made a presentation on the TV show, “Down East Today,” we all feel that we need to promote our events with more direct advertising.
- The council discussed how to fill the position of the Council Leader since Bill left with over a year remaining on his term. Robert Reynolds indicated that he felt more comfortable in the Vice-Leader role and we didn’t get a volunteer from the remaining members. Elder Danny Bailey, whose term expires this September volunteered to fill out Bill’s term if we could extend his term. We all agreed to that at the meeting. It would mean that we would have to issue an addendum to the Constitution to make it acceptable under the constitution. See “Notes” below for further discussion on this matter.
- Lynn brought up the issue of our next Council meeting. Lynn has received an email from Lori Putnam who is Rev. Wayne Kent’s assistant. Kent is the new Executive Director of DHF. He plans to come down and preach at FCC Richlands on Sunday, Aug. 19th. He is looking for the opportunity to meet with as many of our DHF of NC ministers as possible. So, Lynn recommended that our next Leadership Council meeting be held on Sat., Aug. 18, 2018 at FCC Richlands. That way Rev. Kent would have the opportunity to meet with us without further travel. Lynn suggested that we invite all Council members and spouses, DHF of NC Church Elders and spouses, and any members who would like to meet and hear from Rev. Kent. The group agreed to meet on that date. Lynn will coordinate with Lori Putnam on any special arrangements needed.
- The Council discussed initial plans for our Fall Gathering. We came up with two potential dates: Sept. 18th, and Sat. Sept. 22nd. Lynn will coordinate with Dennis Jones to find out which Saturday the Jones County Heritage festival is scheduled for so we can avoid a conflict. Dennis Jones indicated that the Jones County Heritage Festival will be on Sept. 18th, so we will try and schedule our Fall Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.
- We discussed potential Gospel bands for the occasion. Council members will follow-up once we have a date locked on.
- We also suggested potential speakers for our event, and our first choice was Rev. Wayne Kent from FCC Decatur, Ill. Lynn will contact Lori Putnam to see if he would be willing to come. We have other recommendations if Rev. Kent cannot attend. See follow-up “Notes” below for more information.
- Due to the location and seating capacity of FCC Richlands, it is our desire that FCC Richlands will again host our event. Ray Randall will check the church schedule and get back with us. See follow-up “Notes” below for further information
- Everyone agreed that if FCC Richlands can host the event, we should once again have the Piggly Wiggly deli in Richlands cater the event. Everyone really enjoyed the food they provided at our Spring Seminar Gathering.
- The Council discussed the suggestion to establish a ministry scholarship fund. It was suggested we call it the “DHF of NC Ministerial Scholarship.” Betty Stowe noted that since Unity CC has established a fund they had developed a set of rules to guide administration of the fund. Betty will provide those to the council for review.
Lynn Maxwell, Secretary
- para. 7. After reviewing the Constitution and Bylaws and considering the current two expiring terms in September, I called Betty Stowe and Danny to discuss the issue. Since there are only a few months left until Danny and Jack Mumford rotate off the council, we felt it was not a good idea to develop an addendum to meet our current needs. We should allow Danny to rotate off and let the new council elect a leader. I did discuss with Danny the possibility of him taking over as Secretary for the council and he was agreeable with that. We will be going out for two nominees for the council very shortly and we will discuss this item at our next council meeting.
- para. 9.b. After coordinating through Lori Putnam, Rev. Wayne Kent has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at our Fall Gathering on September 22, 2018. Final plans will move forward at our August meeting.
- para. 9.c. Ray Randal has verified that FCC Richlands is available for the date of our Fall Gathering.
Seventy-one people attended our Spring Seminars featuring Dr. James Fleming from the Biblical Resource Center in LaGrange, Ga. We enjoyed three seminars by Dr. Fleming: Geography of The Bible, The Wilderness Experience of Israel, and a presentation on the Biblical Resource Center, LaGrange, Ga.
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If you belong to a DHF of NC church we urge you to register with your church to attend this event. You can also register online at http://fccrichlands.org/ by clicking on the “Connect” menu tab and then select “DHF Gathering Signup.” You may also call the FCC Richlands office phone at 910-324-4690. There is no charge for this event.
If your church is interested in exploring the DHF of NC fellowship, we invite you to register and come also. There is no charge for this event.
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