July 12, 2020
The congregational meeting will happen during the worship service. In order to vote, you must be a member of NSF, and attend the meeting in person.
In this meeting we will:
Vote on Releasing Robby as Senior Pastor of NSF
Discuss the Pulpit Committee Nomination Process
Hear the 2020-2021 Budget
The vote to release Robby is the final step that NSF will play in Robby’s obedience to a call to a new pastorate. Voting “yes” to releasing him means that you trust that Robby is right in believing that he is being called to serve Jesus in a new way. It is also an act of faith in God’s sure and good provisions to NSF, in that we are releasing our beloved senior pastor without knowing who will fill his shoes. We understand that the timing of this change is potentially particularly hard on many of you. It is hard on us as well. If you feel inclined to vote “no,” or if you have particular concerns, please reach out to us by text before the meeting (423-521-2224) and we would be happy to respond.
- Forming the Pulpit Committee
- Voting on the Committee’s Candidate
- attending many meetings with the committee members and with others,
- discussing philosophy, parameters, desires, and rules of the search,
- reading applications, listening to sermons, meeting with candidates,
- communicating with the rest of the body,
- presenting a candidate for a vote, and
- communicating with all other candidates that were not selected.
Thank you to all who have continued to give to NSF to support her worship and work with a portion of the resources that God has placed in your stewardship. As we conclude this financial year (August 2019 – July 2020), we anticipate that we will have adequate income to match the actual expenses. In addition to your regular tithes, you also gave $219k towards reducing our debt on our new buildings on Frazier.
As we look to the 2020-2021 budget year, we must acknowledge that the landscape has changed substantially, with some effects that we cannot accurately predict. COVID-19 has already affected giving and our attendance patterns have changed quite a bit. A change like Robby’s departure often comes with a change in giving as well. On top of that, one of our pastors, Luke Banner, is planting a new church, with some of our membership and tithe going towards that budget. So, we have reason to believe that the giving next year may be less than this past year.
On the other hand, some expenses will also go down next year. Robby’s salary and expense account will not be part of the budget next year. Some of our regular activities, such as nursery, are on a break until we feel they are safe to resume. We will spend less on some food and supplies as well. So, expected income and expected costs are down next year.
Last year’s budget was $1,490,000. The Finance Committee (appointed by the Session) met to factor in all of the changes, including increased missional giving, more in the budget for the Deacons Mercy Fund, and some funds put aside for building improvement and repair. The Session met and approved the $1,400,000 budget that the Finance Committee recommended. It is before you now as information.
As is typical for a church our size (that owns most of its property and buildings), personnel costs account for about 65% of the budget. The remainder of the budget is summarized as follows in the diagram.
This target budget allows us to continue on with our worship and work without impediment. As in former years, we will continually monitor our income and expenses and do a full re-evaluation in January. We do have some saved cash reserves of approximately $300,000 that we could draw from if we fail to tithe to the target amount. But, we also have some expenses in mind that are not formally part of the budget if we do tithe to that target (including paying down building debt, renovating part of the Frazier Avenue properties, and investing more in our presbytery’s church plants).