|ATTENDEES:||Warner Baker, Scott Bryden, Trevor & Maxine Dennis, Duncan & Juliette Lawrence, Jimmy (part) & Deborah Ogunshakin, Andy Torbet, Bob & Maureen Truman|
|APOLOGIES:||Kay Baker, Clare Bryden, Helen Torbet|
The meeting began at 8pm and opened with a prayer.
|1.||Matters Arising from previous Minutes|
|There were no matters arising from the meeting of 21st Aug 2003. The minutes were therefore agreed to be a true and accurate record.|
|2.||Matters Arising from Meeting with Committee Reps|
|3.||Search for New Venue|
|Central venues had been investigated further. The Birmingham Medical Institute (BMI) was not open at weekends but would be suitable for midweek meetings. The children would have to be kept to rooms where no damage could be caused to displays etc. WB would enquire into costs and availability.||WB|
|AT reported that HT had asked ‘Marketing Birmingham’ to carry out a free search into possible venues.|
|The option of using St John’s Church in Ladywood was discussed but availability was the main concern. WB would make enquiries with the minister. Combining the church use with the community centre across the road was not thought to be wise due to the danger inherent in crossing the road.||WB|
|The idea of using a cinema once year was suggested and agreed.|
|MD suggested that the meeting could be held in each ‘corner’ of Birmingham once in a while.|
|It was agreed that a fast should be held to ask for God’s assistance in arranging a new meeting place. Details TBA.||WB|
|4.||Married , Engaged & Dating Couples|
|A meeting would be held on Saturday 20th September (announcement to be made in the newsletter) to address the struggles found in marriages and to help set standards for the church. The meeting will be open to all, to provide assistance to those who wished to start dating, with more specific focus groups following the main talk. Talks would be organised by the Bakers.
The use of videos would also be considered for small groups to be held in people’s houses.
|5.||Welcome of New Members|
|The welcoming of new members during the service was agreed to have been very positive. This should continue.
The ‘party’ for the new members will go ahead on Sun 14th September straight after the service.
|Some general idea of size and success of the groups was collected by SB. It was agreed that the running of the groups would be appraised next month once all were back from holidays etc.|
|7.||Discipling – One Another|
|WB emphasised the need for one-another (as opposed to one over another) discipling and the shepherds’ example in this – we must do better!
A discussion took place regarding our conditioning to the ‘old’ ICOC ‘way’. It was agreed that we should be aware of our preconceived ideas in assessing what we say and do. Sermons should only discuss people in the light of how the circumstances glorified God; upholding people in sermons should not be done to avoid attention-seeking behaviour.
|The contribution table would be set up at the back of the church on a Sunday for the collection of contribution and setting up of standing orders.
Cheques should not be made out to ‘MCC Funds’ as the bank had concerns that such cheques may find their way into an alternative account. The use of ‘Midlands Churches of Christ’ was OK. The newsletter will continue to give this information to the congregation.
|JO reported that a base set of documents had been prepared. JO would discuss these with other shepherds as required prior to opening the discussion up to the congregation in separately organised meetings.
JO thought that an additional document might be required to discuss how the interface with Leicester (for example) would be handled.
J&DO left the meeting at 9:10.
|T&MD stated that they would hold an opening meeting of the Youth group on Friday 12 September at St Chad’s Church in Erdington. This would involve the teens and the proposed helpers in a planning meeting.
MD asked if money could be made available to provide some initial equipment (balls etc) for the first meeting. SB said he would provide this and suggested ‘Sports Soccer’ in Solihull as a good value-for-money shop.
Suggested future equipment may include footballs, basketballs and a set of decks for mixing.
|The group wished to stay in Coventry but newsletters and a letter of encouragement would be sent to them. Regular visits were also promoted. It was agreed that the newsletter should outline the current status of the Coventry group following the Ogunshakin’s decision to stop leading there.||Newsletter|
|DL described the discussions that had taken place over the past few weeks on how the Leicester church would be run. Voting was not complete but it looked likely that the majority wanted to be a part of the Midlands Churches of Christ. Some financial questions were still to be answered – eg how travel funds are held, how contribution money is held, tax, separate accounts, payments to YMCA etc. It was agreed that the finance group should come forward with a way of organising this for the Shepherds to agree and incorporate in the trust documents.
A celebration service in God’s honour would be held on Sun 14th September to celebrate Leicester’s second anniversary.
|13.||Any Other Business|
Minutes recorded by Andrew Torbet