After a difficult season culminating in the resignation of our former Executive Pastor, the Elders of CHBC contracted two external consultants to examine the health of our organization. The scope of their work involves direct engagement with the staff, with elders, and with many other members of CHBC. They will primarily be looking into our organizational structures and into the health of our staff and leadership culture.
Our hope is that these organizations will make helpful recommendations and observations leading to a strong and unified next season of ministry for our church.
Because our desire to grow in health and fruitfulness as a church required insight into a complex set of situations, we have contracted with GRACE and Leighton Ford Ministries.
GRACE offers a variety of services to churches who are addressing trauma and abuse at any level. They will be providing an independent assessment of our church culture. The word “independent” is an important descriptor because, while GRACE is contracting with CHBC, they will be conducting their assessment free from direction from CHBC.
GRACE’s assessment will include their administration of the following components:
- Reviewing relevant internal documents
- Conducting a survey to get a sense of organizational culture*
- Interviewing pertinent individuals with personal experiences or information**
*Any individual taking the survey will be able to volunteer to be interviewed.
**While CHBC can suggest people to be interviewed, GRACE will make the final determination on who they will interview.
Once this assessment has been completed, GRACE will make recommendations for CHBC.
Leighton Ford Ministries offers a variety of services to churches and individuals and they will be consulting with us on church culture and governance. Their process will take us through two phases: Discovery and Development.
In Discovery, LFM will gather insight and information (method is detailed below in “Roadmap”) to assess culture, vision, governance and leadership, and overall health. The findings from the Discovery phase will be shared with leaders and the congregation and will inform our approach to the Development phase where we will work on opportunities for improvement and growth.
This webpage will be updated regularly to be a convenient bulletin board for updates and the latest information. When we make updates, we will also put an alert in CHBC’s weekly newsletter (which is emailed on Fridays).
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After announcing our work with LFM and GRACE in our June 2021 Annual Meeting, we began the consulting process. Though there were some delays external to CHBC, we are glad to have begun with both groups.
Rather than being a concrete roadmap with a guaranteed deadline for results, our next steps will be determined along the way as we gain insight and discern our course of action. We are currently in a Discovery Phase which has different timelines, depending on the consultant:
Leighton Ford Ministries
- Staff-wide survey was conducted assessing organizational climate, leadership effectiveness, and employee engagement.
- Ministry Leaders took a strengths assessment to consider how they are wired and what kind of team they collectively form.
- CHBC shared documents for review to help LFM understand organizational structure, governing documents, strategic plans and more.
- LFM conducted 6 focus groups (45 people) to get the perspective of new members, long-time members, Ministry Operations, Ministry Leaders, Pastors, and Elders.
- LFM conducted one-on-one interviews with 13 individuals representing past and present elders and current and former staff.
- Leadership coaching sessions for our Lead Pastor began in September and will continue until the end of the year.
- Staff ministry leaders training session was conducted by LFM to give a picture of individual ministry leaders and the team as a whole.
Review of findings and clarification on next steps:
- Kevin Ford of LFM will present findings from the Discovery Phase and work through next steps the weekend of October 29-31.
- On Oct 29th, LFM will present their findings and assessment to the staff of CHBC.
- The elders and deacons will be presented with the same information on the morning of Oct 30th.
- That afternoon, congregational members will be invited to an informational session and workshop from 1pm-4pm led by LFM. The summary will also be posted online the following week.
- On the afternoon of Oct 31, CHBC leadership will work with LFM to synthesize input from the congregation, along with information collected to date, and start to chart a path forward.
- Following that weekend, we will work through the recommendations together and determine next steps and a timeline after we understand what needs to be addressed. There will be opportunities for further input, and our long-term goal is to have a revised governance and structure presented to the church so it can be voted on at the Annual Meeting in June, 2022. This is our hopeful target, but we need to understand the recommendations before we commit to a date.
We anticipate we will be able to make GRACE’s survey available this Fall and they will begin the process of assessing the feedback. Because the analysis and interview process is normally time-intensive, this is not expected to be done in 2021.
June 2022 Annual Meeting - Hopeful Target
Overall, we find ourselves with the desire to both give the consulting process the time it needs and not have to wait too long before we are at the finish line. As we have expressed this desire with the consultants, they have expressed that we should set our hopes for a “finish line” in 2022, agreeing that, while the timeline of our process could change the more we get into it, we will endeavor to complete it before our Annual Meeting. We welcome your prayers and participation to help us reach that end.
Please pray for the following:
- For unity in the body
- That the consultants would help us grow into a thriving community of Christ followers
- For this process to bless our public witness
- For clarity and discernment through the process
Who is the Consultant Working Group (CWG)?
To manage our ongoing work with the consultants, we assembled a team representing long-time members, the Deacons, Staff, and Elders. This team facilitates logistics for the consulting process and will help with communication to the leaders and larger church body of CHBC.
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My wife, Mary, and I have been at CHBC for 10 years and, for most of those years I have served as the college minister, interim communications director, founder of Triangle Fellows, or elder (a role in which I now serve). Professionally, I have also worked as a brand manager, strategist, and ministry designer. I now work at Duke Divinity School’s Ormond Center, focusing on tools and training to create agents of thriving in congregations and communities.
My husband John and I have been members at CHBC since 2014. We have two children and live in the Briar Chapel neighborhood in south Chapel Hill. This is my second year on the Deacon board and I have served at the church in other capacities, such as the Jubilee planning committee and in Kids Ministry. Professionally, I am the communications director for research administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to Carolina, I worked at NASA, also in communications, in Washington, D.C. and at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Margaret Faircloth (Member & Former Treasurer)
I have been at the Bible Church since 1981 where I met and married my husband. We have one adult daughter. Over the years I have been involved as a kids Sunday school teacher, Building Committee member, Life Group leader, Treasurer, and Deacon. At present I am a greeter on the Connections Team and Morning Coordinator for The Well. As a nurse I spent most of my career in healthcare administration, followed by a second career as business manager of my husband’s manufacturing business. I am now happily retired.
My wife, Katie, and I have been at CHBC since 2007 when I joined staff as the Youth Minister. I have served in a variety of roles since including College Minister, interim Worship Minister, and am now the Missions Pastor. I have served on the staff of three different churches, one smaller and one larger than CHBC. We have three sons (one of whom is adopted) and actively extend hospitality as God provides opportunities.