Elder Updates

Update from the Elders



“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!” Ephesians 3:20-21

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Financial Update

By God’s grace we are close to ending another year and we want to bring a few items to your attention.
 
First of all we want to give the staff thanks for their faithful stewardship of the resources the Lord has provided us with this year. They have done an amazing job managing their individual budgets and we are so grateful and thankful for all they do!
 
Secondly, we want to thank you the church on behalf of the Lord for your generosity this year. Because of you we were able to give and support many local ministries and ministries abroad including donations to help with relief work in Texas and the work God is doing in Mexico. We have also seen 100’s of lives impacted by Biblical Soul Care, Small Group Ministry, Harvest Youth, Single Mom Ministry and our Men’s and Women’s Ministry. Just in the last month every adopt-a-family was sponsored and by the Lord’s grace 160 children were sponsored through Compassion International! God is in our midst!
 
Lastly, we want to thank the Lord for his faithfulness and goodness towards us as He continues to add to His church precious souls in His sight.
 
In light of this we want to bring to your attention what we need to finish our budget year well. We need $75,000 to finish this year strong. Not only would this balance this year’s budget but it would provide the needed funds to launch Harvest Mexico, our beloved partners in the Gospel. This is well within our means as we look back at what we have given as a church in previous years for the month of December.  We are asking you to pray about what to give and give as the Spirit moves you.
 
Thank you church!

Great Commission Collective


As was announced early this fall, Harvest Bible Fellowship (the organization that we were serving with as a church) was essentially shut down and many HBF churches were moving away from James MacDonald’s leadership.

When we launched as a church nearly 10 years ago we didn’t plant with HBF because of a brand or because of a particular leader – we were eager to be a part of HBF because of the clarity, urgency and simplicity of the vision and the mission. So while we are thankful for the years with HBF, we move forward with anticipation as we partner with a new fellowship called the Great Commission Collective (GCC).

We are very excited for what God has for us in this new chapter!

As we move forward, what will a GCC church look like?

The GCC exists to empower the local church to fulfill the mission of making disciples in every nation.

This happens through equipping, training and coaching us, as the local church, to raise up pastors and leaders and partner together with other churches to plant more great commission churches around the world.

In the past we participated with HBF through giving 5% of our budget. This money was used by HBF to plant churches. The GCC will only take 2.5% and allow the local church to use the other half to help fund church planting efforts that God places on their hearts.

In doing this, the GCC is striving to move the model from churches supporting an organization that plants churches to being an organization that equips the local church to plant churches.

Harvest Muskoka, as a GCC church, will have at the core of this mission a conviction that a WORSHIPPING Church will be a SENDING Church.

As God finds worshipers who adore Him in spirit and truth, a watching world notices. This invitation to worship is not just an invitation to experience God’s presence; it’s an invitation to share His presence –worshipping and sending.

This conviction is seen in the 6 Distinctives of a GCC Church:

WE ARE A WORSHIPPING CHURCH:

We will seek the Lord, His will, and His way with hearts humble before Him and confident in His plan.
We will fearlessly proclaim the truth about God and His Gospel by preaching the Scriptures in context with a dependence on the Holy Spirit to bring eternal life change.
We will join our voices and lives with worshipers from every tribe, tongue, and people to exalt Jesus Christ, responding to His matchless name.

WE ARE A SENDING CHURCH:

We will unreservedly give ourselves to the multiplication and maturation of Jesus’ followers in the pursuit of Christ-likeness together.
We will invade the darkness of a lost world by proclaiming the truth about Jesus and demonstrating His compassion locally and globally.
We will plant churches – irresistible communities committed to the worship of God, the making of disciples, and the sending of multipliers into a world that needs Christ.

We pray that God will continue to use each of us for his mission … as God’s people, under God’s Word, filled with God’s Spirit are humbly and desperately calling out to him … we will see God at work!

Elder Update Regarding Regionalization of Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF)
September 2017


This summer it was announced that, with over 150 churches, HBF had become too large for a centralized structure (all the churches reporting to one church) and so a process was in place to regionalize the leadership structure.

As was mentioned in the earlier announcement, the Fellowship here in Canada is different than in the US as we are already a fully separate, autonomous legal charity, with our own functioning board. So while the Canadian Harvest Churches have been, in essence, regionalized for years this was now an HBF-wide change.

In this process of regionalization James MacDonald (the founding pastor and head of HBF) chose to abruptly resign from leading HBF.

So, rather than just regionalizing, we are joining a group of churches to form a completely new organization outside of James MacDonald’s leadership.

Please pray for the key leaders who are working to establish a new fellowship (tentatively called, the Great Commission Collective) marked by humility and the call of the gospel.

A group of 189 pastors and leaders, from 9 countries, representing 118 churches (including Pastor Kaj and Godfrey) are meeting in Dallas in a couple of weeks to prayerfully put together the next steps for what this new fellowship of churches will look like.

There is a lot of excitement for what God is building! Please be upholding us in prayer, as this re-establishing of the Fellowship is a significant task.

We will keep you up-to-date as more changes develop in the coming months.

Some FAQ’s that you may be asking:


There is no effect at all to what we are doing here in our 2 Campuses. Also, as the organization moves forward there will be the same deep commitment to the same biblical values/ministry model we had since we launched.
There are no plans right now to make a name change.
When Pastor Kaj returns from the meeting in Dallas there will be much more clarity. Until then you can direct any questions to Kaj or any of our other elders.