Bethlehem Blogs

October 31, 2017

All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting (October 29, 2017)

Amanda Knoke

Director for Communications

Meeting Highlights ...

  • Devotional from Pastor Jason Meyer
  • Membership Report
  • Church Discipline Matters
  • Presentation of Motion to Amend Constitution & Bylaws
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • “Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25” Update


Pastor Jason gave a devotional on church discipline.

  • Church discipline that is practiced biblically on earth has been worked in heaven (Matthew 16:19).
  • Don’t fall into the ditch of not doing church discipline (1 Corinthians 5), and don’t fall into the ditch of not forgiving once church discipline has been practiced and repentance has been granted (2 Corinthians 2:5–8).
  • Church discipline is a test of obedience (2 Corinthians 2:9).
  • The underlying promise in church discipline is the presence of Jesus (Matthew 18:20; 1 Corinthians 5:3–4; 2 Corinthians 2:10).

Membership Report

At the end of the meeting, Bethlehem membership stood at 2,679 members.

Church Discipline Matters

“Tell it to the church” (Matthew 18:17): The elders informed the congregation of recent developments in a case of church discipline.

In another case, the elders proposed a motion to dismiss a member for unrepentant sin. The motion carried without opposition.

Presentation of Motion to Amend Constitution & Bylaws

Elder Brian Tabb presented proposed amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws, especially the following:

  • Language regarding the role of elder-pastor
  • Removing the ratio of non-staff elders to staff elders

FAQs will be soon coming to clarify aspects of this motion.

Treasurer’s Report

Adam Sexton delivered the Treasurer’s Report to the assembly.

YTD 2017 Summary

  • Up $1.3M from 2016 when giving $6.30M
    • 21% increase over 2016 giving
    • Up $100K when compared to 2016 spending for the same period
  • $628K below YTD 2017 budget
    • Continued strong giving will help lower the eventual South mortgage
    • Giving was $7.63M
  • Spending was $7.15M
    • Giving exceeded spending by $481K

Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25 Update

Church Planting: Cleon Engel provided an update on our church planting efforts and approved church plants: 

  • Ryan Eagy in Boise, Idaho
  • Adam Pohlman in Rochester, Minnesota

South Campus: Pastor Chuck Steddom provided an update on South Campus construction.

  • Groundwork has begun.
  • Pray for favorable weather and favor with the local community.

Unengaged People Groups: Pastor Todd Rasmuson provided an update on our missionary efforts among the unengaged.

Strengthening the Core: Pastors Ken Currie (Downtown) and Steven Lee (North) provided updates from their respective campuses.

  • Pastor Ken highlighted specific aspects of strengthening the core at the Downtown Campus, namely the formation of diaconal teams, and also mentioned the upcoming Dave Ramsey “Smart Money” simulcast next Tuesday, November 7, North and South.
  • Pastor Steven Lee addressed Jack Delk’s retirement as North Campus Pastor for Care and Counseling. He also asked for prayer that God would provide Pastor Jack’s successor.

Thanks to Church Clerks Jacob Smith and Ben Holvey for their assistance in preparing this update.

Downtown Campus

720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
Sundays: 9am & 11am

North Campus

5151 Program Ave, Mounds View, Minnesota, 55112
Sundays: 7:30am, 9am & 11am

South Campus

20700 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
Sundays: 9am