We are members of the Reformed Church in America, the denomination out of which we were birthed and find our historical and theological roots. However, we find ourselves having an affinity with other evangelical churches, and most people say that we feel like a community non-denominational church. We are also members of the Willow Creek Association and the New Thing Network.
Our church is considered a Collegiate Church in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). We have one elder and deacon board called the Collegiate Consistory that provides oversight, visionary leadership, and governance for all of our congregations through an Accountable Leadership model with Bylaws, Rules of Order, and Guiding Principles.
The Collegiate Consistory has direct oversight for the Senior Pastor who is responsible for leadership of staff and congregations. The Collegiate Consistory also has oversight of Pastoral Elders and Deacons on each campus who serve each congregation. For more information on our leadership and governance, click here.
We know that financial integrity and stewardship require high levels of integrity and oversight. For that reason, we have a number of ways that finances are managed. First, there are several ways we receive income:
- General Fund – Weekly Sunday offerings provide revenue used for daily operations, resources, staff, and ministries.
- Benevolence/Care Fund – Occasional offerings during communion are collected and overseen by the Pastoral Deacons in each congregation to care for the congregation and community in needs.
- Mission Fund – five special offerings a year are taken to support missions of the church locally, regionally, and globally. We have a solid vetting process and values process for everyone we support, and we seek to make giving through the church the best way you can support missions. Click here for more information on those we support.
- Fair Haven Foundation – This 501c3 was set up to create a fund for the ongoing ministries of our church and serves as a place for special gifts, bequests, and estate planning.
For fiscal integrity, the following are some of the items in place:
- Offerings are secured in a safe with limited access.
- Count Teams at all sites are screened, have requirements for membership, and include a background check. They follow specific procedures each week.
- Our Guiding Principles provide financial boundaries on spending, reporting, and requirements for audits and inspection of files.
- Monthly reports are reviewed by the Collegiate Consistory, key staff, and Pastoral Deacons on each site.
Each year we establish an overall budget, with congregational and ministry budgets. This budget is developed by staff and Campus Leadership Teams and approved by the Senior Pastor and the Collegiate Consistory. Expenditures are tracked through various line items and managed weekly by our accountant and bookkeeper. If you are interested in seeing any of these items, we are as open as we can be with our finances. You can contact us for information excluding private information on salaries and benefits of our employees.