Why did we choose October 28 as the date for our final affirmation?
We chose October 28 as the date for our final affirmation for the following reasons:
- Both CCB and HOW complete their fiscal year on December 31st, meaning that new budgets for each church go into effect with the start of the new year. Since we already felt led by the Spirit and largely affirmed by our congregations, we chose January 1, 2013, as the legal start date for our new church together. This would allow us to present only one unified budget instead of two separate budgets for the New Year, as well as have a fresh start to transition employees and benefits.
- With this January 1st date in mind, we needed to work backwards to get things in order for our legal merger: legal consultation, the filing of a new name, official federal/state documentation, bank accounts, and real estate. All of this takes time and money and could not even begin until both churches had affirmed the decision to become one.
- Therefore, we needed to pick a date for final affirmation that would allow us enough time between that date and the end of the year to do necessary due diligence as well as legal housekeeping. We chose October 28th because that would allow both churches three months to ask questions and prayerfully consider the decision before the vote and would allow the leadership of the new church approximately two months to finalize the legal merger.