If you’ve been around our church family over the last couple of years, you know that we have been in the process of pursuing a name church from Christ’s Church of the Meadows to Refinery Church, which harkens to the process of being refined by God to reflect his image. Initially, our plan was to vote on the name change back in April, but the coronavirus quarantine prevented us from doing so. We are now at a place in time where the Leadership Team and Staff believe that we should revisit our name change vote.
WHEN WILL WE BE VOTING AND WHAT IS THE VOTING PROCESS?
In an attempt to accommodate as many as possible, we will be holding the vote starting August 9 through August 23, 2020.
Our preferred method of voting is to have an in-person vote. While this will not take place during a single meeting, we want to encourage members of our church family to vote in person at the church building from August 9 to August 23. Voting hours will be 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on each Sunday. If those days/hours do not work for you, please contact the church office at (780) 462-5233 to arrange a time to vote. You will be given a voting ballot, on which you will simply indicate “Yes” or “No” with regards to the name change. On August 9, we will host a “selfish potluck” to encourage community and to launch our in-person vote.
If you are unable to come to the church building for an in-person vote, one of our staff can deliver a ballot to your home, with the staff delivery person returning your vote to the church building in a sealed envelope.
If neither of these options work for you, you can e-mail your vote. Our in-person ballot will read: “The Leadership Team and Staff have proposed a change to our name from Christ’s Church of the Meadows to Refinery Church.” We ask that you would cut and paste ONE of the following sentences into your e-mail vote:
“Yes, I support the name change.” or “No, I do not support the name change.”
Please note that e-mail votes will not be anonymous, as we need to keep record of who has cast a vote. You will need to provide your name along with your e-mail vote as worded above. Individuals cannot vote for their spouse or family members. Your e-mail vote will be seen by the e-mail recipient and by those conducting the vote count.
All votes will be collected in a ballot box that will be opened and counted after voting closes on August 23 at 3:00 pm. The results will be announced that week by eNews and during our August 30 online service.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
Those who are members of the church are eligible to vote. Our bylaws define membership this way:
Membership requires a conscious decision on the part of an individual to be actively committed to the health and direction of Christ’s Church of the Meadows as a Biblical community. Any individual may become a member of Christ’s Church of the Meadows if they have publicly acknowledged Jesus Christ as the Son of God, repented of sin, invited Christ to be the Lord of their life, and have been baptized by immersion. As followers of Jesus Christ, members are encouraged and should strive to live a dedicated, committed, and Christ-like life, serving in areas for which they are gifted and regularly setting aside, as God has prospered, financial offerings to support the work of this church family. Members who have not attended weekend worship services for a period of 6 months, and if such absence is not for illness or temporary absence from the community, that member shall be considered a non-member.
With specific regard to voting: The right to vote shall be limited to members of Christ’s Church of the Meadows who are at least sixteen (16) years of age and have been members for at least three months prior to the meeting. Voting shall take place at the Annual Meeting or at specially called meetings. Those members in attendance shall constitute a quorum, with no less than a eighty percent (80%) affirmative vote to become effective. Voting by proxy is not permitted.
Whew! If you have any questions, please contact me at (780)462-5233, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me close by sharing a comment about the vision for this name change, because it is tied to the mission of our church. The staff and leadership long to see our church grow... to reach lost people and to have a greater impact in our city. We believe the proposed new name represents a step in this regard. Personally, I can see a way forward with this new name, and I get excited thinking of the discussion opportunities this name affords and the opportunities for us to promote what God is doing in and through us.
To hear the vision for our new name, please click HERE.
To read an article about the Biblical refining process, please click HERE.