Genesis Group Meeting Minutes 5/2/13
Bill Bruursema, Leslie Visser, Jenn Stroud, Mindy Kaiser, Beth Swagman, Gil Otero, Dave Berghuis, Dominique Pickens, Jon Schneider, Denny Cochran, Bill Dykstra, Paul Tameling, Dean VanderMey, Eric Cerling, Jim Bright, Bryan Schneider-Thomas, Wendy Hadersback.
Bill updated the group on the Thursday night group. It has really been a place of growth lately.
There is also an update from 5th Reformed. Chaplain Bill met with Pastor Bruce and Tim (an RSO member) and an elder. The meeting went well. We are just at the beginning stage of being able to assist. Tim is currently looking into joining the Thursday Night Group. 5th Reformed is still refining their policy and working toward incorporating Tim into the life of the congregation.
Dominique did a presentation that went over what a sample policy could look like for three different churches.
The conclusion was that each church can and should define their own policy and that there are good benefits for the community.
Bill asked Mindy if he could consider a church with a school attached. She said that she would, considering that school is not open on a Sunday. As long as there is a chaperone present, then there isn’t a problem. She did say that it could restrict Wednesday night programming, but to remember that communication is key.
Jim asked if the decision is up to the individual probation officer. Mindy said, yes, if they feel uncomfortable, they can say no.
Pastor Brian shared that initially they crafted a policy that would apply to everyone. They ended up having to make one for each situation.
We also followed up on Eric’s question from last month. To recap, the church has written a policy, the RSO agrees with the policy but is refusing to sign it.
It was agreed that it was an emotional issue that the man needs to overcome.
A good phrase was stated that said “the presenting problem is not the problem… it’s a symptom of the deeper issue.
Next meeting – Thursday, June 13, 2013