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Annual Meeting 2011

Brooklyn Presbyterian Church Annual Meeting Callahan Center, St. Francis College April 13, 2011 7:30 pm Park Slope Presbyterian Church Resurrection Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg Flatbush Community Church Brooklyn Church Project

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BPC Joint Lessons & Carols Service December 2010

Highlighting the Collegiate Model

Welcome to the Annual Meeting of Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, Our church started in 2004 with the goal of planting and nurturing neighborhood congregations that celebrate, in word and deed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our borough. In the early years the pastoral staff and Temporary Session considered various ways to accomplish this lofty goal and concluded that one church, existing in multiple congregations, would be the most effective means of embodying God’s Kingdom in Brooklyn. If you are new to one of our congregations, you may be vaguely familiar with our “collegiate” structure, so I want to highlight some ways this model is enabling us to be a faithful presence for “God’s favorite borough.” Loving Neighbors Most importantly, the collegiate model cultivates love for particular neighborhoods without excluding the rest of the borough. It’s easy and natural for all of us to focus our attention on our immediate environment and we want to be a church that serves the neighborhoods in which we live. But Brooklyn has significant needs that affect all of us and the collegiate model connects us to congregations and needs in multiple neighborhoods. When we pray for each other, worship together and work alongside one another our hearts are knit to neighborhoods we might otherwise ignore. Exercising Gifts The collegiate model also enables committed followers of Jesus to exercise their gifts in significant ways at the local level. Multiple congregations offer more ways to get involved in the life of the congregation. For example, one congregation with a thousand members who come from all over the borough would still have only one Mercy Team, one Children’s Ministry Team, etc. But multiple congregations require multiple leaders who are exercising their gifts for the benefit of others. Therefore, we think the collegiate model counters the consumeristic and individualistic tendencies that are common in the broader culture and the church.

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Church planting intern David Stancil leading worship

Training Ministerial Candidates In a related way, the collegiate model is also enabling us to train ministerial candidates for service in the church. Most seminaries are good at teaching people how to perform academically but are inadequate for training ministers to be shepherds of congregations. Seminary graduates are then hired for jobs requiring skills in preaching, teaching, counseling and leading that have never been cultivated. Multiple congregations enable us to expose pastoral interns to a wide variety of pastoral responsibilities where they gain experience and confidence within a relational context. Ultimately we hope they stick around and help us start new congregations in Brooklyn! How can you pray? There are many other benefits of being one church with multiple congregations, including reduced administrative expenses, shared resources and common philosophy of ministry, but these benefits also come with challenges. So pray that Brooklyn Presbyterian Church will continue to love our neighborhoods and our borough. Pray for the financial resources we need to serve our neighborhoods and start new congregations. Give generously of your own time, talents and money that God’s gifts to you would not atrophy and be wasted. Welcome and celebrate our interns who sacrifice a lot (and raise money!) to be with us. But most importantly, cultivate in your own heart a love for your neighbors by remembering that in Jesus God has loved us.

Warmly,

Matthew Brown

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Financial Report Thank you for giving to Brooklyn Presbyterian Church (BPC) in 2010. Your giving has supported pastoral staff, church planting interns, local and global missions, numerous community ministries and other necessary expenses allowing our young church to love and serve Brooklyn and beyond. Overall internal giving, which includes Park Slope, Resurrection, and Flatbush, totaled $782,999 in 2010, up 1% when compared to 2009. External giving was also up 25% due to the generosity of countless individuals and churches outside of Brooklyn. These increases allowed us to finish 2010 with a surplus of $82,746. BPC finished the year with $618,480 in reserves.1

Income Total Internal Giving

2010 782,999

2009 772,139

Change 1%

Total External Giving

277,385

221,530

25%

Internal Grant Income1

242,043

144,339

68%

Investment Income

637

726

-12%

Total

$1,303,064

$1,138,734 14%

Expenses across the network increased 9% in 2010. While budgets were reduced and each congregation came in under budget, this increase came as a result of adding a new church planting intern, increased administrative costs, including health care. In addition, Brooklyn Church Project was gave more money to our newest congregation, Flatbush Community Church.

Net Operating Total

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Missions Giving And Mercy Fund

Overview of 2010

Expenses Congregations BCP Central Services Total

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2010 787,247 268,613 164,458 $1,220,318 2010 $82,746

2009 Change 814,346 -3% 163,853 64% 141,812 16% $1,120,011 9% 2009 $18,723

In 2010, we gave $64,156 to various mission projects both local and abroad. In addition we gave $14,029 out of our mercy fund, while bringing $22,245 into the mercy fund through giving from the congregations. The Mercy Fund had $45,611 in its account at the end of 2010. 2011 Budget Overview

The total BPC budget for 2011 is $1,468,630. Each of the three existing congregations were able to reduce their budgets for 2011. The major increases to the budget is the projected launch of the Clinton Hill congregation, an additional church planting intern at Brooklyn Church Project, and expected increases in health care costs for all staff. Below you can see the breakdown in the budget for each entity.2 Central Services $173,342

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Park Slope $472,137 Brooklyn Church Project $294,476

Clinton Hill Resurrection $152,577 Flatbush $206,750 $169,348

Based on our total 2010 income of $1,303,064 we will need a 13% increase in income to cover our 2011 budget. Please keep the finances of BPC in your prayers as we seek to expand our ministries in the coming year. Grace and peace, Chris Hildebrand

Executive Pastor

Internal Grant income is additional external income that has been designated to a specific intern or pastor. Each church planting intern and assistant pastor has a “fund� to which external supporters donate. That money is then moved via internal grant into a specific congregation for an assistant pastor or Brooklyn Church Project for a church planting intern. 1

Central Services represents the shared expenses among the congregations and Brooklyn Church Project. Therefore we divide the cost of Central Services among the other congregations and Brooklyn Church Project according to the percentage of the budget. So Park Slope pays 36%, Resurrection pays 15%, Flatbush pays 13%, Clinton Hill pays 12%, and Brooklyn Church Project pays 23%. 2

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Congregational Reports Greetings from Williamsburg. Last year, Greetings from Park Slope Presbyterian Church (PSPC). Let me take on the occasion of our 2010 Annual Meeting, I asked for prayer for this opportunity to inform those of you from our sister congregations three areas. It is such an encouragement to me to see how God has about some ways God has been working in and through our congreganswered those prayers by the power of the Spirit for the glory of ation over the past year and let you know how to be praying for us. Jesus.  Those prayer requests were:   First, PSPC continues to benefit from our intern program. Marc and Spiritual maturity. As always, my desire for Resurrection Church is that Balem Choi moved into the neighborhood last summer (from Queens) God would “equip the saints for the work of ministry…”  I’ve seen and in the Fall Marc assumed his duties as a pastoral intern. Marc has God answer this prayer in a myriad of ways in the people of Resurrecbusied himself with leading tion. At times the work has been joyful—as we see people come to the Community Groups, teaching faith for the first time, or we find joy in service to one another and the various adult education community. At other times the work has been full of sorrow—such as classes, leading worship and in the sickness and death of our dear friend, Carrie Wong, or as we preparing himself for ordina- have supported and encouraged one another through economic and tion. He is a wonderful addi- emotionally hard times. In all of this I rejoice because we are learning tion to our staff at Park Slope what it means to "… stand in this world with nothing to offer but [ourand the entire network. Amy selves]” (Henry Nouwen). Bowser, who is known to most of you as our church adminFinancial maturity. God certainly answered istrator, became our first lay this prayer as well: through some tough midministry intern, taking on the year budget cuts, as well as some very genresponsibilities of Director of Spiritual Formation. Amy’s work inerous giving by members and friends, in cludes the creation of an adult discipleship curriculum that we hope 2010 Resurrection closed a mid-year deficit will be useful to all the congregations in our network. Amy is also inand came close to making budget through volved in leading the “20/20 Project” for Brooklyn Presbyterian internal giving for the first time. Church. The possibility of a morning service.  We con  tinue to study and work on this possibility in Another highlight for us was the hiring of a new Children’s Ministry hopes that we might be able to offer another Director, Katie Hautamaki. Deb Brown stepped down from the posiNETWORK NEWSLETTER SPRING time of worship and2010 praise to God, and to tion after many years of faithful service and Katie has assumed the make that opportunity available to more responsibilities with enthusiasm and vision. Our Children’s Ministry !Prayer requests for 2010:! people inAsWilliamsburg.  continues to grow and Katie is working to incorporate the kids into the Spiritual maturity the pastor, my desire inOur leaders are forsetting Resurrection Church is that God would spiritual, organizational and financial goals that, if life of the church and assist parents in the spiritual formation of their2010 “equip the saints for may allow us to begin such a service in late 2011.There have A look back and a look forward for the Resurrection children. the workmet, of ministry, congregation:! for building up the body evidences of God’s goodness to us, a few among them bebeen other   of Christ, until we all ! ing: attain to the unity of Lastly, in keeping with our visionOur ofNew starting and nurturing neighborIntern faith and of the Hildebrand began as an intern at hood congregations, PSPC gaveChris generously to starting a Resurrection new congre-the knowledge of the Son almost five years ago, and then served our church Theeach formation of our Discipleship Program, headed up by Assistant of God…with part gation in Clinton Hill. At last year’s faithfullycongregational and well as an assistant meeting pastor.! After we his anworking Pastor properly, David Stancil.  An average of 50 people meet regularly totransition to the dual roles ofbe Executive Pastor nounced that any financial surplus in 2010 would given to ofthe Clinmaking the body grow Brooklyn Presbyterian Church and Director of inupgroups of 4-5 to talk, pray and encourage one another in the so that itgether builds itself ton Hill project and our congregational giving surpassed Brooklyn Church Project, we hired Davidour Stancilexpenses as love.” joy (fromof faithfulness to Jesus. our new intern.!David has hit the groundand running, by more than $75,000. This money has enabled Jamison Laura inEphesians 4:10-15) assuming various ministry duties. and their potential congregation to start taking concrete steps towards ! ! The adoption of a local community garden to make it a place of Financial maturity starting worship. Serving the Community We praybeauty that this and recreation. One of the most visible buildings in Williamsburg is   would be the year that our internal giving would Automotive High School on Bedford Avenue, across cover As you keep our congregation intheprayer, God to continue to our budget, allowing us to increase the scope street fromplease McCarrenask Park.!Resurrection has of the work we conversion, do in service to Christ. The by a resourceful team led by Bonnie Mancini, of the begun to provide tutors to serve the are students there grow our congregation numerically and spiritually. We thrilled that as they prepare their college applications and study ! back rooms in the sanctuary to an office for David, Evan Mazunik, me so many people in and around our neighborhood consider us their Morning Service for the SAT. and others in the church.  This has been a prayer concern for some time, and ! church home, but there are tens of thousands of people in Park Slope is an issue being considered by our leaders.! On A Growing who do not actively worship Jesus as theirCongregation Lord. We want to be a some Sundays, our attendance has begun to exceed We continue to grow in membership and Sotheitmain seems thatofour seating on floor ofto theme sanctuary St. greatest prayer “request” is simply to give church for them. Additionally, please pray that God would provide our discipleship, baptizing adults and babies and seeing Paul’s Lutheran Church, ourpraise host.! Additionally, our thanks and to God attendance at our weekly worship service increase. congregation with a permanent facility that would enable us to serve5:30 p.m. worship time makes it hard for some for all he has done for us this year, and to ask with the confidence of his ! families with small children to attend. Thus, we are beloved children that he would continue. this neighborhood throughout the week. exploring the idea of adding a second service in the Financial News   morning. Each year in the life of our church has seen an Your servant in Christ.  increase in financial giving, both in the amount of Thank you for your interest andgiving, your prayers. as well as the percentage of our budget

Matthew Brown  

covered by “internal” giving. Despite the slumping economy, we finished 2009 in the black through a combination of outside fundraising and the faithful giving of members and friends.! This leads us in to our prayer requests. !

Vito Aiuto, Site Pastor

Vito Aiuto

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Congregational Reports CLINTON HILL CONGREGATION UPDATE Greetings from Flatbush Community Church (FCC). I trust those of you from our sister congregations will be encouraged to hear about the ways God has been working in and through our church in the Flatbush neighborhood and will be enabled to pray more specifically for us. In October of last year we moved into a new worship space, Erasmus Hall High School’s auditorium. This move offers us visibility and presence in the heart of the neighborhood and longer-term flexibility as we grow. We are grateful for the tangible connection to our neighborhood and the opportunity to support such a historic institution. One of the highlights of our worship this fall was having the men’s choir “Mani“Manifest” singing at Flatbush fest” lead us in singing Community Church during our Worship Service.

It's been a challenging year since our last congregational meeting for our family and the folks in the Clinton Hill area awaiting a church plant, but one in which we've all learned patience, the power of prayer, and the faithfulness of our God.

Our young congregation is growing numerically and in our ability to care well for one another. In fact, we will celebrate the resurrection of King Jesus this Easter with two baptisms and multiple memberships. As you have opportunity, please ask a FCC parishioner about their experience of God’s grace through our congregation.

And now we have some really good news we'd like to share with you. Through the generous support of individuals and churches around the country–and especially a very generous year-end gift from the Park Slope congregation–we are now able to officially move forward with the formation of this new congregation. Praise God! And thank you to all of you who have prayed for us and given to this work. We are excited and deeply grateful to see what God will do in the months and years to come.

As you pray for us, ask that God would continue to bring many neighbors into faith and a worshipping relationship with Jesus through our church so that as we grow, our neighborhood would be blessed and God would be glorified. Pray also that our search for a pastoral intern would be successful in 2011. Warmly,  

You may have heard me preach at one of your congregations this past year on themes like Keeping Hope Alive and What to do when God doesn't seem to answer your prayers and How to live faithfully in uncertain circumstances. I was mostly preaching to myself. We had hoped to start Launch Team work for the church plant last Summer, and for nine months now we've been working and waiting to see the needed start-up funds come in through external support before we could formally and publicly get started. Meanwhile my family and our neighborhood congregants have been praying, hosting potlucks with neighbors, meeting with neighborhood pastors and organizations, befriending Pratt students, and digging deeper roots in the community.

Please pray for us as we hold our first Launch Team meeting on the Tuesday following Easter. Pray that as our team grows it will gather new neighbors outside of our BPC congregations, and that in this way God will enable us to look more and more like our very diverse neighborhood. Pray for our Pratt ministry to grow and deepen. Pray that God will demonstrate to our team and neighbors that Jesus is risen indeed–that he is actively at work today, reconciling people to God, to one another, and to our neighborhood. And pray that he'll use us to do it. Sincerely,

John Sweet

Jamison Galt

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B’burg 2005 Clinton Hill 2011 Park Slope 2004 Flatbush 2009

BPC 2011 Brooklyn Church Project is the church planting arm of BPC. We train potential church planters from recruitment through the start of their congregation. Because neighborhood life can sometimes resemble life in a small town, it’s easy to forget that Brooklyn has more than 2.5 million inhabitants living in just 77 square miles. This is why I’m always grateful for the bird’s eye view of Brooklyn from a plane on final approach into LaGuardia. Flying over neighborhoods like Coney Island, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Crown Heights, and Bushwick renews my perspective. I’m reminded just how big Brooklyn is–thus how big our vision ought to be. And at Brooklyn Church Project we do have an expansive vision: to plant 25 new neighborhood congregations in

20 years. With the start of our 4th congregation later this year, God willing, we are just getting started. A vision as large as Brooklyn demands a vast team of

It’s been a joy to watch our program mature over the past year. Brian Steadman completed his internship and moved on to assistant pastor at Park Slope. David Stancil was ordained in 2010 and he will

Looking ahead in 2011, we hope to find an intern who will join our Flatbush congregation. We will also host two short term mission teams this summer from partner churches in Rye, NY and Charlotte, NC. They share our vision for Brooklyn and are eager to help us in any way they can. Please pray for our endeavors as we seek to plant and nourish gospel centered congregations throughout Brooklyn. Grace and peace,

BCP church planting interns David Stancil and Marc Choi in training

laborers with a diverse array of gifts. We need church planters and leaders to accomplish this first stage of our vision and we believe that our church planting internship program is a strategic initiative in this regard.

complete his internship this fall. We brought Marc Choi on last fall as our newest church planting intern. And Amy Bowser became our first ministry-track intern.

Chris Hildebrand

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Ministry Highlight The 20/20 Project Mission: 20% of BPC members commit to a child or youth in need of family as mentor, financial provider, foster parent or adoptive family 20% of the churches in the borough of Brooklyn join together in a partnership to advocate for and serve the needs of youth and children at risk and those awaiting adoption. The last year has been something of a whirl wind for those involved in the 20/20 Project! Since the spring of 2010 we’ve been making progress on our goal of seeing 20% of the people of our church involved in orphan care and 20% of the churches in Brooklyn involved, as well.

we continue to explore the adoption through Sunday School classes and quarterly discussion group.

In the last 6 months, many of you have become involved in a number of different ways: more than 100 pairs of shoes were donated to the children of the ACT Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 10 children have been sponsored on a monthly basis in the same project; more than 20 people pray each week for concerns of orphans in New York and around the world. In addition to caring for orphans in these ways,

Brooklyn Presbyterian Church Office 174 Prospect Park West, Apt 1L Brooklyn, NY 11215 Phone: 718-369-7972 Matt Brown, Senior Pastor mattbrown@parkslopechurch.com

Resurrection Presbyterian Church Vito Aiuto, Site Pastor vito@resurrectionwilliamsburg.com

Amy Bowser, Administrator pspcadmin@parkslopechurch.com

David Stancil, Church planting intern david@resurrectionwilliamsburg.com

Chris Hildebrand, Executive Pastor chris@brooklynchurchproject.com

Flatbush Community Church John Sweet, Site Pastor john@flatbushcommunitychurch.com

Park Slope Presbyterian Church Matt Brown, Site Pastor mattbrown@parkslopechurch.com

Clinton Hill Church Project Jamison Galt, Church planter jamisongalt@gmail.com

Marc Choi, Church planting intern marcchoi@parkslopechurch.com

It has been a joy to see how God is using the people of Brooklyn Presbyterian Church to act on His behalf to be “a helper of the fatherless.” (Psalm 10:14). If you are interested in playing a part, please email Judy Hilkey, jhilkey@ccny.cuny.edu or Amy Bowser, amybowser@parkslopechurch.com

BPC Temporary Session

BPC Staff Directory

Brian Steadman, Assistant Site Pastor briansteadman@parkslopechurch.com

Perhaps the highlight of entire year is finding out that one of the children for whom BPC has prayed on a regular basis, Christian, has been matched with an adoptive family! Please continue to pray for him, as well as Raheem, who continues to await a family.

Brooklyn Church Project Chris Hildebrand, Associate Director chris@brooklynchurchproject.com

Pastor David Bisgrove — Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Randy Lovelace — Montclair Presbyterian Church Pastor Craig Higgins — Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY Phil Patronis — Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY Kirk Balzer — Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY The Temporary Session of BPC has been commissioned by the NY Metro Presbytery to oversee the work of our church while we are a mission church.

BPC Board of Trustees Ping Moy - Park Slope Presbyterian Church Chris DeLasic - Resurrection Presbyterian Church Brian Pruitt - Park Slope Presbyterian Church The BPC Board of Trustees in accordance with NY State law trustees are the financial officers of a non-profit organization.

Amy Bowser, Director of Spiritual Formation amybowser@parkslopechurch.com 7

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