ITLOTC 10-28-16


(In The Life Of The Church) 


Leadership Team Meeting Update

10-23-16 Leadership Team Report

This last Sunday night, October 23rd, the leadership team met for their quarterly meeting.  I wanted to share a few things that came out of that meeting.

First, after serving his three year term David Wilhite rotated off of the leadership team.  Adam Win has been selected as his replacement.  Per our bylaws, Adam was nominated by our community and selected by the leadership team.  To read more about Adam see below.  

Second, the leadership team proposed and voted to add two more members to the team.  The two additional spots will be for university students.  Those two additional members will take our team total from 7 to 9.  The following are the stipulations for the student spots.

  1. The spots will ideally be filled by one male and one female student.

  2. The students will commit to a one year term with the option to renew up to 3 years.

  3. The students, as is the case with all leadership team members, will have be required to have been a member (see the current bylaws) for at least two academic semesters.  

Third, the leadership team voted to make the children’s pastor position full time.  After taking a month to listen to the community and looking over the data provided by the finance and HR teams the team thought it best to make the position full time.  I’ve asked the team to compose a letter explaining some of their thoughts and what went into their decision.  This letter was crafted by our chair Jon Davis and edited by the rest of the team.  

Dear UBC,

During the Leadership Team’s October meeting we discussed all of the potential options for the Children’s Pastor position. We have decided that a 40hr full-time position is in our best interest.

By moving to a full-time position, we believe it will attract stronger candidates and give them the time do their best work possible. We also discussed this position transitioning to more of a Children and Families Pastor, absorbing some of the family oriented pastoral duties that currently fall under the Lead Pastor. Since Josh is currently taking on the youth group and children are part of families, this seemed like a good fit. The extra time would also allow them to grow and maintain a solid volunteer base.

It is our hope and prayer that our new Children’s pastor can continue to grow the program. By giving them the proper resources and support from the church we can only encourage that outcome.

After reviewing the data that the finance team provided, we a realize that this choice is a risk. That being said we are moving forward with a full time children’s pastor for a few reasons.  First, this ministry is the fastest growing in our church.  We feel that failing to increase the position full time puts the new children’s pastor at a disadvantage.  Secondly, we have accumulated a sizable savings account.  If giving trends stay stagnant and we permitted ourselves to borrow from savings to meet the budget, we could do so for a substantial period of time.  Thirdly, we feel that an investment in this specific ministry has the largest chance of producing a return on an investment.

Warm Regards,

Jon Davis (chair) and The Leadership Team

Meet Adam Winn our newest leadership team member


Why are you in Waco:  I am Waco because I wouldn't want to live anywhere else . . . I happen to work at UMHB as well.  

Best Restaurant in town: Chuys

Fav. Tv show:  Homeland

fav. book of the bible, verse or chapter: Luke 7:36-50

something we may not know about you:  in junior high I played football and starred in school theater productions . . . got started on that renaissance thing early. 

Slayer Basketball

You don't see it all the time, but when you do it's inspiring.  It was the 2004 Pistons and the 2014 Spurs.  It's team basketball at it's finest.  Normally when I write these articles I naturally find a stand out performance.  Tilson's guard play.  Wilhite presence under the hoop neutralizing the drive.  Carlson's turn around jumper.  Begnoche's defense and ability to glide across the court.  And of course MVP hopeful Jonathan White's clutch sooting from the 2 spot.  But after last night's first round playoff win, i'm forced to mention all of them or none of them including the 6th man play off the bench. 

When the whole team plays well, domination happens.  And that's what was on display last night in a sold out SWCC stadium.  The Slayer's opponents, the 6th seeded Episcopalian Infant-Baptizers, didn't get into double digits until time had almost expired.  And what can I say of the offense.  The Slayer's shot an astounding 64% from the field.  I've seen people be more inaccurate throwing pennies into a wishing well.  

Hopefully some of that juju will hang around next week as the 5-2 Slayers take on the 6-1 AME Rocks.  A game that promises as much excitement as the regular season buzzer beater held.  When asked about their second matchup against the 2 seed Coach Whisnant had this to say:  "To AME we got make shots and get rebounds.  We got to dribble well and pass the ball.  They'll press us and so we have to make good decisions."  One would think an inordinate amount of pressure will fall to Tilson.  We caught up with at Chick-fil-a by Baylor earlier today.  Here are his comments.  "Am i worried about the press?  Was Gideon afraid of the press?"  Wasn't sure what do with that cryptic comment, but we are excited about Slayer action this Thursday night at SWCC Stadium.  Hope to see you there. 

UBC in Thailand

This Sunday, October 30, we have an interest meeting after church in the Red Room.  Join us to learn more about UBC’s partnership in Thailand, and about our trip May 14-28, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email

Made in Waco

We are about a month away from Made in Waco, ubc's handmade market.  If you are interested in being a vendor, please email for more info and an application.

Work is Worship

Greeters: Evie & The Walters 

Coffee Makers: 

Mug Cleaners: Madison 

Money Counter: Doug McNamee 


  • Sunday Sermon: Luke 19:1-10 "The Small Self" 
  • Made in Waco: Nov 5th 
  • Order of Phoenix Game Night: Nov 11th 
  • The Middle Ages at the Wine Bar: November 12
  • Thanksgiving Love Feast: Nov 20th 
  • Advent Workshop: Nov 27th 
  • Backside Event: Dec 2nd 
  • Order of Phoenix Dallas Event: Dec. 3
  • Study Hall: Dec 7th 
  • The Middle Ages Christmas Party Dec. 17

Do you have an emergency and need to talk to a pastor? 

254 413 2611

Leadership Team

If you have a concern or an idea for UBC that you’d like to share with someone that is not on staff, feel free to contact one of our leadership team members. 

Chair- Jon Davis:

Joy Wineman:

Stan Denman:

David Wilhite:

Bridget Heins:

Sharyl Loeung:

Emma Wood:

UBC Finance Team

Do you have a question about UBC’s financial affairs? Please feel free to contact any of your finance team members.

Josh McCormick:

Hannah Kuhl:  

Justin Pond:

Anna Tilson:

Doug McNamee:


If you have concerns about staff and would like contact our human resources team, please feel free to email any of the following members.

Maxcey Blaylock:

Mathew Crawford:

Rob Engblom:

Ross Van Dyke:

Jared Gould: