Veritas Members Meeting

Q&A from Members Meeting

Replay Members Meeting


What is this mentioned construction on the tenant space in the Short North building?

Our first phase of renovation is getting the space to a place where it could be used by a variety of tenants. Currently, the space is really only usable for the previous tenant type, a data center. In order to appeal to a broader tenant base who would pay market rents, we need to demo the existing data infrastructure including specific HVAC and fire suppression systems that wouldn’t be useful to a retail user. We’ll then add appropriate fire suppression systems, restrooms, HVAC, etc that are appropriate for for retail use.

How does the budget deficit affect the timeline for hiring the student ministry position for Tri-City?

The current plan is to make this hire in Q2 of our fiscal year (start date around October).


What current percentage supports cross-cultural /international missions vs local work?

Of the $57,250 budgeted for local and global missionary support, $46,250 is budgeted for specifically cross cultural support. The remainder certainly have cross-cultural implications, but they are not explicitly so. This would include support of local para church missionaries.

Is Tri-City still planning to organize a trip to Nepal in this fiscal year to visit our partners?

Yes, we plan to still go, either in the fall of 2022 or the spring of 2023. Brad answered this question in the meeting, and you can listen to it here.

Church Planting

What churches are supported on the ‘church planting’ line of the budget?

The church planting budget goes to three categories

  1. The largest category is our giving to Harbor Network, which supports new church plants and the administrative needs of the network.
  2. The second category would be the direct support of partner churches. This year’s budget includes support for Maranatha in Pickerington and Veritas Dayton.
  3. The third category is our own savings for a future congregation or church plant.
Can we hear more about the intended process for planting new congregations? How does Veritas prepare for that? Is it necessary to save for a building?

Our philosophy has always been to identify a neighborhood or region of the city in which a significant amount of our people currently reside. At the same time, we look for qualified leaders. In the past we’ve used a rubric of 5 P’s

  1. Prayer: Have we sought the Lord?
  2. Provision: Do we have the resources we need to launch well?
  3. Pastor: Do we have a qualified lead shepherd?
  4. People: Do we have a committed group of leaders able to serve?
  5. Place: Do we have a place (a physical location) to meet?

To answer a specific portion of this question, we don’t feel it necessary to save specifically for a building in that it’s unlikely that we would purchase a building for a new congregation.

Leaving SBC

For context, please review this letter that the Veritas pastors sent to members on May 22nd and watch this part of the members meeting.

What does it mean to be a part of the Harbor Network?

Several pastors answered this question during the members meeting, and you can watch that portion here.

With what denomination are we affiliated?

First, it’s important to keep in mind that the SBC is not a denomination, but rather it’s an affiliation of like-minded churches who meet annually for a “convention” and appoint a committee(s) for governance of the organization. As in the early years of Veritas, the organization provides some strategic benefit to church planters and missionaries, and they continue to support a group of faithful gospel-centric seminaries. Severing our connection with the SBC will not impact us in direct ways like leaving a denomination might, and at the same time we are not changing our theological beliefs.

Since our church was planted in 2008, Veritas has developed strong bonds of fellowship, mutual aid, and accountability with other formal partners (namely the Harbor Network) that, for Veritas, have superseded our relationship to the SBC. Although initially the SBC assisted the Veritas Short North plant with modest financial support and guidance, we have since been primarily connected through financial obligation on our part. Though we have faithfully supported the International Missions Board (IMB) fund through monthly contributions of around $1,000, many of our own missionaries are not affiliated with the IMB. They have identified other helpful avenues for support – including direct financial and spiritual support from members of Veritas’s own congregations.

We will continue to be a non-denominational church with deep ties to the Harbor Network.

As Veritas disaffiliates with the SBC, in what ways should we be praying for the SBC?

PJ Wenzel led us in prayer for the SBC during the members meeting. You can watch that part here for ideas on how you can continue praying.

What does accountability look like with Harbor Network, specifically for leadership?

Brad Snyder answered this question during the meeting. You can hear his response here.

Do we identify with any denomination such as a baptist church and would you consider joining / association in the future?

We do not identify with any denomination, and we are not considering joining one at this time. However, we still hold the Scriptural truths of the Baptist Faith and Message to be true.


If we don’t have the income we anticipate from the deals we are in works with right now, is there a working plan for dealing with the deficit?

Yes, unfortunately if we were to find ourselves in that position, we would need to make some tough decisions around the timing of certain hires and whether or not we could pursue certain ministry opportunities.

We do feel that outside of anticipated real estate transactions we will receive 1x cash inflows around the end of Q1 that will more than cover our current deficit. These inflows are the result of our property tax exemptions for the West building being approved and being reimbursed for payments already made.

Is giving up 60% at every congregation? Or just overall?

I may have misspoke on this one. We’re currently projecting a church wide general fund increase of $60,000. This is roughly a 3.3% increase over our current (FY 22) general fund projection. – Geoff Davis

The weekly bulletin/sermon notes us to have a budget update: ytd giving, ytd need etc.
Would you consider reinstating that or was there a reason it was taken out?

We certainly want to provide information in a more consistent way. Unfortunately, given the nature of our budget/financial structure, one congregation’s giving in isolation isn’t as indicative of our financial health as we’d hope. I (Geoff Davis) hope to do a much better job of providing more consistent information on our financial health throughout the year.

How should we give to help pay for the repairs and other increases in costs? What do you recommend allocating for general, benevolence and building cost? How much do we need on a monthly basis for each categories?

The first place to give is to the general fund. This money doesn’t have any restrictions in how it can be disbursed and gives us the most freedom to meet the needs of the church as they arise. If someone is able to give above and beyond their normal general fund giving, we’d encourage them to give to a restricted fund. A restricted fund (building or benevolence) is typically open for donations for a limited period of time and to meet a specific need in the life of the church.

The multi-congregational model is cool for finances in some ways. It is awesome the we can disburse financial resources to needs across the city/congregations but I worry that the Tri-City congregation is subsidizing the Short North congregation regardless of its own ability to contribute, which I don’t like at all. How can we gauge the health of our specific congregation?

We set both revenue and expense targets for each congregation as part of our budgeting process. These targets include shared expenses and “central” (ie shared, churchwide expenses) as well as all revenue sources (General Fund giving and income from tenants). This process takes into account the needs across our congregations with the understanding that each congregation will sometimes operate in a season of plenty and sometimes in a season of lack. We hope to provide more consistent updates regarding the overall financial health of the church, understanding that the health of one congregation doesn’t exist apart from the health of the others.

With the departure of the preschool from the West property, are there any plans for the areas the school occupied? Also, how does the preschool’s departure/more use of space by the Refuge affect the income flow?

We anticipate using that space for church operations. Fortunately, we did receive their notice while we still had some time to amend the budget, so we’ve based the budget on the adjusted revenue amount.


We love Geoff’s mustache. Any facial hair care tips to help people trying to follow in his footsteps?

I prefer Marlowe shave cream and Cremo beard (mustache) oil. Other than that, I think it’s just a healthy dose of confidence. –Geoff Davis

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