Questions & observations concerning Columbus Christian Academy:
How much money is MAC pouring into CCA and how does this compare to other
ministries as a percentage of the budget?
Are we, as the church’s spiritual governing body, comfortable with this
amount, or could this amount be better utilized if it were reappropriated?
i.e. – children’s ministry, mission trips, local outreach, youth, etc.
Is the dollar amount large enough that CCA is affecting or even crippling
the overall ministry of the church?
i.e. – Are we unable to fulfill our mission and vision as a church
because, from a financial perspective, CCA is our mission and
vision based upon the resources that get poured into it?
How much money are we losing in the high school with 4 full-time staff for twenty
Tuition for 20 students equals $77,000($3,850*20), which does not even
equal the salary for those teachers employed.
This does not include utilities, curriculum, technology costs,
building maintenance, and other costs associated with the high
What percentage of the school budget is going toward salaries? (This should not
How do we get this to a healthy percentage?
Will we still be able to carry out our current functions with such a
If not, do we need to reduce the number of grades in order
to have a healthy, balanced, and sustainable budget?
Does our current supply of staff match our demand for staff?
Our current staffing ratio (1:9) exceeds our needs, but our administrative
ratio is less than what we need. We either need to shrink the staff, and/or
grade levels offered to fit the current needs, or increase the administration,
which we do not have the funds to do.
If we shrink the staff will that also require removing portions of the
The overwhelming majority of my time is spent dealing with problems in the high
school (student discipline, parent demands, technology, sports, academics, etc). I
have come to the conclusion that we are well equipped to deal with the PreK-8
stages of development, but not adequately prepared – financially or otherwise – to
deal with the issues associated with high school students and their needs. If we do
not change this paradigm, I am afraid that grades 9-12 will continue to consume
time and energy to the detriment of the church.
Is CCA actually accomplishing the purpose of outreach into the community?
What is the evidence?
Another way to frame this question is this: is CCA accomplishing only the
purpose of “in-reach” to our families and other Christian families?
If so, is this the vision for CCA?
If so, what outreach DO we have into the community?
If we do not have local outreach, then what do we need to
adjust in our budget, time and energy in order to have local
outreach and therefore properly fulfill the church’s role?
Is the energy poured into CCA being equaled in other ministries by those involved
In other words, is the energy of the church being completely, or almost
completely, absorbed by the school to the detriment of the overall mission
of the church?
Another way to think about this is: if those volunteering in CCA
were free to pursue other activities, would the energy being poured
into CCA transfer to another ministry?
Are those individuals who are spiritually invested in the school so heavily invested
simply because they have children here?
Is our ministry “in-grown” and are the spiritual motivations underlying and
supporting the ministry disproportionally self-absorbed?
If so, can we change that mindset?
If not, what needs to be done?
Does the ministry of CCA require so much time and oversight that we are unable
to effectively reach out into the community because we are always solving our own
Are we actually doing students a spiritual disservice by keeping them so sheltered
until they are a legal adult?
Can we prepare our kids to assimilate (Matt 28:19) into the public
realm by the time they reach high school, and would this serve them better
than continuing to be sheltered in such a controlled environment and then
released as an adult?
Could we intensify our focus and increase our effectiveness by
having a defined goal by the time students finish middle school?
i.e. –preparing students to be “missionaries/salt and light” in
the public high school sector, as opposed to graduating from
a Christian high school.
i.e. – giving the kids a firm foundation and establishing a
Christian worldview to withstand the world’s opposition.
Options to consider for “the road ahead”:
1) Change the HS to more of a distance learning/online format which would require
one staff member as a proctor.
2) Close the HS and just have a PreK – 8 program beginning next year.
3) Reduce staff while still maintaining a PreK – 12 program.
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