The whole issue of the bids at the auction has been weighing on me today (along with other school problems in Mike's absence), and thinking about this has resurrected an obstacle that we have been trying to move beyond for the past few years. I just wanted to take an opportunity to address the principle of the church board being overly involved in school issues. I only send this out because I see it as such a major issue, and a recurring one, within the governance structure of our church.
Those that were on the board last year will remember the letter I wrote in October detailing what I perceived as major problems within the church which were accompanied by proposed solutions. As a result of that letter and the ensuing discussions we adopted, in December, our Ministry Manual which brought about some needed degrees of separation between church and school boards. The primary reason for those discussions, and the adoption of the Ministry Manual, was to allow the church to fulfill its mission and vision apart from the overwhelming operation of the school and to allow the school board and principal to manage the school. In my letter from October, one of the issues that concerned me was this:
"If we truly wish to see both the school and church set free to grow into all that they can be, we must adopt this mindset of “planting” a Christian school into our community and trust the results to the Lord. Doing this would free up the church from constantly discussing educational matters like accreditation, tuition costs, scholarships, dress code, athletics, and a variety of other educational issues. Being obligated to discuss school matters at the church board level soaks up valuable time, which could be used to further the mission of the church."
Partly as a result of those discussions, we outlined the role for the CCA Advisory Committee (aka - school board) as it pertained to the school. Within their job description is that the advisory committee "provides guidance as needed to CCA Principal for school operations" and that they are "responsible for carrying out the policies established by the Admin Board which are created to fulfill the mission established by the elders". I point this out because it has been a recurring problem for us and this is an example of our continued struggle with this issue.
As we relate to the school, we are to create the policy which governs the organization, and the advisory committee and principal are to carry out those policies in the operation of the school. This auction bidding is an example of an issue that is 100% related to CCA and 0% related to MAC and is precisely the reason we decided to maintain a school board and provide them decision-making responsibility and authority. I point this out to you to highlight our inconsistencies and to, as best we can, maintain organizational integrity and be true to our stated goals and intentions. This is a school board issue and spending our admin board capital on this issue will only detract from our ability to have discussions which further the overall mission of the church, and will only serve to undermine the role of the school board and, ultimately, discourage those serving in that capacity.
I hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for all you do!
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