It is wonderful to watch the Lord work through so many people to provide for His ministry at MCA. I am often overwhelmed by His goodness to His people. He is doing so many good things in our school that I often pray that He would keep me from getting in the way.
One of the ways that He has provided is through our Gala at the Lake…our school auction. Last year was amazing, and from the sound of things, it will be even more so this year. Jen Classen and her dedicated team have invested countless hours in prayer and work to put on an event that honors God and promotes our school. The auction proceeds contribute mightily to allowing the school to move forward. Funds are used to provide critical services. Collective bid items help present a positive image to our families and the community as well as give us an environment to best serve our students.
This year we eliminated several smaller fundraisers such as the magazine sales with the intent of only asking people to give generously and, yes, sacrificial a couple of times a year. My strength is not sales, but when speaking on behalf of MCA and the Lord’s ministry here to raise up disciples to love and serve Him, I unabashedly ask you give as God would stir your heart and enable you. Please carefully and prayerfully ask Him how He wants you to be involved. You are impacting His kingdom. Is there a greater cause?
For starters, please go to www.biddingforgood.com/MCAgala and participate in the silent auction. If you are able and willing, we need you to come to the Gala on November 9th with the mindset that you are going to give to His ministry while enjoying the fellowship of wonderful people, hearing wonderful music, eating a delightful meal and participating in an entertaining auction.
Greetings from the MCA school board!
I hope you are enjoying the great start to our school year as much as my family and I are. So much is happening at MCA that I simply cannot capture it all in a communication to you, but I do have several things I want to update our families, students and alumni about.
To begin, in June, our board held our annual meeting and re-elected officers and new members. I was re-elected as Chairman, Sean Slattery was re-elected as Vice Chairman, and Jim Marmon was elected as Secretary. Debbie Siemers will continue to serve as an at large board member and as a member of our Finance committee. At our June annual board meeting, we also accepted Jim Cotton’s resignation from the board and we wish to thank him for his seven years of faithful service to Maranatha.
Next, I want recognize and thank Rick St. Jean and his family for accepting a board nomination and candidating for an open board position. I’m happy to report that Rick is our new board member this year and we are excited to have him. He has a tremendous heart for the Lord and for Maranatha. He has a great testimony of his journey to receiving Christ’s salvation that even includes some California connections to our own Dr. Larry and Marilyn Daugherty. Next time you see him, ask him about that. Rick is married to Cherie and they have two sons, Dylan (10th) and Corey (8th). The St. Jean’s are active members of Lenexa Baptist Church. When asked why do you believe Christian schools are necessary and what should distinguish a Christian school from other schools, Rick responded, “Christian schools are necessary to provide parents the option to send their students to a school that shares their personal beliefs. What they are taught at school should be an extension of what is taught at home and church. Proverbs 22:6 – :Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I think Jesus, the Bible and prayer should distinguish Christian schools from other schools. The students, faculty, and parents of Christian schools should represent Christ.” Welcome Rick!
Throughout our summer meetings, the Board also made several decisions regarding our Board meetings that I want to communicate to you.
1. We are inviting Senior and Youth pastors from our partner churches to the first hour of our board meetings each month. Our agenda has been to share a time of devotion and prayer along with a meal and then to engage in discussion on how best can we (MCA) partner with our core churches. Our theme has been Kingdom Education – Unite Home, Church and School. We are acting on the idea that intentionality is key to achieving our mutual goals of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ and equipping a child to serve Christ. Our first two board meetings utilizing this format have been exceptional. In August, we hosted David Jones, Lead Pastor, and Nick Adams, Youth Pastor from Cross Points Church. In September, we hosted Steve Dighton, Senior Pastor from Lenexa Baptist Church. Our church ambassadors in our church partnership program are doing a great job helping us make the right connections. God is faithful and we are excited to see Him move as we deepen our relationships and express God’s call on MCA to expand Christian education in western KC in partnership with the local church.
2. The board voted to hold two open board meetings per school year on November 21st and April 24th. These board meetings will be in part dedicated to recognizing exemplary efforts from our students, faculty and volunteers. These meetings are an opportunity for our school leadership team to recognize student and faculty achievements in a more formal and visible way. In addition, these two board meetings will provide a forum for communication and feedback from students, parents and our faculty. We are asking our student councils to represent their classes at these meetings but of course, the intent is for everyone to be invited and so I encourage you to attend. The meetings will be held in the High School lunchroom and begin at 6:00 pm.
Next, after on-site interviews and phone consultations, the board voted to pursue an affiliation with an organization called RenewANation. I’d invite you to visit their website, www.renewanation.org, to learn more about them. We anticipate having our RenewANation affiliation completed in late November or early December. We are very excited about this opportunity. RenewANation’s vision fits perfectly with the vision of MCA. Their goal is to help provide a Christian Worldview education to every child that desires one. As our partnership and affiliation with RenewANation grows, we anticipate fruit to our ministry at MCA as well as fruit to the broader KC area as we work together to expand the reach of Christian Worldview education.
Last, (finally you say), did you know that at the start of next school year (2014), MCA will be 40 years old? In the Bible, the number 40 often represents a generation. When we think of our 40 year history in this light, it brings to mind the significance of the MCA ministry and the opportunity to influence a generation for Christ. As such, we are planning a great celebration that will honor and esteem the students, families and faculty of MCA for the past 40 years.
Equally important as recognizing and celebrating our past, is that we envision our future and be faithful to God’s call on MCA for the next generation of students and families. Our Board, Leadership team and Key Advisors have been praying, fasting and seeking God’s purpose and plan for MCA. Throughout our discussions, it has been clear that God is directing our paths, building unity of purpose and ideas, and equipping our us for this journey. Over the next several months, we will roll-out a multi-year, multi-phase plan that we’ve been calling The 40 & 40 Initiave: MCA – The Next Generation. The plan is comprehensive and all encompassing – touching all aspects of our school including: spiritual and character formation, leadership formation, and academic excellence and distinction along with significant upgrades to facilities, technology, and training for our faculty and parents. It is truly exciting to see God’s hand at work through MCA.
As I am writing, I am reminded and thoughtful about how great MCA is today and that God doesn’t call us to just dream dreams, but He calls us to walk faithfully where he has placed us today. So I want to be clear that our plans for MCA: The Next Generation are really only about that – to respond and walk faithfully to God’s call on us right now. Yes, we need to plan and yes, it is ok to dream big, but while we are doing that, we must keep the main thing, the main thing. Matt 6:33 tells us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
At this time, I’d ask that you pray (and fast as you feel led) diligently for our Faculty, Leadership team, Key advisors and our Board. Please pray for God’s clear direction on these plans, pray for obstacles to be removed, pray for the resources that are needed, pray for open hearts and minds to adopt new methods of accomplishing God’s will, pray for courage to boldly follow God’s call despite any headwinds, pray for our students and their relationships with one another and their teachers, and pray for God to be glorified through MCA!
Blessings to you and your families. I look forward to seeing you around the campus.
Chairman of the Board, MCA School Board