Blog: Bigger than We Are (a statement of defeat or a prerequisite to success?)
by Mr. Bob Wanner
HCA School Governance Board Member
In my past involvement in construction and property management, my unbelieving employers would never want to hear me say, “This task is bigger than we are.” And no matter what the challenge, the last thing they would want to hear was, “I am praying about how to handle this problem.” Yet as followers of Christ who are living for the glory of God, our most important attitude is one of submission to Him, admitting we are insufficient, and acknowledging Christ’s reminder to the Apostle Paul: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Several years ago I was contacted by a missionary in South America requesting that I consider organizing a team to travel to Chile to do construction work on a church building. God provided a team of volunteers and more funds than needed for us to make great progress. Looking back on the experience, it was very apparent that more was accomplished than for which we could ever pretend to take credit.
While it is always important to remember, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23), it is equally important we serve in a way that it may be seen plainly what has been done has been done through God (John 3:21). We acknowledge this need as members of the Highlands Christian Academy School Governance Board.
The School Governance Board has been entrusted with the following duties:
1. Confirm the school’s achievement of the Mission and Vision Statements while maintaining its Core Values.
2. Confirm and/or establish policies, set goals, and make short and long-range plans.
3. Oversee the management and direction of the school.
4. Hire the headmaster with Board of Elders approval.
5. Evaluate the performance of the headmaster.
6. Work in conjunction with the headmaster, Board of Deacons, and the business manager in establishing and monitoring the school’s budget to ensure financial stability and development.
7. Evaluate and monitor the accomplishment of the established policies.
8. Develop leadership policies for Governance Board members.
9. Represent the organization to the community.
10. Serve as a court of appeals for school staff and parents.
God is doing a great work in the lives of HCA students as His Spirit works through the faithful commitment and service of a staff dedicated to teaching biblical truth unashamedly to impressionable precious students, encouraging them to love and serve the Lord!
On behalf of the School Governance Board…
Thank you, teachers, for your tireless efforts to prepare and give godly instruction in the classroom, day after day, week after week, month after month.
Thank you, administration, for providing the leadership and structure necessary to keep the education process orderly and on target.
Thank you, support staff, for faithfully serving behind the scenes to fill every other role necessary to provide a seamless process regardless of whether or not you are ever in the limelight.
Thank you, students, for taking seriously the challenge of studying and preparing for a future that pleases God no matter where He leads.
Thank you, parents, for allowing Highlands to work hand in hand with you in the godly education of your sons and daughters. We all take our responsibilities very seriously because they have eternal value and impact. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 4:7 that we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Thank you, everyone, for your prayers for the School Governance Board as we perform our duties, especially in regard to the recruitment of a new headmaster of God’s choosing to lead our school into the future. We are looking forward with great anticipation to how God will continue to work through every detail of the ministry of Highlands Christian Academy.
For this reason we thank the Lord for the privilege of working together with each of you, as a team, trusting only in God’s power and not our own because the task is…”Bigger Than We Are.”
Mr. Bob Wanner, our blogger of the week, serves on the HCA School Governance Board, the Missions Committee of Grace Baptist Church, and Gospel Mission of South America’s Board. Bob and his wife, Sharon, have taken missions trips to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Nicaragua. They also minister each Wednesday evening to children in the K5 through 2nd grade Awana Club at Grace.
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