The Christian School Finance Committee


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The Finance Committee could equally be called the Stewardship Committee, given that it stewards God’s riches on behalf of the school’s children. Its members must agree with and  operate under three principles:

  1. Excellence: CSM believes that we are called to excellence, and that we witness that to our own people/community as well as to those who are watching us from the outside “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Witnessing to excellence means exemplifying excellence in our own financial practices.
  2. Mission-centeredness: Talking about money for the Christian school always begins with the school’s mission. Christian schools always begin with the end in mind. St. John the Divine in Revelations 22 writes: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Our God begins with the end in mind – the death and resurrection of Jesus was an end-in-mind moment in history. The end of the Christian school – its mission – is what dictates its budget. The Christian School Finance Committee knows what its budget is for and that is always and only mission delivery.
  3. Stewardship: We are committed to being great stewards of the riches that God gives to us. We need to think of God as generous and thus that He will meet our needs. We have a responsibility to express those needs in such a way that we exemplify excellence in our mission delivery, professionally pay and provide benefits to our people, maintain prudence in our reserves and debt management, and balance the budget. That is the CSM Ox Principle.

It is good when there is a rotation of members on the Committee. This promotes fresh thinking and provides a graceful way for a member to leave. CSM advocates for a term of 6 years allowing for depth of understanding and breadth of experience with the school.  The terms can be renewable.


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