Not only did they take my job away, but with only six weeks until the start of school I was asked to help find my replacement. I needed to be spending my time finding my own job, not head hunting for the position of a Christian school administrator.
Consider the qualifications any serious candidate needed:
- four year degree or better in education;
- references verifying a caliber of character suitable for leading children in the ways of God;
- ability to discern and accept qualifying families who will mesh well with the mission of the school;
- encourage lots of these people who can afford private school tuition that the school is good idea;
- spearhead fund-raising when many of the interested, qualifying families have very little or no disposable income;
- ability to discern from a very small pool of candidates--since the pay is less than 2/3 rds what might be earned in the public sector--the best candidates for teachers in said school (these folks likewise need references that justify putting them in charge of children);
- be willing to mop floors, clean toilets and cut grass when volunteers can't make it to do so, as the school can never afford to pay anyone a reasonable salary to accomplish these needs;
- effectively coordinate and communicate the spiritual mission of the school such that the divided-doctrinally Body of Christ within the community is satisfied enough to join hands together;
- teach classes as needed;
- lead chapel programs weekly for kids ages 5-13;
- anything else as needed since the buck stops at the administator's desk;
- receive less than half the pay available in the public sector for a similar but secular position.
Complicating the picture was the reality we had been essentially a one-income family for all of those years. My wife and I wanted a mom in the home for our five children; and that income had been small. We had no savings. I could not, not have a job in six weeks.
In response to the resignation request, I negotiated this law of church shopping and reporting weekly to a board-appointed representative. I understood the board members' hearts understood law (some were spirit oriented, but out voted) and would be satisfied by my recommendation. They were, and I kept my job for two more years.