Reflection on Leadership at MCC

Guten Morgen! My hope and prayer are that all Crusader families are having a Blessed and wonderful weekend. What a wonderful day it was yesterday. It was glorious to see and experience some sunshine - I am beginning to understand how rare that is in the middle of winter along the Lakeshore. Thank you, God, for reminders of your awe and wonder.

The worst part of this decision to share my thoughts and musings on a "regular" basis is my ability to corral a thought long enough to shed some light on it. There is so much going on and so many thoughts. The good part - I am always in the game, looking to the next play(s) to be made. The bad part - sometimes, more often than not, the thoughts occur rapid fire and in random order. I have found that I need to take time to sit and prayerfully reflect, with paper and pen next to me, so that I can capture for review and assessment later those ideas and insights about specific topics, issues, and/or brainstorms. 

Earlier this morning I found myself reflecting back over the past few weeks - in particular about the leaders that I interact with on a daily basis. I am blessed! Let me share my reflections..

  • On Thursday night, we hosted a Crusader Forum. The purpose of the forum was to showcase a Strategic Plan that is driving MCC into a strong and vibrant future. As excited as I was on Thursday night about sharing the plan, I walked away in awe of the people I work with every day who are charged with keeping the plan moving us forward. I am surrounded by a team of leaders who have embraced the plan and own it. Their passionate commitment to MCC was evident to all in the room as they shared the workings of their Pillar. We have amazing people doing amazing things for Muskegon Catholic Central. Our plan is alive and having a significant impact on MCC - I am more convinced of that after listening to the comments made by our leaders on Thursday night. We are blessed! Thank you, Mrs. Aldrich, Mrs. Jones, Mr. Koczur, Mrs. Robinson, Mr. Stariha, Mrs. Plyler, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Lyonnaise, Mrs. Wallace, and Mr. Wehler for your willingness to lead the way into a vibrant and exciting future.

  • An objective in the Finance Pillar encourages a new approach to financial decision making at Muskegon Catholic Central. The objective and strategic initiatives require that we engage our budget managers in every facet of the budgeting process. At the beginning of February, the process of building the 2019-2020 budget began. Budget managers were provided 3 years of actuals and were asked to craft a 2019-2020 budget for their areas of responsibility. I loved watching and listening as each, for the first time at MCC, worked with great purpose and intent to provide budget information that was accurate, based on true needs, and realistic. Again, our leaders took a bold step into a new and brighter future for MCC. Our budgeting process has been so closed. We are working to open the process - including the sharing of necessary and pertinent information that empower budget managers to successfully manage and own their budgets. The new ParishSoft accounting system will provide 24/7 access to budget information and data once the system is operational. I am excited about how up-to-date and accurate information will impact our ability to make sound and forward-thinking decisions for Muskegon Catholic Central.

  • Mrs. Krause informed us a few weeks ago of her intent to leave. Though stunned by the news, Mrs. Jones immediately began to assess the situation. After purposeful thought and prayer, she decided to recommend to me and the Leadership Team a radical next step. She suggested that it was in the best interest of the students in the class that she become their teacher. She wanted to ensure a simple transition, one filled with continued growth and positive learning experiences for the students. Yes, the suggestion came with logistical questions and concerns about her being able to adequately serve both as teacher and principal. After deliberate discussion by the Leadership Team, the ultimate decision was to move forward with her recommendation. We applauded her desire to put the student’s needs first and committed ourselves as a Leadership Team to support her and work through any logistical questions and concerns that would certainly arise. Kudos to Mrs. Jones for serving as a witness to what it truly means to provide servant leadership. 

  • I have referenced the Leadership Team several times in these thoughts and musings. I am blessed to be surrounded by a team very committed to stepping above the fray whenever needed in order see the big picture. They individually and as a team are passionately committed to fulfilling the MCC Mission. They are willing to take on any task, answer any question, and provide necessary and appropriate direction in any situation. I am pleased to acknowledge these friends and colleagues as members of the MCC Leadership Team: Allison Aldrich as 7-12 Principal, Marie Jones as PreK-6 Principal, Kimberly Plyler as Director of Business Affairs, Amber Wallace as Director of Advancement, and Carmen Mitchell as Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing. They inspire and motivate me on a daily basis.

May St. Pope John Paul II pray and intercede for all Crusaders! Now and Forever!

Ken R. Rasp, President

Muskegon Catholic Central

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