Ministry Leadership Application Ministry Leadership Application Step 1 of 3 33% Westlake Christian Academy is both a Christian ministry and a school. As such, individuals who work at Westlake must possess all the traits necessary to be effective in ministry for Christ. (NOTE: no one employed by the school, nor the spouse of any employee or Board member, is eligible to serve on the Board.) At a minimum, to serve on the Board or on the P. A. Executive Committee at Westlake one must: Be a born-again Christian with a mature walk of faith, whose lifestyle, convictions, and beliefs are in line with the Word of God. Be faithful in corporate fellowship and actively involved in a local, evangelical church. Be able to clearly articulate the Biblical aspects of salvation, citing appropriate scripture passages, and be able to lead a child to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Agree with and support the school’s Constitution and Bylaws, Statement of Faith, Standards of Conduct, and Lifestyle Statement Understand and be committed to the mission, vision, principles, and philosophy of Christian school education at WCA. Obtain four personal references as described in the reference section. Be willing to participate in an interview with the board and to allow a background check. Bring experience, knowledge, skills, and/or vision to the leadership team while embracing the conviction that leadership is rooted in serving, not in exercising authority (Mt. 20:25-28). If you believe you meet the qualifications of the above leadership profile for serving at Westlake Christian Academy, please complete the remainder of this application.Name* First Last Home Phone*Cell PhoneAddress* Street Address City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Email* I am interested in serving in a leadership capacity at Westlake Christian Academy in the area of:* The Parents Association The Board of Trustees Names and current grades of children, dependents, grandchildren, and/or parishioners (or names of WCA alumni children and their years of graduation):NameGrade If applicable, Spouse's name:Is your spouse a born-again Christian?* Yes No N/A Is your spouse supportive of your serving in leadership in a Christian school?* Yes No N/A Do you have a personal assurance that you are a born-again Christian?* Yes No How long have you had this assurace?*Denominational Affiliation*Name of church where member/fellowshipping:*How long?Are you currently a member?* Yes No Are you currently attending weekly?* Yes No Name of Pastor* First Last Have you ever been Discharged/disciplined in a previous employment or leadership role? Arrested?*YesNoPlease ExplainDo you wholeheartedly subscribe--without reservation--to WCA’s Statement of Faith?* Yes No Do you fully support WCA’s mission, vision, principles, and philosophy?* Yes No Will you work graciously with Christians who differ from you in secondary points of doctrine?* Yes No If selected for a ministry leadership position, when would you be available to begin?* Church's Statement of FaithPlease email a copy of your church's statement of faith to firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing your leadership application. If available, what is the website from which your church's statement of faith may be obtained?ReferencesObtain four references (forms may be downloaded). The forms must be given to (1) your pastor, (2) your most recent supervisor (or if not having worked in the past three years, a ministry leader), (3) a current or recent colleague (or ministry associate), and (4) another individual who can comment on your ability to contribute at Westlake Christian Academy. It is your responsibility to distribute reference forms to these individuals. No application will be considered until all four references are received. Please note that a waiver has been offered to you at the top of each reference form.Please initial here indicating your awareness of this waiver information.*Board applicants only:If you seek to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees, please also send letters of recommendation from at least two other current WCA families who do not have a member on the Board. (If you do not currently have a child, dependent, or grandchild at WCA and have not been involved at the school in recent years--or if you are a local pastor--ask a Board member about this requirement.) Also, a letter of recommendation will need to be approved for you the the Faculty/Staff Assembly. You do not need to do anything to initiate this process--such a letter is internally generated by the school.Personal StatementsGive a brief account of your conversion explaining what makes you a Christian. Also describe your personal plan for continued spiritual growth.*Why do you want to serve in a leadership role at Westlake Christian Academy?*Describe qualities of an effective leader and evidence that you possess some of leadership qualities.*Explain your understanding of a biblical Christian education.*State any additional information you believe may be helpful to us in considering your application.Professional Preparation & ExperiencePlease include a resumé with this application including a list of the following information: 1) Education 2) Work, professional and leadership experiences including name and location, dates position held, and your immediate supervisor’s name, telephone number(s), and email address. 3) Any special courses or training, including Bible training and Christian education courses. 4) Any awards, achievements, or recognition. 5) Any professional organization memberships, past and present.FileVerbal StatementsEach candidate is asked to participate in an interview. Following are some questions provided in advance to allow you to develop well thought-out verbal responses. What do you think should be the distinctive characteristics of a Christian school compared to a non-Christian school? How would you respond to a high school student asking the question, "How do I become a Christian?"How would you respond to a kindergartener asking the same question? From your reading of the WCA Constitution and Bylaws, what do you understand is the role of the Board of Trustees (or the Parents Association, depending on which you are applying for) within the school organizational structure? Why do you think we require our leaders to sign the Lifestyle Statement and Standards of Conduct? If applicable, please be prepared to discuss your spouse's support of your serving in this position. Describe any experience, knowledge, skills, talents, or hobbies which would enhance your leadership capabilities in this role. Signed Statement of AgreementPlease carefully read through the following four (4) sections and sign your agreement at the end.Statement of Faith We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative, written word of God. (II Timothy 3:16, 17) We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19), (II Corinthians 13:14) We believe that the universe originated by the creative act of God as revealed in Holy Scripture, and that the form of every kind of life was fixed at the time of its creation. (Genesis 1:1) (John 1:1-3) We believe in the true deity and true humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His pre-existence, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future visible return in power and glory. (Colossians 1:13-20) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5) We believe that all men are lost and sinful, and that salvation is received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the act of regeneration of life by the Holy Spirit of God. (Romans 3:23-26) (Titus 3:5) We believe that the by present indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and that every believer should practice the holiness which God requires. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:24-25, 28-29) We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:20-23) (I Corinthians 12:12-13) We believe the support of and participation in the task of fulfilling the Great Commission is an obligation of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20) We recognize that there are other doctrines held by various Christian believers which they believe to be consistent with the above. However, such teachings shall not be incorporated as approved by the school. Standard of ConductThe personal conduct of any Westlake Christian Academy leader should always be consistent with biblical standards. Actions that could bring dishonor or disgrace to the Lord Jesus Christ or the school will not be acceptable and may be grounds for dismissal from service. I agree to do my part to keep sectarianism and denominationalism out of the school at all times because I understand the school's non-denominational position. Lifestyle StatementWestlake Christian Academy is a religious, non-profit Christian school representing Jesus Christ throughout the evangelical Christian community in Lake and surrounding counties. Westlake Christian Academy requires its leadership (employees, Board members, and Parent Association leaders) to be born-again Christians, living their lives as Christian role models (Rom. 10:9-10; I Tim. 4:12; Luke 6:40). Leaders will conduct themselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding their Christian testimonies. A Christian lifestyle should reflect the biblical perspective of integrity and appropriate personal and family relationships, business conduct and moral behavior. A leader is expected to demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principle when an issue arises with members of the faculty, staff, administration, Board, or P.A. leadership. The WCA Statement of Faith expects each leader to maintain a lifestyle based on faithful biblical standards of moral conduct. Moral misconduct disqualifies leaders from being Christian role models and includes (but is not limited to) promiscuity, homosexual behavior, and any other violation of the unique God-given roles of male and female (Rom. 1:21-27; I Cor. 6:9-20). Westlake Christian Academy believes that biblical marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between one man and one woman. Each WCA leader will maintain a lifestyle based on faithful biblical standards of conduct. Failure to do so may result in a reprimand or, in some cases, dismissal from service. It is the goal of WCA that each member of the faculty, staff, administration, Board, and the P.A. leadership will have a lifestyle where “…He [Christ] might be preeminent” (Col. 1:18). I declare that I am in agreement with the above statements. My signature below indicates that I meet and will maintain the moral integrity standards and Christian role-model lifestyle requirements of Westlake Christian Academy. Applicant's Certification and AgreementI understand that Westlake Christian Academy does not discriminate in its leadership opportunities against any person because of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin. I hereby certify that the facts set forth in this initial application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that discovery of falsification of any statement or a significant omission of fact may prevent me from being selected for a leadership role or may subject me to dismissal regardless of the time elapsed before discovery. I authorize Westlake Christian Academy to interview the references which I have listed, any secondary references acquired, or other individuals which know me and have knowledge regarding my testimony, character, church fellowship, or experience. I hereby release the school, my former employers, references, and all other parties from any and all claims, demands, or liabilities arising out of or in any way related to such investigation or disclosure. I waive the right to ever personally view any references given to the school. I authorize the school to conduct a background check.. The school may refuse my application or terminate my involvement if deemed that any background information is unfavorable or reflects adversely on the school or on me as a Christian role model. I understand that this is only an application for a leadership role at Westlake Christian Academy and that a leadership position is not being offered to me at this point.SignatureI certify that I clearly understand and am in wholehearted agreement with the four (4) statements above (WCA Statement of Faith, Standards of Conduct, Lifestyle Statement, and Applicant's Certification & Agreement.