Governance; Who, What, Why?
Governance is about a group of people who are responsible for the strategic thinking and overall administration of an organisation, rather than the operational day to day running of it, in order to achieve the purpose that the organisation was set up for.
It is about -
- Focusing on the Purpose of the organisaiton
- Big picture thinking
- Improving performance
- Managing risk
Governance is carried out by a Governing body, usually called a Board. The Board consists of a group of people, generally known as Directors or Trustees, who work together and take overall responsibility for the organisation.
Although organisations and boards differ greatly in size and structure, all boards and board members share some fundamental roles and responsibilities.
The Board must always focus on the organisations purpose in all of it's thinking. Purpose and objectives are found in it's governing documents. These documents can include a Constitution, Trust Deed, Memorandum and Articles of Association, and Rules. Charities are legally required to comply with their governing documents.
Trustees/Directors will be people of faith with a love for the Lord, a vision for Christian education and a willingness to serve. They must be willing to attest to the Matamata Christian School Association statement of faith (downloadable below) and be committed to the Core Values, Core Purpose and Vision of the Matamata Christian School Association Inc.
While experience and/or qualifications may be helpful, they are not a prerequisite for serving. However Trustees/Directors will be enthusiastic to fully equip themselves for the role expected of them by participating in pre-service and in-service training, and be able and willing to contribute time and effort to good governance for the benefit of the organisation.
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Educational Group Governance Structure
There are four Boards within the Matamata Christian School Association educational group.
The Matamata Christian School Association Inc (MCSA) is a registered incorporated society and registered charity. It is governed by a Board of Trustees known as the Proprietor Board, is the overall owner of the educational group and is responsible for the Matamata Christian Schools physical property. The Board consists of between eight and ten Trustees who are elected from among the Association members.
The Matamata Christian School itself is governed by a Board of Trustees usually known as the BOT. This Board consists of five parent representatives who are elected tri-annually, up to four MCSA representatives, a Teacher representative and the school Principal. It is responsible for the day to day operation of Matamata Christian School.
Matamata Christian Early Learning Centres Limited is a registered limited liability company and registered charity which owns the licence for Tower Road Christian Preschool. It is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD). Directors are appointed by the Proprietor Board, usually on the recommendation of the BoD.
The Kid on the Rock Foundation is a registered trust and registered charity which is set up to support the educational group to achieve it's goals. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Proprietor Board appoints one Trustee and under certain circumstances may appoint others. The remaining Trustees are normally appointed by the Foundation Board of Trustees itself.
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………...developing a healthy and vibrant community of members who are well informed and involved, and a dedicated leadership who clearly understand their role. (Community Governance Framework - Resolve Consulting)
Board members shall conduct themselves and their meetings according to the following Biblical Principles.
- Divine ownership of the natural world – The earth is the Lords, and all it contains, and those who dwell in it. Psalms 24:1
- People as stewards, not owners – And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, “do business with this until I return”. Luke 19:3
- Christian Service – Whatever you do, do you work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. Colossians 3:23-24
- Personal Response - Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. For the anger of man does not bring about the righteousness of God James 1:19 - 20