One Sheep Lost

Whenever an organization encounters a shift in leadership, the stakeholders, the senior leadership must evolve a new mindset. In Admissions this is exactly what we are doing. We are excited and have implemented a new system for evaluating prospective students and their families seeking enrollment into Verbum Dei High School. The new evaluative formula ensures that all students admitted to Verbum Dei exemplify the school’s mission and will be appropriately served by the resources that we provide.  Transitional experiences are often the most important developmental aspects of any new structure; as such, stakeholders must remain dedicated to the mission. We have a significant responsibility to follow the metamorphosis closely and monitor the change as we evolve.

In my observation, this period of change has afforded an opportunity of analysis which allows a boundless level of appreciation. The security I describe is in the way we have worked together to do the things we needed to do and how we have done them. Father Michael Mandala, SJ and Dr. Brandi Odom-Lucas Interim Principal have pulled things together, assumed their leadership positions and have guided the Faculty and Staff well during this challenge. This certainly can be recognized by measuring the agreement shared throughout the room most recently during our in-service following the revelation of our new Integral Student Outcomes.

The goal of the perceptible transformation we stimulate in the students we serve does not change. As we are seeking to adapt and serve more students and their families during these turbulent times we cannot forget that the change we seek for them must also be reflected in us. Essentially, when we pursue professional approaches to restructuring and replacing stakeholders and humility, empathy and moral courage is not the procedural pursuit, we lose part of the ministry for which I consider to be my most valuable quality and the most valuable part of what we do here. There are always opportunities to reframe problems, reinterpret alternatives and reform strategies and to do so continuously. The goal of this expression, the point of the message, is within the challenge to operate differently in our behavior, in our response. Our continuous challenge is to be merciful, kind, generous, loving and willing to do all that it takes, even at one’s own expense, to help another (‘the least’) in true need.

If a man has 100 sheep, but one of the sheep becomes lost, then the man will leave the other 99 sheep on the hill. He will go to look for the lost sheep. Right? And if the man finds the lost sheep, the man is happier about that one sheep than about the 99 sheep that were never lost. I tell you the truth. In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want any of these little children to be lost. — Matthew 18:12-14

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