Lower birth-rates and the devaluing of religion have long term consequences for enrollment and the market demand for a specifically Christian education. While this survey does not measure differences between Christian and non-Christian values, based on other research and data I’ve reviewed, younger generations of Christians are following these cultural trends.Read More
I have formed a Head of School (HoS) Student Advisory Council. I have also formed a HoS Pastors Advisory Council and a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Diversity Advisory Council. I’ll share more about why and how I established the pastors and diversity councils in subsequent articles.
In this post, I will focus on the why and how of establishing a student advisory council. In my case I formed a HoS Student Government Advisory Council comprised of 9th-12th grade officers of the Student Council. However, an advisory council can be started for older elementary and middle school students as well, not just high school students.
I had three reasons for starting the HoS Student Advisory Council …Read More
I will say, for most leaders, asking for money is one of the most challenging things that they do.
I will not say that, for most leaders, this becomes easier over time because I don’t think it ever does.
If you are focused on asking well… If you are focused on honoring God with your words … If you are focused on honoring the resources and the work that someone does to actually create wealth and the resources to give.
It should be challenging, and it’s okay for it to be challenging.
If you are worried about being awkward, about how you come across, or if you are coming across looking like you are just after someone’s money, or making the relationship all about money, here is my encouragement to you: The sheer fact you want to not come across as pushy or obnoxious means YOU ARE NOT.
Sensitivity to how you come across is a good thing; it’s a guard on your heart. It is actually something that will help you be who you want to be, which is more of yourself, authentic, and clear that this is about leadership, and, about the fact that you have a plan, you are moving forward with that plan, and giving is what fuels that plan to go forward.
You have three questions to answer for givers whenever you ask for money:Read More
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Gal 5:1
Musing over my lifetime ‘I wish I had that on a T shirt’ list, my thoughts went back more than four decades: Dateline: October, 1986, an early evening Prenatal Class somewhere in Greater Toronto
“I don’t want to tell you about childbirth,” said the progressively minded instructress to us dozen or so fathers-to-be, who pretty unanimously wished we were somewhere else.
She went on, “I want to draw out what you already know about having a baby!” The shuffling male feet and vacant stares spoke eloquently of our profound ignorance on the subject.
‘This won’t take long.’ I thought, ‘we may even be home in time to watch the hockey game.!Read More
A healthy system is a beauty to behold.
Whether it’s traffic lights perfectly timed greeting you with green after green en route to work or a gorgeously executed family dinner that arrives hot to the table with all members ready to eat - systems that work can make life easier, more efficient, and even more enjoyable!
My suggestion to you today is to apply this precision to your follow-up protocol. I want to explain and illustrate simple systems for follow up and then provide you with a toolkit for easy application.
Let’s dive in!Read More
Jesus told us not to worry, for tomorrow will surely bring worries of its own. Yet as leaders, it can feel as though the only way we stay above water is by staying one step ahead.
More is constantly being expected for less.
In a nation that seemingly values the art of business, more than ever before, people voice complaints over simply not being able to “get it all done.”
What I want to suggest to you today is the notion of evaluating our intentionality in order to be our best selves, focused on what truly deserves our attention in our respective ministries.Read More
As school leaders we have many responsibilities but none is more important than our role as “Communicator in Chief.” It is our responsibility to persuasively communicate our school’s mission and values. We communicate biblical truth and how it applies to people, programs, and policies. We communicate in groups and one-to-one with parents, staff, and students. We are the media and marketing voice for our school. And, we speak into conflict and controversy. Even our non-verbals speak volumes—the stickers on our vehicles, signs in our yards, what we write on social media, and how we respond to emails—all reflect upon our school. Whenever and wherever we speak, we represent our schools. We are never just Mr. or Mrs. private citizen. In his excellent book, Conviction to Lead , Albert Mohler writes:
To be a leader is to communicate constantly, skillfully, intentionally, and strategically. The effective leader communicates so pervasively that it seems second nature, and so intentionally that no strategic opportunity is ever surrendered. Many people try to contrast communication with action, as if the two are at odds. But communication is action, and the leader will spend more time communicating than in any other activity. 2
The Five Golden Rules of Communication
Beth Fagan, who has led communications and marketing for several large St. Louis area companies and who currently works as a media trainer and communications counselor, writes that “for some 40 years, I’ve studied – and helped shape – the communications of leaders, continually studying the ‘best,’ to learn what they have in common ... [Based on 40 years of experience], here are my five simple, time-tested thoughts about words and messages for leaders ...”Read More
Teaching our Boys to Act Like Men and Gentlemen
We are raising our boys in a sexually and gender confused world. Men and women are confused about their roles and now even about gender identity. In fact, some parents are raising “gender-neutral” children.
They referred to their child as "The Infant" and only allowed him to play with "gender-neutral toys. For the first five years of his life Sasha (a gender neutral term) alternated between girls' and boys' outfits … Sasha wears a ruffled-sleeved" girl's shirt as part of his school uniform, and has been banned from wearing combat trousers … [but] the youngster is also encouraged to wear flowery tops at weekends. 1
There is specific confusion today about what it means to be a man. Hollywood and our culture promote several false stereotypes of manhood …Read More
How well are you thanking and reporting? Are you setting the standard in this important work? I want to challenge you to consider how you can grow giving by focusing first on better thanking and reporting to your donors. This is essential to growing your giving future!
Here’s what the data tells us …Read More
I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions but the beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on our lives, our goals, and to make adjustments that will make us better stewards of ourselves, those for whom we are responsible, and our vocational callings.
While the following are not novel insights, they are useful reminders in the spirit of Peter’s declaration to the church:
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder ... (2 Peter 1:12-13)