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Dr. Alan Pue The Barnabas Group
the noblest of occupations. To be a schoolmaster is next to being a king. Do you count it mean employment to imbue the minds of young people with the love of Christ and the best of literature and to return them to their country honest and virtuous men? In the opinion of fools it is a humble task, but in fact it is the noblest of occupations. Erasmus of Rotterdam
Continuously rising costs and the resistance we feel from our constituents to charge what it costs Deepening cultural conflict. Many people, well-meaning and intelligent people fear us Weak financial support. Though some schools have been able to find resources through grants and corporate gifts, few foundations actively seek to support Christian schools and colleges A largely untutored constituency. We have few advocates and even fewer apologists A Lack of Imagination We are prisoners of our paradigms
Be... a compelling story well told Build... strategic partnerships remarkable programs Provide... exceptional service
Indispensable An Indispensable Mission Unmistakable Excellence Delivered With Unmistakable Excellence Exceptional People By Exceptional People Positive Impact Resulting in Undeniably Positive Impact
Is theologically, historically and academically sound Education for what purpose, competence to what end? Education for what purpose, competence to what end? Is connected to non-negotiable core elements Fully and organically aligning your core purpose to your every day practice Fully and organically aligning your core purpose to your every day practice Leads to engagement, not evasion As you are going.... As you are going....
Why Does Excellence Matter? Excellence honors God Excellence honors God... for I will not take what is yours for the LORD or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing. David to Ornan the Jebusite Excellence demands a response Excellence demands a response And God said, It was good. And we say, That was good. Excellence is a prerequisite for continued success Excellence is a prerequisite for continued success You might survive without excellence but youll never thrive
Excellence is making maximum use of the resources given us by God in a manner that accurately reflects His person and effectively advances His purposes in the world.
I have offended God and man because my work has not reached the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. Walter Duranty
The worst mistake in leadership is to hold out hope soon to be swept away. Winston Churchill Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Solomon
A vision without a plan to execute is nothing more than an hallucination. Steven Case, founder of AOL The obligation of leadership, therefore, is to engage in a strategic process that continually seeks to answer the question: How can we be better tomorrow at what God has called us to do than we are today?
Are you willing to seek wise counsel? (study Proverbs 18) Are you willing to identify specific outcomes and evaluate your efforts based on those outcomes? Are you diligent in the use of current resources?
A culture of anticipation and continuous improvement Are you willing to examine, evaluate and if necessary discard the status quo? Are you able to thrive in chaos? Are you willing to take measured risks? genius of AND Are you committed to the genius of AND? second right answer Are you willing to look for the second right answer? Are you committed to both biblical unity and constructive conflict?
The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline. To avoid bureaucracy you must create a culture of discipline. A culture, not a tyrant Your North Star The ability to stay focused on core principles and common goals: Your North Star That wont happen without the right kind of people on your staff.
Excellence is sometimes hard to measure. But the passion for it is unmistakable. But the passion for it is unmistakable.
Three Key Questions What can you be best at in the world? What can you be best at in the world? What are you really passionate about? What are you really passionate about? Is there a market for your passion? Is there a market for your passion?
Character first, everything else second Character first, everything else second Unwavering resolve Unwavering resolve This is a call of God to vocation, not the fulfillment of job responsibilities Fully committed to Fully committed to Continued individual and organizational spiritual, intellectual, and professional growth Representing God with excellence Your purpose Talent for the Task Talent for the Task Able to mobilize people and maximize God given resources Able to mobilize people and maximize God given resources
Create a portrait of a graduate Integrity The Fear of God Resilience Courage Curiosity Passion Grace
conscientiously connect How does a person decide which cares and commitments will give shape and substance to life, for life? How do students learn to conscientiously connect what they believe about the world with how they live in the world.? Steven Garber
The fear of God leads to... Knowledge Understanding Wisdom Affection
Here are the questions every student eventually asks: Is truth a possibility, even a reality? And is it a truth that has the possibility of providing coherence for the whole of life?
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. C. H. Spurgeon The prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the naïve go on, and are punished for it. Proverbs 22:3 (see also Proverbs 1:20-21, 2:1-12)
people who desire the kingdom of God I will propose that the primary goal of Christian education is the formation of a peculiar people - people who desire the kingdom of God and thus undertake their vocations as an expression of that desire. James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom See Colossians 3:2, Matthew 6:19-21, 22:37
We endure in the absence of triumph. John F. Kennedy The difference between iron and steel is fire, but steel is worth all it costs. Maltbie Babcock We are afflicted in every way but not crushed.... but not crushed.... Paul to the Corinthians
To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do – to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst – is, by the very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed. Fredrick Buechner
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but a form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. C.S. Lewis Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! God to Joshua
That you may excel still more Paul of Tarsus And still I learn. And still I learn. Leonardo da Vinci The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge.... Solomon
provoked within him Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. Acts 17:16-17
He that winneth souls is wise. Solomon He that loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend. Solomon
People may share a passion for your purpose but if they dont believe that you can deliver that purpose with excellence over a long period of time they are not going to make a significant investment in your organization. People must see unambiguous proof of your ability to make a real difference in the lives of your students while making a difference for Christ in the world.