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1 In search of excellence Become a school worth supporting
Dr. Alan Pue The Barnabas Group In search of excellence Become a school worth supporting

2 An important reminder “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

3 Continuously rising costs Deepening cultural conflict.
A Vocation in Crisis 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

4 Be . . . Build . . . Provide . . . So, what can we do?
a compelling story well told Build . . . strategic partnerships remarkable programs Provide . . . exceptional service

5 What Are the Elements of a Compelling Story?
An Indispensable Mission Delivered With Unmistakable Excellence By Exceptional People Resulting in Undeniably Positive Impact

6 An Indispensable Mission that . . .
Is theologically, historically and academically sound “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 Leads to engagement, not evasion “As you are going ”

7 Delivered With Unmistakable Excellence
A culture of . . . Excellence Realism Vision Accountability Innovation Discipline Passion

8 Why Does Excellence Matter?
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 And God said, “It was good.” And we say, “That was good.” Excellence is a prerequisite for continued success You might survive without excellence but you’ll never thrive

9 Excellence, A Definition
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.

10 Excellence, a Final thought
“I have offended God and man because my work has not reached the quality it should have.” Leonardo da Vinci

11 A Culture of Realism “The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.” Walter Duranty

12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
A culture of realism “The worst mistake in leadership is to hold out hope soon to be swept away.” Winston Churchill “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Solomon

13 Steven Case, founder of AOL
A Culture of Vision “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?

14 A Culture of Accountability
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?

15 A Culture of Innovation
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? Are you committed to the genius of AND? Are you willing to look for the second right answer? Are you committed to both biblical unity and constructive conflict?

16 A Culture of Discipline
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 The ability to stay “focused” on core principles and common goals: Your North Star That won’t happen without the right kind of people on your staff.

17 A Culture of Passion “Excellence is sometimes hard to measure. But the passion for it is unmistakable.”

18 A Reality Check (from Good to Great)
Three Key Questions What can you be best at in the world? What are you really passionate about? Is there a market for your passion?

19 By Exceptional People Character first, everything else second
Unwavering resolve This is a call of God to vocation, not the fulfillment of job responsibilities Fully committed to Continued individual and organizational spiritual, intellectual, and professional growth Representing God with excellence Your purpose Talent for the Task Able to mobilize people and maximize God given resources

20 Resulting in EXCEPTIONAL Outcomes
Create a “portrait” of a graduate Integrity The Fear of God Resilience Courage Curiosity Passion Grace

21 Integrity “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

22 Knowledge Understanding Wisdom Affection The Fear of God
The fear of God leads to . . . Knowledge Understanding Wisdom Affection

23 Is truth a possibility, even a reality?
Knowledge 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?

24 Implications! Implications! Implications?
Understanding Implications! Implications! Implications? If? Then. . .

25 Proverbs 22:3 (see also Proverbs 1:20-21, 2:1-12)
Wisdom “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)

26 Affection “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

27 “We endure in the absence of triumph.” “We are afflicted in every way
Resilence “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 ” Paul to the Corinthians

28 Resilient, but . . . “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

29 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!”
“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

30 “The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge . . . .”
CURIOSITY “That you may excel still more” Paul of Tarsus “And still I learn.” Leonardo da Vinci “The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge ” Solomon

31 Passion “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

32 “He that winneth souls is wise.”
Grace “He that winneth souls is wise.” Solomon “He that loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.”

33 This is the foundation of trust
People may share a passion for your purpose but if they don’t 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.


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