I am inspired by the faith, courage, and reverence for God by Christian educators around the world! It reminds me of the story recounted in
I Samuel 17 about David defeating Goliath. In verse 29, David’s response to the inaction of his elder brothers and the Israelites especially encourages me. He boldly and nobly answers the call to action by asking, "Is there not a cause?”
I can think of no greater cause than to partner with you as you advance Kingdom education. We fully believe that authentic devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence are mutually reinforcing. There are not two or three forms of excellence, but rather an ethos that is cultivated throughout every facet of our schools. Faith is not separated from learning but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive Christian worldview.
Scholarship and learning become an integral component to the maturation process known as discipleship. Thus, becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, the ultimate objective of the Great Commission (Matt. 26:28-30), is the prize for which we strive; it is the highest form of excellence! It is certainly conceivable that we could produce students with the spiritual depth needed to enter our pluralistic society and not fall prey to empty philosophies. Rather, they would be equipped to saturate the marketplace to which God has called them with confidence, purpose, and an eternal perspective.
ACSI’s ongoing mission is to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We want to serve you as you continue to cultivate and sustain a flourishing school. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you—thank you for your obedience to God’s call on your life—you are indeed making a difference.
Dr. Larry Taylor
President's Advisory Team
News and Press Releases
ACSI Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Team, Eastern Division
In his new position, Balik will be responsible for leading and overseeing all facets of the USA operation in close collaboration with the President, Senior Directors, Divisional Directors, Field Directors, the Directors of the Student Success Center, Early Education, and Professional Development. The primary function of his role will be to ensure that USA member schools are served effectively through he Student Success Center coordinated actions in all divisions and departments throughout the country.
ACSI is concluding a strategic planning process under President Dr. Larry Taylor. Part of the reimagining of organizational goals included transitioning from serving Christian schools through an eight-region model to a more streamlined and efficient divisional model that relies on the strategic deployment of field directors and trained volunteers across the country. According to Taylor, “The Western, Central, and Eastern Divisions will allow us to make staff who belonged to regional teams available to members outside those regions. It will help us address much of the redundancies and duplication of effort that characterized the old regional set-up, which will lead to better stewardship of the resources God has entrusted to us.”
Balik added that, “God is doing great things at ACSI these days through our strategic planning process. It is a privilege to have an expanded role going forward, as adaptive, meaningful change is underway. I am also excited and honored to be able to serve more closely with our President, Dr. Larry Taylor.”
ASCI is also announcing that Chuck Gilliam, Ed.S., will replace Balik as Senior Director of the newly-formed Eastern Division. Gilliam has served for the past 21 years at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, GA, including seven years as head of school. He led a staff of 150 and directed daily operations for 950 students while directing an ongoing School Improvement Plan and several capital renovations projects. Prior to that, he served as Eagle’s Landing’s Assistant Head of School, Middle/High School Principal, Middle School Principal and Middle School Dean of Students.
“This is a great time to be a part of ACSI,” Gilliam explained. “I’ve seen the personal impact of being educated in an ACSI school and working in one, also. I’m thankful to be a part of ACSI’s strategic vision and looking forward to seeing how God works through this new divisional model. It’s a transition for ACSI, but it creates a stronger model that will be able to serve member schools more effectively.”
“I’ve known Dr. Balik for several years,” said Taylor. “He possesses tremendous leadership skills, and the transition to a divisional model will be seamless under his guidance. Both he and Chuck are proven leaders with outstanding character, and I think our member schools will be thrilled to work with them.”
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools by offering multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.