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DrLarryTaylorI 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, ACSI
larry_taylor@acsi.org
719-867-0200

 

President's Advisory Team

 

David Balik Vice President USA/Senior Director, Eastern Division

David Balik

 Vice President of USA
david_balik@acsi.org
770-985-5840

Gavin Brettenny

Gavin Brettenny

Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development for Christian Education

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Kevin Buelke

Chief Finance Officer
kevin_buelke@acsi.org
719-867-0114

 

Juan Cabrera
Juan Cabrera

Chief Information Officer
juan_cabrera@acsi.org
719-867-0116

 

Thomas Cathey

Thomas Cathey

Assistant Vice-President of Legal/Legislative Services/Chief Of Staff
legal_legislative@acsi.org
719-867-0201

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation

Stephen Dill

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation
steve_dill@acsi.org
719-867-5260

Cindee Dodds

Cindy Dodds

Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives

cindy_dodds@acsi.org

 

Senior Vice President of Global

Michael Epp

Senior Vice President of Global
mike_epp@acsi.org
719-867-0223
 

Larry Lincoln - Director of Communications

Larry Lincoln

Chief Communication & Engagement Officer
larry_lincoln@acsi.org
719-867-0213

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Special Advisor to the President

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Stephen Novotny

Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Lynn Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
lynn_swaner@acsi.org
719-867-5281

Kurt Unrug

Kurt Unruh

Senior Vice President for Global Business Development

News and Press Releases

ACSI Charts New Strategic Direction Established on Advancing, Access, and Advocacy

Sep 8, 2020, 07:19 AM by Larry Lincoln - ACSI
In response to the changing needs of its members and of Christian educators in a rapidly-evolving landscape, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is renewing its commitment to Christian schools and teachers by embarking on a new strategic direction characterized by three foundational pillars of Advancing, Access, and Advocacy.
ACSI 3 Pillars

Colorado Springs, CO – In response to the changing needs of its members and of Christian educators in a rapidly-evolving landscape, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is renewing its commitment to Christian schools and teachers by embarking on a new strategic direction characterized by three foundational pillars of Advancing, Access, and Advocacy.

According to ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor, the primary goal of the shift is to better equip Christian schools and educators as they adapt to seismic cultural changes and disruptions to the delivery of education.

“Over the last two years we prayed and sought the Lord’s leading as we solicited and reviewed extensive feedback from our members against a backdrop of significant upheaval to the Christian education environment,” Taylor said.  “We believe this new focus allows us to renew our commitment to Christian schools and educators by providing services designed to increase member value and see our schools flourish. This is in alignment with a 40-year commitment to promoting excellence in Kingdom education around the globe.”

All ACSI operations, programs and services will now be positioned under the pillars defined as:

  • Advancing: Leading Christ-centered education toward excellence and flourishing.
  • Access: Making Christ-centered education available and obtainable.
  • Advocacy: Promoting and protecting Christ-centered education for today and tomorrow.

Some of the more noteworthy changes the Association is making involves moving toward implementation of a new divisional model that builds school services around school size as well as geographic location; and expanding staffing, reach, and influence in its Legal Legislative Department at its Colorado Springs headquarters and in Washington D.C., to provide increased advocacy for Christian schools, religious liberty, and school choice.

Dr. David Balik, ACSI Vice President, USA believes the new direction will enhance benefits for member schools, as well as improve response time to meet changing school needs.

“We’re increasing member value by prioritizing relationship building,” said Balik. “We’re also expanding our ability to connect with and convene schools and school leaders by providing better programs to existing members, while at the same time anticipating and delivering new opportunities and resources. This grassroots approach is designed to give membership back to our schools and their leaders. Our members spoke, and we listened.”

ACSI will also increase investment in research and development to meet emerging needs in Christian education and in digital transformation and delivery of content to better equip schools and teachers, in the U.S. and abroad.

Mike Epp, ACSI Senior Vice President, Global, is excited about the Association’s push to create more strategic global partnerships and connections throughout the world with an intent to share and uphold best practices.

“There are thousands of schools around the globe that feel a connection with ACSI because they believe they are in a relationship with us, have been served by us, and want to belong to the worldwide Christian school movement. The exciting thing is they have much to offer and we can learn a lot from them,” Epp explained. “I’m particularly thrilled about the opportunity to deliver services through new and different methods to reach and connect educators and schools wherever they are.”

ACSI has more than 5,500 member schools worldwide and its services have impacted more than 25,000 other Christian schools in other parts of the world.

“We have a lot to share, and we’re inviting anyone involved with Christian education to discover our new offerings, including our all-new website that features an improved user experience and easier navigation for locating ACSI services and programs,” Taylor said. “While we are all facing challenges, the steadfast mission of ACSI and the cause of Kingdom education around the globe has never been more relevant and necessary. We believe the future is bright.”

To learn more about ACSI and the strategic plan, please visit the updated website at ACSI.org or Connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling 800-367-5391 or at careteam@acsi.org.

About ACSI:

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.

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