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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 and Ron Blue Institute Partner to Offer Biblical Personal Finance Course to Christian School Students

Jan 27, 2021, 14:22 PM by Caitlyn Berman (Caitlyn_Berman@acsi.org)
Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 27. 2021 – ACSI and Ron Blue Institute are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to equip junior and senior high school students with a biblical foundation for financial management, enabling them to be wise stewards of their God-given resources.  

The Biblical Personal Finance Curriculum is a six-week offering consisting of six modules that will train students in basic financial literacy, including the four uses of money (live, give, owe and grow). Teachers will have access to an online portal providing lesson plans, project outlines, test and quiz questions, and additional materials.  

“The most important thing we want every student to walk away with is the understanding of how they work out their faith through their finances,” said Ron Blue Institute President, Michael Blue.  

The goal of this course is that students’ hearts and heads would “intersect so they have the freedom in their checkbook to be free to pursue God and His mission in the world,” he explained. 

Developed over a three-year period in collaboration with current high school teachers, this curriculum brings to life the concepts of living within a budget, avoiding debt, and growing healthy savings. 

Ron Blue, CEO of Ron Blue Institute, believes it is imperative for individuals to get the right perspective on finances. “We have proven that a biblical worldview approach to money and money management works,” he said. “We feel the relationship with ACSI is our first significant opportunity to reach into the high school world.” 

ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, anticipates that this partnership will be key for high school students in their preparation for college and life beyond high school. 

“This is ACSI’s first time entering into a partnership to offer training specifically designed for equipping students— these young adults—with a biblically-based understanding of finances,” Taylor expressed. “I am excited to see the impact this course will have on the next generation.”  

Both ministries believe in the initiative from a missional standpoint and see the course as a discipleship opportunity with the potential for significant impact. 

“We feel that what God has given us is a message that is simple, always relevant and easily repeatable, so that we can show the world that God’s word speaks to finances,” Ron Blue said. “And, if He speaks to finances, my thought is, doesn’t He speak to the rest of our life also?” 

This online course will be available to ACSI member schools at your.acsi.org/rbi for the special rate of $27.50 per student, including teacher training materials at no additional cost. 

To learn more about ACSI, please visit the website at www.ACSI.org or connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling (800)367-0798 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 through 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. 

Follow ACSI on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ACSIUSA  or on Twitter at @ACSIUSA. 

About Ron Blue Institute: 

Ron Blue Institute exists to help today’s Christian students understand how money truly works to confidently integrate their faith into every area of their lives, including finances. Through curriculum, consulting, tools and resources, Ron Blue Institute’s mission is to educate and steward students at both high schools and colleges. 

For more information on the ministry, visit ronblueinstitute.com or follow Ron Blue Institute on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ronblueinstitute/ or on Twitter at @RonBlueInst.