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 New Global Core Standards Leader, Key Changes to Structure
Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce several key changes in its global structure designed to enhance outreach and missional alignment as it moves forward with its “Three Pillars” Strategic Plan.
As part of its restructuring, the organization welcomes Dr. Debbie MacCullough as the new Director of Global Core Standards. Her primary responsibilities will include identifying and writing biblically based core standards for global implementation and assessment.
She began this role Oct. 1, 2021.
ACSI Senior Vice President of Global Mike Epp believes the development of global core standards in Christian education will enhance quality in practices such as teacher certification and school improvement internationally.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. MacCullough to her new position on the ACSI Global team,” he said. “This is a huge step toward ensuring excellent, Christ-centered education across the world.”MacCullough brings more than 25 years of experience in education, both in the U.S. and the Philippines. She holds degrees in Bible, elementary education and mathematics education. Most recently, she served ACSI Global as a Higher Education Consultant, training Christian leaders from emerging nations from a distinctly biblical point of view.
“I am looking forward to working with the ACSI Global team in preparing core standards for our schools,” MacCullough shared. “Christian education, worldwide, could become where God begins a new reformation and it is a joy to work for continued improvement in these schools and from our teachers."
ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor shared his vision for the strategic restructuring.
“We want to be sure we recognize and emphasize in the ‘I’ in ACSI,” he said. “Part of that effort includes investing in the development, implementation, and assessment of global core standards, and we look forward to the great talent Dr. MacCullough will bring to this position.”
In another move related to global alignment, ACSI is changing the title of its current ACSI India office to ACSI South Asia, as the office oversees multiple countries in southern Asia. This transition will extend the benefits of membership, services and networking to a much larger geographic area.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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. ACSI supports more than 5,000 member schools throughout the United States and around the world, which collectively serve approximately 1.2 million students. Through additional training programs, materials, and expertise provided to other educational groups worldwide, ACSI’s overall influence and positive impact reaches more than 26,000 schools operating in 100 countries, together serving 5.5 million people.