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August 2022


Attracting Families, Faculty, and Funding like Jesus

 The pandemic and other environmental factors have led families and educators alike to flee public schools for the hope promised by Christian education. The government and private funders are committing billions to make early learning accessible and promote social and emotional learning, yet some schools are enjoying full student and faculty rosters while others are scrambling for either students and team members or closing their doors altogether. [1],[2], [3], [4], [5]  As we face recruitment and fiscal sustainability challenges, it would be incumbent upon us to reflect upon Jesus’ earthly ministry; how He recruited followers and supporters, and what motivated them to be committed to advancing the kingdom of God.

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4

The gospels are filled with instances of both unsolicited followers and those whom Jesus called to follow Him.[6] He attracted followers as He modeled the priorities of the kingdom of God, such as:

The value of children: He lovingly welcomed parents who were bringing their children to him. He laid hands upon and blessed the children.[7] He lauded the power of their praise.[8]  

Obedience to the Word of God: He fulfilled miraculous Messianic prophecies when he healed (and touched) the blind, lame, lepers, and deaf; raised the dead; and preached the good news of the authority of God to the poor.[9]

Mentorship and leader development in Biblical community: He called and equipped ordinary people to leave their livelihoods and find the extraordinary work they were predestined to do. He used everyday opportunities to train his disciples to serve and minister to others.[10]

A future focused vision worthy of investment: Jesus compelled men and women of wealth and statue to financially support his work.[11] Except for a brief stay in Egypt as a child (Matt. 2:12-15, 19-23), all of Jesus’ mortal life appears to have taken place within a radius of roughly a hundred miles of Bethlehem, yet he has followers and missions funders around the world.

Individually and collectively, we do not rise to the level of…our goals or desired outcomes, but we fall to the level of our systems or daily inputs and processes.[12] Are our schools giving off the sweet aroma of Christ that attracts followers to Christian education?[13] Are constructs found within the Flourishing School Culture Model (such as Biblical worldview integration, discipleship, community engagement, supportive leadership, systems thinking, data driven instruction, caring and qualified staff, resource planning, and stress management) evidenced in your daily interactions with families and faculty?[14] Christian schools are losing religious exemption status due to a lack of clarity regarding their Christ-centered mission and purpose. As we prepare for pre-service training sessions, this is a good time to review foundational documents (and policies and procedures) to ensure alignment with our statement of faith. The Word of God is an anchor for our souls and affirms our mission to promote faith development within every stakeholder.

Families and educators are looking for hope. They are looking for school leaders who are creating environments where Biblical truth can be found in the instruction as well as the lives of those within the learning community.  Join us for the following opportunities to develop strategic plans for creating a Flourishing School Culture that will attract and promote organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and foster competence for all stakeholders (the community at large, students, families, faculty, and funders).

As we meet in collaborative communities of practice, we pray that God, the source of hope, will fill each of you, your students, families, and teams completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

The EE Team,

Althea, Jeannie, Cindy, Kim, Suzie, Rachel


Networking and Professional Development Opportunities          

Cultivating Resilience: A Designed to Flourish Event

Join us and earn up to 6 clock hours of biblically integrated professional development while you network with like-minded educators. Details can be found on the ACSI EE website.


EE Workshop

Plano, TX


Leaders' Summit

La Mirada, CA - Biola University


EE Conference

La Mirada, CA - Biola University


EE Workshop

Portland, OR


EE Conference

Lancaster, PA - Lancaster Bible College

Find additional dates and location on acsi.org/eeconferences

Conferences include keynote presenters and breakout options on a variety of topics to impact early teaching and learning

Workshops include a featured presenter delivering an engaging day of topics to promote flourishing


FSi – Flourishing Schools Institute & EE Roundtable

Join the EE team for a community of practice professional development opportunity for school leaders who want to transform their school culture. Arrive early enough on the first day to participate 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 

  • November 1 – 3, 2022    Atlanta, GA - Register here for EE Leaders’ Roundtable 11/1/22  
  • March 14 – 16, 2023      Kansas City, MO
  • June 20 – 22, 2023        Charlotte, NC


Resources in the Early Education Community Group (member benefit)

ACSI members have access to resources and many recorded training sessions for professional development located in the EE Community group. Each training can be viewed individually or in a group setting. Upon completion of a session members submit a CEU claim form to receive continuing education (CEU) for one clock hour of training. Topics for Bible training, special needs, developmentally appropriate practice, leadership, and more are available for you and your staff.

Preview the library of recorded training sessions found in the Early Education Community and start earning CEUs while growing your skills!


EE Leader Connect

Join your divisional EE Coordinator each month to connect with other early education leaders, be encouraged through devotions and prayer, and have conversations related to leading early ed programs. The sessions are recorded and are available in the EE Leader Connect Community.

Dr. Cindy Barnum, Eastern Division – 2nd Wednesday, 1:30 PM EST

Kim Brucker, Central Division – 2nd Wednesday, 12:00 CST  

Dr. Suzie Mohler, Western Division – 2nd Thursday, 9:00 AM PST or 4:00 PM PST

  • August – Building a Spiritually Strong Staff
  • September – Creating a Culture for Team Building
  • October - Student Outcomes and Assessments – Roundtable Discussion
  • November - Help! I Need a Plan to Meet Students’ Needs!


ACSI Leadership Networks: Early Education Leader Network

Join Dr. Penn on the fourth Wednesday of each month. These meetings provide early education leaders opportunity to informally share ideas, challenges, and engage in building Biblical community. This professional learning community (PLC) analyzes evidence-based leadership and instructional practices that are informed by current data. We use shared knowledge to cultivate expertise, guide our decisions, and enable early educators to make changes quickly based upon the needs of young learners and their families. We will also review best practices in implementing each of the Flourishing School Culture domains with industry experts while earning CEUs.

4th Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Join the Early Education Leaders Network for access to meeting links, updates, recordings, and resources.

August 24, 2 pm - Learning Orientation Promoting Flourishing to Achieve Luke 2:52 Holistic Growth Outcomes

Jesus: Wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. The Effects of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Education and Care: Research and Resources for Children, Families, Teachers, and Teacher Educators.

September 28, 2 pm - Expertise & Resources Mission Driven Strategic Partnerships and Marketing

1 Chronicles 29:1-6 King David and King Solomon in building the temple:

October 26, 2 pm - Well Being and EE School Culture

The Good Samaritan: Empathy, Caring, Compassion, Inclusion, Respect, Trust, Advocate, Generosity Luke 10: 25-37 Work-Life Balance, Resourcing our Teams, Trauma informed Practices



[1] Hemingway, M. (n.d.). Classical Christian schools don't need government help. WORLD. Retrieved July 10, 2022, from https://wng.org/opinions/classical-christian-schools-dont-need-government-help-1657018405

[2] Childcare Financial Assistance through the Child Care Development Fund. https://childcare.gov/consumer-education/get-help-paying-for-child-care

[3] ACSI’s Children’s Tuition Fund. https://childrenstuitionfund.org/childrens-tuition-fund/

[4] Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. https://www.edchoice.org/school-choice/programs/florida-tax-credit-scholarship-program/

[5] Pa. Senate Committee Passes School Choice Bill.


[6]Matthew 4:25, Matthew 4:18-22

[7] Mark 10:13-16

[8] Psalm 8:2

[9] Matthew 11:4-6, Luke 7:20-23

[10] Matthew 4:19, John 6:1-13

[11] Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:43, 46

[12] Clear, J. (2021). Atomic habits: Tiny changes, remarkable results: An easy & proven way to build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Avery Publishing.

[13] 2 Corinthians 2:15

[14] Dodds, C., Lee, M. H., & Swaner, L. (n.d.). Leadership for flourishing schools: From research to practice. ACSI Flourishing School Culture Model. Retrieved July 11, 2022, from https://flourishingtogether.school/2021/01/01/leadership-for-flourishing-schools-from-research-to-practice/

[1] Dodds, C., Lee, M. H., & Swaner, L. (n.d.). Leadership for flourishing schools: From research to practice. ACSI Flourishing School Culture Model. Retrieved July 11, 2022, from https://flourishingtogether.school/2021/01/01/leadership-for-flourishing-schools-from-research-to-practice/