I like to argue that you and I have the greatest job in the world. Part of our job is to read and study the Scriptures. We hear all the chapel speakers and visit our local churches each week. We are doing something of eternal importance to the next generation of church and community leaders. We help direct students who are in the initial stages of real reasoning. We have the tough conversations with our teenage students who are just starting to drive. Our students will go on their first real date without getting a ride from a parent. They begin contemplating their long-term educational goals or their initial vocational decisions.
As a leader, your surroundings are of the utmost importance. Over the years, I have learned that while some of what surrounds me is beyond my control, much of it is within my control with the help of God. Life as an administrator can be lonely at times, and having people that you can trust and count on is imperative.
“Giving up.” These two words alone can provide a very negative connotation. After all, so many messages that we hear, and rightfully so, are designed to motivate us to keep going! Often times, when we are faced with difficult situations and challenging decisions, we have an internal choice. We can do it, or we can give up.
Welcome back to a new school year! Hopefully it’s off to a good and Godly start.
As a leader in your school, are you trying new things this year? How about your teachers? How are you and they engaging and communicating with people—your parents, donors, volunteers, faculty, staff, and students?
The truth is that it is easy to fall back on the tried and true methods of sharing information, which generally results in passive learning and participation from your audience.
To set the stage, I share a few personal motivations for this topic. My research, writing, and presenting are prompted by care and concern for the future of Lutheran Christian education. I learn from others and cherish the opportunity to distill best practices and utilize them in ways that work where I serve in ministry. I’m a firm believer in modeling after success.
Okay, okay, before you lose your cool, I’m no Bill Belichick fan nor am I a Patriots’ fan. In fact, I root against the Patriots every Sunday. (The Green Bay Packers are my first love). However, whether you like football or not, one cannot deny the secular success of the greatest football coach in history not named Lombardi. Moreover, from the opening page, I could not put this book down.