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A Special Invitation For Christian School Leaders in a Time of Crisis

Posted by Ralph Cochran on Mar 26, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Christian School Leaders, 

The time in which we now find ourselves is a difficult one for sure; however, as I see it, it’s a time of great opportunity as well.  And that is the opportunity for us to lead our schools in a time of reflection, prayer, and re-commitment to the mission we have as Christian school leaders.   

Let us as Christian leaders use these difficult days as an opportunity to turn to the Lord and lead our students, staff, and parents in a renewed vision for the future.   This, of course, is much easier said than done as we know, through conversations with our clients all around the country, there are many practical challenges you are currently facing as well.  We have been learning a lot from our clients about these challenges and the ways in which they are working to overcome them as they pivot and innovate during these times. Who would have thought three weeks ago that your entire school would likely become an online school in just a few weeks?  It is truly amazing to see the ways schools are adapting to serve their students, parents, and community.


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In an effort to share what we are seeing and learning, we will be hosting a VIRTUAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL LEADERS SUMMIT.  This summit will also give you the chance to share with other school leaders across the country things you are now doing to serve your parents, students, and local community (Churches and Towns).  And, most of all, it will provide a way for you to be a blessing to other schools and be blessed by them through mutual encouragement and the sharing of ideas.

We invite you to join this 90-minute call next Tuesday, March 31st at 2 pm live on video.   I and my team at Schola will be facilitating this event. In addition, we have invited Christian school leaders from all different types of schools, including members of ACSI, ACCS, AACS, SCL, and other independent Christian schools to join in as well.  You can register for this Summit here. Once enrolled, you will receive additional summit details by email.

Please invite anyone on your board and leadership team to attend.  We believe this will be a very unique and helpful event.

Please click on the link below in order to RSVP for the VIRTUAL SUMMIT.


In preparation for the upcoming event, my good friend Dr. Sandy Outlar put together some thoughts and questions Christian school leaders can reflect upon during this time.  Please see these below:

Benefits and Blessings from the Cornavirus-19 - Dr. Sandy Outlar

Could this be God’s way to have the world appreciate a much-needed Sabbatical? One that causes us to assess our life before God.

  • May He be trying to get our attention for us to realize that we have been too consumed with the material and not as hungry for the spiritual?
  • Does this virus illustrate how the Gospel should become as contiguous as this present pandemic?
  • Does the virus cause us to set aside our differences and get along?
  • Does this quarantine provide us with more time with our family and our neighbors?
  • As believers does it provide us more time to pray, plan, and reflect upon the Lord and His Kingdom?
  • Does this crisis remind us to be neater, cleaner, and healthier in all that we do?
  • May it be an opportunity to evaluate our excesses and live a simpler, stress- free, peaceful, focused-centered life?
  • Does it remind us that we are not in control and so do not have all the answers to life’s problems?
  • Have we reached a tipping point with undue reliance on technology?
  • Does this pandemic remind us of how important it is to relate with sensitivity to anyone we meet?
  • Is quarantine a way for us to spend more intentional time with the Lord?
  • Does “Cabin Fever” become a small aggravation when we think of the alternative of a deadly fever?
  • Does social distancing get us hungry for meaningful relationships?
  • Do many “closings” actually open up more creativity for releasing new venues of activities that are honorable and meaningful?
  • How might we be a balm during these times of “bruisings” for so many?

May our passions be infectious.

“So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

                                                                                                       -Isaiah 41:10

Topics: School Communication, School Leadership