This blog is two years old today. It has emerged from infancy and entered the rambunctious toddler stage.
During the two years, about 190 posts have been published. Half of those are devotionals that are intended to encourage and challenges disciples of Jesus who are answering the call to lead in schools, homes, churches, and communities. The other half are leadership and worldview posts to challenge us to consider the nature of leadership, which must be rooted in our biblical worldview.
There were few expectations when we began this blog. It was designed to be a blog from the leadership team at Christian Schools International and our primary target audience was leadership in Christian education. We expected the blog to touch many, but certainly not all, of our school leaders. We didn’t expect it to touch too many leaders outside of our school membership.
Our hopes and goals have been far surpassed. Christian Schools International is a Christian school service organization that has served God and our schools for a century. We stand on the foundation of scripture. We hold firmly to a reformed biblical worldview for education. We seek to advance God’s kingdom through Christian education. We serve only about 500 schools that are primarily in Canada and the United States. Our global footprint is modest but increasing.
For those reasons, we have been amazed that the number of first-time visitors has surpassed the 12,000 mark, and visitors come from more than 100 countries around the globe.
We have sought to be faithful with the blog. Devotionals are intended to minister, encourage, challenge, and equip leaders. We continue to pray that God will use them to that end. Leadership and worldview posts are meant to focus leaders away from themselves and toward a vision for servant-leadership as modeled by our Lord Jesus. We pray that the Spirit is guiding leaders to be like Jesus.
Happy second birthday to Called to Lead. May it be said that it is written to glorify our God!
Last month Canada set aside a day to give thanks. This month the U.S. does the same. Among the many reasons to give thanks, today I am thankful for a small thing. The Called-to-Lead blog is just over one year old. Last week marked the 100th blog post. Over 4,000 visitors have visited. The blog has surpassed 10,000 page views. I am thankful today for opportunities to share devotionals that are intended to challenge and encourage and to share thoughts that are intended to inspire those who are called to lead in service to our Lord. Blessings to each of you as you lead and as you serve.
On September 3, 2012 “Called-to-Lead” was introduced as a new communication tool for Christian Schools International. During the first year, the blog has received 3000 new visitors and more than 8000 page views. If you are recent first-time visitor welcome! If you have visited frequently over the past year, I hope that you have been blessed.
The primary audience for “Called-to-Lead” is Christian school leaders. But the blog is also intended to reach those who lead everywhere in the kingdom of God. The blog is meant for anyone who has heard God’s call, seeks to live as His disciple, and desires to advance His kingdom.
The visual on the blog home page is Masada, a fortress mountain at the edge of the Judean Wilderness and Rift Valley. Masada means fortress. It is the likely the picture in the mind of the psalmist who wrote: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:2a The picture of Masada is a constant reminder to me. As one who is called to lead, I can never lead alone. I can only lead if the foundation of my leadership is God, my rock and my fortress.
Have you noticed? Christian Schools International has announced a new logo. Christian Schools International has a new website. Christian Schools International is more than what it always has been. It is a dynamic, forward moving organization in service to God above all and to Christian schools. Christian Schools International is seeking to exemplify servant leadership by both proactively guiding schools into the strategic positioning that is necessary in 21st century education and responding to schools with the support needed for sustainability. Continue reading
This is an old story with a bit of humor. A mother and her friend are attending a local parade because her son is a trumpet player in the school band. As the band passes, the mother exclaims, “Look, everyone is out of step except my son!”
When I first heard the story years ago, I laughed. Today, I laugh less. The story reminds me that families today think less about community and more about individual interests and informs me of the reality of modern thinking when it comes to organizations. Continue reading
Welcome to the Christian Schools International membership blog. It is the mission of Christian Schools International to advance Christian education and support schools in their task of teaching students to know God and his world and to glorify him through obedient service. Christian school leaders are answering a specific and purposeful call from God. Christian Schools International comes alongside its members schools and their leaders as they become better equipped to serve him and to advance his kingdom through Christian education. Blog postings from the Christian Schools International leadership team will cover a variety of topics and will be intended to build the capacity of the Christian School leader. We invite you to visit our website www.csionline.org to learn more about Christian Schools International.