Christian School Leadership Lessons

Practical tips and inspiration

“Leadership Lessons” are curated conversations with respected administrators, innovators, and thought leaders in Christian education from around the country. Each episode discusses practical, innovative ways to keep schools moving forward in their mission and vision for the future.


Episode 6 | 33 min

Jay Ferguson
By Growing Together, We Become Stronger

Dr. Jay Ferguson, a respected leader in the field of Christian education, shares how the passionate pursuit of improvement has helped Grace Community School thrive. The East Texas school serves about 1,000 students in grades K-12. Grace Community School is known for “teaching Jesus,” striving to reflect the Lord’s character in everything it does.



Episode 5 | 33 min

Tim Dernlan
Ensuring Christian Schools Thrive for Years to Come

Dr. Timothy Dernlan offers hope to Christian school leaders concerned about sustainability. As head of school, Dr. Dernlan is involved in a $20 million capital campaign to expand Bayshore Christian School in Fairhope, Alabama. He shares encouragement and insights from that experience.



Episode 4 | 21 min

Steve Buuck
Bigger Isn’t Better

Dr. Steve Buuck is CEO of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School in Las Vegas, where he has served since July 2008. With more than 1,900 students in grades 6-12, Faith Lutheran is among the largest Protestant schools in the country. Dr. Buuck also serves on the Board of Regents for Concordia University in Irvine, California. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Wisconsin. He’s an enthusiastic proponent of the school’s mission: “Everyone prepared! Everyone saved!”



Episode 3 | 37 min

Are You Delivering Model Ts or Teslas? Why Our Schools Need to Take a New Approach

Dr. Gene Frost helped Wheaton Academy in suburban Chicago become one of the most respected Christian high schools in the country. He explains why Christian schools must take a new approach to education and offers tips for getting it done.



Episode 2 | 30 min

Empowering School Leaders and Fostering Donor Relationships

In this lesson, we talk with Dr. Todd Marrah, who serves as superintendent for Tree of Life Christian Schools. He explains how he envisions education transforming over the next decade, how he empowers his school’s leaders, and why there’s sound reasoning for the head of school to spend time off campus to network and build donor relations.



Episode 1 | 30 min

Sustainability and the Future of Christian Education

In this lesson, we talk with Dr. Larry Taylor, who serves a dual role as head of school for Prestonwood Christian Academy and president and CEO of ACSI. He explains why he sees a bright future for Christian education and shares insights on sustainability, including how Prestonwood Christian Academy is taking an innovative approach to “school.”




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