Strategic Thinking

Leaders must think strategically. However, we seldom train them to do what we demand. Many who serve on a nonprofit board are serving on a board for the first time. Their employment requires operational thinking. As a result, they think about details first, the big picture second, and strategy is a problem solving tool rather than a planning tool. […]

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What is the board talking about?

If the board is talking about the wrong subjects, the organization will go in the wrong direction or no direction at all. […]

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Decision-Making

Success is a 50/50 proposition. Half of success is making the right decision. Half of success is being able to execute the decision. […]

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Christian School Leadership

Should we fire the principal who blames the lack of funds, declining enrollment, lack of parental involvement, or some other set of excuses for the failure of the school to deliver the desired results? Sometimes the answer is yes. The answer is no most of the time. […]

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Christian School Fundraiser

Fundraising events are a waste of time, effort, and annoy people. If that were true, why would you hold one? The common answer is because we need the money. Are you raising enough money to justify the time, effort, and ill will? […]

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Christian School Enrollment Versus the Economy

Without regard for how hard or easy it might be, it is the job of the board and administration to recruit and retrain students. It is certainly true that a strong economy makes recruiting students easier. It is equally true that a weak economy makes recruiting students difficult. […]

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Collecting Tuition

Most Christian schools, Catholic schools, and other parochial schools have a few families that are slow making their tuition payments. In a down economy, there are a few more than usual. At the same time, enrollment is down for many schools so it is hard to expel a student or keep them from enrolling next year. Some money is better than no money. […]

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Christian Schools and the Community

How can any congregation afford a school? In most circumstances, the short answer is that it can’t. In most states, the cost of running a public school increases about 7% per year. The parents at a private or parochial school can afford a 3% tuition increase because their income raises approximately the same rate as inflation. Where is the other 4% going to come from? […]

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Christian schools and their students

Does it strike you as odd that public school and private school students both have the same reaction to waking up and going to school each day? Both groups of students would rather do just about anything other than go to school? Why isn’t a private school or Christian school different? […]

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Christian schools and their families

Often one assumes families send their children to a Christian school because they care about religious education. That is true. However, all of the families who are passionate about that currently have their children enrolled. Those whose children are attending public schools are looking for more value. […]

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