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1. If you haven't already done so, memorize the stated mission statement of your school. Reword it with your own words, putting it in non-educationese language.

2. Make a list of any job-related actions you have taken that might not align with either the school's our your own mission statement.

3. Speaking of your own mission statement, if you don't have one... write it.


After twenty years experience in public school I made the transition to Christian schools. Twenty more years passed, and I wrote my first book, Radical Excellence.

Almost an autobiography of my professional career, this book takes a look at the present state of teaching, learning and leadership in our educational society today. Realizing there are no easy answers, several issues are addressed from the grassroots perspective.

For those who don't keep your library on shelves, but in a Kindle or other reader, Radical Excellence is also available as an ebook.

John Maxwell's Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know is an outstanding information book that is a "must read" for every Christian educator.

I continue to believe Christian schools could provide a necessary educational excellence to education. That excellence will happen as the quality and focused passion of leaders in Christian schools continues to improve.

Complete the Mission

Knowing where precedes knowing how.

It’s tough to complete the mission if nobody in the school knows what it is. And people won’t know what the mission is if it isn’t emphasized, promoted and actively pursued.

This lesson will show you how Tom’s of Maine created a stellar model based on making every decision made by every person mission focused.

Teaching in a Christian school IS A MISSION.

There is one “mission” saying we must get over, however, because it’s a travesty in how it is used. Teacher salaries are usually way too low, yet how many times have you heard a board member or administrator say, “We would like to pay you more, but you understand that teaching in a Christian school is a mission.”

That is true, but it should also be the mission of the school board to pay faculty salaries that are “worthy of the workman,” and sufficiently high to eliminate the need for an energy-draining second job.

We will address that problem in a lesson called “Money Matters.”

For now, let your mind run freely and investigate ways your school can become one totally committed to complete the mission.