The 8 Characteristics of a Truly Christian School by Dr. David Gibbs Jr.

1. The school is dedicated to the salvation of the students as the #1 priority.

2. You teach your students the Word of God.

3. You teach them how to win others to Christ.

4. You teach your students the fear of God.

5. You teach them how to live holy.

6. You teach the students the stewardship of life.

7. The school is dedicated to standards of Biblical Excellence.

8. You teach them how to worship God.

 

Soul Keeping (Bible Study - 6 Sessions)

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In this six-session, video-based small group Bible study, John Ortberg takes you on an exploration of the soul from the perspective of a wise guide who has struggled to understand and care for his own soul. Ortberg highlights his relationship with Dallas Willard, a "professor of the soul," and what he learned from this man in the midst of his own struggles and hardships.

When you nurture your soul your life in this world will come to make sense again; you can find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and a lack of fulfillment. Your soul’s resting place is in God, and John Ortberg wants to take participants to that home

Sessions Include:
1. What Is The Soul?
2. The Struggle Of The Soul.
3. What The Sould Needs.
4. The Practice of Grace.
5. The Practice of Gratitude.
6. The Practice of Growth.

Anticipatory Leadership

The lifespan of your current systems, structure, and strategy is diminishing. The way you are doing what you are doing won’t work forever—just ask Kodak, Polaroid, Blockbuster, or tons of other companies that were incredibly successful at one point or another. If you're not changing, you're falling behind. In this session, Craig Groeschel talks about what it means to be an anticipatory leader.

Introducing: The Bible Project

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. 

The Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We believe it ultimately points us to Jesus, who has the power to change individuals and whole communities when we let the biblical story speak for itself.

We focus on the Bible's overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.

Staying Replenished

We are responsible for our own health and development. If we don't look after ourselves, we shouldn't expect someone else to. 

In the session, Pastor Bill Hybels talks about his own journey to staying replenished and he shares how you can stay replenished while leading.

For additional study on this topic, we recommend Bill Hybels book "Simplify."

Creating A Healthy Culture (5 Sessions)

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We are irresistibly drawn to the remarkable: those cultures that shine because of their sense of purpose, the collective passion of their people, and the health of the organization. These standout cultures are so rare that they cause us to ask questions such as: How are these cultures produced? Does a compelling culture just happen by accident? How can I play a role in creating one? The truth is that compelling cultures are powerful. They are intentional. They are created.

In these 5 sessions, Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel will explore the values and intangibles that allow us to contribute to a culture that lives its values, embraces change, nurtures authentic relationships, and fosters personal and organizational progress.

Sessions Include:
1. The Five Inescapable Truths About Organizational Culture - Andy Stanley
2. The Significance of Values In Shaping Culture - Craig Groeschel
3. The Power of Mutual Submission - Andy Stanley
4. Creating A Culture of Self-Awareness - Craig Groeschel
5. Three Essential Ingredients of a Standout Culture - Andy Stanley

Why Culture Matters

People of faith differ on how much concern we should pay to the culture at hand, questioning what good can we really do engaging in a broken world. Can we really make a significant difference? Does God share these concerns? Every generation must answer these questions in the same way creatives, artisans, industry and civic leaders have done for two millennia. Tim Keller, New York Times Bestselling Author and Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City provides a fundamental perspective on why culture matters to God and therefore must matter to us.

Soul Keeping (Sermon)

The soul is NOT “a theological and abstract subject.” The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence. Jesus said it’s worth more than the world.

You’d be an idiot not to prize it above all else. Shouldn’t you get pretty clear on exactly what it is? Shouldn’t you know what it runs on? Wouldn’t it be worth knowing how to care for it? Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The other is: if you don’t look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement.

In this session, bestselling author John Ortberg writes another classic that will help you discover your soul and take your relationship with God to the next level.

7 Measurable Signs of Progress

Each week, Pastor Brian gathers the collective staff of Hillsong Church in Australia and empowers them with practical tools and leadership lessons that will not only build the church, but build their lives. This is a talk that Pastor Brian Houston (Hillsong Church) gave to his church staff on 7 Measurable Signs of Progress.

The 5 Love Languages

The Five Love LanguagesThe Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1995 book by Gary Chapman. It outlines five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls "love languages": gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch.

This is an amazing approach to understanding how to communicate better with your spouse, children, and even your co-workers.

***Free Love Language Online Assessment***

Take the 5 Love Languages official assessment to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships. Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others.

Life. Money. Hope. (3 Sessions)

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Our money impacts our life. Learning how to get out of debt and live on less than we make is essential to creating a healthy life. This three-part series from Dave Ramsey studies debt and money, offering biblical advice about some of life's most difficult problems. Learn the basics of finance according to the Bible, how to break the power of debt, and the number one myth about money. 

Session One - The Basics of Biblical Finance

Session Two - Breaking the Bondage of Debt

Session Three - The # 1 Myth About Money

 

***EXTRA RESOURCES***

EVERYDOLLAR (Free Budgeting Tool)

Turn Your Goals Into Results. Budgeting in EveryDollar is easy — it takes less than 10 minutes to create your first budget! Even better, EveryDollar helps millions of people just like you take control of their money to achieve their money goals. Pay off debt and save big this year with EveryDollar.

GUIDE TO BUDGETING

Budgeting is often misunderstood and overcomplicated. We want it to be simple! That’s Ramsey Solutions created this Guide to Budgeting. Over the next several pages, we’ll introduce you to a proven plan that’s helped millions of people take control of their money—and their lives. We know it will work for you too! 

How to Win With Money in 7 Simple Baby Steps

The Baby Steps are your key to financial peace. And the steps are simple. So why isn’t everyone winning with money? Because each step also requires a bit of discipline. After all, if you want to live like no one else, you have to live like no one else. Don’t worry if this sounds redundant now—you’ll get there eventually. Click below and dive in!

How to Pay Off Debt Easier and Faster Than Ever

Getting out of debt doesn’t have to be stressful. Make the process of paying off debt easier and faster by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. This will keep you on track (and motivated) as you pay off your student loans, car debt, or credit card balances.

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

Tools for Navigating Staff Relationships

“What if we looked at conflict as the opportunity to strengthen a relationship as opposed to viewing it as the precursor to relational ruin?” —Bill Hybels

“Growth doesn’t happen on any level unless something is being torn down and built back up. There is no growth without tension or challenge.” —Andy Stanley 

In this session, Jesse Anderson of Church on the Move will share how we can improve our relationships with one another and thus improve the health of our staff culture.

This session is from Seeds Conference 2017.

Leading From Here To There (5 Sessions)

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Bestselling author and pastor Bill Hybels helps equip leaders with five key skills that everyone needs in order to grow their leadership ability. Each of the video sessions will feature Hybels sharing the wisdom and experience that he has learned in nearly 40 years of leadership at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.

In this five-session teaching video (guide sold separately), Hybels will help leaders discover what kind of leader they are, how to gain self-awareness and relational awareness, how to build an effective team, how to form and declare a vision, and discovering each leader's holy discontent.

Session 1 - The Power of Vision
Session 2 - The Toughest Person You Lead
Session 3 - Mastering 360-Degree Leadership
Session 4 - Building a Fantastic Culture
Session 5 - Pursue Your Unique Calling