Paperback: 288 pages
Publish Date: August 26, 2019
Christian education needs a MindShift.
Research demonstrates that Christian education has a positive impact on student outcomes like purpose-driven career choices, community-mindedness, and stronger religious affiliation and practice. And Christian school teachers and leaders know from their own experiences that Christian education does, indeed, make a difference. Yet it is precisely because of Christian education’s impact that we need to be concerned with its future. With Christian schools around the world facing significant threats to sustainability and relevance, thriving into the future will require framing the challenges we face as opportunities.
To this end, a group of 60 leading educators—from diverse backgrounds and walks of life—journeyed together over two years through a MindShift, a transformational process of dialogue and exploration pioneered by futurist Rex Miller. Complete with innovative case stories and discussion questions for reflection, this book shares insights on how Christian schools can provide a more deeply and authentically Christian education, reach our neighbors with Christ’s story of love and hope, and catalyze the growth of the Church and the Kingdom into the future.
About the Editors
Lynn E. Swaner
Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, international speaker, and educational leader.
Erik Ellefsen serves as an Academic and College Counselor at Valley Christian High School (San Jose, CA), as well as Vice President of the Christian Coalition for Educational Innovation (CCEI).
Jenny Brady serves as the Director of Diversity for Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA).
Dr. Chen serves as the head of school at Pacific Bay Christian School.
Justin Cook works with the Edvance Christian Schools Association as the Director of Learning.
Dr. Ferguson is the Head of School of Grace Community School in Tyler, Texas.
Joel Gaines serves as the high school principal at The City School in Philadelphia.
Dr. Green, FRSA, is Visiting Professor of Research Integration and Educational Formation at Tyndale University College in Toronto.
Keri D. Ingraham
Dr. Ingraham is in her fourth year as the Director of PCAplus at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.
Dr. Iselin is currently Executive Officer, National Tertiary Partnerships and Research, with Christian Schools Australia (CSA).
Rex Miller is the lead author for Humanizing the Education Machine.
Dr. Pampuch is Chief Executive Officer of Christian Schools Australia (CSA) overseeing 150 schools and 60,000 students.
Dr. Salerno is Head of School at Monte Vista Christian School (MVCS) in Watsonville, CA.
Dr. Smith serves as Head of Upper School and Vice President at Little Rock Christian Academy.
Kathryn Wiens is Executive Director of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University.
Andy Wolfe is the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development) for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership.
Table of Contents
- Welcome to MindShift
- From Machine to Human
- From Scarcity to Abundance
- From Isolated to Networked
- From White to Mosaic
- From Gutenberg to 5G
- From Siloed to Engaged
- From Fear to Hope
- Epilogue: To Love is to Risk
Swaner et al. offer hopeful, illustrative, realistic pathways for reframing our practices and reviving our schools. More than merely inspire, MindShift gives traction to our hope. The bold stories from Christian teachers, learners, leaders, and schools from around the globe scratch the itch for schools that transform lives. If you hunger and thirst for more authenticity, better engagement, and deeper learning in our schools, read this book. MindShift rekindles the joy of our profession and, put into practice, will reawaken your school.
— Dr. Gary B. Arnold
President, Council for American Private Education
President, Little Rock Christian Academy
Our children and young people face political, cultural, and social challenges on an unprecedented scale. In such complex and seemingly unpredictable times, those offering education to this and future generations need to do so in a way which is rooted in Christian hope. Amid such challenges, we need a clear vision of what we think education is for. MindShift brings together a wide range of insights and explorations into these vital issues—Christian educators everywhere will be inspired as they read and engage.
— Reverend Nigel Genders
Chief Education Officer, Church of England
This volume challenges the Christian education industry with a radical—at the root—set of new ideas. In the last century Christian education chose largely to withdraw from the challenges posed by modernity. I suspect that a very strong dose of collective courage will be required to meet the fresh challenges of post-modernity. MindShift will build our courage.
— Dr. Charles Phillips, Executive Director
The Christian Education Charitable Trust
The Robert L. and Kathrina H. Maclellan Foundation
MindShift is packed with honest, clear, and critical ideas and Biblical principles that will open pathways to new ideas on how refocus, reframe, and rethink flourishing in Christian education. Modeling collaboration, this team of authors are real people doing the real work of the Kingdom. May their deep love and commitment to Christian education jumpstart action in the Christian school community to move from fear to risk to innovation.
— Jennifer Thompson, Superintendent
Ontario Christian Schools
This book tells the stories of schools that are creative and innovative—stories told by thought leaders in Christian education about schools that are fashioning sacred places to equip students to be college-ready, career-ready—and most importantly, Kingdom-ready.
— Dr. Timothy Van Soelen, Executive Director
The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education