New Podcast Series: Preschool Pioneers!
I am a reverend, teacher, and supervisor at Grace Community School. I am also a senior team member of our organization, and that means I get to wear a few different hats.
One of the hats I have been wearing increasingly over the past few years has been as marketing manager at Grace Community School.
It is in this capacity that I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing an ongoing series of episodes on the Preschool Pioneers podcast, the official podcast of the Grace Community School Apprenticeship Program. The series is called Marketing, Advertising, and Branding your Christian School. I am proud of what I’ve done with our advertising programs at GCS, and I’m happy to have this opportunity to share some of my knowledge with an interested audience.
In the process of honing my advertising skills, I’ve become something of an advertising apologist, so I’ll be explaining the reason for why advertising is so important in addition to giving a lot of practical advice on marketing subjects. I’ve got a wide range of topics planned including social media marketing, Google AdWords, video marketing, direct mail, and branding.
If you are a Christian school entrepreneur or you’d like to be one, this is information you need to know. As we say in the introduction to the series, “Nothing happens until a sale gets made, and a sale doesn’t get made without advertising.”
See the podcast series here.
Do You Hear the Call?
When I write, I write for a very specific audience. The particular audience depends on on where I am writing. I have published a few articles at the Grace Community School Apprenticeship Program website, and when I write there I am writing for people who truly believe God has called them to the field of Christian childhood education.
Childhood education is a broad field, yet one where there is an amazing dearth of viewpoints. If you think you might want to teach at a public school or secular private school, move along, because what I write is not for you.
On the other hand, if you truly believe you are called by God to grow His kingdom and stay true to Him by becoming a Christian teacher, I have some words for you.
My message is this: If you are serious about going into the field of Christian education, especially early childhood Christian education, I would ask that you NOT enroll in college before reading what I have written here and weighing the pros and cons of it and apprenticeship. I hope that after you do you will be able to look at traditional college and declare as God did with Nebuchadnezzar, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”
Read my article on Apprenticeship vs. Traditional College here.
Does Success Have to Start with Being a College Dropout?
“Although they might believe it at the time, dropping out of college is not the worst thing that can happen. In fact, it may be the only way for them to become successful.”
I wrote this article for the Chalcedon Foundations’s Faith for All of Life May/June 2014 issue. What I said two years ago remains just as true today. Our youth and our nation are facing an educational crisis compounded by the follies of traditional college. Gary North has written about this. It is a subject worth reading about.
Traditional college is not worthy of our children, especially those who have been educated at home and in Christian schools. One of our duties as parents is to give our children the tools they need for success, in particular a practical trade. We are in the dominion business, and it is high time that we took that business seriously.
Check out the full text of my article here.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Hike 9-5-16
Some of my fondest childhood memories growing up involved hiking in state parks and other wilderness areas. I am happy to be able to share this activity with my children now. We celebrated Labor Day 2016 by taking a hike through the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary 9-5-16
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GCS Apprenticeship Program Christian Young Adult and Family Event 2016
The organization I work with, the Grace Community School Apprenticeship Program, is holding its first-ever Christian Young Adult and Family Event October 1-2, 2016. I’m excited to be able to show people what we do each day at Grace Community School! I will be there speaking about apprenticeship vs traditional college. Additional speakers will include Rev. Jeremy Walker, my wife Amy, and others from Grace Community School and the GCS Apprenticeship Program. There will be tours of one of our school facilities. I will also be giving away copies of my book, A Full Reward, along with other books and materials related to our ministry.
It’s not all learning: we’ll also be swimming, going to Naples Beach, and playing some games. It will be well worth your time. The Apprenticeship Program will be paying for two-night hotel stays and meals for event attendees. All you need to do is find your way to Naples, Florida.
Those interested in learning about apprenticeship and Christian early childhood education are invited to attend. We already have people registered, and we are capping the event at fifty people, so decide soon! If you are interested in coming, you can find contact and sign-up forms at http://www.gcsapprenticeship.com/event