Christian Education National

Governance



Vision

Christian Education National school are governed by board members who:

  • Fully grasp their critical responsibility under God, as legal owners and custodians, to secure the vision for an uncompromised, transforming and biblically authentic vision for Christian education as set out in the objects in the school’s foundational documents (constitution) for today and for future generations.
  • Determine policies grounded in biblical principles consistent with best practice healthy governance to sustain the vision.
  • Set in place senior executives in their schools who will inspire and equip others to develop, nurture and embed the vision through the whole school culture, curriculum and classroom practice.
  • Respect policy and positional boundaries and build relationships to ensure safe and professionally rewarding environments for school staff to flourish and realise the vision entrusted to them
  • Value and take full advantage of the vision, community, partnerships and governance training of Christian Education National.


Community

Board members in Christian Education National schools belong to local, state and national networks which actively seek to encourage, motivate and equip one another to be Godly leaders, to strengthen vision, to build capacity and to fulfill their governance obligations.



Partnership

Christian Education National fosters connections and opportunities to inform healthy governance practice, to provide empowering resources and nurture a strong sense of collegiality for board members to strengthen vision, to build capacity and to fulfil their governance obligations.



Opportunity

Belonging to the local and wider Christian Education National community empowers board members with a range of supportive opportunities. These include:

  • A network of approximately 2000 teachers and 85 schools.
  • Christian Education National membership privileges and obligations (association meeting attendance, submitting national recommendations, engaging in informal discussion and formal debate, electing board members, working to shape Christian Education National.) 
  • Advocacy to federal and state governments. 
  • Association membership advice and support. 
  • Conferences, workshops and seminars in such areas as: 
    • Vision building
    • Governance 
    • Pre-governance training (that is, try-before-you-buy training for Christian people interested in understanding what means to be on a governing board) 
    • Board chairmanship 
    • Director responsibilities 
    • Transforming education
    • Accredited and non-accredited Christian worldview courses with the National Institute for Christian Education
    • Accredited and non-accredited leadership courses through the National Institute for Christian Education 
    • Other specific purposes 
  • Phone, email and personal contact with Christian education thinkers / academics. 
  • Exceptional resources including: 
    • Christian education library 
    • Christian education and governance web-based resources and book shop 
    • Christian education: research papers, videos, DVDs, MP3s, books etc 
    • Parenting support, resources and seminars (through our national partnership with 
    • Focus on the Family. (Contact your local school.)
  • Web-based forums
  • Networking 
  • Influence and involvement locally and nationally 
  • Various publications including: 
    • Board Members Handbook 
    • Online newsletter: Access 
    • Two quarterly journals: Nurture (for families)  and Christian Teachers Journal (for teachers)
  • Superannuation fund committed to ethical investment: Christian Super
  • Member news 
  • Phone, email and personal contact with governance, business and structural advisors 
  • Sample governance policies 
  • Sample constitutions 
  • Templates and governance standards 
  • Member news 
  • Teacher education input 
  • Mentoring 
  • Networking 
  • Crisis management and trouble shooting
  • Consultancies and reviews: 
    • Preventative and proactive 
    • Limited Scope 
    • Comprehensive Scope 
    • Strategic planning 
    • Leadership 
    • Financial 
    • Feedback and benchmarking 
  • Industrial relations service (NSW) 
  • Legal Advice (NSW)


Telling the story

Board training: a response

The board training was fantastic. I experienced the best board training I have ever been part of. The legal and practical issues were exercises in equipping board members to know and understand what is required of them by law and how to conduct themselves as Christians involved in governance. I believe these workshops must be bottled. They took all the board members back to the basics of being board members and addressed all the concerns that are presently in the community.



ACCESS on-line newsletter: a response

As soon as ACCESS arrives in my in-box, I put everything else I am doing aside and read it immediately. I really like the look of ACCESS and the information it provides.



Consultancy: a response

Sunday Afternoon

Identifying the issues at the school and developing objectives gave the board and principal a chance to talk through their perceptions without entering into personal opinions and views. They talked as a board with a common purpose. They then worked through the issues to agree on a set of objectives and were led in such a way that they were unified as to the focus of those objectives. This was a helpful and up-building process in that it led the board to operate as a group with a common purpose rather than a bunch of individuals with lots of different view points. It unified them.



Sunday evening

I was encouraged by the way the consultants started with a biblical perspective of leadership. It was a necessary beginning for the process.



Monday morning interviews

This was a great process! The questions and mapping exercises related back to the objectives and were designed to give complete freedom for people to reflect positively on the school and speak to their concerns, disappointments and hurts.

The interview process gave an ear to all key people to be heard without fear. The process was kind and gave confidence to speak our mind without fear of judgment.



Monday community meeting

This was the highlight of the process. It was uncomfortable for many people to start off with but it was a controlled and structured format which gave everyone, both those who knew of the problems and those who did not, a chance to be heard. Had the meeting format been different it could have become ugly. The format made people look at the school, themselves, their roles and the way other people were feeling. It was challenging and at times confronting but from where I sat it dealt respectfully with every person in the room, addressed the issues and the way the community is dealing with them.

The process made people think about the school, the board, the staff and why they choose to send their children to this school. The mapping exercises were a great way to address the issues.



Tuesday interviews

Like Monday’s interviews these were really important. However they came after the community meeting and gave wonderful feedback about the importance and effectiveness of that meeting. These people were mainly the key players of the past and I was encouraged to hear that the process was, for them, a turning point.



Generally

Over the last 5 years I have been aware of issues in various schools and during this consultancy, I found myself thinking of those issues and putting them in the context of this consultancy process. I believe it would have been effective in lots of those contexts and with the various people involved.

The consultancy process was great! So refreshing! It dealt with our responsibilities before God and the need for all involved in Christian schools to be obedient. It dealt with biblical conflict resolution and challenged people to look at themselves!

I believe it was reformational in its approach, a process that helped people to think into the issues facing the school and their involvement from a biblical perspective

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