Christian Leadership

Tootin’ the Horn

I have never been one to like center stage. I enjoy my role as the “man behind the curtain”, planning the event, orchestrating movements, and scripting the songs for school leaders to take the limelight. (At the Partnership, we like the bass rather than the lead, the off-beats rather than the downbeats.) Periodically, however, we… Read more »

Secret Shoppers for Schools?

Over the years, you have seen my posts about the importance of meeting the Endowment Match Challenge available from The Lutheran Foundation. You have also heard my spiel on the importance of donor relations, proper and prompt gift acknowledgements, following donor intent, etc. Last February, The Lutheran Schools Partnership initiated a “Secret Shopper” experiment and… Read more »

Words: A blessing and a curse

“[The tongue] is a restless evil, full of deadly poison…from the same mouth come blessing and cursing.” (James 3) Guilty as charged? James’s words are a harsh reality. This verse is also similar to Paul’s fret, “I can will what is right but I cannot do it, for the evil I do not want is… Read more »

Can you hear Jeremiah calling?

I talked to a modern “Jeremiah” today. (Okay, that’s not this real name, but humor me!) He may not be the Jeremiah of the Old Testament, but he sure spoke like him. He’s not quite as young as that Old Testament prophet was, but his exuberance is just as strong. The Jeremiah of the Bible… Read more »

Everyone calls him Maurice

Not long ago, The Lutheran Schools Partnership started advocating for our Partner schools to hire Enrollment Coordinators to help boost community connections, marketing, and enrollment. And it worked. A majority of our schools now have at least a part-time staffer dedicated to these tasks, and the total enrollment for our 18 schools have increased year-over-year…. Read more »

Focus on fundamentals

While the greatest game ever devised by man continues to offer excitement into October (uh, yeah … that’s baseball), football is also knocking on the door of my attention. So, I make my daily contact with Packers.com and peruse the latest PR from the greatest sports team on earth, the Green Bay Packers. This week,… Read more »

That’s enough

Have you ever uttered that phrase? It usually comes after a litany of troublesome issues — knees that just can’t seem to go on. Weight that goes on to one’s body; well, because the knees just seem to hurt too much. The politics of the workplace start overriding the joy of the tasks at hand…. Read more »

Welcome Aboard!

During our 2015 delegate meeting on May 11, we welcomed a new member to the TLSP board, Mark Roemke. Here’s an introduction to Mark and a bit about our eight returning board members. Mark Roemke is a farmer and an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Woodburn. Mark’s family has deep roots in Lutheran… Read more »

The urgency to make a difference

Can you put into words the basics of what drives your Lutheran school (or any school)? Recently, I visited a school that’s prayerfully searching for a principal. I was amazed by how well the students, teachers, parents, and leaders expressed many of the same characteristics of their school–caring, trustworthy, dedicated. They talked consistently about ministry… Read more »