CSA National Leadership Retreat Countdown

Building the Future – Next Generation Christian Schooling

CSA's National Leadership Retreat is fast approaching! Make sure you register your school online today and take advantage of the Special Group Discount available, by registering two or more delegates from the same school/organisation at the same time.

The Retreat is being held at the idyllic Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Providing personal and professional learning opportunities for all current and aspiring leaders in Christian schools, it would be great to have yourself and your staff participate in this national leadership gathering.

Who attends? Principals, deputies, board members, business managers, curriculum coordinators, leaders in governance and administration as well as sector representatives and leading teachers. As with all CSA hosted events, the National Leadership Retreat is open to colleagues from all recognised Christian Schools and tertiary bodies, regardless of affiliation.

Headline Speaker Line-Up

Kingdom Education

Dr Glen Schultz, author of Kingdom Education will speak about how to develop an authentic Christian school, the first element of the CSA Christian Schools Framework. Dr Schultz will discuss what it means to be a Christian school, or what he has termed 'Kingdom Education'. Glen will assist attendees in identifying, preserving and promoting a genuinely Christian school environment.

Across three keynote sessions, Dr Schultz will cover:

  • Understanding God's Purpose for Education
  • Worldview and Education
  • Excellence and the Christian School

Meet Dr Glen Schultz here

About Glen Schultz
Dr. Schultz has given his life to educating future generations according to God’s plan. After 5 years of teaching in a New York public school, Glen entered the field of Christian school education, where he has served ever since. He has been a teacher, coach, high school principal and superintendent. Dr. Schultz was a Pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church and Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy. He also served as an Association of Christian Schools International Regional Director for 7 years. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Financial Management in Christian Schools – we can do better!

Christian schools in Australia are in a very blessed position due to Australia's legislative environment and access to government funding. Christian schools have a God-given obligation to excel and be leaders in financial management (stewardship) and integrity. And yet, some of our schools get themselves into financial difficulty, either through poor choices or lack of expertise. As Christian schools, we have an opportunity to work together for the Kingdom and establish sound practices in financial management and provide resources for schools to use. A shared understanding of financial management by business managers, principals and boards, with each playing their role, is crucial to good practice.

In a keynote session, Andrew Davies Director of Corporate Services for Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East, Strathalbyn and Murray Bridge in South Australia, will give an overview of a project he is leading to develop a voluntary, self-help financial management framework (incorporating benchmarking, planning/budgeting, good reporting practices and accounting policy guidelines) which will provide business managers, principals and boards with a shared understanding of financial management, supported by guidelines, tools and resources to assess and improve the financial management of their schools. This keynote will be further explored in an accompanying workshop in the afternoon.

Launching Resources for Schools

The Retreat will also see four major launches. These new initiatives of CSA will help all schools and colleges create space and opportunities for those who are yet to come, both staff and students.

The first resource to be launched will be a Christian Education Program which has been developed in conjunction with Trinity Theological College. This resource can be used by schools wishing to do so to supplement your existing programs and activities.

The second will be a launch of God's Big Story Version 2. In addition to a rewrite, this new resource will contain a whole section on Biblical worldview and links to valuable resources. CSA has partnered with Christian Heritage College to see this resource developed.

Third, CSA has partnered with Adepto to develop a Christian Educators Link which will see the placement of pre-service teachers, graduates, teachers and staff effectively in our schools. CSA will have exclusive access to this resource in Australia and it is a world first in this technology space.

Finally at the Retreat, CSA will launch our new website. This will include a clearing house function which will provide a single location for all our IP, resources, as well as links to websites and partner agencies.

The Retreat will also be running a number of workshops based on Governance, Financial Health, Curriculum, Emerging Leaders and Tertiary links. View the list of workshop presenters here.

Download a copy of the latest Retreat program here

While we have been building schools, God has also been completing a work in us. We are being prepared for a new season, a season of fruitfulness and multiplication. Renewal and multiplication is in God's fabric since creation. It is not just a command but a promise.

It is our hope that the seeds planted in faith by today's generation determine the legacy inherited by the next.

Key Dates and Venue

The Retreat will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on Wednesday 23 August – Friday 25 August 2017 (with optional School Tours on Tuesday 22 August).

National Leadership Retreat
Day 1 Wednesday 23 August 9:00am – 4:00pm with Registration from 8:00am
Day 2 Thursday 24 August 9:00am – 4:00pm
Day 3 Friday 25 August 9:00am – 1:45pm

Celebration Gala Dinner
Date: Thursday 24 August 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Bring A Friend – Special Rates Apply

We are encouraging schools to consider inviting multiple staff from their school and taking advantage of the *Group Discount.

*A group rate applies to two or more delegates registering from the same school/organisation at the same time. Register online today.

Online Registration, Accommodation and Travel Bookings

Registration for the CSA National Leadership Retreat is available online. Please make sure to book your accommodation through our site, as special rates apply for conference delegates. The online form also allow you to compare airfares and provides the option to book these as well. Delegates can also register using a PDF Form, available via the online link.

Please note delegates have the option of paying for their retreat registration and accommodation through Ozaccom by Direct Bank Transfer and by Credit Card.

Retreat Enquiries

For all Retreat program enquiries, please contact Bronwyn Jenkins, Communications & National Events Manager or call 1300 321 CSA (272).

To reserve your registration and book your accommodation, contact Ozaccom here.

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