I will do a New Thingby Dennis Demuth on 06/27/18
As Christian schools look forward to enrollment for next year, the goal for each school should be to see enrollment increase. Regardless of enrollment patterns in the past, God wants to do a new thing this coming year in every Christian school. How many students can your school facility hold? Why not believe God for full enrollment and then more?
As you begin the enrollment process, consider these verses found in Isaiah 43:5-7: “Fear not; for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name; for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Then in verses 18,19: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (KJV)
Going Beyond the Norm
God is looking for Christian schools that go beyond the basics of providing a Christ-centered environment where learning takes place. He is looking for schools to increase and where all learning and training is presented in light of His uncompromising Word. He is looking to direct parents to schools where the secular and sacred are not separated; rather, they are interwoven into a lifestyle that leads to words, thoughts, and actions that bring glory to the Creator-God.
God is looking to expand schools where the school staff are willing to brings students to a point where they can see things as God sees them; where they can think God’s thoughts and evaluate their thoughts, words and actions in light of God’s Word – to live by the Word of God and to be led by the Spirit of God.
He is looking to grow schools that are willing to reveal God in all the students. As God is revealed to the students in all they do, He will cause the Kingdom of God to flow through their lives to others. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. . . that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (2 Cor. 4:6-10).
As you think over your enrollment strategies for this spring and summer, allow the Holy Spirit to give you some new creative ideas. When promoting your facilities, staff, curriculum, student activities, sports programs, do not forget to promote Jesus. Schools have this promise, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me" (John 12:32). When Jesus is lifted up in all of these afore mentioned areas, He will draw students to Him and to your school.
For more ideas on summer promotional strategies, see School Improvement on our website at www.delpublications.com.