Administrator Video Series
Moving the Needle on Diversity
This tutorial and companion text is designed to use with boards and administrative teams to facilitate honest conversations about how faith-based schools can move the needle on their diversity goals. It points the way forward an anti-racism consistent with our schools' mission.
Chain of Care
Everyone in the school -- teachers, administration, trustees -- is part of a Chain of Care that supports the students' experience of God's loving, creative presence in their lives. "Managing for Mission" means strengthening that Chain to transform students' lives. Learn more about the importance of the Chain of Care and how it works in this video and at managingformission.com.
BRANDING for Faith-based Schools
Accomplishing mission gets more challenging for faith-based schools every year. Many types of schools are competing for resources and for students in an ever-changing environment. To succeed, they need to be clear not just about their mission, but their BRAND--how that mission is actually experienced by school families and potential school families. This tutorial explains basic concepts and approaches to branding for faith-based school as the foundation of marketing strategy.
The President-Principal Model
The collaboration of the President and Principal in a faith-based school blessed to have both is critical to the success of the institution. It's also key to the health of the school community. This tutorial explains the genesis of the model, and how to avoid its pitfalls and capitalize on its strengths.
The Board's Role in a Faith-based School
Healthy boards are crucial to their schools' vitality and connect them to the communities they serve. Yet their role is often misunderstood. Jack Peterson explains the board's role in a faith-based school and how board members and administrators can clarify the various hats trustees wear, so that these complementary components of the leadership team can fully contribute to the school's success.
8 Steps of a Major Gift Ask
Success in procuring major gifts is key to effective fund development for faith-based schools. This tutorial breaks down the eight essential elements, from preparation, to making the ask, to following up. And it explains how to ask in a way consistent with the mission of the school.
4 Best Practices for Doing the Board's Work
This third tutorial in the Board Basics series explores four areas where proven approaches can ramp up the faith-based board's effectiveness: committees, strategic planning, evaluation of the chief administrator and board philanthropy. Hopefully every school's board is paying attention to these areas, but they may not be aware of a few key tools that make all the difference to the school's accomplishment of its mission.
Discernment: Tutorial 4 - The 6 Components of Group Discernment
In this 4th tutorial in MfM's series on Board Discernment, we discuss the six components that are part of every group discernment. By giving advanced thought to these six components, and adapting them to our particular group and the questions it is facing, we can harness the power of God's desire to see fruitfulness in our work and lives.
Designing the Board Retreat
The boards of faith-based schools need dedicated time for work that can't fit into their regular meetings. This includes planning, improving their own process, spiritual formation and team-building. This tutorial talks about how to incorporate all four of these elements into an effective and grace-filled board retreat.
Kinds of Boards for Faith-based Schools
Boards come in many shapes and sizes. They vary in their level of authority, their structure, level of engagement and operating style. This tutorial explains the different types, how they impact governance effectiveness and how to keep them focused toward the school's needs.
Strategic Planning for Faith-based Schools
This tutorial explains how faith-based schools can do Strategic Planning which is truly STRATEGIC, BROADLY OWNED and IMPLEMENTATION ORIENTED. Such planning is critical to the survival and growth of faith-based schools. Given the dependence of the school on its support community, their planning method requires some special characteristics. Take the next few minutes to find out what those are.
Implementing the Strategic Plan
Strategic Plans are a great tool for shaping a school's future. But they will be ineffective unless the school also creates a rigorous implementation plan. Based on 38 years of strategic planning for faith-based schools, Jack Peterson explains a proven process for creating the Annual implementation Plan.
Setting Goals in Faith-based Schools
A step by step process for setting annual Board goals, showing charts and tools used. This same process can be used in other group goal setting situations, e.g. setting administrative or committee goals, or setting goals as part of strategic planning.
Discernment: Tutorial 1- Introduction
This Introduction is the first in a series of five tutorials about group discernment. These tutorials apply the principles of discernment developed by Ignatius of Loyola to the decision-making process of boards, and particularly those of faith-based schools.
5 Requisites for Development Success
Managing for Mission's Jack Peterson explains the 5 core requisites faith-based schools need to focus on to achieve their fund development potential. These 5 should drive strategy, time invested and performance evaluations. Learn more at managingformission.com.
Discernment: Tutorial 3 - The Habit of Discernment
By developing habits of discernment in our daily lives, we can better participate in the discernment which boards must do together. This tutorial explains four habits that will strengthen decision-making in our personal and professional lives, as well as our work on the board.
Development Plan for the Faith-based School
Faith-based schools rely heavily on fundraising to maintain quality programs and relieve pressure on tuition. Because of the unpredictable nature of donated funds and the tendency for immediate demands to take all our energy, every school should have a written, trackable Development Plan. This tutorial explains how to formulate an effective plan with an accompanying free template available at ManagingForMission.com.