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Develop or Accelerate? A Question for Administrators

Posted by Milton V. Uecker on November 3, 2015 at 4:42pm 0 Comments

As I have been browsing the Lowrie Center archives, which contains copies of the ACSI magazines dating as far back as the early 1980s, I came across an article I wrote in the summer 1981 issue of the Christian School Administrator and…


Critical Thinking within Christian Schools

Posted by Milton V. Uecker on September 21, 2015 at 9:25am 0 Comments

The following is an introduction to a one-day in-service that I have developed for faculty in-service days.  I am posting it for the benefit or both teachers and administrators as they strive to graduate Christian Thinkers.  This is a major…


45Th International Institute

The 45th International Institute for Christian School Educators is now in the past.  As always the event was the pinnacle of the Lowrie Center’s summer ministry as teachers and administrators from around the world gathered to be introduced to the biblical principles that form the philosophical basis for Christian school education.  This year’s delegates included emerging leaders and teachers from Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, China, Haiti, Mozambique, and several southeastern and Midwestern states.  We extend thanks to Dr. Glen Schultz of Kingdom Ministries for returning as featured speaker.  For those of you that could not attend, be sure scroll down to the section of "Videos for the Christian School Educator".   You will note the keynote topics from both 2014 and 2015 along with a link for ordering the DVD recordings of the sessions.   It is not too early for you to begin planning for next summer’s event:  July 10-15 2016.  The Institute is an excellent way to begin inducting newly hired teachers and administrators.  The content, collaboration, and motivation gained through the IICSE experience continues to play an important role in the development of Christian schools worldwide.

The comments below are in response to the question, “What do you think was the most important insight or benefit of the Institute?

  • The idea of “intentional” Biblical integration
  • The connections made with people and the support network that was built
  • Catching the passion and feeling more confident in the foundation and sharing the biblical foundation of Kingdom Education
  • Biblical integration and critical thinking
  • Providing a strong foundation for my leadership and a stronger foundation for my school. . .
  • Hearing from Giants of the Trade!

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videos for the christian school educator

The 2014 and 2015 IICSE Keynotes are NOW AVAILABLE.  These professionally recorded lectures, five per year, are ideal for faculty in-service or one's individual professional growth.  The lectures are available (individually or in a set) to purchase or rent for a minimal fee.  Keynote descriptions and links for ordering are located below. 


IICSE 2014 Keynote Addresses





Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education

The Culture in Which We Serve

The importance of Christian Schooling within Today’s Culture based upon 2 Timothy 3:3-17


Dr. Glen Schultz

Director of Kingdom Education Ministries

The Leadership Challenge: Defining the Culture


Dr. Derek Keenan

Vice President. ACSI

Director for Accreditation

The Devine Classroom

Focuses upon Transformational Classroom in which God uses human instruments in the “becoming process:


Dr. Glen Schultz

Excellence and the Christian School

Excellence is examined from the Kingdom Education Perspective


Dr. Derek Keenan

The Joyful Educator

The importance of joy in a teaching ministry, including seven keys to joy.


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2014 IICSE Video Keynote Addresses


IICSE 2015 Keynote Addresses





Dr. Glen Schultz

Director of Kingdom Education Ministries

A Vision for the Future: The Challenges Facing Christian Schools Today

This session examines the first of six essential critical needs as school’s strive to address the challenges facing Christian Schools—the need for Bold Leadership.


Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education

Living the Mission

An examination of the most essential “means” to accomplishing the missional purposes within a Christian School


Dr. Brian Simmons

Associate Provost for Online Education and Director of College of Education Ph.D. program

Steward Leadership

This session looks at leadership from the biblical model of stewardship.  The bliblical rationale and dispositions of a steward leader is overviewed.


Dr. Elaine Lindsey

Professor Emeritus (Curriculum and Instruction), College of Education, CIU

Former M.Ed. Program Director

Jesus, the Model Teacher

21st century learning is the current focal point of instruction (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity)  This session compares researched-based instruction with teaching in both the old and the new testament.


Dr. Glen Schultz

Director of Kingdom Education Ministries

Critical Success Factors

The conclusion to Dr. Schultz’s overview of the critical needs facing
Christian schools---the need to:

  • Breakdown the secular sacred divide
  • Develop a biblical worldview
  • Understand a biblical philosophy of Ed.
  • Understand biblical worldview integration
  • Strive for biblical excellence


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2015 IICSE Video Keynote Addresses

Throughout the years, the Lowrie Center has archived many messages from experts in Christian school education. We are pleased to announce the addition of some of these classic messages to the Enduring Ideas - Video Series, available for easy download at a minimal fee. Please follow this link for more information:

Enduring Ideas - Video Series

Did you miss the 2013 International Institute for Christian School Educators? Or did you attend, and wish you could share what you learned with your coworkers? Now you can download one or all of the Keynote sessions from this summer. Follow this link for easy download and secure payment options:

IICSE 2013 Videos

Also, you can still purchase training resources from the Keynote and Administrator sessions of the 2012 International Institute for Christian School Educators. Follow this link for easy download and secure payment options:

IICSE 2012 Videos

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Do It Heartily

Do It Heartily

An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart 

By Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

It was about 6:40 A.M. A choice group of young men and I were studying Colossians 3. We were serving God together at a summer camp. Reveille had not sounded yet so our 175 boys were not up. It was quiet in the old grist mill where we sat on benches…


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Integrity of Heart

Integrity of Heart

An excerpt from The Teacher’s Heart

by Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

Psalm 78:70, 71 says that God chose David His servant, took him from the sheepfolds from following the ewes great with young, and brought him to feed Jacob His people and Israel His inheritance.

God has done a similar thing in our lives in making us Christian school teachers. To illustrate, (1) He chose us.…


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Looking Back-1971

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOL EDUCATORS, Winona Lake, Indiana, 1971. This was the first year of the Institute, the beginning of a rich tradition that continues today. Many of the founders of the Christian school movement are pictured here.

In the front row (left to right) are: 

Bill Male, Dr. Brubaker, Tony Fortosis, Jim Weaver, Paul Kienel, Lou Koloze, John Blanchard, Roy Lowrie, Lucille Johnston, Gene Garrick (special thanks to Carl Key for identifying these folks).



FIVE YEARS LATER: (Thanks to Janet Nason and Carl Key for identifying these IICSE leaders.)

1st row left to right:
Lou Koloze, Unknown, Bill Male, Gene Garrick, Unknown, Bob Miller, Tony Fortosis, Art Nazigan, Ron Blue

2nd row left to right:
Lucy Johnston, Ruth Haycock, Bud Schindler, Ron Chadwick, Roy Lowrie, Jim Braley, Paul Kienel, 
D. Messner, Charles Schauffle, Les Brubaker


Your word is a lamp to my feet

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 

1 Corinthians 13: 11-12


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Bible Standards

Started by Kris Schottleutner in Education. Last reply by Milton V. Uecker Nov 3. 1 Reply

Our school is beginning to use the curriculum software: Curriculum Trak.I am looking around for Bible Standards and wondered if someone can offer any direction.Thanks,KrisContinue

Fundraising and Biblical Stewardship

Started by Lisa Lanpher in Education Aug 13, 2014. 0 Replies

Fundraising and Biblical StewardshipBilly FisherAugust 1, 2014EDU 5515 Forum DiscussionPosted with author's permission When we take a step back and look at the overall fundraising process, fundraisers are working with donors who are looking to steward their resources bestowed upon them by God to maximize an impact that brings them joy and satisfaction.  In order for fundraisers to steward donations effectively from these donors, it is critical that they develop relationships with these donors…Continue

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CIU News

Women’s Soccer Team Going to Nationals

November 23, 2015
Women's Head Soccer Coach Kara Farnsworth

Columbia International University has received an at-large bid to the 2015 NCCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championships to be played at the Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida from Nov. 30 through Dec. 5.

For a first year program, CIU Head Coach Kara Farnsworth says the invitation is “unheard of.”

“It’s what we’ve been working toward all season long,” Farnsworth said. “We’re taking the heart and culture of this team to the national stage.”  

A Life Ministering to Others on the Front Lines

November 19, 2015
The Rev. Grover DeVault

Columbia International University alumnus, The Rev. Grover DeVault, has been honored for a lifetime of chaplaincy service.

DeVault is a 1953 graduate of CIU and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2008 for his work as a chaplain, including a tour of duty with the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam war. DeVault was also on the scene to minister to Pennsylvania State Police following a shooting at an Amish schoolhouse where a man killed five girls in 2006.


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