The 44th 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 South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Guadalupe and several southeastern states.  We extend thanks to Dr. Glen Schultz of Kingdom Ministries and Dr. Derek Keenan from ACSI for being this year’s featured speakers.  For those of you that could not attend, be sure to look for postings of several of this year’s keynote addresses.   It is not too early for you to begin planning for next summer’s event.  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 will give you an idea of the delegates’ impression of the 2014 IICSE.

These are some of the responses to the question, “What do you think will be the most beneficial to you about 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!

Check out our photo section on the website for pictures from the 2014 IICSE.


October 16


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Planning to Promote Biblical Integration

Posted by Lisa Lanpher on September 18, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

by Dr. Milton Uecker

Week 5

Last week’s integration focus was on Dr. Ron Chadwick’s approach to integrating the structural or “enduring” concepts within disciplines.  As a…


Planning to Promote Biblical Integration

Posted by Lisa Lanpher on September 11, 2014 at 7:29am 0 Comments

by Dr. Milton Uecker

Week 4

3. Does the content to be covered in this lesson contain enduring ideas from this discipline?  If so, what is the…


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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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A Responsible Heart

A Responsible Heart

An excerpt from A Teacher's Heart

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

The sons of Jacob had gone down into Egypt for grain because the famine was sore in Israel. They presented their appeal to the governor, not realizing that he was their brother Joseph, whom they had sold years ago. Joseph recognized them, but did not identify…


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A Prepared Heart

A Prepared Heart

An excerpt from A Teacher's Heart (1984)

by Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr.

Short comments about a person are often found in the Bible which reveal why God used that person in a particular way. These comments are about the personal, private life of the person, not about the public life.

There is a comment like that about God’s servant, Ezra. “For Ezra…


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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

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. . .

Matthew 6:33a

M.Ed. at CIU



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Fundraising and Biblical Stewardship

Started by Lisa Lanpher in Education Aug 13. 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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Summer Book Club: Heart and Mind

Started by Lisa Lanpher in Education. Last reply by Milton V. Uecker Jul 17. 13 Replies

It is time to begin a discussion on the second of our summer reading selections---Heart and Mind: What the Bible says about Learning by Ruth Beechick. If you have not already done so you might want to also review the previously posted comments regarding J.P. Moreland's book on Loving Your God with All Your Mind.  Participate in this forum by replying to one or more of the following conversation starters:1) Professional educators should be continually encouraged to develop a distinctively…Continue

CIU News

Blood Drive Big Success

September 17, 2014

By Emily Regan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students came through in a big way for the American Red Cross and the community. A goal of 31 donors was set for a September 15 blood drive. That goal was exponentially exceeded an hour before the drive ever ended.  

The student center quickly became a place where students anxiously gathered to either donate or to encourage their friends and professors who rolled up their sleeves.

To Live Victoriously

September 16, 2014

Columbia International University students, faculty, and staff were challenged to live by the power of the Holy Spirit during the annual Christian Life Conference, Sept. 8-11.  The Christian Life Conference focuses on one of CIU’s core values, Victorious Christian Living. 

This year’s conference featured Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, a 1988 CIU alumnus, who serves as senior pastor of Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and as corporate vice president of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. 


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