What Every Educator Should Know – But First You Have To Ask! 

The APCE Advocacy TeamAPCE, What Every Leader Needs to Know

We have all been there—or will be some day. You are dry-mouthed, nervously seated before a group of church members you have never met before who have the title of Director/Minister of Christian Education Search Committee. After some conversation, they turn to you and say, “Do you have any questions for us?” And your mind goes blank. In an effort to help us all, your APCE Advocacy Ministry Team has developed questions for all stages … Read More

If Only I Knew…

Karen HorstWhat Every Leader Needs to Know

So, one night I went to sleep, and the world changed around me.  How could I ever have imagined that the landscape for Christian Education would be so dramatically different compared to when I first started working in the field?  If only someone had told me in my first five years that I would have to learn a very different worldview and adopt different approaches! What do I wish I had been told in my … Read More


Susan Hetrick What Every Leader Needs to Know

Once the province of mystics and monks, spiritual retreats have become common practice in mainstream Christian churches. However, in some cases, mystics might have a tough time recognizing what passes for a retreat today. I was invited to speak at a women’s retreat a few years ago that turned out to be a cleverly disguised excuse for a girls’ night out at a local resort, complete with organized shopping excursions and an exhaustive schedule. Yes, … Read More

Is there Anybody Out There I Can Talk to?

Karl WesterhofWhat Every Leader Needs to Know

“I mean, like, you know, somebody who’s wise and experienced, and who gets me?” Are you talking about a pastor?  A therapist?  A guru? “I think I want a mentor.” Whatever made you think of that? “I don’t know; I just hear about mentoring from different people I respect, and I feel like it would be good for me. Colleges help students connect with mentors; business people are always talking about having mentors who help … Read More

My First Five Years…

Nakisha DeJongWhat Every Leader Needs to Know

The words “God doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called” hold a special significance in my life. Growing up in the church, I was exposed to the drama and conflict  that often come with helping in ministry, so I told God I never wanted to work for the church.  As I got older, I also told God that I’d rather not work with kids because I felt led to work with teenagers. And it … Read More

An Educator Survival Kit

Anne WilsonWhat Every Leader Needs to Know

Are there days when you feel like you’re barely hanging on?  Do you ever feel like you don’t have the energy to attend another meeting? After a tough Sunday morning, do you wonder where to turn for renewal and strength? Being an introvert I don’t often seek out other people for help or a shoulder to cry on. Instead I find myself returning to my desk and seeking solitude and comfort simply from the items that … Read More