The Association of Christian Administrators (ACA)
Dear School Leaders,
A few years ago, Derald Glover and a group of school administrators formed the Association of Christian Administrators (ACA). Derald was a district superintendent at the time, but he has since moved into a position with the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. Due to Derald’s diligence, Oklahoma’s ACA has been meeting faithfully at state-level meetings several times each year. ACA has even met at national conventions as well. I occasionally provide updates about ACA through this devotional, which has connected several people to Derald. Illinois and Oklahoma have established chapters. Administrators in Missouri and Alabama are considering starting chapters as well.
Being a school administrator in our social media age can be very challenging. At times, the mental, physical and emotional stress can be overwhelming, and we often have few people we can turn to. Having a group of fellow professionals of like faith is a special gift.
Below is some information Derald has provided about the Association of Christian Administrators for any of you interested in forming a group in your state. The formula is simple: ACA generally meets when we when everyone is already together for our state meetings. Sometimes, there is a speaker, and sometimes we simply pray and fellowship. Please consider starting ACA in your state, for if you see the need, others do, too. We are Christians called to serve in secular organizations, which means we need each other very much. How thankful I am for Derald and others who have answered this call to bring us together occasionally under the shadow of His wings.
Please review the information below and contact Derald Glover if you would like to start ACA in your state. You may also email me, and I will pass it on to Derald.
God Bless you all for serving the children of this nation at such a critical time in history.
Information About Starting an Association of Christian Administrators (ACA) in your state:
Our Purpose (Why we exist) – Through Christ, we support and encourage school leaders.
Our Mission (What we are here to do) – To provide a network of Christ-like support and spiritual growth for school leaders.
Our Core Values (The priorities that define us)
- God’s Glory: To exalt Christ in all we do.
- God’s Grace: To demonstrate God’s grace in our words and actions.
- God’s Word: To study, follow, and represent God’s Word, the Bible.
- The Gospel: To help the lost come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Groups: To provide opportunities for regular, inter-personal, relationships with other believers.
- Good Ideas: To stay open to creative ideas for outreach and ministry.
Our Distinctives (The practices that set us apart)
- We believe in peace through the assurance of eternal salvation.
- We hold one another accountable through support and encouragement in our relationship with Christ.
- We are a positive voice for school leaders.
- We support and uphold the
Constitution of the United States including the first 16 words of the First
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
- We exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23
- We pray continually for schools and school leaders.
- We reflect the light of Christ in our service to the children, staff, and parents in our schools.
Currently, there are ACA chapters in Oklahoma, Illiniois, Alabama (considering startup), and Missouri (considering startup). If you are an administrator and would like to start an ACA chapter in your state, just follow the guidelines below!
ACA “Startup” Guide
An ACA can be started in your state by following these simple steps:
1. Identify an administrator to take lead,
2. He/She contact Derald Glover (OKACA rep in Oklahoma) at [email protected] or By phone at 918-781-9540.
3. Pray over and adopt the ACA purpose, mission, core values, distinctive, and philosophy (16:9 Movement).
3. Make contact with the FCA state office in your state.
4. Build a website (see Oklahoma’s ACA link at www.okaca.org or Illiinois
ACA at www.illinoisaca.weebly.com
5. Have a meeting at your state convention.
6. Ask for leaders from each administrative group in state (Secondary, Middle level, Elementary, Special Ed, Central Office, etc…). Don’t worry about the secondary groups as they are sometimes hard to grow. Focus on Superintendents at first!
7. Ask those leaders to build leadership volunteers from different sections of the state.
8. Ask those leaders to have meetings at each of their respective state conferences.
9. Join other states via social media and meet with us at the AASA National School Leadership Conference!
If you are interested in starting ACA in your state, contact Derald Glover (OKACA rep in Oklahoma) at [email protected] or by phone at 918-781-9540