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NEXT Summit

An annual professional development conference for Christian heads of school

Each year Gordon invites a select group of heads of Christian secondary schools from around the country for the NEXT Summit. These are schools that have strong leadership and produce graduates who are both academically talented and deeply committed to Christ. Past NEXT Summits have focused on topics such as standardized testing and advancement, and have featured speakers such as David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, and Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist.

Building a Distinctively Christian Workplace | April 6-7, 2021

Transform the way your institution thinks about building an intentional Christian workplace. Learn from leading human resources and legal experts how your institution can cultivate virtue at work while securing legal protections that will allow your institution to safeguard its unique Christian distinctives in an increasingly pluralistic world.

Conference programming will include practical advice on building theologically rich and practically beneficial programming for your faculty and staff, time with experts who will speak into critical issues related to institutional governance, and sessions from seasoned leaders as to how your organization can better "live theology" through professional development for your team.

We are so pleased to be partnering with M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for this year's NEXT summit. Due to travel restrictions and health and safety concerns, the NEXT summit will be held virtually this year. While we wish we could meet together in-person, we are excited for the opportunity this virtual event will provide for colleagues in Christian education from all over the world to come together around this timely and important topic. 

The cost for registration is just $50 per person. We hope you will extend this invitation to your colleagues and board members and use the NEXT summit as an opportunity for your team to work strategically to apply the information and resources shared by our presenters to your own institutional practices and goals.

Virtual Conference Schedule

All sessions Eastern Standard Time

April 6
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Christianity and the Courts: One Leader's Journey, Michael Lindsay

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Psalm 78:72 - A Model of Leadership, Colby Burke

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session: Solving Your Most Pressing People Problems with 5 Proven Rhythms, Colby Burke

April 7
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A Legal Primer and Key Lessons for the 21st Century, Lori Wyndham

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Religious Liberty and Educating for Reality: The Integration of Intellectual and Moral Formation, Murdock Trust

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hinge Moments, Michael Lindsay