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.
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
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
Founder of The Turos Group, Colby is a strategic momentum-builder who excels in talent development at all levels. Motivated by the collective potential of developing people and winning organizations, Colby’s research-based framework, The Five Rhythms, solves business problems with people solutions, maximizing employee engagement and organizational performance.
With more than 20 years of leadership experience across a variety of organizations, Colby has proven success in performance development, cultural transformation, and career transition modeling. He is proficient in developing high potential performers and has extensive C-suite collaboration with succession planning. Using his expertise in elevating human resources to a strategic business contributor, Colby leads organizations in equipping sessions and action plan creation to facilitate ongoing workplace improvements and enhanced employee engagement, leading to increased organizational performance. A TeamTelligent Associate, Colby’s certifications include TeamTelligent KSA Suite, Lominger Leadership Architect, MBTI, and various tools from The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Colby has worked within both for-profit and non-profit organizations, one of which earned the Chicago Tribune’s #1 Best Place to Work in Chicagoland for mid-sized firms, and he spearheaded an industry-first, international human resources Culture Conference. Colby lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two boys.
Dr. Jackson serves as the Chief Academic Officer of Great Hearts America and the Founding Director of the Institute for Classical Education. For a dozen years, he served as a professor of English and education at The King’s College (New York), training future teachers in the rudiments of educational history and philosophy—i.e., the great books and the liberal arts. His research interests include the interdisciplinary integration of poetry and the early 20th century debates between progressives and classicists concerning public schools. His articles and essays have been published in Society, Academic Questions, Mythlore, and Comment. Dr. Jackson received awards for teaching excellence at Florida State University and The King’s College. His administrative experience includes the oversight of two university language programs, coordination of a childhood education degree, and service as an associate provost.
With nearly 25 years of service in higher education, Dr. Thornbury has a wealth of experience as a nonprofit volunteer, board member and community leader. Through her roles in higher education, she has provided leadership in research, communication, strategic planning, student affairs and enrollment management for three different institutions. The Murdock Trust is characterized by tremendous intentionality and care focused on human flourishing and the common good. Not only does the Trust provide funds, they are also deeply committed to bringing people, ideas and information together to help nonprofit executives, educators, business and community leaders and other influencers better serve their organizations and communities. Dr. Thornbury serves on the executive team and works to initiate, oversee and help facilitate strategic training and gatherings including board training, fundraising, and leadership.
Lori Windham is Senior Counsel at Becket, where she has represented clients on cutting-edge religious freedom issues since 2005. She has represented parties before the Supreme Court, including Becket’s victories in Hosanna-Tabor, Hobby Lobby, and Little Sisters of the Poor. She has won more than a dozen victories in federal appellate courts, including successful defense of cities and school districts sued for accommodating religion, victories for houses of worship facing discrimination in the land use process, and overturning a multimillion-dollar judgment against a major evangelical ministry. She recently won a first-in-the-nation injunction for an adoption agency threatened with shutdown for its religious beliefs.
Recognized in Washington as an expert on religious freedom issues, Lori has testified in Congressional oversight hearings before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Outside Washington, Lori is sought-after speaker on First Amendment law, including appearances at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Central European University, and many others.
Dr. Moore is the chief executive officer of the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. He is responsible for all programs and activities of the Trust. Dr. Moore joined the Trust in 2006 after serving in senior leadership positions at Asbury Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Wesley Foundation. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is a widely published author and frequent speaker at colleges, universities