Teaching As a Missional Vocation

Teaching As a Missional Vocation

In our interviewing for staff, we try to discern if the person senses God’s call to a missional vocation. Here is one reason why that is so important – because this is going to be the hardest job that you will ever do. Almost invariably within about two weeks, I have...

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Defining the Problem

Defining the Problem

By Dan Olson and Russ Gregg We believe the mis-education of American inner city youth is one of the greatest Biblical justice issues of our day. But to solve a problem, you have to deeply understand it. Our conviction is that the urban education crisis is a symptom of...

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Teaching as Shepherding the Heart

Teaching as Shepherding the Heart

Throughout my time at Hope Academy, I’ve heard visitors marvel at the respectful behavior they observe in our students – many of whom are coming from incredibly challenging backgrounds. “What’s your secret?” they sometimes ask. As a teacher, I can tell you that there...

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The Time Is Ripe for Radical Generosity

The Time Is Ripe for Radical Generosity

Those of us who live in the West are poised at the outset of the greatest wealth transfer in history. In the United States alone, the “greatest generation”—those born between 1910 and 1940 whose industriousness generated incredible amounts of wealth—are transferring...

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Dream Big, Start Small, Grow Slow

Dream Big, Start Small, Grow Slow

Hope Academy is just one school startup model of many models. But if you’re planning on starting a new God-centered school for children of the city I want to encourage you to dream big, start small, and grow slow. Dream Big In my more than 30 years of ministry, I have...

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Radically Generous in Our Hoarding Age

Radically Generous in Our Hoarding Age

Christian donors—especially wealthy Christians—are often reticent to talk about their generosity. This is well and good. Jesus commands cheerful yet (mostly) secret giving (Matt. 6:1–4), and wealthy Christians often deal with a never-ending barrage of invitations to...

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Start Something New

Start Something New

Is God calling you to start a school? If Christ-centered, classical education is best for some—then it is best for all. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe,...

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Identifying & Caring for All-In Teachers

Identifying & Caring for All-In Teachers

By Russ Gregg with Leslie Smith, Lower School Principal, and Nathan Ziegler, Upper School Principal The role of the teacher is central to any school, and the demands of the job bring both joy and exhaustion. In a God-centered school for children of the city, here are...

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A Harbor after the Hurricane — a new school in a hard place

Our pilot Founder school is Harbor Christian Academy in the Denver Harbor and Fifth Ward Communities of Houston. Watch this five-minute video to...

Christian Education and the City

I am not only a product of Christian education myself but I have served at two urban Christian schools in Minneapolis. First as a...

This is Why we Exist

Russ Gregg is the co-founder and Head of School of Hope Academy and a thought leader in Christian education. Subscribe to our monthly updates and blog posts, and we'll send you a free ebook from Russ Gregg: “The Mark of God and Our Education Crisis.”