IGC strives to strengthen schools financially and operationally, so they can focus on education and discipleship.
HOW CAN THIS BE ACCOMPLISHED?
Step 1 – Discover God’s purpose or destination for your school – the “why”:
18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
- Vision is our God given purpose, or the “why” we exist.
- Most people have experienced the anxiety of not understanding their purpose or their “why.”
- When we employ many people in a school that do not understand its “why," restraint is cast off.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” - Lewis Carroll
- God has a Vision for your Christian school.
- It is vital to discover, understand and pursue your purpose, or you will “spin.”
- A boat full of oarsman rowing out of sequence spins.
- A spinning top has no discernible direction. It lacks control – it has no restraint.
- Many schools act without understanding their “why” and they “spin.”
- When planning a vacation, the mode of transportation is not determined first.
- The destination is identified first and then you decide how to get there.
- Likewise, Christian school's should not act before discovering God’s desired destination.
Step 2 – Passionately pursue God’s destination and understand the starting point:
- Once you know God’s destination, pursue it with great passion and tenacity.
- But, to reach God’s destination we need to understand our starting point.
- When planning a trip, you must know where you are to choose the right mode of transportation.
- The destination impacts the decision and so does the starting point.
- Your school must know where it is first to determine how to get where it is going.
Step 3 – Implement the IGC Assessment & Planning Process (“APP”):
WHAT IS THE "APP"?
A comprehensive data driven process for:
- Helping Christian schools discover their God ordained destination.
- Helping Christian schools identify where they are – the starting point.
- Helping Christian schools develop a plan to reach God’s ordained destination.
- Helping Christian schools implement the plan to reach the destination.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
First, IGC’s plans are always self-funding!
The process consists of:
- A 50 statement on-line quantitative survey completed by your Leadership Team.
- They’re asked to rate the importance of each statement.
- They’re asked to rate the school's performance with respect to each statement.
- We conduct one-on-one, one-hour discussions with the team members.
- We conduct 2 to 4 parent focus groups.
- We review a comprehensive set of documents from your school.
Schools are comprised of 9 components.
All of them must work well together for a school to be financially sustainable and deliver Discipleship Infused Education.
We evaluate all 9 components of every school client through our proprietary APP.
WHAT ELSE DOES IGC LOOK AT?
Research will be conducted to get a thorough understanding of:
1. Vision, mission, values and strategic objectives of the school
2. Governance, decision making and planning
3. Strategic opportunities
4. Enrollment trends Including attrition
5. Alternative revenue opportunities
6. The last three years of financial statements
7. The coming year’s budget and projections
8. An understanding of the view of present supporters and the parent community
9. The market segment & target market
10. Where the segment is in the decision-making process
11. What marketing message best describes the school
12. What medium (method) of communicating the message is most appropriate
WILL IGC HELP US IMPLEMENT THE PLAN?
IGC has developed many tools to help implement every plan developed through the APP.
CLICK HERE for a list of tools for plan implementation
- Provide proposals for each step in the plan to assist in or manage the implementation.
- Provide an agreement that outlines each individual deliverable and the associated cost.
- Provide a targeted delivery date.
- Provide an agreement that can be cancelled with 60 days’ notice.
WHAT WILL IGC DELIVER THROUGH THE APP?
1. A “Findings” Report indicating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
2. Quantitative data sets and results.
3. Qualitative data sets and results.
4. Parent focus group data sets and results.
5. Document review findings and a thorough comparison of the various data sets.
6. An understanding of where the school is and where it wants to go.
7. A comprehensive report indicating the most pressing issues and opportunities.
8. A comprehensive action plan.
9. Itemized action plan phases and steps within each phase.
10. Timelines and detailed proposed budgets for the implementation of the plan.
The plans will be based on the data derived from the findings report.
The plans are always designed to be self-funding and will include elements to ensure there is no negative impact on school cash flow.
*Note, payment is only required for any work or portion of work completed. This reduces risk and allows for maximum flexibility.