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Andy Crouch speaks at Cairn University's Biblical Integration Conference

Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today magazine, delivers one of three keynote addresses at the Biblical Integration Conference held at Cairn University on June 16-18.

Conference helps teachers and administrators plan intentionally for “Christian Schooling as Discipleship”

The first annual Biblical Integration Conference  — which focused on equipping Christian school teachers and administrators to foster the practice of discipleship in their classrooms and schools — was held at Cairn University on June 16–18.

The conference was organized by Paul Neal, senior vice president for marketing and enrollment at Cairn and senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE), which sponsored the event.

“Cairn is committed to the belief that Christian schools have the possibility to be places where biblical integration makes education better than what is available elsewhere. I am excited to welcome Christian school leaders, both teacher and administrators, to our campus for three days of thought leadership, dialogue, and professional development on a subject so ripe for serious consideration,” said Neal.

Chad Dirkse, president of Chattanooga Christian School and speaker at Cairn University's Biblical Integration Conference

Chad Dirkse, president of Chattanooga Christian School, leads one of Thursday’s breakout sessions for the administration track. The session’s topic was “Integrated Leadership.”

The conference attracted over 90 participants from 16 states and South Korea. Teachers; deans; department heads; pastors; presidents, superintendents, and directors in various administrative roles; and teacher education professionals benefitted from general sessions, keynote addresses, and dual-track sessions addressing special concerns of teachers and of administrators. See the entire conference schedule here.

Throughout the three days, educators networked, conversed with, and learned from leaders in Christian education, teacher education, and those influencing the cultures of Christian schools today. These included Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, Tim Van Soelen, director of the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE), and Martha MacCullough, distinguished professor emeritus at Cairn University and author of By Design, a workbook-style teacher training resource for Christian educators developing a biblical philosophy of education.

In addition to CACE, we thank our partner Joshua Expeditions for sponsoring Wednesday evening’s dinner and trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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