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Emerging Leaders Development Institute (ELDI)

Discerning Your Call to Leadership

ELDI is geared toward classroom educators considering administrative roles. 

Illustration: Leadership ELDI

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Emerging Leaders Development Institute

In partnership with Christian School Canada, Emerging Leaders Development Institute (ELDI) offers participants the opportunity to form a network of future leaders in Christian education while learning about relational servant leadership and effective management and governance.

Dates in early July 2024 will be announced soon with a specific location in Canada.

About ELDI

The goal of ELDI is to encourage and guide participants in discerning their calling to Christian school leadership. 

Have you wondered if school leadership is for you? Have you been encouraged to pursue leadership by your school leaders or others? Participating in ELDI is a great step to take to find some of those answers! Designed for teachers, ELDI is a hybrid program, both in person and virtual, that will allow you to focus on developing an understanding of school leadership and the role that God may be planning for you. Through the program, you will have a chance to develop relationships with school leaders with many years of combined experience. But more than that, you will join a cohort of teachers just like you. Participants in the Emerging Leaders Development Institute form a strong bond with a network of future leaders in Christian education while learning about relational servant leadership and effective school management and governance and visionary planning. Join this year’s cohort!


Part 1: Setting the foundation: in-person 

  • Early July 2024 dates will be announced soon

Part 2: Diving Deeper into the Key Roles of School Leaders

  • Meet five times virtually (two hours) throughout the school year

Part 3: Glimpses into the Work and Life of Leaders

  • Participants will meet one-on-one or in small groups with two current school leaders

Part 4: Celebration

  • A virtual half day to wrap up the experience—date to be determined

    Program Cost

    • $500/participant (USD for Americans, CAD for Canadians)
    • $1,500/participant from non-member schools (non-CSI, non-Christian Schools Canada)
    • Schools will be responsible for travel costs as well as costs associated with releasing their staff member to attend sessions (e.g. substitute teacher costs).

    "This program is so amazing! This has truly opened my eyes on the ins and outs of educational leadership and the sessions allow you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and how to better yourself. The facilitators are so welcoming and make you feel a part of the program. The morning devotionals definitely help set the tone and get you mentally prepared for the day ahead. The offsite events also make team building that much more fun! I have learned so much and all this information and hands-on learning activities and simulations made it real and applicable which I enjoyed!"

    ELDI Participant

    San Jose Christian School
    San Jose, CA

    Leadership ELDI 10

    ELDI Topics

    Bullet Point

    A Biblical Vision of Leadership

    Bullet Point

    Administrators as Spiritual Leaders

    Bullet Point

    Developing a Personal Mission Statement

    Bullet Point

    Professional Development

    Bullet Point

    Resource Development

    Bullet Point

    Board-Administrator Relationships

    ELDI 2018 group photo

    “This week has been both enlightening and encouraging.  I have felt encouraged to continue pursuing the avenue of leadership within Christian education, whatever that may look like over the next number of years.  The experiences shared by the facilitators were interesting and pertinent, definitely helpful as I try to imagine what the role of principal would be like.  I have appreciated the openness and honesty of the facilitators throughout the week.  What a fantastic week with an incredible group of people!  God is good!  Thank you for all your work putting this week together!”


    Chatham Christian School
    Chatham, ON