A Word From Mr. Satterly—October 10, 2019

Dear WA Community,

Have you noticed that some months tend to hold more significant events than others? Take, for instance, April. It contains Major League Baseball’s opening day, the federal income tax deadline, and the NCAA Final Four. In our house, we have dueling months—November and July. November includes our birthdays and Thanksgiving. July consists of the birthdays of two of our children and our wedding anniversary. I really do love Thanksgiving, but I think that the wedding anniversary month has to win. Right?

Then there is October—the month of educational conferences. It began with the Next Conference at Gordon College, then the CESA Symposium in Washington, D.C. this year, and concludes with the fall Christian Schools of Florida meeting in Orlando.

Conferences are only worthwhile if what we learn helps make us better. At Gordon, I was reminded that “tiny faith, leveraged by God, leads to great things.” A young boy offered five loaves and two small fish—tiny faith in the face of 5000 hungry souls—that Jesus used to feed the multitude. It is not about our faith or even what we bring to the table. It is, however, about the One leveraging. Such a great reminder for our team as we can focus less on what we have to offer and instead lean into the One who does great things.

At CESA, I heard great teaching, reconnected with colleagues, and came home with a long reading list. I also met with the team coming for our institutional review this spring. Those in attendance heard the testimony of a student from a CESA school in Las Vegas who partnered with World Vision. They also listened as a representative from the Heritage Foundation discussed pending legislation and court cases. Everyone engaged in thoughtful conversations.

CESA helps make us better because of what membership in the organization requires. It demands high standards of practice that drive institutions toward sustained and real improvement. It pushes Westminster Academy to be among the very best schools and also to demonstrate that performance. I am excited for our school to pursue membership, and our team is working toward that objective.

Toward the end of the month, I’ll join a group of colleagues at the fall meeting for our accrediting organization. The history of that organization is reflective of “tiny faith, leveraged by God, leads to great things.” Perhaps there will be an opportunity to tell that story someday. In the meantime, let us celebrate all that God is doing in our midst because He is doing a great work.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly