Christian Education Services (CES) is an organization that provides business model transformation consulting for mission-driven institutions. We link our clients with an industry-leading shared services supporting organization serving a growing group of partner institutions with a combined operating revenue of over $1 billion.
We help our partner institutions identify their most pressing institutional needs, then create and implement sustainable pathways to institutional strength by leveraging the efficiencies and strengths of shared personnel and systems.
Rather than assembling a collection of stand-alone vendor contracts, we work with our partners to create a comprehensive integrated growth plan focusing especially on these key areas:
In our experience, institutional transformation requires strong missional alignment between an institution’s board, administration, and faculty, coupled with deep and lasting commitment to institutional change.
Assisting our partners through this process of alignment and transformation is one of our most rewarding tasks.
Our goal is to help our partners move through a three-step process.
(1) stabilizing their financial and institutional health,
(2) implementing a sustainable transformation plan, and
(3) reversing their prosperity gap.
We expect to see our partners balance their operating budgets and produce a minimum annual financial margin of 5% when they aggressively implement industry-best shared systems and processes, prioritize operating efficiency, and deploy market-responsive programming.
•Founding CES board member
•Former Executive Director, Education and Ministry Development – The Wesleyan Church
•Served 14 years in faculty and academic leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University
•Founding COO of Wesley Seminary
•Founding Board Member Full Strength Network
•Served as trustee for 5 universities and Wesley Seminary
•Founding board member
•Past Chair, Houghton University
•Board member, World Hope International
•Board member, Jericho Road Community Health Center.
•Former executive, Praxair (now Linde)
•30 years of executive operating experience
CES has entered an operating partnership with Core Education Services, PBC. Core is a public benefit corporation with a mission to support small and mid-size institutions via shared services.
CES and Core work together to help partner institutions identify their most pressing institutional needs, then create and implement sustainable pathways to institutional strength by leveraging the efficiencies and strengths of shared personnel and systems.
The power of the partnership lies in the people, expertise, and experience of the team that comes alongside affiliated institutions. This team becomes the institution’s team, assisting, consulting, working diligently with the affiliated institution to implement a pathway to success.
Core is creating a growing operating entity of approximately 80 people. They are currently working with twelve institutions across the country. Collectively these twelve institutions have a budget of $1B, which allows for economies of scale to be achieved for many different supporting services.
Core’s supporting services for these ten institutions include active management of technology departments, admissions and marketing support for enrollment growth, workforce development programming and enrollment, workflow optimization to maximize student matriculation, institutional research, transfer student marketing and processing, business intelligence, financial aid compliance and registrar services.
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