If we don't worship through our work we will either worship work itself, the money or status it brings or treat work as a mere means to the end of rest or a hedonistic retirement (Gordon Preece in Martin, 2017, p.xv).
Work in some form, paid or unpaid, is part of adult life. It is a fact of life. Ogden Nash says 'if you don't want to work, you have to work so that you earn enough money so that you don't have to work' (Martin, 2017, p.27).
A worldview is a person’s way of understanding, experiencing and responding to the world. It can be described as a philosophy of life or an approach to life. This includes how a person understands the nature of reality and their own place in the world. A person’s worldview is likely to influence and be influenced by their beliefs, values, behaviours, experiences, identities and commitments (Commission on Religious Education, 2018, p.3).
Every person’s life is a story that is set in the context of family, community, culture and time.
We live in a world that is both wonderfully delightful and frightening in the complexity of its challenges. While we seek fairness, justice, love and fulfillment we are often confronted with injustice, unpredictable natural disasters, suffering, divisions and hatred where the innocent and marginalized suffer disproportionately. When we choose to know what is going on and confront the realities and the messiness of life, it is difficult to see it and still love it.
As schools adjust to the expectations of the twenty-first century, not only has there has been a call for new conceptions of leadership and leadership preparation (Bezzina, 2012; Caldwell & Spinks, 2013; Dempster et al., 2011; Levin, 2013; Macpherson, 2009; Schleicher, 2012 in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.559) but the expectations for today’s school leaders have never been more ambitious (Robinson, 2011, in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.558). The call is for leaders who are instructional leaders who can promote better academic outcomes for students, who also have a capacity to build and sustain transformational cultures (Day & Sammons, 2013; Hattie, 2009; Robinson et al., 2009 in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.559).