Starting Schools for Children of the City

The Mark of God and our Education Crisis

In this primer, Russ Gregg argues that the solution to our education crisis lies in a recovery of seeing the mark of God in our neighbors. Gregg shares his personal story and outlines how what he calls imago Dei education. New high performing God-centered schools in hard places are an urgent necessity for our nation’s cities. These schools provide a gospel context for sacrificial mutual love, academic rigor, spiritual growth, and the redemptive work of God in the lives of children, families, and teachers.


Russ Gregg is co-founder and head of school of Hope Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota and resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. Russ and his wife Phyllis live four blocks from the school. They have three grown children. Russ is a speaker and writer on classical Christian education and has served on the board of the Society for Classical Education. He also provides visionary oversight of the Spreading Hope Network, an organization dedicated to kick-starting God-centered schools in hard places.


Using our proven school model to renew cities for Christ

In 1999, God gave Russ Gregg the courage to quit his job and do something crazy: start a school for his neighbors’ children. If you are being called to start a new God-centered school in your home city, we are ready to partner with the Lord and you in this critical work. You only get one chance, and we want to help you start well.