Jesus was a teacher. He gathered his disciples and others around him and taught with such conviction and truth that the many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hand!” His apostles were teachers and gave witness through their words and deeds and “great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33).
Christian schools are called by God to educate the young. Therefore, the ministry of a Christian school is to assist students in understanding not only mathematics or physics, but how the order and discipline of mathematics or physics reveals the mind of God. It obligates one not only to instruct in geography and history, but to integrate the faith by helping students know that God created all geographical wonders from the mountains to the seas, along with all the creatures that inhabit them and to learn that human discoveries, empires, conflicts, and social movements are measured by the divinely ordained order.
The call of a Christian school requires us not only to help students acquire skills in reading and writing, but to understand that human language is a primary means by which students might explore the wonders of poetry and narrative and most importantly, sacred scripture itself.
A Christian school must be ever mindful that they instruct not only through rational explanation of formal subject material but even more powerfully through our words, deeds, example, and shared experience. Our educational program has a stable core of teachers who are academically and spiritually competent. It is the responsibility of this school to bring teachers on-board that both teach and live the truth of God’s Word before students. A teacher’s total lifestyle, including attitudes, values, and priorities, should demonstrate a love for the Lord as evidenced by their commitment to live in obedience to His Word, both on and off campus. Our teachers become the “living curriculum” in our school. “After a pupil has been trained, he will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40).
It is important, indeed, to grasp the concept that a Christian school will affect eternity. Long after our lives are over, the influence of a Christian school continues on through the lives of its students. Our legacy, therefore, is one that is being created today and will become our gift to the many tomorrows.