The Purpose You Propose To Purvey

May 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

Since the “Statement of Faith” is unique to your school, but with certain unwavering biblical doctrines, there is also a philosophy that you adhere to.  Sort of a “why we do what we do and how we do it” statement.  Although not as imperative as your statement of faith, it is a great thing to have in written form why you do what you do: “The purpose you propose to purvey”.

Your “Statement of Purpose”, “Mission Statement”, or “School Philosophy” should have several issues covered.  Adherence to Gods Word is paramount and at the forefront.  To equip students for Gods purpose is also important.  Philippians 4:8 comes to mind when I think of this.  Your Christian school should be concentrating on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.  Just how you do that in a teaching/academic environment is entirely up to you.  It may be a challenge, but is certainly part of a sound Christian school.  Your goal is to “turn out” students with that mindset, as well as students that bear the fruits of the spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.

A sound Christian school has spent the time to develop, refine, and publicly declare the core doctrines, beliefs, and values that define their school.  Yes, I said define.  Those foundation biblical elements that your school stands on, and does not waver or compromise.  The statement that you frequently refer to in moments of attacks or conflict, decision making or policy changes, hiring or dismissal of staff, acceptance or dismissal of students, and of course, discipline.

I would suggest that a school philosophy be based on, or include at least these elements:

Biblical basis.  As mentioned previously in this book, your school should equip students with a biblical world view.  Specific biblical examples should be taught, and this book has many for you to incorporate.  As a springboard, I would suggest you use 2 Timothy 3:16-17   “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Spiritual growth. Students from your Christian school should not only be true Christians, but be growing and maturing spiritually.  Each semester or year you have a student, they should be more spiritually grounded and knowledgeable than the previous.  Remember, one of the main traits of a true and growing Christian, is fruit. Do you see any fruit? Students may not have as much fruit as more mature believers, but there still should be some. Review Matthew 7, John 15, and Galatians 5:22.

Your students should be able to share their faith with others.  They should have a biblical based moral compass, and have biblical based views on their home life, society issues, and even government issues.

Academic growth: Students from your Christian school should excel academically.  We all know that scholastic achievement scores prove that Christian based home schooling or Christian schooling results in scores superior to those form the public government schools.  Please ensure this continues.  Competent well rounded academically sound students should be the result of biblical basis schooling, and spiritual growth. “God doesn’t turn out junk” is a simple, but profound saying. If your school is doing its job correctly, your students will shine academically.

Life growth. Some may call this cultural growth, I like to call it life growth. I always like to take a step back and look at the whole picture.  Make sure students are well rounded.  I have heard the phrase that if you study all the time, you will be a dull person.  Extra curricular activities and sports are a MUST for well roundedness.  Those activities teach things like teamwork, respect, rules, etc. that scholastic academics don’t. Life application endeavors are also a MUST.  An example is chemistry class has an accompanying lab. What you learn in the classroom must be practiced in the real world or application situations.  You cannot learn much about welding if you never strike an arc.  You cannot learn about evangelism if you never have the opportunity to evangelize.  One more suggestion is community involvement. The best and most memorable events of my life have been while volunteering. For a Christian school to be involved helping the community, is putting shoes on your Christian walk, and opens up tremendous doors for the spreading of the Gospel.

You may consider having volunteer hours required for each school year or semester. This probably is age appropriate (older students), but does not have to be.  You may even have a letter grade associated with the quality or effort of the volunteer activity, but volunteerism may not be school supervised which would make a letter grade impossible.  The object here is that requiring volunteerism is a good biblical lesson and mindset for the student to learn and apply to their whole life.

So pray, search the Scriptures, and seek godly counsel, to come up with a statement about your school’s purpose you propose to purvey!

 

Question: Would you like to leave a comment and share a link to your school’s purpose or mission statement?

 

Copyright 2012  Kevin Brownlee

 

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