Covenant Christian School Blog
In part two of my series of “Why choose a Christian school,” I want to address some additional objections I have heard over the years from critics of this movement. As stated last time, hopefully this will provide answers that you can give to friends and family who might question your decision to send your kids to CCS.
Christian education may be fine for a few years, but at a certain age it’s best to let children decide for themselves where they want to go to school. I hear this on occasion and while I agree that when children reach a certain age, they should be able to discuss and give input to you in regard to their education. However, it still needs to be a parent decision. If we just let our kids decide, then we are saying that we are letting our immature children choose where they will spend the majority of their day, and who their peers and adult leaders will be each day. Remember, according to scripture, the education of children is a parent responsibility. You must stand before God and give an account of what you did for your kids. When it comes to their education, are you going to say to God that you let your children make this decision?
Attending a Christian school is not necessary; church and a godly home are adequate for the Christian education of children. With this argument, consider the numbers. In a week, kids will spend perhaps around 4-5 hours max in church. They will spend a minimum of 35-40 hours a week in school and additional hours around peers. Are you willing to give up control of that much time in their week? A good Christian school will partner with you, be an extension of your Christian home, and provide continuity in their lifestyle and development of the worldview they will carry as an adult someday.
At Covenant, we are committed to joining with you in producing young people who will be distinctive and make a difference for Jesus Christ in the world as adults.
This simple question was asked of me recently, and while I responded, I was left wondering if I answered the question completely. I came to the conclusion that the answer was much deeper than I initially expressed. The word “Christian”, obviously comes from the name “Christ”, which has the meaning of anointing. So, to say Covenant is a Christian school, expresses that we are a school that has been anointed by God. This anointing happens through the Holy Spirit, so a Christian school is one that has been set apart, or consecrated by the Holy Spirit. That is a high honor which we should take seriously, and since God has anointed this school, it is His and He is in charge.
As the high school principal, this is a great revelation and a blessing. To know that God has anointed this school, also means that He is in charge of its success. This summer, as we were looking for new teachers, I was comforted by the knowledge that God was leading (or anointing) those who He wanted to be part of Covenant Christian School. The name of our school, serves a purpose other than just distinguishing us from the schools nearby. It is a reminder that God has purposely set us apart and given us His anointing to teach and do His will on earth.
Students in a Christian school are too sheltered from the world and it’s better to have them face the real world. First of all, anyone that says this obviously doesn’t realize that Christian schools face plenty of “real world” issues. None of us are perfect. On the other hand, I do believe that Christian schools shield kids and honestly, I make no apologies for this. Have you seen the world outside of the Christian school lately? Do you really want your kids being exposed to the world as such a tender age? These days children are already being exposed to way too much adult issues before they are ready. It all comes down to preparation. All of our children will eventually face the “real world”. The question is, “how well prepared do you want your kids to be?”
Christian education is only needed in the elementary grades to provide a foundation. Again, how well prepared do you want your child to be? Do we think that the temptations and peer pressure are going to lessen when they enter junior high or high school? In over 30 years in this business, I have come to even greater convictions about the need for Christian education in the upper grades because it is truly in those secondary education years that students begin to shape their beliefs and decide who they really are. They also develop deeper and more complex relationships with peers, especially members of the opposite sex. During these years of growing independence, who do you want their peers to be? What kind of adult leaders do you want around your teenager for the majority of their day? The foundation we want to build for our kids should be consistent in grades K-12. This is critical for their future as adults.
Next week, I will continue with more answers to common objections. I hope this will equip you with good responses and also give you peace of mind.
- First, we owe it to these children to provide JOY. There is much in their world that is unpleasant, sad, angry or even scary. We can provide joy to them and it is a joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. In the midst of uncertain and dangerous times, we can laugh with them and give them a smile despite what’s going on in the world. We can be joyful because we serve a risen Savior who is on the throne. In 2015 these kids need to hear the words of the apostle Paul when he says “Rejoice always!”
- Second, in the Christian school we can also provide HOPE for our kids. We have the truth and we know who reigns and we know who will have the ultimate victory. These children and teenagers will feel blessed and secure if they are around hopeful people every day. In their relativistic, blurry secular world, there is no hope. Men will let you down – but only in a Christian school can we consistently experience the hope that the students need as they grow up, leave our homes, and live as adult believers. Hebrews 7 says that “our hope is an anchor for the soul.”
For children, an education consists of a variety of experiences and values that your child will encounter in 13 years of schooling. It is more than merely academics. In a given day, a child will spend as many hours around their teachers and peers as they do around their parents. Church attendance constitutes approximately 4 hours a week for most children, by contrast they spend close to 40 hours a week at school. Covenant Christian School is committed to providing not only sound academics, but a deep dedication to developing Christian character in the lives of students that will last for an eternity. Why CCS? The stakes are too high for our most prized possession, our children.
The staff and faculty of CCS understand the eternal impact of partnering with Christian parents in this important endeavor of preparing students for life, college, missions, discipleship, and employment. This is a journey we all value and are thankful to be a part of.