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Thoughts For the 4th Quarter, Part 3

April 19, 2016
By Dr. Glenn Slater
In part 3 of my blog series on “Thoughts for the 4th Quarter,” I would like to suggest an important idea that can be easily overlooked in the push toward the summer.  Before we wrap up the year and head for vacations, let me remind everyone “get in a final word of gratitude.”  
 
When you consider the entirety of 2015-2016 that began back in the sweltering days of August, there are numerous individuals who have contributed to making this year great for our kids.  Expressing thanks is so important and so often neglected.  There have been times that I had good intentions of thanking someone and then forgot in the rush of other activities.  I regret that. 
 
Who is out there in our school that deserves that "that final word of gratitude” before the year ends?  
 
Teachers – this is obvious, but sometimes we take for granted these faithful servants.  Besides the core subject teachers, have you expressed appreciation to the other teachers in such areas as the fine arts, library, PE and athletics?   
 
Cafeteria workers – have you thanked the ladies who diligently strive each day to provide nutritious meals for our children?  They are sticklers about providing our kids fresh food, a clean dining environment, and a warm smile.  
 
The CCS office staff – behind the scenes, the ladies in the front office carry out innumerable tasks each day that help our school to run smoothly.  Though not as visible, their work impacts the students just as much as the teachers.  Have told them how grateful you are for their efforts?
 
Peers – we so often overlook the wonderful peers of our children.  Having great friends from great Christian homes is one of the real blessings of Covenant.  Have you considered taking the time to thank your child’s classmates?   They wield a powerful influence and it’s easy to take them for granted.   (As well as their parents!)  
 
Organizational Volunteers - what about the faithful parents and teachers involved in such organizations as PTF, Booster Club, the auction and the Walk-a-thon?  These folks do so much to provide so many great experiences for our kids and raise money at the same time!  
 
Coaches – have you thanked your child’s coach recently?  There are many parents who give freely of their time and energy to instruct our kids in athletics.  
 
CCS Board of Trustees – each month, these dedicated people meet and lead our school toward the future. They meticulously create our budget and make the hard decisions needed to keep Covenant moving in the right direction.  And, on a personal note, they are a continual source of wisdom and encouragement to me. 
 
I could go on and on, but let me implore you to do all you can to express appreciation to the scores of people who influence our children through the work of Covenant Christian School.  It doesn’t take much to write a card, send an email or text, give someone a hug or just speak a word of thanks.  
 
Summer will be here before you know it – as Christ followers, let us not neglect the vital ministry of gratitude.

Thoughts For the 4th Quarter, Part 2

April 12, 2016
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Continuing with my series on thoughts for the 4th quarter of the Covenant school year, let me start by sharing a verse:
 
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:18  
 
As the final weeks unfold here at CCS, it is always good to reflect upon our relationships within the school.  Being a community of parents, teachers, and students numbering almost 1,000 people, there have no doubt been problems with interpersonal conflicts.  We have all been working together in close quarters over the past few months and there has no doubt been miscommunications, disagreements and perhaps even anger. 
 
Consider the key phrase of the verse, “as far as it depends on you…”  Before we all disperse for the summer, is there a relationship you need to repair?  Is there a teacher or another parent or even a student that needs to have your forgiveness? Likewise, do you need to seek out another parent or teacher or student to ask for their forgiveness?  Sometimes we may only faintly sense if a relationship is strained, while in other circumstances we may clearly know of a wrong committed but refuse to deal with it. (This is usually caused by our own pride.)  
 
In these final weeks, let me encourage you to take the time to do all you can to “be at peace with all men.”  Perhaps it will only take an email or a card to communicate your feelings.  Or perhaps, you need to make it a point to speak face to face with another.  
 
This may require you to drop your pride and be vulnerable. But, it is what God requires of us as believers.  A Christian school is more than buildings, curriculum, grades, or athletics.  A Christian school is all about relationships.  Loving each other with the love of Christ is one of the most important lessons we can convey to our children. 
 
Don’t let the 4th quarter end with broken relationships.  Otherwise, the body of Christ at Covenant will suffer.
 

 

Thoughts For the 4th Quarter

April 07, 2016
By Dr. Glenn Slater
The months have blitzed by and we are now in the final quarter of school here at Covenant.  Can you believe it?  If you talk to any of the students (especially the seniors) about the days ahead, you will get a universal yearning for the summer.  It will be here soon and we can all look forward to sweating. 
 
But what about right now?  There are still almost 8 weeks of school left and there is much still much work to do.  So what should be our mindset be as we move along in the 4th quarter?  For the next few blog posts, let me share a few ideas about this time of year that we need to keep in mind for our students. 
 
1. Finishing strong is important.  It is easy to let up off the gas in these final weeks and coast, but let me challenge you to encourage your kids to work hard until the end.  When he was nearing the end of his work rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, the prophet Nehemiah prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”  After days of hard labor and ridicule, Nehemiah knew that he had to press on despite his fatigue and discouragement. 
 
Christ himself is the best example of finishing strong.  Hebrews 12 states that he “endured the cross, scorning its shame.”  For Jesus, the 4th quarter of his life had to be the most difficult, but he kept going, despite the suffering and despite his own anxiousness. 
 
So what does that mean for us?  Despite our fatigue and stress, we must encourage our children to continue the work they have started this school year. Despite the beautiful weather outside, they still need to study for tests and they will still have projects to complete.  Significant memory verses are yet to be learned. Pushing our kids to persevere is a worthwhile virtue for us to promote. 
 
Today, too many adults just quit when the going gets tough.  They change jobs, churches and spouses with ease.  “Hanging in there” seems to be forgotten.  But, commitment is a vital component to being a disciple of Christ.   The examples of this are replete in the scriptures. 
 
It’s easy to quit or coast, but that is not what our Lord expects.  During this 4th quarter remind your kids that they must carry on to the end in their studies.  More important than grades, instilling a sense of dedication and refusal to quit will pay huge dividends in their futures.  
 
Aren’t you glad that Jesus finished His purpose?

Be On Your Guard, Part 4

December 08, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
In this final installment of this series, it is should be noted that a school needs to take caution against:
 
4. Loosening of admission and hiring practices.   The admission of new students and the hiring of teachers are critical areas that must be monitored closely in a successful Christian school. 
 
With the financial challenges facing schools today, the temptation is great to accept a lot of students just for the sake of additional revenue.  Also, families can be admitted who do not really share the values of the school.  Whether it be in academics or spiritual matters, if a school allows struggling students or families of a questionable testimony to enter, everyone suffers.  The new student is not happy and the current students are exposed to beliefs that are contrary to our Christian values.  
 
Top notch teachers are the heart of a great school.  When looking to hire a teacher, two non-negotiables must be enforced.  First, the teacher candidate must have a strong testimony and believe themselves called to serve God in Christian school.  With this comes a responsibility to be godly role model above reproach in all areas.  Second, the teacher prospect must have the proper professional credentials.  We cannot just hire nice people who lack training in education or their subject matter.  The instructional quality and most importantly, the spiritual life of a school will diminish with substandard teachers. 
 
Each year that goes by sees Christian schools facing more and more challenges.   Financial pressures, the ever growing secular culture, and even government intervention can cause schools like ours to be tempted to compromise in areas such as our mission, discipline, admission and hiring practices. Covenant Christian School is not immune from such temptations and challenges.  How should we respond?  Let’s end this series with where we started with the words of Paul from I Corinthians 16:13- 14:
 
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
 

Be On Your Guard, Part 3

November 30, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Three weeks ago, I started a series based on the words of I Corinthians 16:13-14:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
 
This verse should stand as a reminder to all of us engaged in a ministry like we have at CCS. We would be naïve to assume that our school will not be attacked.  The first week I mentioned to be on our guard against our mission becoming blurry. The second  installment in this series discussed the danger of wavering student discipline. What else should be on our guard against?
 
3.  The “tail wagging the dog.”   What do I mean by this curious statement?   Simply put, over time a Christian school can get bogged down in peripheral matters and assume that the basic, foundational components of the school are fine.  
 
Let me give you a specific example. Most Christian schools are formed with a commitment to Christian values and excellence in academics.  However, as the school grows, extra-curricular activities can become major parts of the school and wind up controlling the direction of the institution.  Something such as athletics can become a major part of the school and parents will commit themselves more to a sports team rather than academics or the formation of Christian character.  Some parents and students may even leave a school seeking better athletics or fine arts opportunities and thereby place a lower priority on eternal matters, such as their child’s relationship to God.  Some Christian school leaders will reflect worldly values by overlooking ungodly attitudes in a coach or a gifted athlete. Of course, this type of thinking is always subtle. Parents and school leaders may espouse a belief in Christian values, while at the same time contradicting their words by their time, resources, and attitudes in regard to extra-
curriculars. 
 
So here are some questions to consider about the “tail wagging the dog:”
 
At ballgames, does the behavior of coaches and parents consistently reflect godly values?
 
How much of the school calendar is driven by sports or the fine arts?
 
Is the school family united in an unwavering commitment to developing Christian character in its students?   Do our actions and resources match our words in this regard?
 
Why do parents choose our school for their children? Why do parents leave our school?  Are either of these questions related to extra-curricular activities?  
 
Please don’t misunderstand my point. Extra-curricular activities are vital to the life of a school.  I personally believe that they can be powerful weapons to reinforce our godly standards to the students. However, these things can also take over a school at the expense of more important priorities.  As with many things, there needs to be a balance.
 
To keep the “tail from wagging the dog,” let us commit our extra-curricular activities to honoring God and to be used of Him to bring our students closer to the Lord.  Let’s make sure that our children know that extra-curriculars are just that – extra.  Developing a heart for God should always remain first.
 

 

Be On Your Guard, Part 2

November 10, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Last week, I started a series based on the words of I Corinthians 16:13-14:  “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
 
This verse should stand as a reminder to all of us engaged in a ministry like we have at CCS. We would be naïve to assume that our school will not be attacked.  What should we be on our guard against?  As mentioned last week, first of all, we should be on our guard against our mission becoming blurry. What else should be on our radar?
 
2.  Wavering student discipline.  As time goes by, the discipline of a school can almost imperceptibly alter. This very gradual change can potentially go two different directions. On the one hand, the school can begin to slowly compromise and allow student discipline standards to lag.  We can begin to accept things that become assimilated into our culture.  For example, there are words and phrases that students are allowed to use these days that would have been considered vulgar only a few years ago.  Fatigued Christian school leaders may feel it is easier to not address an issue that might seem minor, despite the fact that scripture is very clear about our words.   
 
The other direction a school can shift in terms of student discipline is to go to the other extreme and become legalistic and harsh. The school can become mired in rules and policies that only serve to frustrate everyone. For example, I once visited a Christian school that required all students to wear long sleeves at all times. You would not be allowed to roll them up under any circumstances. At this same school students were not allowed to talk during lunch. When I visited with some of the students, I found them to be aggravated over the unreasonable standards and hence possessed a disdain for the authority of the school.   
 

Being on our guard, what type of discipline standards should we expect?  First, discipline must not be seen as conformity to policy, but as conformity to Christ. Therefore, we should always do our best to tie discipline standards to biblical standards so that they make sense to the students and families. Second, discipline policies need to be very clearly articulated. School leaders need to plainly outline the expectations regarding student behavior.  Finally, discipline should be tied to love. This implies extending grace but also upholding godly standards despite the changing whims of the culture.  We should always use discipline to turn our children toward Christ. 

Christian schools should hold students accountable while always coming alongside them for encouragement.  Strong relationships are at the foundation of stable, God focused discipline in the Christian schools.  “Rules without relationships breeds rebellion.”
 

 

Be On Your Guard

November 03, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Ever since the days of the early church, leaders of Christian ministries have been warned about pitfalls which could endanger the work of God.   The apostle Paul repeatedly used the phrase, “Be on your guard,” to remind his brothers about how their work could become tainted and lose their power.  In Acts 20, Paul told the overseers of the church to be on their guard and keep watch over the flock entrusted to them.  In I Timothy 6, Paul warned the young pastor to guard against “godless chatter and opposing ideas.”  Perhaps the most pointed statement of this type is found in I Corinthians 16:13-14:
 
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
 
In the culture of 21st century America, a Christian school is very susceptible to many pitfalls which can negatively impact the ministry and hence hurt the children under their care.   Covenant Christian School is not immune from such challenges.  Over the next few weeks, I want to address these potential roadblocks so that we will not fall prey to anything that can diminish the important work God is doing here.   What does Covenant Christian School need to “be on our guard against?”
 
1.  A blurry mission.  When a Christian school is founded, the pioneer families are firmly committed to godly values.  Nothing else matters to these parents; the resources in other areas are usually paltry in those early years. 
 
Over time, the school grows and becomes more sophisticated.  Curriculum improves, better teachers come on board and more families join bringing in more resources.  Eventually God blesses the school with permanent facilities that give it a more credible presence in the community.  From there, the extra-curricular programs begin to flourish, such as sports and fine arts.   With so much emphasis on building facilities and programs, a Christian school can become distracted and the mission becomes unclear.  The focus of the school can subtly shift and the Christian values just become an assumed part of the school’s landscape.
 
I’m not suggesting that this has happened at Covenant, but I do feel that in the midst of so much change and growth, God would expect us to be on our guard against our mission becoming blurry. Consider a few final questions:
 
What is your most significant reason for sending your children to Covenant?  
 
Would you still have your children here if our sports or fine arts programs were more limited than they are right now?  What if our building and grounds were less than they are right now?
 
At re-enrollment season, do you ever read our statement of faith and mission statement and then prayerfully re-commit yourself to these values?
 
Have you ever seriously considered leaving Covenant over the mistakes of one particular teacher?
 
Have you ever seriously considered leaving Covenant over a decision made by the board or administration, unrelated to our central mission?  
 
With the flurry of activity that comes with the school year, let’s not forget why Covenant exists.  There are many important aspects of our school, but none is more significant than the unity we should have as believers committed to training children for a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ that will stretch into eternity.   We owe it to our founders “to be on our guard.”
 

 

The Bottom Line, Part 3

October 06, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your soul  and all your mind. The second is love your neighbor as yourself.  All the law and the prophets hang on this commandments.”
 
These words of Jesus speak to the heart of the Christian faith and any Christian  institution. If we want to see Covenant Christian School become a place where young  lives are impacted for all eternity, this verse makes it clear.   We are to love God and love others.  
 
We have focused in previous weeks on the on the notion of loving God, which has included ideas such as making Him your highest priority and hating evil.  If we focus on the second half of this verse from Christ, love your neighbor as yourself, it begs the question - Do you love others?
 
Again, let me caution you – don’t answer quickly.  Think about the question:  Do you really love others (as much as yourself)?  If you sincerely do, then these things should be true about you:
 
1. You will understand that love is a verb.
Love means action, just not talk.  You can say you love someone as your Christian brother or sister, but it will only mean something if you act upon those words.  I John 3:18 really says it best: “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.”   John is crystal clear here. To love someone you have to do something about it.
   
How about being a good listener? When you are in a conversation with someone, do you try to listen to them or do you interrupt because you want to talk about yourself?  At the same time, consider calling or texting someone just tell them how much you appreciate them.  Better yet, be old-fashioned and take the time to write a card and mail it.  We all want to be appreciated, but do you show it in tangible ways?  Beyond this, how about reaching out to individuals that we know are hurting?
 
I guess it all comes down to the simple idea of noticing others. To love others means taking your eyes off yourself and paying attention to the accomplishments and hurts of those around us.  
 
Let me give you a quote I use a lot, “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is 
fighting some kind of battle.”
 
2. You will forgive easily and seek forgiveness easily. 
This is something we all have a hard time with. When someone wrongs you do you hold a grudge?  Or, do you talk about them to others or try to get revenge? Do you go straight to the individuals involved (Matthew 18)?  If a friend or a family member really hurts you, and then seeks forgiveness, do you accept that and let it go?  I mean REALLY let it go…..
 
I Corinthians 13:5 says “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” And Colossians 3:13 states 
compellingly, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  We all make mistakes, don’t we?  We all need and want forgiveness don’t we? 
 
The other side of this is that you need to seek forgiveness easily.  When you make mistake, do you quickly go to the person who you wronged and seek forgiveness?  In the book of I John it is spelled it out plainly: 
 
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command:  Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
 
This verse gives us no excuses. It is a direct imperative. 
 
I truly believe that the CCS campus could be radically changed if we all dedicated ourselves to forgiving easily and seeking forgiveness easily.
 
CCS consists of a wide variety of relationships.  Parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators are all thrust together on our little campus every day.  If a stranger walked around our school tomorrow, would they be convinced that we sincerely love each other? 
 
Relationships can make or break our school.  We cannot always expect the kids to behave in mature ways. So, it falls on us, the adults, to establish and model godly relationships with each other.  Do you truly want CCS to be distinctive?  It all comes down to the bottom line…….

The Bottom Line, Part 2

September 29, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

Last week I introduced the idea that in order for Covenant Christian School to change and become truly distinctive, it must first start with us, the parents and adults committed to the ministry of CCS. 

But, how do we do this?  What does God expect of us as the leaders of this school?  It was asserted that all comes back to the bottom line in the Christian faith. The words of Jesus summed it up in Matthew 22: 37-39:  
 
“Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
 
So His words result in two simple commands: Love God and Love Others. 
In looking at the first command, we examined last week the ideas that if you love God you will - 1) Make Him your highest priority and 2) You will trust Him no matter what. 
Let’s move on with two more attributes of someone who truly loves God.
 

3)  You will hate evil.

If you truly love Him, then you will hate evil.  Romans 12:9 says, “Hate evil, cling to what is good.”   The scriptures are very direct and uncompromising this.  

Do you really hate evil?  Do you really despise those things that are not pleasing to Him?

Do you consciously try to avoid those things which you know are wrong?

What about when you’re alone?  When no one can see what you are doing or thinking? Do you show God in those moments that you hate evil?

Sometimes we think this way  -- “Well, I’ve never murdered anyone, so I’m not evil.”  That’s true but what did Christ say about that?  He said if you think it in your heart, it’s just the same as doing it.

Are there things you do and you know they are wrong?

Maybe you’ve got an on-going problem with your words, with your attitude, with what you look at, what you read, with a lack of forgiveness…  (to name just a few)

Now to be truthful, the battle with evil will be on-going for your entire life.  But one thing to remember is this: when you battle sin and lose, do you respond with true remorse? 

Are you truly saddened and sorrowful when this happens?
 
A way to show God that you love Him and genuinely hate evil is to show true repentance and sadness when you do sin.  And you try to swiftly seek forgiveness of the Lord but also from any individual you have wronged.
 
4)  You will understand, and in turn, appreciate how much God really, really loves YOU.
 
I think we so often do not realize or even grasp the depth of God’s love for us.  
 
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jeremiah 3:13 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
Romans 8:35 “Who can separate us from the love of God?”

I John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

I am probably older than most of you reading this blog, so I can say that I have made a lot more mistakes than you. I have battled sin and often lost, so when I consider my life and what I have done and then realize that God still loves me and lavishes His love on me and calls me one of his children, this just compels me to love Him more and more.  I know how much He has done for me and I love Him for it.
 
If you truly, truly understand how much God loves you, you will find loving Him to be much easier.  Most all of us go to church, we are immersed in a Christian school, we hang out with Christian friends almost all of the time.
 

But --- 

                Is God your highest priority?
                Do you trust Him no matter what?
                Do you hate evil?
                Do you really have a deep understanding of the fact that God loves you?
 
If we want to see CCS take real steps toward being a genuine Christian school, then we all must consider and respond to this first question, “Do you love God?”
 

To make a real difference in the lives of our children both at home and school, for all of us it will once again come down the bottom line….

The Bottom Line, Part 1

September 24, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
With the start of the 2015-2016 school year, I hope that you have been able to perceive the heart of the CCS Board, administration, faculty and staff.  All of us feel a renewed conviction by God to do all we can to make Covenant first and foremost a CHRISTIAN school.
 
But how do we as a school family move forward with such an enormous endeavor?  
 
I believe the responsibility of this lies with us. CCS faculty, staff, parents, grandparents and students. In other words, ALL of us.    
 
There are a multitude of ways in which we can accomplish this as believers, but let’s just cut to the chase. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, he boiled down all of the Christian life into one verse from the Old Testament and some additional words of his own:
 

Do we want to honor God in every way at CCS?  Do we want to be used by God to impact our children for all eternity?  Do we want to be light to this community?  Do we want to be truly distinctive?

Based on the above words of Jesus, here’s the bottom line:  We must love God and we must love others. This is the simple, yet profound formula for a new culture at CCS focused on godly distinctiveness.
 
So, for the next few weeks on my blog, I’m going to address this topic in practical ways that I hope will challenge all of us. (I know I felt very convicted putting this together….)
 
First, let’s start with the first command which is “We must love God”.
 
If I were to ask you right now, do you love God?  What would you say? Don’t take your answer lightly and don’t answer too quickly.  It’s easy to say, “sure I do…”
 
But before you answer, consider a few things.  If you TRULY love God, then you will have certain evident attributes in your life.
 
1. God should be your highest priority.
Do you value Him above all else?
Is pleasing Him a conscious goal each day?
Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” What do you treasure above all else? Possessions? Your 401K? Your health?
In a given day, what do you devote most of your time to?  
Have you spoken to God today?  Do you plan to? Or do you just speak to God when you want something? Do you let Him speak to you?  Do you listen to Him?  One of the ways to listen to God is to study His word. Do you read His word without compulsion?
 
I’ve been married for 36 years. I love my wife…. But if I quit talking to her or quit listening to her for a couple of weeks and then said,   “I love you”,  do you think she would believe me?  What if I kept consistently doing that, but yet always kept insisting, “I love you”.
    
Do we make the deliberate effort to make God our highest priority?

 

2.  You will trust Him no matter what.

This is something that is very hard to do and something I have to learn over and over. It’s a sure sign of loving God, but it is a constant battle for most people.
It’s really easy to trust Him when things are going well. It is easy to say – yes Lord I trust you, when everyone is happy and healthy.
 
But do you trust Him when things get hard?
 
Do you trust Him when:
Things don’t go your way?
When you are struggling in your marriage?
When you lose a job or have a significant drop in income?
When your children disappoint you in a major way?
When you are treated unfairly?
When you believe your children have been treated unfairly?
When you face persecution in your work and/or within your family for your faith?
When someone says something really hurtful?
When you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see?  You wonder why God made you a certain way?
 
Situations will occur during this year that you have no control over.  Problems may occur in your family or with your friends and you may have nothing to do with it and you can’t do anything to stop it.  You may face a crisis financially or with your health that just occurred for seemingly no reason.  A decision may be made at CCS that you don’t like or is not really beneficial for your children.
 
Will you trust Him?  I have lived most of my life with the words of Proverbs 3:5,6  “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”
 
Next week we will consider more on this first topic of loving God.
 
How can we make CCS a truly distinctive, life changing institution?

For me and you, it will always come down to the bottom line…..

Why Choose A Christian School, Part 3

August 31, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

In the part 3 of my series, I want to address 2 final objections I have heard from critics of Christian education:

We want our kids to be missionaries.  This sounds very noble, but it is unrealistic.  By sheer numbers, our Christian kids are going to be unequally yoked with unbelievers in schools that are not Biblically based. Do they have the maturity to really make a difference for Christ in such a powerful secular environment? My daughter was not ready for this kind of pressure as a 15 year old, but she was very prepared when she graduated three years later.  Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Let me stress to you again that it all comes down to preparation, when our kids eventually face this oppressive world, how prepared do you want them to be?

“Soldiers are never trained in the enemy camp….”

Finally, there are those who say that they cannot afford this especially over the long haul.  This is a valid concern, but at the same time, in my career, I have over and over again seen God provide for families of limited means who truly want a Christian education for their kids. How much are we willing to sacrifice for an education for our kids based upon God’s Word? I’ve seen people limit vacations and make their old cars last a little longer all for the sake of a Christian education for their children.   My advice?  Take the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount.  “Do not worry about tomorrow….”  Take it one year at a time, even one month at a time. Do not be concerned about how you can afford this a year from now or even several years from now. He will provide if you truly want a Biblical education and are willing to make the sacrifices.

I hope these thoughts have been helpful for you and will give you answers to those who may challenge your decision to send your kids to CCS.  We recognize that this is a sacrifice and we sincerely appreciate it.  Let me leave you with one final thought:  Many people talk about how much a Christian education costs, but to me it’s more important to realize how much a Christian education pays in the lives of our children.

Why Choose A Christian School, Part 2

August 25, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

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.

 

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Why Choose A Christian School, Part I

August 18, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
All of us involved in Christian education face questions from time to time.  The questions may come from family members or friends. Frequently, these questions focus around why we choose to put our children in a Christian school.  Over the years, I have heard numerous objections to this choice that we make, so for the next few blogs, I thought I would present to you some common objections posed by critics and give a response. Hopefully, this will help you in answering the inevitable challenges that will come. And it may even help you with doubts you have.  So here are the first two I’d like to present:
  • 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.

 

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