A key question that we must ask ourselves today in Christian education is, “Are we distinctively Christian in all aspects of our school?” Here’s a simple exercise to try in this regard: a few years ago when I began to think about this topic I started to list everything I could think of that made our school different than others down the street. Then I began to organize these ideas into categories. Try this exercise with your faculty and/or school board and see what comes to their mind – it will be an instant assessment of perceptions as to where your school is coming across as distinctive and where some work needs to be done.
Most recently as I have considered this matter I have come up with some shorthand language – Christian schools must be distinctively Christian in these areas: curriculum, classroom, and community. More on what is meant by this language in future posts. How would you describe the ways your school is distinctively Christian?