(Blog post written by Michael Essenburg, Christian Academy in Japan)
Shortest answer: The “4 differences.”
Short answer: At a Christ-centered school, students learn “different content” for a “different purpose” from “different people” in a “different environment.”
(1) At a Christ-centered school, students learn “different content, skills, and values.” They learn to…
- Understand Bible stories, the plan of salvation, and a biblical perspective of what they study.
- Apply a biblical perspective to what they study.
- Respect themselves and others as image bearers of God.
- Use their learning to serve God and others, and to take care of God’s creation.
- Value and maintain spiritual, moral, physical, social, and emotional health.
(2) At a Christ-centered school, students learn for a “different purpose.” They learn in order to impact the world for Christ. They learn in order to be Christ-like. The primary purpose of a Christ-centered school is not to help students get into college or get a job.
(3) At a Christ-centered school, students learn from “different people.” They learn from God’s people. People with new hearts who live for God. People who bear the fruit of the Spirit. People who are passionate about helping all students increase their understanding and application of a biblical perspective.
(4) At a Christ-centered school, students learn in a “different environment.” A Christ-centered environment. An environment that is safe, healthy, and nurturing. An environment that is characterized by love, gratitude, trust, respect for differences, and high expectations.
What’s on my heart? I’m passionate about helping students apply a biblical perspective to what they study. So one of my answers to “What happens at a Christ-centered school?” is: Students learn to apply a biblical perspective of what they study in every class so that they are equipped to impact the world for Christ. Students learn from teachers who are passionate about being Christ-like, helping students develop the mind of Christ, and cultivating a Christ-centered environment.
Please consider this question: “What’s one thing you can do in the next five school days to help your students increase their proficiency in applying a biblical perspective to what they are studying in class?” After you consider this question, use your answer.