How do we arrive at the concepts that we want to deeply embed in the habits of mind, heart, and hands of a Christian school student? Are there some common Biblical understandings that should be points of emphasis? How do we educate students for discipleship?
In recent years, some excellent wrestling and work around these questions has gone on at Edmonton Christian School and in the Prairie Association of Christian Schools. The PACS team has identified several discipleship characteristics that they are seeking to instill in their students. They call these concepts “Through Lines” which become an integral part of the daily classroom experience.
They have identified “Through Lines” (desired discipleship characteristics of students) as follows:
- God-worshippers- involved in regular and meaningful worship experiences.
- Idolatry-discerners – adept at identifying and understanding the idols of our time.
- Earth-keepers – respond to God’s call to be stewards of all of creation.
- Beauty-creators – praise God by creating beautiful things.
- Justice-seekers – act as agents of change by identifying and responding to injustices.
- Creation-enjoyers – celebrate God’s beautiful creation.
- Servant-workers – work actively to heal brokenness and bring joy.
- Community-builders – active pursuers and builders of communal shalom.
- Image reflectors – demonstrate their response to Christ’s call to be co-workers.
I believe that these “Through Lines” are helpful descriptors whether used in curriculum design work (we will discuss this more in the next post), classroom faith nurture, or community activities related to worship and service.