Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Unpacking our Mission, Vision and Purpose, Part 2

In the first post, we unpacked the first part of our Mission Statement, "The Frankfort Christian Academy partners with Christian parents".  If you missed that post, you can see it here.

This post, we want to discuss the next phrase, "to provide a Biblically integrated education which equips students to embrace Biblical truth".  What does this mean?

Here at The Frankfort Christian Academy, we strive to teach all subjects through a Christian worldview.  According to our foundational documents and our Parent/Student handbook:

"This is our Father's world.  All of life is sacred - nothing is secular.  All truth is God's truth.  And the Bible is God's word to modern man, giving him truth about God, truth about man, and truth about the universe.
All nature is a great wide-open volume written all over with the finger of God.  It is a wondrous world God has made for His children.
The Christian scholar must be a great observer of things.  He must have sharpness of vision and great sensitivity of soul.  He must ask great questions.  He must put forth reverent but fearless inquiries.  He must think God's thoughts after Him.  He must have the mind of Christ."

These are commitments TFCA makes regarding the academic program:

1- The Academic program at TFCA promotes a Biblical view of life.
2- The Academic program at TFCA shall be a planned program.
3- The Academic program at TFCA is designed to promote the development of higher order thinking skills.
4- The Academic program at TFCA will make rich the soul and the spirit of students.

What does this all mean?

"The distinguishing mark of a Christian school relates to that one unique reason for Christian education:  to gain a knowledge of the world from God's point of view (rather than man's) through the application of Biblical presuppositions in every area of the curriculum and school activity.  This is the kernel of Christian education......."

Many people will often ask, "Do you teach about the theory of evolution?  How do teachers pick novels/stories for reading? and similar questions.  This other passage from our handbook says it well:

"While the Bible is the foundation of our curriculum, we do not limit our educational tools to the Bible.  Since the Bible is absolutely true in all subjects with which it deals, we have nothing to fear from any discipline - whether mathematics, science, history, or language.  The facts in any discipline hold no terror for the Christian scholar.  The critical issues in society today do not involve a dispute concerning bare facts.  Non-Christians relate facts to their view of the universe, man and God.  The Christian scholar relates all facts to God - to God's revelation of Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word, and in the Bible, the written word."

We want to graduate students who understand what they believe, why they believe it and how to understand everything else through that viewpoint.  We want our students to be able to think for themselves and problem solve.  It is our sincere desire and prayer that all of our students have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and personal relationship with him that guides all their decisions and actions.

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