Christian school administration
By Roy W. Lowrie, Jr.
The Christian Teacher (1960)
There are several pressing reasons for defining the objectives of our Christian schools.
First, a statement of our objectives clarifies the goals toward which we are aiming. Clear perspective gives direction and impetus to our daily work. We can make plans for the achievement of objectives. Such planning and its execution are right at the core of our program of Christian education. Our objectives are the targets to be hit through effective planning.
Second, the statement of our objectives gives us a standard against which we can judge the present status and the rate of progress of our school. How can we evaluate our educational program accurately if we do not have clear objectives to use for our evaluation criteria?
Third, a statement of our objectives is needed for interpreting our Christian school to the public through our public relations program. A printed statement of school objectives can be read and studied by parents who are considering the enrollment of the children in our school. These objectives help to answer the question, "What is the Christian school all about?" The explanation of our objectives should be the foundation of our public relations program.
The Christian school exists because there are essential educational objectives which cannot be achieved in any other kind of school.
Our objectives are built upon our philosophy. The educational process is dependent upon basic philosophy to provide the right viewpoint, basic background truth, and principles for interpreting the facts encountered in the study of any subject. The concepts foundational to a Christian philosophy of education are:
(1) God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the source of all truth.
(2) God maintains ultimate control over His entire universe.
(3) True meetings and values can be ascertained only in light of His Person, purpose, and work.
Under God, we have set ourselves to the task of operating a Christian school to teach children and young people that in all of life Christians must seek a proper relation with God. Our teaching is concerned with promoting the pupil’s growth in the academic, social, physical, and spiritual areas. The Christian school parallels the teaching of the church and the Christian home, having the same end in view.
Christian School Objectives
1. To teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die for sin.
2. To teach the necessity of being born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. To teach that progress in Christian living depends upon fellowship with God through daily feeding upon the Word, prayer, and service.
4. To teach that each Christian should purpose to yield himself wholeheartedly to God, a sustained sacrifice, obeying all of His will.
5. To teach that a Christian should not, and need not, live his life under the dominion of sin.
6. To teach that the Bible is the only Word of God and is practical and important.
7. To teach that all of life must be related to God if we are to comprehend the true meaning of life.
8. To integrate academic subjects with the Bible. (A future article deals with this.)
9. To promote the application of Biblical principles to every part of daily life.
10. To show the way in which a Christian should live in this present evil world.
11. To teach the urgency of world missions.
12. To teach the student to apply himself and to fulfill his responsibilities.
13. To teach the students to work independently and cooperatively.
14. To develop critical thinking.
15. To develop creative skills.
16. To develop effective skills for communication.
17. To teach the knowledge and skills required for occupational competence.
18. To teach Christian social graces.
19. To teach our American heritage and the current problems facing our country and the world.
20. To develop an appreciation of the fine arts.
21. To stimulate the desire for wholesome physical and mental recreation.
22. To show the student his present civic responsibilities and to prepare him for adult citizenship with the understanding that government is ordained of God.
Perhaps you will not agree with some of the above objectives. The purpose of this article is not to get you to agree, but to stimulate you to define your own objectives.
"Father, give us a clearer understanding of our Christian school objectives and the means for achieving them."
Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Apr 23, 2013.