Nestled quietly in the heart of South Laurel, Faith Baptist Christian School’s mission is to reveal God’s truth in all academic areas and to bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to all students and families, making fully devoted disciples of all believers.
The Faith Baptist Christian School has programs for children ranging from Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary (Grades 1 to 5), and Middle School (Grades 6-8). We seek to provide our students with a quality Christ-centered education while meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
One definition of an effective leader is someone who identifies a critical community need where an organization can make a difference by building partnerships based on its mission, innovation, and diversity. This creates sustainability if the partnerships are with outside groups.
Engaging outside groups provide a diversity of thought when everyone gathers to discuss the common challenge. Of course, the common challenge is to meet the community needs the leader identified. The diversity of thought creates new ways of seeing old problems. Seeing old problems in new ways is at the heart of the most innovative ideas.
The common desire to see the community need to be met provides a renewed source of energy and commitment. It also opens people us to listening to new ideas and new ways of working together.
The diversity of the groups will help ensure that the resulting programs remain relevant. Each group’s special interests and evolving interests will result in self-renewing programming.
The group discussion of the community problem will help shape internal programming. It will also help extend the benefits and outcomes as those programs connect to the other partners. As the partnership gains strength, the programming becomes seamless.
For many Christian schools, this is a significant change in their service delivery model. The current model for many schools is for the school to be an island of service unconnected to other service providers. This disconnect includes a gulf between the supporting congregation(s) and the school.
When there are a ministry and service connection between the school and its supporting congregation(s) there is strength and sustainability. Synergy helps increase cooperation and generosity. It also reduces competition for scarce resources.
The cooperative approach to solving a community need also helps everyone realize that today’s problems are system problems. From experience, we know that addressing a child’s problems requires changes to the whole family. However, the Christian school is seldom prepared to provide the depth of assistance necessary to make the family system changes needed to reinforce the child’s school experience.
With the help of the congregation(s) and community groups, it is possible to make changes in the family system. Those changes increase the long-term chances of success for the child. The increased value to the child and the family help to justify the tuition. The participation of the congregation(s) and community groups brings many benefits without increasing costs.
In some cases, the congregation(s) and community groups can reduce the school’s costs without incurring any costs. Their work can increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the school’s programming. As a result, it takes less time for the school’s programming to be effective. Less time can mean less cost for the school.
The additional links to the community provide an opportunity for the school to meet potential donors.
While the preceding uses a Christian school, it could just as easily be explained using a nonprofit.
Determine the community need that fits with your mission find the community partners who share your interest engage other groups in designing a solution to the community network with your partners to create a seamless process for changing the systems that are the source of the community need
There is an adage that goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go strong, go with others.” The number of nonprofits that are struggling is adequate proof that there is a need for new strength. With strength comes sustainability.
Are you interested in being the next nonprofit in your community to be strong?
These days the major concern of any parent is the education of their children. They start getting tense as soon as their children reach the school-going age. Nowadays most of the American parents send their children to public schools but there is also a significant increase in parents who choose private schools. Amidst these schools Christian are also increasing. Although parents generally like to enroll their child in Christian school depending on their beliefs, thinking, and neighborhood but still there is confusion in choosing the best school for the child.
It’s a fact that the majority of children will do well in either public or private schools. What you choose will depend on the options that are available and the price of enrollment. You must look at all the options before you select public or private schooling for your child.
Despite various advantages of enrolling their wards in a Christian or private school many parents still avoid that mainly because of the high tuition fee. If any school interests you then it is wise to look for the scholarship programs. Nowadays the majority of schools offer financial advice and are always ready to help parents in regard to tuition fees. They also propose discounts if parents volunteer at the time of any event and gathering.
Christian schools focus on religion and incorporate it into the scholastic realm. If you are unpleased with public schooling or want to focus on religion in your child’s life, then choosing a Christian school is a perfect choice. If you would like to incorporate religion into your child’s life but are not a Christian, check out other options in your community.
Most parents that choose to enroll their children in private schools do so because they usually provide more specific education for children to meet that child’s needs. Kids with learning disabilities usually perform better in a private institution. Private schools usually have a small student to teacher ratio, allowing teachers to provide their students with more one on one interaction.
The private schools have a cutting edge over other schools as their students are well placed in colleges and universities. These days certain private schools are allied with many top-level colleges and universities including the famous Ivy League schools. Private schools are a stepping-stone to the colleges in comparison with other high schools.
Many kids wish to attend certain Christian private schools due to certain programs. These programs may include art, drama, music, science, literature, mathematics, civics, or sports. Due to drastically cut funding and other financial problems, public school systems have lost many of their specialized programs. Children interested in specific aspects of schooling find themselves at a loss due to nonexistent or incredibly limited programs. Choose a private school that meets your child’s interests and needs to ensure success in both the academic and extracurricular activities.
When contemplating enrolling your child in a Christian private institution instead of a private school, be sure to include your child’s opinion. Since he or she will be the one attending the institution, ensure the choice is favorable for your child. Carefully consider your options and visit several schools in your area. Finding the perfect school for your child will ensure your child’s success.
… Called to Teach…
What a great mission, to know that you are called to be a teacher, especially in a Christian school.
Remember this, when you stand in front of your students, at that moment in time you are the most important person in their lives. Your actions, attitudes, and words can have an amazing impact on their lives.
The responsibility that comes with the designation TEACHER can be a burden… or a passion! In a Christian school especially, that passion as God’s messenger can have eternal consequences.
Your students will leave your classroom and get on with the rest of life.
When they leave, they will take part of you with them.
Will that part of you…
direct them to God? encourage them to excel? impassion them to the mission?
You do get it, don’t you?
All this God-stuff puts an amazing and awesome impetus on teaching in a Christian school. Or at least it should.
We must not be content with being “as good as the public school.” We must transcend that measuring stick and create one of our own.
It is extremely critical that we grab hold of the idea that we “are more than conquerors.”
We cannot become content with apathy, for a growing apathy diminishes the ability to think critically. Once our critical thinking becomes moldy with apathy, we run the extreme risk of becoming apathetic towards God.
That’s why we have entered this profession called teaching. Our passion is to help achieve a sense of radical excellence that makes Christian school educators unique in the world of learning and leading.
It is our passion to help those in Christian schools to catch the vision of what it will take to set a standard rather than reach a secular standard that has been shown repeatedly to be infused with fatal flaws.
To create our own unique identity in the world of learning, we need to focus on some rather foundational items.
seek radical excellence by returning to traditional values develop outstanding leadership that is infused with courageous vision create schools that are sharply focused on and committed to scripturally based mission statements
Speaking of passion, three teachers with over sixty years of combined service in several Christian schools nationwide, both as classroom teachers and administrators, have reached one inescapable conclusion.
We have begun a journey towards creating a national movement that promotes a system of excellence, possesses a unique identity, and encourages mission-focused operation. This growing action MUST be ignited and fueled by teachers and administrators who develop a genuinely professional dialogue system that works.
To that end, we are encouraging Christian teachers to join us in developing a national forum of communication that will eventually enable us to create a local voice that is respected and listened to. You can read more about our efforts by checking out the site noted in my author bio and reading a document called “The PACT Report” that develops the concept of a Professional Association of Christian Teachers.
So the charge is simple.
Keep the Faith, Fight the Fight.