Purpose of Christian Education
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim. 3:16)
Why Christian Education?
Students spend 15,000 hours in school from kindergarten through 12th grade, so making the right decision for your child’s education is a 15,000-hour decision that can have a major impact on their development. We believe that a Christian school is the best way to provide your child with an excellent education that will prepare them for the future.
Christian education is rooted in the infallible Word of God, revealed through the Holy Bible. In Scripture, God has given us a full understanding of Himself and His son, Jesus Christ, who is the literal Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth. Colossians 2:3 reminds us that “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”, emphasizing the importance of Jesus in our education. Without building our education on the foundation of Christ, it can never be complete.
FAQ's about Christian Education
Christian schools strive to teach from a biblical worldview, which means examining, evaluating, and making sense of the world through the truth of the Bible. This perspective goes beyond simply diagramming Bible verses or studying the biblical text as literature. Christian teachers, coaches, and administrators strive to reflect the Person of Christ in their classrooms and programs by incorporating biblical values. This means honoring God’s laws, teaching the importance of grace and truth, and valuing each individual as being uniquely made in the image of God. This approach serves to foster an atmosphere of exploration and understanding – one that students can use to grow spiritually, morally, and intellectually. It is a privilege to guide young minds as they make sense of the world, and Christian teachers strive to do it with the utmost respect, love, and humility.
All subjects, curricula, and teachers inherently have a particular perspective or viewpoint. There is no such thing as an objective or neutral approach to education. When a Christian perspective is absent, the only alternative is a non-Christian viewpoint. For example, prohibiting prayer or failing to discuss the role of God in history are just a few of the many ways that a supposed “neutral” viewpoint can present God as nonexistent or unimportant. Children are constantly exposed to non-Christian messages from various sources, including media, entertainment, and academia. At Christian schools, it is believed that the school should play a key role supporting parents and churches in helping students understand the truth about life, the world, and their place in it. This truth is believed to be found in the pages of the Bible.
No one can deny this. Yet, parents must consider whether they want their children to be exposed to today’s permissive culture. The primary difference between a public or non-Christian school and a Christian school is not in the level of professionalism of its staff or the behavior of its students, but in the focus and goals of its education. This focus and these goals significantly shape the school’s culture.
At a Christian school such as WCS, students are nurtured and guided according to the same core Biblical values that their parents possess. Not only do students learn these values in Bible classes, but they are also taught and reinforced through the actions and guidance of teachers, coaches, and other staff members in all school activities. Every challenge and conflict is approached from a Biblical and Christian viewpoint, allowing students to learn and grow in a supportive and meaningful environment.
A quality Christian school should never become an institution that shelters students into a reclusive life. That is not the purpose of Christian education. In fact, the mission of Christian education is to do just the opposite – serve the community and equip students to be transforming influences in the world for Jesus Christ.
A Christian school like WCS should complement and support the role of the parents and the church in shaping a child’s faith and character. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the cultural forces around them, Christian parents can find comfort in partnering with a Christian school, where students are taught by teachers and staff who share similar values and beliefs. This partnership provides an extended community of godly adults who positively influence the child and make a lasting impact on their faith and character development. A Christian school is not meant to replace the role of the parents or church, but rather to augment and reinforce the efforts of these crucial institutions in shaping the next generation of believers.
Equipping children to understand the truth about life, the world, and their place in it through the pages of the God’s Word.