We just completed our Kingdom School Institute 2015. Even though this was our 13th Institute, this year’s event had a certain urgency surrounding it. God moved in our midst in some amazing ways. When I was preparing the opening keynote presentation, God convicted me to break out of the mold that has characterized KSI over the past dozen years. Instead of the usual presentation on the biblical principles of kingdom education, the Lord seemed to ask me a very challenging question. What would you tell the delegates if you knew this would be the last KSI you would address?
As I prayed and prepared I was led to present 6 needs that I believe must be met and addressed if Christian schools are going to overcome the challenges facing them today. In fact, if we are not successful in addressing these needs, today’s Christian schools may not survive the onslaught of secularism we find in our society today. These needs have taken on an even greater importance in light of last week’s Supreme Court’s decision related to same-sex marriage.
Therefore, I believe it is important to post the six needs that I presented at KSI 2015. I pray you will give each of these needs careful thought. Even though they directly relate to Christian schools, these same needs must be addressed in our homes and churches as well. I sent out a tweet after the high court’s ruling that can serve as a backdrop to this week’s post. I tweeted, Supreme Court ruling is evidence we live in a secular anti-Christian society. Makes it more imperative we give kids a biblical education!
Need #1: The Need for Bold Leadership
This is not a time for peace-time management but a time for war-time leadership. This type of leadership must begin with a conviction about truth and what the Bible says about how we are to educate our children.
Need #2: The Need to Break Down the Wall of the Secular/Sacred Divide
We can no longer compartmentalize life into the secular and the sacred. It is important to realize that Christianity must be seen as total worldview that addresses all of life.
Need #3: The Need to Develop a Biblical Worldview
Christian educators, parents and church leaders must not only know what a biblical worldview is but also be able to apply a biblical worldview to all aspects of life. According to most studies, the vast majority of Christians do not possess a biblical worldview. If we are going to be successful in guiding our children to think and act biblically, we must make sure we possess a biblical worldview.
Need #4: The Need to Understand a Biblical Philosophy of Education
One’s philosophy of education determines what is done in the entire educational process. It is time that the body of Christ address the issue of education biblically!
Need #5: The Need to Understand Biblical Worldview Integration
All education integrates some set of values/worldview into the lessons that are taught. The question is not will ideas/worldview be integrated in one’s teaching but what ideas/worldview will be integrated.
Need #6: The Need to Strive for Biblical Excellence
Everyone talks about excellence. However, few Christians have taken the time to define excellence from a biblical perspective. This has resulted in too many Christians following the world’s concept of excellence that is based on comparison and competition.
In future posts I will address each of these needs in more depth. I am interested in your thoughts on these needs. Please leave your comments below.