6 Needs Facing Christian Schools Today

lighthouse rough seas copyWe 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.

Glen Schultz

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  • Mark Kennedy says:

    Thanks Glen,
    Your first is key. Evangelical Christians in North America have shied away from the warfare imagery as if we were living in a continent wide truce with secularism. To maintain that truce at all costs we’ve compromised more and more on biblical values to the detriment of our whole society. So now if we decide to enter into spiritual warfare I’m somewhat concerned we may just show up at the wrong battlefields and be armed with the wrong weapons.

  • Great wisdom! Thank you

  • Melanie Mittel says:

    Thank you, Glen. First, I hope this year was not your last KSI. I have heard you speak and was encouraged by the authority you bring to the convictions you hold. Your walk with Christ is evident. I will be looking forward to the future posts that will address the 6 needs you have mentioned. The one that strikes my thinking now is #2. I see the confusion that students/we sometimes live in because of the divide of the secular and sacred. It can be overwhelming to think about how to address this, but I realize that I have much greater peace when I start with me:) How am I doing at living out Jesus in ALL of life? Am I taking Him into every area? Is He revealed in MY life in my classroom, my marriage, my parenting? Do my attitudes and actions reveal to my own children that He is at the forefront of my thinking even when I’m on vacation or speaking to non-believers? If I remember that I am – at every moment – a repentant prayer away from unity with Him, I am flooded with peace. Then, I give to my children, students, friends and strangers the hope of Christ that is accessible and available to all.
    In addition, we continue to teach that He is relevant to every topic, person or subject; therefore, we keep on striving to reveal Him to students in the way He uses His creation to show His desire for wholeness. He restores nature even after it is demolished by disasters. He rebuilds new veins in hearts where old veins have been blocked. He scabs places on our bodies so that blood flow would coagulate. Is it sometimes funny that the creation never takes a day off? Wholeness. Whether secular or sacred, He has much to teach us. Students seeing that He gives His image to the secular as well as the sacred brings thinking back to Him and His mercy towards all. As He bears His image through all of life, I pray my ears would be bent towards His Spirit’s teaching and my voice would speak to His wholeness at every opportunity. That the sin that so easily entangles and divides us would also remind us that His redemption is yet another example of His desire for wholeness and our relentless pursuit of the same.
    Again, thanks for your posts. I am enjoying following you.

  • David Duncombe says:

    Dr, Schultz,
    Thank you for your insights into the current needs in Christian education. I could not agree with you more. I would add that Christian schools need to hire expert Bible teachers, and make Biblical Studies a core component of their curriculum. Too often I see one of two problems in Christian Schools:

    First, Bible is taught by amateurs. While advanced degrees are typically encouraged or required for Math, Science and English, Bible teachers are often either lay-persons with little formal training in Biblical Studies or part-time Bible teachers who spend the rest of the school day leading PE or sweeping up around the campus. This ought not to be! If a Christian education is truly to be founded on Biblical Studies, then it must be given high priority in hiring and support.

    Second, Bible must be considered a (or THE) core class by the Christian School. As a Bible teacher myself, I cannot express my frustration at seeing students waste their time memorizing-testing-and forgetting Bible paces so they can make room in their schedule for sports, work, or dual-enrollment credits. Our Christian students need both training in Bible study and the theological molding necessary for a truly Biblical Worldview. It is self-defeating to educate for college or career without educating for Christ!

    Again, thank you for all you do in support of Christian education. Keep up your vital work!

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