Discipleship is one of those words that come to have both positive and occasionally negative connotations. We choose to use it to describe the relationship we as educators foster with our students because we are following the example of Jesus in not only how he educated others but built meaningful relationships with them. Jesus lived life with his disciples (not just the 12) and as they lived he taught them. Similarly, our primary aim is to come alongside parents, as partners with them, to disciple their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). CCS embraces Deuteronomy 11:18-22 as the best way to accomplish this.
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
This command is repeated in other passages of scripture and, interestingly, isn't being given directly to parents, but the community of God's people. As part of the community, it is a command to CCS. We, as a school, endeavor to "fix" God's word in everything we do from Math to Bible class, from sports to service projects.
We recognize that, while our school community may be made up of children from Christian families who share the same basic tenets of the Christian faith, our individual students may not yet have made that personal commitment. Therefore, according to Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:14-18, we are going to them with the gospel of Jesus Christ regularly and intentionally. We see it our Mission to cultivate faith in them through their experiences here at CCS. Our Mission statement communicates "how" we believe we can best nurture that faith. "our Mission is to provide individual academic excellence in a family environment to biblically prepare tomorrow's leaders to reach our community and world."
by seeing each child as a unique individual created by God for His glory, we do not see our students as smart or dumb, weak or strong, but as specially designed. It is our job to provide them with learning opportunities that recognize their uniqueness and inspire them to reach for their potential. This can only be done in the safe environment of a family. We celebrate student achievement and treat failure as a First Attempt In Learning. It is not important if they fall down, but that they get up and try again. We see this as Jesus' example to us in how he discipled and we seek to follow his pattern.
At CCS we endeavor to, "equip" our students "for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ." (Eph 4:12-15)
We believe that through this approach we will equip our students to stand firm in their faith as they leave CCS to venture out into the world. We believe it equips them to be the servant leaders God has gifted them to be. We believe that serving others is God's highest calling for them, whether it is an engineer or pastor, nurse or worship leader. As I look back upon the CCS legacy, I can count many alumni in our own community that are pastors, worship leaders, missionaries, teachers, business owners, counselors, and a myriad of other civic and church leaders. What more can we do.
Never content to rest on our laurels, CCS is pushing forward in a few new areas. We have recognized that many of our students are not as familiar with the Word as some have been in the past. This could be because many of their church Sunday school programs are focusing attention on Christ-like character lessons, rather than Bible knowledge. To fill in the gaps that we are seeing, we added a comprehensive Bible curriculum to the elementary grades this year that is supported by the weekly and monthly memory verses. This curriculum covers a redemptive arc each year, so that students get both an understanding of significant Old and New Testament stories but also are shown the relationship between the Old and New Testament and understand the redemptive plan of God from the Garden of Eden to Revelation at their level. Students will learn that God is unchangeable, faithful, and sovereign with a a plan of salvation and eternal life that cannot be thwarted. This equips them for the upper school Bible program that continues to emphasize God's redemptive plan of salvation while discussing basic bible doctrine and practical personal application of God's Word and cultivating personal faith.
CCS is also increasing the service opportunities students and families have. Each month the school will be participating in community service opportunities, such as, Coats 4 Kids and November's Christmas Shoe Box program. Each grade is also taking part in service projects such as the 5th/6th grade soup project. in addition, larger projects like Change for the World and Africa Change are ongoing academic/service opportunities supported by classes like African Anthropology and the trips this year to Panama and Uganda.
We are excited at CCS for all that God has done is doing. We are zealous to see our students embrace all that God has for them. Equipping students to love God and serve others for His glory is the target of all we do. Please join us with your prayers, ideas, inspiration and participation so that we can see fruit in the lives of CCS students.