We welcome David Loewen as an author of the Voices blog. David is the superintendent of Surrey (British Columbia) Christian School.
The focus of my blog posts over the next few months will be power and the Christian school leader. As we seek to ensure that every area of our Christian schools falls under the lordship of Christ, it is vital for us to examine our leadership practices in the light of that context. At a very basic level, we need to ensure our leadership practices are not doing harm to those we serve; however, our calling is much higher than that as we strive to understand what practices, language, and attitudes we can foster that will facilitate the flourishing of our staff and students.
This case study is offered as a discussion starter. The incident happened. The names are changed, but the facts are straight from the principal’s mouth. How did it end? I’m holding that, for now. How should it end? What reasons would you offer for that decision? Discuss this case with colleagues in leadership.
Mr. Matters, the principal, hated to admit his growing resentment toward the Andersons. The family was getting too pushy, in his judgment. They were demanding Christian education for their child James, who had Down syndrome. It was a demand his school—which was geared toward college prep and was small and barely scraping by financially—could not provide. Mr. Matters had talked to the Andersons at least a half-dozen times over the past two years; he knew they had also been calling board members to start a program for kids like James. And now the board had asked Mr. Matters to contact other Christian schools that worked with students with special learning needs, do some research, and estimate the cost of a program.
To begin this school year, I would like to revisit the basics of biblical worldview, including assessing how we address choosing Bible curriculum and the teaching methods we practice. I offer the following perspectives and resources as you review your Bible curriculum and teaching practices this year.
Steps to a Reformed Bible Curriculum
Reformed Bible curriculum and teaching practices view the entire Bible as one interrelated story. They portray the big story of God’s faithfulness and saving love throughout the Bible. The plot follows the framework of creation, Fall, redemption, and renewal, and takes seriously Paul’s Romans 8 teaching, “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Continue reading