Recently a colleague asked me, “What are the places or holes you see in the way people (members) are having difficulty with the integration process?” Put another way, “What is standing in the way of Christian schools planning to integrate Christian perspective throughout the curriculum?” Thanks to my colleague for encouraging me to identify the hurdles. Here are my reflections.
Monthly Archives: November 2016
The head of Actual Christian School announced early this fall that he was leaving at the end of the school year. At the first board meeting after the announcement, the board chair had included an item on the agenda: “New Head of School Process.”
Even in the chit-chat before the meeting started, some board members were musing: “Can we rearrange staff and cut costs here?” “I have met a woman who leads my brother’s school; she’d be a good fit here.” “How do we go about finding a new leader? Put an ad out there?”
One of my best friends owns a wonderful outfitting service in Saskatchewan, where he guides hunting and fishing parties and hosts church and family retreats in the wonderful lodge he built with his own hands on Smoothstone Lake.
I’ve been there several times, mainly for what I call “the Smoothstone experience.” While I’ve been successful hunting during my times there, my buddy Lyndon never guarantees the outcome of any hunt. Weather can roll in at any moment and obliterate any chances of getting in or out of the woods, animals have this funny way of not doing what you think they will do, and occasionally raging forest fires cause everyone to concentrate on helping the local town survive instead of hunting. Yet every year, people walk away from Smoothstone immensely satisfied with the experience, even though they may not have been successful in their quest, and even after spending large amounts of money to do so.
At the CSI Worldview Summit last summer, Jamie Smith’s keynote address included this statement, “As human beings, we are created with the desire to move toward something.” About this, my colleague Jen Baham writes, “As Christians, and as a Christian school, we want our desires to focus toward God and toward relationship with God…we can choose to spend our time on activities that, over time, orient us toward God and our relationship with him.” To what extent do the institutional habits (liturgies) of your school orient staff and students toward your school’s stated mission, core values, and biblical worldview?