THE INFORMATION BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY SENT AS AN EMAIL TO THOSE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING ONGOING UPDATES ON THE FORMATION OF THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AT EMMANUEL COMMUNITY CHURCH.
As we discussed last week, we believe that opening a school at Emmanuel Community Church will provide a natural environment for continued and expanded discipleship among the children of our community. (To read Why? (part 1), click here.)
We also believe that we have in front of us an opportunity to make an educational impact in our community. As Peter Hitchens once said, “being schooled is not the same as being educated.” We want to teach students not just what to think but how to think. We want them to wrestle with difficult questions so that they can learn how to think creatively and critically.
At Emmanuel Christian School, our goal will be to develop students who:
- demonstrate a passion for engaged and life-long learning, academic inquiry, and academic preparedness for future pursuits.
- are effective in written, oral, and modern forms of communication.
- demonstrate an understanding and proficiency in ethical and moral reasoning, with the ability to practice and exhibit strong critical thinking skills.
- live out and defend a Christian view of life through a deep understanding of and ability to apply Biblical truth.
- demonstrate an understanding of the full Gospel message, which integrates the ideas of creation and its purpose, man as an image bearer of God, the fall and its impact, the cosmic nature of redemption through Christ, and the ongoing work and movement toward the restoration of all things.
- recognize and appreciate their place in God’s grand story and human and church history, thus properly acknowledging the significance of their choices and actions.
- understand and practice stewardship over all creation, including care for their physical bodies, possessions, time, finances, and the environment.