Whats the Difference(RS)

Being Different

Being different seems to be en vogue these days. Interestingly, the Christian has always been told to be different. Followers of Jesus Christ are expected to think differently, act differently, and live differently. Moreover, this difference should be indicative of the faith we hold (I Peter 2:9). Christians are to stand out and be a bit odd to the secular thinker (Romans 12:2). Each person was designed with a different purpose; therefore, difference is required and beneficial. As the French say, “Vive le difference!” Embrace the difference, it is exactly who you are supposed to be.

As a head of a Christian school, I am determined that we be different than the other choices out there. What is the point of the time, energy, resources, and sacrifices if it is exactly what is being done down the street, often for no cost to the parent? The differences should be highlighted and exalted. Mind you, difference does not mean less than. The difference I espouse is that the school I lead demonstrates the value of having God’s truth infused in every aspect of the school program. I want this truth to be expressed through superior academic rigors, physical activities, and spiritual environment.

In my personal (ongoing) pursuit of excellence I have learned some things along the way and continue to ponder the research and how it is applicable to a Christian school. I am excited about the opportunity to share some of my thoughts and musings.  I generally enjoy writing about things that are happening within the Christian education movement in general and other things that may be more applicable to the Lehigh Valley of Eastern-Central Pennsylvania.  Because, I enjoy consulting with other schools and learning from them so that we, educators, can all get better at what we do. I truly hope that I add to the conversation so that each of us move to the next level. It is of no surprise to those that know me, I enjoy discussing things that may help or inspire parents, students, and fellow educators to provide a strong educational program.  I hope that you will join me as I find some things that ring true or ideas that challenge and write about them in my weekly blog.   I would enjoy your feedback and input.  Together, we can develop this generation of students to be the leaders for the next generation.

 

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Galaxy (50-percent)

Beginning Of It all

What is the origin of the universe?

What is the origin of life?

What is the origin of humankind?

This week I would like to continue in my worldview series. As a school, it is an important job to help students develop a worldview that is based on truth. We expect to flesh out the answers to life’s big questions so that the students can live with purpose. As part of this worldview development, we hope that our curriculum and program develop a student’s understanding of how this all came into existence.

The origin of the universe is a significant question to be answered. When academically studying worldviews, this aspect is referred to as someone’s cosmological view. Often because of our answer to the inquiry of where it all began, the rest the big questions of life are dependent in order to be consistent.

Of course, there are implications to whatever view we hold about the origin of the universe, life, and humankind. If you believe that things came to be primarily by chance, then the universe, the physical laws life, and even human life have no significance. Conversely, as Dr. Funk said, this implies that human thought and action themselves have limited significance: in the Big Picture, one thought or act is equivalent to any other. On the other hand, if the universe was created by a Creator-Designer, then it can be inferred that He had a plan or purpose. Moreover, what a person does should fit into or support that plan.
Simply, if we believe the Truth that there is a God that created it all, then this God created it for a purpose; and, we must determine what our place is in that purpose.

 

“This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we–even our poets and musicians and inventors–never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have materials to build from. All we can know about the act of creation must be derived from what we can gather about the relation of the creatures to their Creator”
― C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

 


Funk, K. (2001, March 21). What is a worldview? Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~funkk/Personal/worldview.html. Essay Series

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Volunteer Code of Conduct

In order to volunteer in Salem Christian School individuals are required to submit background clearances and agree to the following Volunteer Code of Conduct:

  1. I agree to conduct myself in a Christian, professional, respectful manner at all times. I understand that the volunteers are role models for students, and will conduct myself accordingly.
  2. I agree that I am held to a higher standard of conduct while volunteering at the school.  I must promote the Statement of Faith and standards of personal conduct that is representative of Salem Christian School and its sponsoring church, Salem Bible Church.  If there are questions, it is my responsibility to ask the administration for clarification.
  3. I will maintain security and safety protocols while on school property or during school events off premises. Beginning, but not limited to, signing in at the school’s main office immediately upon arrival.
  4. I will share with teachers and/or school administrators any concerns that I may have related to student welfare and/or safety.
  5. I will follow the directions of the building administrators, teachers, and/or appropriate staff members. Additionally, I understand that the ability to volunteer is at the sole discretion of Salem Christian School’s administration and governance.
  6. I will maintain confidentiality with information that I come across during my volunteer time.  Understandably, I may learn private or sensitive information about students, families, or staff. I acknowledge the mandate to maintain confidentiality outside of school. I will not share information that I learn with anyone except to carry out my volunteer duties and as outlined in this code of conduct and state statute.
  7. I understand that I am responsible for following the policies and procedures of Salem Christian School.  I will uphold the values while volunteering. I will refrain from discussing issues that are divisive.  Thus, I will support the school and its values by not engaging in conversations  that are contrary to SCS values and beliefs.
  8. I will not possess or use and discourage the use of products prohibit under school policy; including, tobacco (any nicotine-related product),  alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs on school property or during school events off premises. And I understand it is my duty to report any breach of school policy such as the use of prohibited products.
  9. I agree to maintain a professional relationship with students and others that glorify God and follows the law.
  10. I agree to notify immediately the Head of School if I am arrested for a misdemeanor or felony sex, drug, assault, or weapon related offense in accordance with the Commonwealth statute.
  11. I agree to follow this code of conduct, the general standards of professional conduct, and maintain confidentiality. I understand that volunteering at Salem Christian School is a privilege with significant responsibilities.
  12. I understand that failure to maintain the volunteer agreement will likely result in my ability to volunteer at Salem Christian School.
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