What is Christian Education?
Christian education has been synonymous with academics since the Ascension of Christ. At its core, it is the fulfillment of the command to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Christ taught the disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). That is not to say, however, it is strictly limited to lessons from the Bible. Rather, Christian education is a Christ-centered and well-rounded academic system that emphasizes spiritual growth as a key component of learning.
Part of the way we seek to fulfill our school’s mission is by achieving and maintaining high academic standards in all subject areas consistently integrated with and related to, the teaching of God’s Word. Lessons are governed by a Christian worldview, which means the Scriptures inform the way we see the world, its purpose, and humanity’s relationship with God. For Christian educators, that means rigorous study in every subject, while remembering that God is the author of the principles, laws, and rules that govern the universe. It means finding meaning in literature and history not only from events and authorial intent but how it relates to the gospel and the Bible.
Misconceptions About Christian Education
There are many misconceptions about private Christian education. We will address a few here; however, we encourage you to contact us if you have more questions.
- No Diversity of Ideas: If everyone is a Christian, there will be no diversity of ideas. That is simply not true. First, our teachers have a variety of backgrounds and stories, even though they are united in their faith in our Lord and Savior. Secondly, not every student who attends is yet a believer. Third, we take steps to ensure we interact with a number of ideas spanning a wide range of subjects.
- We’re taking the Christians out of Public School: We are providing a Christ-centered foundation for students whether they enter public school in ninth grade, the collegiate setting beyond high school, and the workforce beyond their academic pursuits. On that foundation, they will be able to share their faith with confidence to defend it with grace and truth.
- School and Biblical Studies Should be Separate. Many colleges and universities in America began as Christian institutions of higher learning, including IVY League schools such as Harvard and Princeton. Though the core messages of Scripture can be understood by someone with a minimum grasp of language, there is a deep treasure of knowledge that even the wisest scholars never finish mining.
- Non-Bible Subjects Suffer: Christian schools must adhere to certain standards of education but typically go on to exceed them. As people who recognize we are to do all things for the glory of God, Christian educators take their jobs seriously and expect their students to do the same.
- Christian schools are too expensive: There is, of course, no price one could really put on their child’s education. Though Christian schools due typically require tuition, there are often numerous financial aid options.
There are other misconceptions regarding Christian education, but let’s move on to some of the key benefits.
The Benefits of Christian Education
There are many benefits of Christian education, including:
- Teachers as disciple-makers
- Smaller class sizes
- Encouragement to participate in church activities
- The comfort of knowing your child’s teachers believe what you believe
- Mission trip opportunities
- Encouragement for parents to participate in the education process
- A nurturing environment for students to grow in their faith and academic pursuits
At St. Paul’s Lutheran School, we have been committed to Christian education for sixty years. If you would like to know more about how our school provides a nurturing Christian environment in which to learn, contact us today.