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Meet All Your Needs

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 23, 2014 @ 9:20 PM

So says the apostle Paul to the Philippians, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus". This is a pretty definitive statement, isn't it? Paul doesn't say, "Perhaps he will", or "Maybe if you're good", or even "Let's hope for the best". No, there is a surety in his words, both in the fact that God will and that he will by a particular promise of a sure thing . . . his Son.

My own problem is in my mental response, "Bill, do you really believe that?" As I sit here in my office, wondering about the future (hey, next week!), listening to the prognosticators & prophets proclaim, "Woe is us", and then matching this against the words from Scripture, I wonder . . .

Last week I attended a meeting of all the private school heads in Delaware. Obviously, the focus of our meeting was on the economy, education, and how the two would become one in these "strange days"? There was quite a bit of angst in the room over the days ahead and the state of private education in our area. Then one administrator said, "Hey, perhaps this is a time for us to really take a look at what's truly important in what we are doing?" Bingo!

A dear friend of mine from years passed used to always say, "In all conflict there's opportunity." While this is timeless in its wisdom, it is significantly true for this time. What may be more like a 21st century believer's creed, I would like to state what I believe about these "opportunities" in light of the times in which we live . . .

  • I believe that these days are going to be ripe with opportunities for the body of Christ to stand as a light in a world that is searching in the dark, looking to others that are also in the dark, and grasping for answers with no, or at best temporary solutions.
  • I believe that the church, the home, and the ministries to young people are going to unite in a way never before experienced in our lifetimes, as we will be forced to work together in order to maintain our relevance in the world.
  • I believe that Christian education will blossom afresh in these days. As more and more folks echo, "Hey, perhaps this is a time for us to really look at what is important, particularly as it relates to our kids . . . all the kids!
  • I believe that there will be a "uniting of the Spirit, in the bond of peace" that will be unparalleled in recent history, as the body of Christ is challenged to stand together as a testimony to the "oneness" of the hope to which we were called.
  • I believe this time will cause our whole society to re-examine and re-order priorities and life-themes. We who "name the Name" will be called to stand in the gap as that living moral, social and economic compass.
  • I believe that Christians will be called to extraordinary giving . . . not out of our abundance, but to sacrificial giving. While the world pulls back, hoards, and safeguards, we will give. It will be giving out of the call of our faith, out of the need to give, and out of our responsibility to help those people and ministries who need it.
  • I believe that the world around us, as they look for that light at the end of the tunnel will see our light along the way, living and pointing to the One that meets ALL our needs. While the sun and rain rise and fall on both the righteous and unrighteous, our response to them is what sets us apart . . . (read Matt 16:1-4).
  • I believe our young people need to believe in these things as well. Who will we allow to teach them these eternal truths? I believe the cord of three strands will not break, even in difficult times.

When Mrs. Stevens and I were working in the Christian schools in Eastern Europe, the Christian folks in Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia all expressed it so well. When we would ask them why they were so committed to the Christian education of their children, they would answer, "Bill, we do not want what happened to our generation to happen to the next one!" As I listen to the news, read the paper, and talk to folks, I hear a lot of anxiety about the state of our Union. Then, I hear those words, "What opportunities await us who believe that God will meet all our needs according to his glorious riches!" You better believe it.

 

Bill Stevens: Headmaster, Wilmington Christian School (Hockessin, DE)

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Is There a Christian Approach to Teaching History?

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 22, 2014 @ 7:25 PM

Some Christian parents believe that history is history – that the worldview or perspective of the author really makes no difference.

Let’s see…
Without God in control, history is either controlled by autonomous man or by an impersonal process or fate or kismet or chance. So, we can see no themes, patterns or purposes for human history; just a lot of people waging war on each other in the quest for power or wealth.

However, if we see human history through the lens of Scripture and believe that God Himself is omnipotent and orchestrating events for a greater good, we now have a larger view to see God’s purposes in history.

Find a school that teaches that human history is a part of God’s redemptive plan for the world.

We can help you find a Christian school and fulfill the directive we have been assigned as Christian parents.

 

Written By: Harold Naylor

Does God Have a Claim On Your Child?

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 21, 2014 @ 7:18 PM
Dr. Phil Suiter - Originally posted by Richmond Academy (Richmond, IN)

 

The recognition of God’s claim on your child should help you to decide that Christian education is worth the cost and time.

The typical school year begins with much enthusiasm. That is especially true for families who have their children in private Christian education. There is great anticipation and expectation for what will be accomplished. But as the fall months pass into winter months, the obligation of paying a monthly tuition bill sometimes begins to weigh heavily upon the minds of parents. Should I continue to make this sacrifice? Is it really worth it? Am I depriving my family of other benefits?

Can we as Christian parents answer these questions using only financial criteria to guide us? I think not! It is vital to examine the questions from the viewpoint of God’s claim upon our children. Does God have such a claim? Is He concerned about the nature of the educational experience that we provide for our children?

The answer is “yes!” Romans 14:7-8 states, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” If that passage is not enough, the prophet Ezekiel reports the word of the Lord in chapter 18, verse 4, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” This latter passage is addressing individual responsibility before God. The message of the Bible is clear on this very issue: God created children; therefore, He has first claim upon each child’s life. That claim extends to the nature of the educational program provided by their parents. When viewed in terms of the Word of God, one must wonder if any sacrifice is too great to keep children in a Christian school setting.

Some find the concept of “first claim” or “ownership” to be somewhat offensive. Yet the Scriptures previously cited clearly make the point of God’s ownership of children and, therefore, He has first claim upon them. The world certainly does not hesitate to make its claim. Typically, the world’s claim is stated as one of three positions. First, many public educators and legislators say that the state owns the child and that each child is a ward of the state, particularly for educational purposes. That testimony is frequently given before legislative committees. Second, others say that no one owns the child. In this case the child is granted the right to make his own decisions without the intervention of adults.

Unfortunately, many Christian parents fall into the trap of thinking their children belong to them. This is a false assumption.

Third, still others say that the parent owns the child. In this case, it is assumed that the parent has all authority in decision making relative to his child. None of these three views agrees with the teaching of the Bible.

Children belong to God; God has first claim upon their lives. Revelation 4:11 states, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Children are created by God to do with as He pleases. His pleasure is for them to give Him first place in everything they do.

Then what is the responsibility of parents? Simply this: to rear and educate children in such a way that they are prepared to respond to the call of God in whatever God chooses for them to do in life. Obviously, this does not mean that all children will be called into some area of Christian service. It does mean, however, that each child will be ready to serve and obey God in whatever area of life he embraces, whether he becomes a teacher, brick mason, bus driver, salesman, doctor, secretary, preacher, missionary, or sanitation worker.

Education must be Christ-centered if it is to please God. It must be viewed as a primary means of preparing children for a life of service to God. Only a Christ- centered education will accomplish this end. Thus, all parents will answer to God for the nature of the educational experience that they give their children.

Is there an alternative for Christian parents? Can a public school’s educational program that is based on secular humanism accomplish that? The answer is “no!” Humanism teaches that there is no higher authority than the individual. That is the basis for all of the “rights oriented” and “politically correct” thinking that controls public policy. An educational system derived from those concepts of secular humanism simply cannot prepare a child to permit God to exercise His claim upon his life. That system can only reproduce after its kind, and its kind seeks only to serve self.

Does God have first claim on your child? The answer is “yes!” The recognition of God’s claim on your child should help you to conclude that your investment in a Christian educational program is worth it if for no other reason than it pleases God.

 

Dr. Phil Suiter is the former executive director of the West Virginia Christian Education Association.

Parents Make Christian Education a Top Priority

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 20, 2014 @ 6:45 PM

Somehow they manage the costs...

 

Wednesday July 23, 2008 -- Michelle Strutzenberger Originally posted on the blog of the Ontairo (Canada) Alliance of Christian Schools

 

The Hendriks family in Fenelon Falls has made Christian education a top priority and one way or another, they are finding a way to manage the tuition costs.

“The thing that’s worked for us is to say, ‘We’re going to do it’ and then trust that we will be able to,” says Eleanor Hendriks, a parent of three who attend Heritage Christian School in Lindsay. “It’s worked out so far.”

Both Eleanor and her husband Steve come from a Christian education background, which has been a key factor in their decision to send their children to a Christian school.

Eleanor adds that they are also motivated by the attitudes and actions of their young children who are already reflecting the effects of a Christian education.

“The blessings that come from seeing our kids singing songs of faith and praying in school and having Christian friends and talking about faith and Jesus with their friends and with their teachers is very precious and it’s never been hard to choose Christian education first.”

The Hendriks family routinely makes choices to ensure they’re able to continue with Christian schooling; they drive older vehicles, never eat out, carefully budget for groceries, avoid elaborate entertainment and live with more debt than they’d like.

“Every time we make a (tuition) payment we think, ‘OK, we’ll trust for the next one. See if we can hang on for another month,’” says Eleanor, admitting it does get stressful at times.

Still, she doesn’t consider what they’re doing sacrificial, in the sense that they’re giving up a lifestyle they’d really enjoy for Christian education. Christian education is what they want, she says, and choices must just be made to make room for that decision.

At the same time, the Hendriks hope for a slight reprieve from the ongoing financial pressure. Steve, a social worker, is considering a move to a job that would ease the financial squeeze, even if it isn’t exactly his line of work. Eleanor is trusting her pottery business will expand to help cover costs as well.

The Hendriks family is not unlike many other families across the province who value Christian education so deeply that they will do what it takes to provide it to their children. They make the decision first for Christian schooling and then somehow find a way to make it happen.  Anita Doppenberg, whose five children have attended Community Christian School in Drayton, also admits tuition has been a struggle, especially as they have strongly felt that she should remain at home.

But they’ve been able to manage on one income, partly through her husband working long hours, partly, she says, because “God’s providence has been very good to us.”

Michele Kapteyn also says God’s blessing in their lives have enabled her three children to attend Timothy Christian School in Barrie and now Unity Christian High School.

Her husband is a dairy farm owner and operator but despite the financial ups and downs that tend to come with owning a business the family has always managed to cover tuition.

“As much as we thought, ‘How are we going to do this?’ the money was always there and that was a real blessing,” says Kapteyn.

In recent years, she has taken on work outside the home to help handle the costs of two tuitions with the two oldest children in high school.

Kapteyn suggests that families consider out-of-the-box solutions to managing costs, from applying for Children First Grants to making use of the voucher incentive programs that some schools offer.

Her view is that the benefits of Christian schooling “far outweigh the costs.”

The Future of Christian Schooling - CACE

Posted by Bela Franklin on October 01, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

Tim Weins, Head of School at Delaware County Christian School, has written an excellent article for CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education) about what lies ahead for Christian education.  Weins shows true insight in unpacking the past of Christian education in America in order to more clearly consider its present and its future.  It’s important to understand that true Christian education is not just a title, but it is a commitment to full emersion and pursuit of Jesus Christ, His identity, and His Word.  The success of Christian education hinges not on the number of schools that carry a Christian title, but on the lives that are effectively equipped to think and act within culture and the workplace with full devotion to the Gospel.  Schools that do this are of great value!

“When we as schools fail to provide a Gospel-centric education that enables students to think broadly, to understand their place in this world, and to engage the world of ideas, we fail to provide a legitimate reason for our alumni to send their children to our schools years later, let alone prepare them to lead Christianly as civic leaders, business men and women, and future educators tomorrow. When we refuse to teach about evolution (I am not suggesting that anyone must believe it, though many Christo-centric believers do subscribe to an old earth or to a theistic evolutionary perspective on creation), when we fail to provide a deep understanding of literature (Dante to Shakespeare to Angelou), when we fail to ensure our students have a proper understanding of history (both Christian and secular historians have improperly rewritten history), and when we fail to ensure our students understand that Christ is woven into the warp and woof of all learning (there can therefore be no separation of the sacred and the secular!), we fail to prepare them to find truth and beauty in the written word, in the winsome and loving disagreement with a fellow learner, and in the wonder of all of God’s creation.

Herein lies the fate of the Christian school. I believe that those who can engage the life of the mind and provide an education that enables students to become fully integrated Christians stand a better chance of survival – finances and government notwithstanding."

Head over to the CACE website to read this great article - http://cace.org/the-future-of-christian-schooling/

 

 

In Her Own Words - A Parent's Perspective

Posted by Bela Franklin on June 17, 2014 @ 5:44 PM

BY: LISA BARRY


Our family has experienced all forms of education from home school to public to charter schools and private. At our oldest daughters request, we sent her to a public high school. Though she started out fine, by the second year I noticed she was picking up more of the negative influences in the environment. She was nearing a fork in the road and one path was leading toward a destructive lifestyle and though she wasn’t totally on that path yet, she was definitely leaning that way. If I didn’t do something soon, I knew it would be harder to get her to back up and make the choice later.

I talked to a spiritual leader about this and explained to him my dilemma because I had promised my daughter that she could go do public school and that I’d be going back on my word. He told me, “well, we don’t let our children make those important decisions, do we? You’ll need to apologize to her and explain that you made a mistake in promising something that might be wrong for her. "

I realized that as a parent, I needed to put my daughter in an environment where she could make right decisions so I pulled her in March of her sophomore year (crazy timing, I know). And though it was horrible for a while, the following fall, major change began.

She was used to giving status quo work in a multiple-choice world. She didn’t expect much of herself and didn’t think she was capable of more than her minimal work. The teachers at Calvin Christian High School didn’t accept her lack-luster attempts at school work. It’s not to say they expected more of her than she was capable, but they could see that she had more to give, more to offer, more than even she knew. They continued to push, she continued to give a little more and a little more. Even she was surprised at what the teachers were able to pull out of her. Her self confidence grew, her love for learning grew and her desire to grow spiritually grew in leaps and bounds.

These teachers were able to accomplish what I was powerless to do. How can you put a price tag on that? I am so indebted to these individuals and this school, and that is no exaggeration!

Ready to Reach Higher? You’re Invited 

Posted by Bela Franklin on June 12, 2014 @ 1:41 PM

YOUNG CONSERVATIVES LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 
Theme: “Liberty and Justice for All”
Lead Instructor: Hugh Hewitt
Denver * July 13-20, 2014 

Students 16-20 will gather from across the country to explore why America is exceptional, how good leaders lead, and what the future holds for us as citizens.

  • 5 days learning together on the campus of Colorado Christian University 
  • 3 days participating as student delegates to Western Conservative Summit 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Leadership emphasis tracks in politics, business, media, ministry 
  • Team projects with CCU students and faculty
  • Entertainment, socials, sports, excursions to area attractions 

“Your generation can help turn America right, starting with this conference. See you there” – Hugh Hewitt, author, law professor, national radio host

 “It was a summer week like this one that launched me politically” – John Andrews, former Colorado Senate President & chairman of the Western Conservative Summit

 “How different is Colorado Christian University from other colleges? Come and find out” – Jim McCormick, Vice President of Student Life

 

$250 conference fee, all-inclusive 
Covers the full week, all sessions & activities, meals & lodging at CCU, plus your Millennial Pass to the Western Conservative Summit

 Presented by Colorado Christian University and CCU’s think tank, Centennial Institute

DESTINATION DENVER * JULY 13-20

Your learning experience at the
Young Conservatives Leadership Conference will cover:

 

Conference Core * Five Morning Seminars

  • HOW GOOD LEADERS LEAD
    Hugh Hewitt, author, law professor, national radio host

And Focus Talks Including:

  • COLLEGES AT THE CROSSROADS
    Bill Armstrong, CCU President & former US Senator (CO)
  • MY AMERICAN STORY, AND YOURS
    Rudy Boschwitz, refugee from Nazism & former US Senator (MN)
  • A 21ST CENTURY WOMEN’S AGENDA
    Debbie Brown, director of Colorado Women’s Alliance, mother of 3
  • TRUTH TRANSCENDS COLOR
    Derrick Wilburn, president of American Conservatives of Color, businessman
  • FINDING YOUR VOICE IN NEW MEDIA
    Caleb Bonham, editor of CampusReform.com, under 30
  • CAMPAIGN TACTICS THAT WORK
    Joe Basel & Hannah Giles, husband-wife political team, under 30
  • WHO, ME, RUN FOR OFFICE?
    John Andrews, former Colorado Senate President, chairman of the Western Conservative Summit
  • WHO NEEDS CHRISTIANITY?
    Lee Strobel, journalist, pastor, acclaimed author
  • MY WINDING ROAD FROM THEN TO NOW
    Greg Stier, evangelism trainer, founder & director of Dare2Share
  • HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL
    Engage2Win, political persuasion training team
  • SKILL-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES
    Setting Personal Goals * Hometown Involvement * College Success Toolkit

 

Western Conservative Summit features 20 star speakers, headlined by

Gov. Bobby Jindal * Sen. Mike Lee * Sen. Tim Scott * Rep. Michele Bachmann

Rep. Tom Cotton * Dennis Prager * Laura Ingraham * Allen West * Jim DeMint

See the full program at WesternConservativeSummit.com 

 

Register today at www.Hewittccu.com * Or call 303.963.3424

Jesus - A Central Figure in Our Lives

Posted by Bela Franklin on June 12, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

A Christian school is not a guarantee for well-behaved children.  Nor does it necessarily solve all of the parenting challenges we face.  What it can and does do, however, is welcome, and even invite, the presence of God into our lives and our children’s lives in greater ways.
Choosing a Christian school for your child doesn’t guarantee a “happy ending” to the problems you face.  However, it can invite the presence of God into your life and your child’s life to a greater degree, and that is what ultimately changes lives.

As Christian parents, we should whole-heartedly pursue those options in our lives that invite God to become a central figure, rather than trying to keep Him on the outskirts of our lives.

To learn more about Christian schools and Christian schooling - and to find a local Christian school in your area - please visit www.DiscoverChristianSchools.com.

Hothouse - The Best Growing Environment

Posted by Bela Franklin on May 29, 2014 @ 8:14 PM

How is a Christian school like a hot house for plants?

Educating children is like growing young plants. They both need basic nutrition, rich soil free of contaminants, clear air and sunshine. Like young plants, children are not yet ready to put into an environment that is hostile or unhealthy – they need protection at young ages.

The family, church and the school are the child’s best growing environment, just like the hot house is to young plants.

When the roots are deep enough, the trunk strong enough, and the foliage is plentiful, the plant can go into a new world and thrive. So, too, is the child who is grounded in God’s Word and teaching.

The Psalmist describes the blessed man: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

You can find your child’s educational hot house by simply logging onto www.discoverchristianschools.com.

The 10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe

Posted by Bela Franklin on May 28, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

By: Mike Lee, Superintendent (Cherokee Christian Schools)

Answers to the question: Why do Christian Parents Choose to educate their Children in a School that Excludes Christ?
Encouragement

“No one will read this!” This has been the feedback we have received from some who proofed this writing. They contend that most people are no longer willing to read anything more than a “sound bite.” They tell us that the average person just wants the bottom line or the Cliffs Notes version. “Just email me, or better yet, text me- it’s quicker.”Our “bottom line” to you: please give this writing ten minutes of your time. Using the power and truth of biblical principles, it contains information that may change your life and the life of your children forever.

A Difficult Message to Write

We have taken six months to write this booklet. It has been critiqued by parents, grandparents, and teachers both in the Christian and public school sectors. Some have said the message is terrific. Others have said it is preachy or self-righteous. Still others said it was harsh. We listened to the criticisms and made changes that we hoped would remove any tone that would offend while not changing the truths herein. We understand that what we have written will not win the praise of the world. However, we are not seeking that praise. This booklet is designed to bring truth to minds of Christian parents who choose to have their children educated in a public school or a private non-Christian school. It is not directed to homeschool parents or non-Christian parents. We could ignore what is going on in our culture and say nothing, but that would not be biblical. Christians are called to be truth tellers, even when what we say may be unpopular. Please know our heart on this: we have written this booklet because we love the Lord, love the brethren, and love children. Psalm 40:9-11 says, “I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your loving-kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.” Our hope is that God will bless the sharing of His truth through this booklet.

Special note to Christian public school teachers and administrators: this booklet cites some of the unbiblical weaknesses of the public school in America. Please do not read this as a personal attack. We appreciate that you do not agree with the philosophy of the public schools and want to encourage you to be a warrior for Christ in that setting. Although we do not believe that Christ intended for children to be missionaries in the public school, He does intend Christian adults to speak His truth boldly wherever they are. We urge you to trust the Lord as you follow your calling.

Introduction

You have probably heard the term “like a frog in the kettle.” It refers to a situation where the frog sits in room temperature water in the kettle and neither knows nor feels the subtle changes that are happening in the water. Degree after degree, the water increases in heat and eventually the frog is boiled to death. So it is with many Christian families in America. With the decline of Christianity in our culture and many in the American church behaving more like the world, many Christian families are being boiled to death. Instead of realizing that there is a continual increase in the cultural temperature, Christian parents are being fooled again and again, believing misinformation that is killing the spiritual life of their children. What about you? Are you being fooled? Have you bought into the secular perspectives that we are constantly bombarded with each day? Have you taken the time and energy to question the so called “facts” that we are fed from all angles?

Please read and consider the ten myths that Christian parents frequently believe. You still have time to jump out of the kettle!

The 10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe*

Myth 1: I am saving money by not paying Christian school tuition.

Myth 2: We can’t afford Christian school tuition.

Myth 3: The public school and the Christian parent have the same goal in mind for the child’s education so my child is not being damaged spiritually by going to a non-Christian school.

Myth 4: Exposing my child to ungodly thinking and actions will prepare my child for the “real world.”

Myth 5: Children should be missionaries in the public school.

Myth 6: My child will be best served by figuring out life while attending a non-Christian school.

Myth 7: The prom, dating, and sports are vital experiences for my child and can best be experienced in a public school.

Myth 8: My child is receiving a good education in the public schools.

Myth 9: The learning environment in the public school is good.

Myth 10: The ultimate in myth telling to Christian parents in America may not be because the myth is being created for belief by the public school administrators, public school teachers unions, or politicians. It may be that parents are creating a myth that they want to believe for themselves.

Kathy Thompson said...

Posted on September 03, 2014 @ 4:23 PM -
This Is So Well Said. Le me say that there may be times for public education. However, my frustration has always been the idea that our children are meant to be the lights to the world there . What is true is that we and they alike Are meant to be lights to the world everywhere we are. And also what we know is that our primary goal as Christian parents is to TRAIN our children to BE lights to The World.

Kathy Thompson said...

Posted on September 03, 2014 @ 4:23 PM -
This Is So Well Said. Le me say that there may be times for public education. However, my frustration has always been the idea that our children are meant to be the lights to the world there . What is true is that we and they alike Are meant to be lights to the world everywhere we are. And also what we know is that our primary goal as Christian parents is to TRAIN our children to BE lights to The World.

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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.