The Case for Christian Education
Jeff Freeman, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Christian School
What is the most important thing in the world to you? That is a pretty heavy question. Many of us might answer, “My relationships matter most--with God and my family.” I’ll bet that somewhere near the top of that list of what matters most is your desire to know that your kids have accepted Christ and that they are prepared for all that life and this world has to offer them. At Heritage, we have those priorities, as well.
Our mission is to glorify God, disciple students and pursue excellence in education, with the Bible as our foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of leaders to impact the world for Christ. Our calling is to be a light that shines in the darkness; a premier institution increasingly recognized as a model and benchmark of relevant 21st century Christian education, transforming lives and reaching the world for Christ.
I’m often asked whether Heritage Christian School is a school or a ministry. Do we focus on academics or discipleship? The answer is a resounding YES! We believe that academics and faith are inextricably tied together. They are not separate or mutually exclusive objectives. Heritage students receive training in both. It is all part of our commitment to offer an excellent education with a biblical worldview.
So, what is a “biblical worldview?”
A worldview is simply a framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual or group interprets the world and interacts with it. A person with a biblical worldview looks at the entirety of life and the world through the lens of the Word of God and biblical principles. It is a view of the world with Christ at the center. It not only acknowledges that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, but also recognizes that all aspects of life, including education, revolve around that reality. It is a view that believes God sovereignly created the world and that mankind was separated from Him by sin. A biblical worldview teaches that redemption and reconciliation with God are available in the person of Jesus Christ and that God has an eternal plan for those who have accepted Him.
Why is a biblical worldview important?
Every human being develops some kind of worldview. If it is not a view with the Bible as the foundation and Christ as the focus, it will, by default, become a different view of the world. It might develop as a view that human reason and knowledge are the basis of truth and that man defines truth and determines his own morality (Secular Humanism). Or, it could develop as a Post-modern view of the world that questions the existence of truth at all, or that truth is relative. This view holds that intellect is replaced by will and reason is replaced by emotion; that “If it feels good, do it.”
Our role at Heritage is to walk alongside and support both the family and the church in seeking spiritual transformation for our students.
The biggest influences in shaping a worldview are the home, the church, the school and culture. I believe this generation of students is at risk like never before. It can be extremely difficult to hold a worldview as truth when society at large sees it as false. Our children are growing up in a culture that is increasingly hostile to anything Christian. Our government and public school system attempt to be neutral with a (misinterpreted) position of separation of church and state that often comes off as anti-religious.
Our role at Heritage is to walk alongside and support both the family and the church in seeking spiritual transformation for our students. Knowledge and application of truth takes practical reinforcement and consistent training and support. We are here to be a light for Christ in a world in darkness. Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” At Heritage Christian School, we are in the business of transformation.
So, what makes Heritage Christian School different?
We believe that focusing on Christ and teaching with a biblical worldview sets us apart and makes our school distinctive. We teach that all truth comes from God and that Jesus is truth. We believe that this truth manifests itself in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom (education) and morality and ethics (life principles). We don’t just integrate a biblical worldview into Bible classes or chapel. We strive to integrate it into everything that we do. God is the creator of science, math, language and social studies. All learning leads to God, reveals His nature and offers opportunities for us to respond to Him.
We teach that all truth comes from God and that Jesus is truth.
At Heritage, we don’t separate or compartmentalize a faith based educational process. Our model is to integrate it fully; through academics and discipleship, education and ministry, knowledge and faith. It permeates everything we do; every subject, class, team, club and activity. If Heritage were just a great school with Christian teachers, great academics, and great extracurricular opportunities, that, in and of itself would be a good thing. However, Heritage is much more than that. It is a place where all of that comes together in one integrated, intentional and inspirational way.
Our people make us distinctive, as well. Our employees are committed, sacrificial, servants who love, care for and develop relationships with your kids. Our approach to discipleship also makes us distinctive. Let’s explore that idea further.
How do we define and practice discipleship at Heritage Christian School?
Simply put, a disciple is a follower of Christ. So, discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ. At Heritage, we approach discipleship by teaching, mentoring and training in the context of a biblical worldview. Teaching includes knowledge of Bible facts, core doctrines and principles of Christian living. It includes addressing life issues and apologetics. It integrates the Word of God into all academic pursuits.
We mentor students for transformation by modeling the Christian lifestyle, building relationships and cultivating character inside and outside of the classroom. We train for Christian service by identifying and using the spiritual gifts God has given each student, by sharing the Gospel and expanding our reach and by providing ministry/ service opportunities.
Academic excellence and discipleship are what Heritage Christian School is all about. Please contact our Admissions department at (317) 849-3441 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how Heritage could be a great fit for your student and your family.