On Wednesday, February 25th, 41 students and 15 chaperones boarded a bus to take the love of God to others at several venues in Ohio and Illinois.
Brian Smith, who directs the CCS Choir, and his wife, Tammy, provided leadership for the Choir Tour. The theme for the Choir Tour was, "All Things are Possible", from Mark 9:23.
God was faithful to move through the efforts of the students and chaperones, and 41 students and 14 adults lives were changed forever. The students saw that indeed "anything is possible"!
Below, from two choir students, are their thoughts about this experience.
Dean Alan Klunzinger, 11th grade: "Before Choir Tour, I had experienced an exceptionally large amount of doubt in my faith and I constantly questioned whether I was following the truth or just a fantastical tenet filled with fictional stories with good morals. However, after I saw how God moved and worked through us, the people we worshiped with and witnessed to, I no longer questioned my faith, I no longer put my credence in my own human reasoning, I began to follow the verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on you own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6. Not only did it impact my life but it impacted the lives of each and every one of us who attended. We all not only grew in our relationship with Christ but we have strengthened our relationship with each other and are more like a family then ever! Overall it was a fantastic experience and will impact the school for years to come."
Justin Valco, 11th grade: "In the midst of our choir tour trip we stopped at a mission’s church. The church was small but they had a map of the world showing all the places that they affected with ministry and even Korea was marked. Not many people showed up and our sound equipment was put out of commission for the day due to the trailer derailing from Dan’s truck. Nevertheless, we continued to do our ministry in this church. I heard a few people say they were disappointed that the church has such few people sitting in the seats and questioned was it really worth it? As we sang though, the people sitting there really got into it and the pastor was very friendly. The most amazing part of it, though, was when we named off the problems some people might be facing that God had revealed to us in prayer, many had more than one of those problems we named off. That church alone was probably one of the best ministries we did on the trip."
When we think of classrooms we think of desks, chairs, bulletin boards, books, computers, and students.
Let's keep thinking because the ways of God are also expressed...
Beauty / creativity should adorn a classroom in plants, animals, color, texture, sounds.
Community / relationships expressed in friendships, teachers, older to younger, parent helpers
Order is found in patterns, rhythms, structure, seasons, sunrise/sunsets
Authority is established in parents, teachers, coaches, school board
Holiness in reading The Bible, class prayer, worship
The classroom is an environment that children spend countless hours in. Let’s make it a sanctuary to God. In a Christian school we can go beyond academics to capture not only the ways of God, but also His very presence. Wow!
What if a student learned one principle that Jesus taught every week? That would be 36 principles in a school year. What if those 36 principles were reinforced through thirteen years of schooling? That would be life changing.
Jesus taught principles: forgiveness, contentment, foundations, asking and receiving, self-denial, light bearing, and so much more. At CCS, we are identifying and teaching the principles of the Kingdom of God. Children are so receptive to God’s truth presented, not legalistically, but as life-giving truth.
Our task is to train world changers and it starts with seeking first Christ and His kingdom. Academia, fine arts, athletics, all are arenas of life that give opportunity to seek God and His ways. A new generation is rising – students that have chosen not to conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds. (Romans 12:2) A new life requires new thinking. The principles of Jesus are where we start.
The term “Christian School” means different things to different people. To the CCS community it means…
1. A Christian philosophy of education that sets at the heart of all learning, the Word of God. It goes beyond adding a few Bible verses or “Christianized” content to actually centering academic content on Biblical principles that form a Kingdom of God worldview.
2. Content: Biblical principles, the virtues, character education, core academics, elective subjects.
3. Methodology: Kingdom First approach to learning, The Trivium, cooperative learning, mixed age learning, Socratic method.
4. Motivators: Classroom teacher, parents/coaches, older students, biographies of great people.
Christian Community School is seeking families that take seriously the desire to educate children in the ways of God. Families are encouraged to visit our campus, meet some great people, and start the journey. Call us at 440-748-6224. God bless you.
The world of schooling includes a lot of firsts. First we learn letters before we learn words. First we add before we subtract. There is an order to learning that builds from simple to complex.
Jesus taught His disciples what to do first; “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Does Christ mean in all things we seek first His kingdom? In our homes, places of employment, schools? Can young children learn about God and His ways before they learn the “practicals” of schooling (i.e how to write with a pencil or sound out words)?
The curiosity and wonder of a child is a beautiful thing. It would be terrible to crush an inquisitive mind in the name of teacher goals and objectives. The Lord Himself taught about a different kingdom to those who had ears to hear. The ears of children are the most open.
Christian education in its purest form is focused on the way, the truth, and the life, incarnate in the Son of God. When this “content” is given to children first, their foundation will be rock solid. That’s education for eternity.