A Perspective on Christian School Employment
G. K. Chesterton said, in The Man Who Was Orthodox (1863): “Education is implication. It is not the things you say which children respect… It is the things you assume that really sink into them. It is the things you forget even to teach that they learn” (p. 96). The underlying truth of this statement makes it essential for the faculty and staff of Laconia Christian Academy to work together in the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Academy’s mission to instill a biblical worldview in the heart and mind of each student.
Therefore, Laconia Christian Academy employees must:
- manifest by daily example the highest Christian virtue serving as a Christian role model (1 Timothy 4:12) both in and out of school to pupils (Luke 6:40), parents, and fellow employees;
- agree that instruction is not only through rational explanation of formal subject material, but even more powerfully through word, deed, example, and shared experience;
- agree to be a role model in judgment, dignity, respect, and Christian living.
Standards of Christian Living
All employees of the Academy sign “The Standards of Christian Living.” These standards set forth the guidelines which cultivate a Christian lifestyle and foster an atmosphere of Christian growth for employees both inside and outside the Academy. Any concerns related to the adherence to the standards of Christian Living will be referred to the Head of School for consideration. The Standards read as follows:
Laconia Christian Academy is a college preparatory school that exists to educate young men and women in the arts and sciences in the context of a complete commitment to the historic Christian faith. In addition to an assent to the doctrinal stance based on the Scriptures and articulated in the Statement of Faith, this requires a commitment to the cultivation of a lifestyle in keeping with the principles of Scripture and with devotion to Christ. The purpose of the Standards for Christian Living is to set forth those assumptions, principles and standards that should guide the cultivation of a Christian lifestyle and foster an atmosphere of Christian growth and maturity within the Academy.
LCA expects that the board, administration, faculty and staff will:
- Call themselves Christian by virtue of the redeeming work of Christ and their personal commitment to Him (Acts 2:21, Romans 5:1-5, John 3:16-18; II Corinthians 5:17).
- Seek to love God with all their being and to love their neighbor as themselves (Matthew 22:37-40, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18, I John 4:7-12).
- Seek to obey Christ’s teaching and commands (John 14:15, John 13:17).
- Submit to the authority of Scriptures as the ultimate guide for all attitudes and conduct (James 1:22, II Timothy 3:16-17, Joshua 1:8).
- Manifest by daily example the highest Christian virtue serving as a Christian role model (1 Timothy 4:12, Titus 2:7-8) both in and out of school to pupils (Luke 6:40), parents, and fellow employees.
- Seek to live lives characterized by joy, gratitude, unity, good works, and servant hood (Philippians 4:4, Colossians 2:6-7, John 7:23, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:14-16, James 3:17-18).
- Christians are required to promote freedom without disregarding law and to be responsible without becoming legalistic.
- The actions of Christians within a community affect the whole community. We must be held accountable and hold one another accountable for the implications of conduct when it directly affects the welfare of the community.
- Christians cannot live the Christian life on the basis of their own character and strength. The Scriptures, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the community of God’s people are provided to encourage the believer to live a godly life.
- The desire for unity may necessitate the subordination of an individual’s prerogatives for the good of the larger community.
Christian Lifestyle Standards
- We will seek to foster the development of Christian maturity through personal devotional life and through active participation in the local church whose fundamental beliefs are in agreement with the Statement of Faith of the Academy (Psalm 1:1-3, Hebrews 10:25).
- We will seek to exercise our freedom responsibly within the framework of God’s Word, with loving regard for the sensitivities of others (1 Corinthians 8:9, Galatians 5:13-14).
- We will strive to avoid uncritical acceptance of and conformity to our culture’s patterns, lifestyles, and worldviews and we will seek to embrace the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2):
- by examining in the light of scripture our attitudes towards such matters as materialism, moral relativism, and hedonism (I John 2:15-17, Romans 12:2).
- by renouncing attitudes such as hatred, jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, anger, bitterness, malice, and an unforgiving spirit (Galatians 3, Ephesians 4)
- by reflecting on ideas which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, wholesome, uplifting, and praiseworthy (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8)
- by renouncing behaviors which are called sinful in Scripture, including sexual immorality, dissension, lying, stealing, drunkenness, and “sins of the tongue”, [such as backbiting, slander, gossip, and coarse, vulgar, or profane speech] (Colossians 3, Galatians 5, Ephesians 5)
- by practicing Christian virtues such as kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and self-control (Colossians 3:12-14, Galatians 5:22-23)
- We will strive to be honest and act justly in our relationships with others. We will encourage our colleagues to discuss problems freely, following Scriptural principles for addressing concerns (Matthew 18:15-20).
- We will try at all times to understand, appreciate, love, and serve the pupils entrusted to us for instruction, and will, to the best of our ability, provide for their fullest spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional development.
- We will strive to be healthy by giving proper attention to nutrition and exercise and by refraining from the excessive use and/or abuse of alcohol and tobacco (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
- We will strive to take time to rest and observe a Sabbath day for restoration and renewal (Exodus 20:8-11, Mark 2:27).
- We will strive to obey the laws under which we are governed and fulfill our responsibilities as citizens (Romans 13:1).
- We will hold the marriage relationship in the highest regard, seeking to honor and esteem marriage, the covenant between a man and a woman, such that we understand that any sexual misconduct—including, but not limited to—premarital, extramarital, or homosexual activity; sexual harassment; use or viewing of pornographic material or websites; and sexual abuse of children is forbidden and violates our commitment of being Christian role models (Genesis 2:24, Malachi 2:16, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 6:9-20, Ephesians 4:1-11, Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, 1 Timothy 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:19-22, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2:15-17, 1 John 3:1-3). Consequently, such behaviors are grounds for immediate dismissal.
- We will seek to be discreet and mature in all our personal relationships and agree to observe appropriate confidentiality in regard to pupil, parent, and school matters. (Colossians 3:17).
- We will avoid taking a dogmatic position on highly debatable theological topics that tend to divide Christians. When questions of this nature arise, we will refer the student to his or her parent and local church.