Craig Harper (Chairman) - What do you want SCS students to learn about life?
I believe we should prepare students to be effective servants of Christ. In order to advance this mission, we attempt to live out God’s standards of truth, faithfulness, and integrity. SCS, to me, strives to live out 1 Peter 4:10, ESV “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:”
Patrick Nielsen (Vice Chairman) - Every generation of the church has been forced to grapple with the idea of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in their particular time and place; and while previous generations have faced their own unique struggles, it cannot be denied that today’s young people are being forced to cope with change at an unprecedented rate. To make matters worse, in an age of rampant post-modernism, it’s often difficult to discern what is even true.
I’m passionate about the mission of Statesville Christian School because I believe it’s vital that we give our children the tools they’ll need to understand the times, and stand firm in Christ whenever their moment of crisis arrives.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) - “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Mark Hendrickson (Treasurer) - What is the SCS mission in your words?
The mission of the school is to equip our children for a life in Christ on the foundation of His Word, permeating all that they learn. My hope is that each student graduates with a lifelong love of learning and an understanding that godly living is not about perfection, but about Grace, forgiveness, and gaining wisdom.
Ephesians 6:10-18 describes the Whole Armor of God. Our children will know that the Lord has provided everything needed to overcome the difficulties of this life, to triumph over spiritual warfare, and to shine brightly in this world. SCS is an important part of equipping our children to thrive in this world, regardless of what they encounter. The school is a place where Truth can be planted and established in the heart of students, because they will live and lead in a world that is increasingly hostile to Truth. The world desperately needs godly leaders for the next generation. The school is a place where the foundations of leadership can be firmly established and practiced. In the years that follow, others will be drawn to these students because of the Hope they possess and the confidence that comes from a life in Christ.
Amanda Teeter (Secretary) - What do you believe about Christian education?
In partnership with Christian families, Christian education gives students the opportunity to obtain a Biblical worldview as they grow, learn, develop, and become the next generation of leaders in society. A Christian school environment that nurtures these efforts can provide safety from worldly influences that are counter to God and His Word and demonstrate Christ-like love to its students. Christian school education helps to equip students with confidence in understanding absolute truth from God's Word, as well as sharpen their minds and talents to boldly and unashamedly defend God's Word and Christian values to the culture. I believe students can also learn what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve the communities in which they live. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…
Jimmy Menis - What do you want SCS students to learn about life?
My desire is for every SCS student graduate in order to have the knowledge that Jesus is the key to everything they will face in life. Their relationship with Jesus will provide them with the ability to face the difficult things they will encounter. Life is not always easy, however, Jesus and their relationship with him will carry them through the most difficult and scary things they will face. They will learn a lot of different things in their classes, which they will need, but the most important thing is they are better Christians for having been at SCS.
Laura Holland - What do you feel is the most important part of Christian education?
I believe that all areas of academics should be taught through the lens of a Biblical worldview that acknowledges and affirms that, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Proverbs 1:7. I strongly believe that Christian education should stand apart from secular education, in that Christ is the foundation and the model for all areas of the school and student life. This includes academics, student conduct, teacher support and instruction, athletics, discipleship, leadership, and extracurricular activities. As stated in Colossians 1:17, "He (Christ) is before all things, and in him all things hold together." The measure of successful Christian education should be evidence of the immeasurable love of Christ.
Elizabeth Cline: What is the mission of SCS in your own words-
The mission of Statesville Christian School is three fold. First, Statesville Christian aims to produce individuals with high academic achievement which in turn will enable students to competitively pursue their goals of furthering their education, or pursuing their career aspirations.
Second, the mission of the school is to develop followers of Christ who can continue a meaningful walk as a Christian and Christian “influencer” ( sharing the love of Christ with others) after they leave SCS . Finally, I see Statesville Christian has a mission to teach students to be contributors to society, positive influencers, philanthropist, and overall kind humans. Their mission is to develop individuals whose actions reflect the love of Jesus through daily deeds including volunteerism, interactions with others, and community involvement and leadership. Statesville Christian School is truly preparing the next generation of young Christian leaders .
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12
Christian Campbell: What do you feel is the most important part of Christian education?
All truth is God's truth and God's Son, Jesus is the apex of truth, wisdom, and God's revelation to man. Christian education at its core is the training of young men and women to behold King Jesus in every aspect of life. This training takes place specifically in the context of academics, athletics, student conduct, extracurricular activities, and friendships. Likewise, students should be prepared following graduation to enter colleges, workplaces, communities, and their homes gladly and joyfully articulating the good news of the gospel. While reflecting constantly on their need for God's grace in Christ, while also thoughtfully defending biblical values and Scripture. Local churches need men and women dedicated to a pattern of discipleship, humbly serving and diligently leading in the kingdom of God, I can think of no other forum that provides such a strong foundation to spring off of than education under committed Christ following teachers and administrators in a culture of grace and truth that defined our Lord. John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father full of grace and truth.”
Connie Todd: What do I want the students to learn about life:
Students should leave SCS having learned that Christ is the only solid foundation for their lives, One they can trust and put their faith in. They should leave having learned how to run all subjects in school and life through the lens of Scripture and match their lives with the Lord’s principles, living and serving Him for His kingdom.