PHILOSOPHY & VALUES
Kanawha Christian School recognizes that parents are most accountable before God for the nurture and education of their children in the ways of the Lord. The school therefore sees itself as an extension of the home. We believe that home, church, and school partner in helping students to grow as disciples, establish relationships, and live in obedience to God’s Word.
One way to summarize the philosophy of Kanawha Christian School is to understand the relationships between the individual and God, the individual and self, the individual and other human beings, and the individual and all other aspects of God’s creation. The purpose of Kanawha Christian School is to train the students to live in and respond to these relationships commanded in God’s Word.
The educational perspective of Kanawha Christian Schools is based on the authority of the Bible as the written Word of God. In our understanding of the Bible, we actively support an interdenominational ministry by helping all parents in their efforts to lead their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
In creation these relationships were established to bring honor and glory to God. People, created in the image of God, are given a special responsibility to be God’s representative to ensure that their lives and all of their relationships are consistent with the ideals God has established. Men and women have special roles as stewards in subduing, controlling, and preserving the earth.
All of the ideal relationships, however, were distorted when humanity willfully rejected his and her assigned places and attempted to build their own kingdom. In spite of humanity’s response, God provided through the atonement of Jesus Christ the means of restoring the relationships. As God restores His relationship with mankind, this permits the restoration of each of the other relationships. Men and women are free in thankful response to serve God as sovereign Lord, to love and respect themselves as God’s image bearers, to love their neighbors, and to subdue, control, and preserve the earth as God’s stewards.
We are called as Christians to grow in maturity in Jesus Christ, to be knowledgeable about our faith, to stand firm in our convictions, to live as servants within community, and work toward reconciling all things and relationships to Jesus Christ. The home has the primary responsibility for the children and is the children’s primary source of nurture and guidance. The school serves as an extension of the home. The parent, as a member of the body of Christ, seeks for the family growth in faith and practice, much of with is seen in the school community.
Vision: The school is to help the parents train the individual child to be mature and unique within the family of God, and to accept deliberately and joyfully his or her special responsibilities. The school is to be an effective instrument of God on that trains children to become desirous and capable of developing the relationships established by God.
The school must help the student, as an image bearer of God and member of a community, to discover and develop his or her individual worth, talents, gifts, and responsibilities. The training of students must ensure every aspect of learning, including understanding, decision-making, and serving, is an extension from a Christian commitment and Biblical worldview.
Understanding: The school must teach content. The student must know God, self, others, and all of creation. He/She must learn what God-designed relationships look like – revealed through our teaching and administrative staff – how each individual was affected through sin, and what they can become through restoration in Jesus Christ. There must be growth in knowledge, in a clear understanding of what things are like, and – in identifying observations, concepts, and generalizations – there must be growth in abilities to analyze, synthesize, apply, create, and interpret.
Decision-making: The school must train and admonish the student to respond appropriately, and to apply the knowledge in forming the relationships as directed in the Bible. There must be growth in right choosing, discernment, appreciation, right attitudes, and the making of appropriate judgments and commitments.
Serving: The school must train the student how to act, respond, and apply Biblical principles in establishing God-glorifying relationships. In order to promote the positive impact in the world, there must be growth in applying and implementing these Biblical principles.