Part Three: TBS Mission Statement : “Team with parentsby providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community”
Producing any product is very much a process. In business often times there are years of engineering, testing and re-working of a product in order to get it perfect. While that is a challenging and fun process, it seems simple enough in that one can come out with a great product after a period of time. It seems like we try to take a similar approach with producing young people. This kind of model and philosophy may lead to some preconceived practices and assumptions that can be very troubling and often times misleading over the first 18 years of a child’s life.
Many parents say something like this, “I took them to church, put them in a private school, gave them everything they needed to succeed and they still turned out not like we had planned”. These words have really brought chills to TBS as they have been spoken over the years. Obviously there are missing components for the family and child if this is the product.
School provides a framework that is somewhat static, but allows for the flex a young person needs to grow, fail, succeed, mature, and learn. The question is how do you produce commitment in a young person? At TBS the focus of commitment is found in the true source of the term. Jesus Christ is the only example man may draw on as an example. Thus TBS must give the example of Christ to get students exposed to this concept.
One can look at the outside world and laugh at what commitment looks like through today’s definition. Is a mans word truly his word these days? Do handshakes really mean that a business deal is agreed upon? Young people look at commitment with a totally different set of lenses than the older of this generation. Nothing stays the same for more than a second. The I-phone is a perfect example. Recently Apple put out the new I-phone 5 / 5s. While it is all good and well intentioned to get the next gadget out there for the consumer, the damage on our youth expecting the next new thing with everything has crept into the spiritual hearts as well. Our young people are not only conditioned to anticipate something new and fresh they DEMAND it! Where does this leave the heart of the child? Ask these questions, does God Change? Does the truth of the Bible need revision and a fresh look? Should our society be so quick and impatient as to let this marketed philosophy not only make its mark on our children but also steal their hearts and minds from what is right and true! Education experiences a similar challenge. Computers and Ipads are not the answer to why our students are receiving lower ACT scores. Technology is great but it is not in and of itself the answer to why America has slipped to 28th in the world. If our goal is to produce young people COMMITTED in all they do perhaps consistency needs to play a major role in whats done on a daily basis. Perhaps loyalty and jumping in with both feet needs to be seen much more in our homes, churches and schools.
What if……… students had to clean the school every day, had to pay for their own tuition, had to make their own lunch, had to pay for their own insurance and gas, had to pay for books and supplies, had to……the list goes on and on.
It is clear that this statement exists in our mission statement as a guideline and a challenge to the child, parent and teacher. Guarantees are not made here! TBS simply does its best to model the commitment of Christ and make that a pillar in the students life weather or not he/she believes it from the heart. One must produce commitment by being committed. One can demand commitment once a commitment to Christ is taken. Are you committed to Christ? Do you model this to your children? It’s no wonder they walk away and loath the Church, Family and Christian Schools.
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produce young people committed to Jesus Christ“ Jeremy Shaeffer – Principal of TBS-FDL