This creates a great pressure to overestimate our ability to shape our children’s future identity. While we are, no doubt, the greatest influencers in their lives, there is so much about the future that is out of our control. We will not determine the economic climate in which they grow up. We will not be the decisive factor in bringing about world peace. We will not control what sicknesses they experience.read more
Student Outcomes: CLA graduates will will serve the kingdom of God and engage their community in order to leave a legacy.
So, what is our end game? What are our big dreams for our students? We pray they become servants. On the face of it, being servants does not sound all that glamorous. Yet, according to Jesus service is the way to greatness. Mark 10 teaches this powerfully. Two...read more
I had a pastor once who used to say, “Impression without expression leads to depression.” Whether this statement is true or not, I am not sure, but I am sure that the principle holds. The ability to communicate is the ability to influence others. Just think of the...read more
A survey was conducted a few years ago. It was a survey designed to show what parents of private Christian school students valued most about their Christian school. What they found was shockingly un-shocking. Parents of these students did not talk merely about test...read more
Student Outcomes: CLA graduates will have both experienced and desire to continue to experience authentic Christian community.
The education we offer is not a merely individualistic pursuit. While we are structured to give ample amounts of individual attention to each student, the education we provide takes place in the context of a community. There are parents and guardians as well as...read more
Student Outcomes: CLA graduates will enjoy a vibrant relationship with God which shapes them comprehensively.
When we paint a picture of a graduate, first aspect of that picture is spiritual. We, therefore, design our program in such a way that CLA students will enjoy a vibrant relationship with God which shapes them comprehensively. That is, at the end of their time with us,...read more
I was sweaty and nervous. It was my first organized basketball game, and for the first time, I was standing at the foul line. All eyes were on me. When the referee handed me the ball, it felt like a brick, like someone removed the air and replaced it with concrete....read more
A few days ago, I read John 6 and was reminded of an important spiritual principle: little becomes much in the master’s hand. In a day of millions and billions, it seems that everyone is impressed with large numbers. Burger joints boast of the millions who have been...read more
It was a normal day. We worked hard, but there was no time to rest. One of the kids had homework so we got straight to work. There was no time to waste, because one of the kids had some kind of practice. So, we drug our weary selves to the field. You could not pay me...read more
The tyranny of the urgent. I have no idea where the phrase came from, but I understand the concept. Urgent matters are often cruel tyrants. There is always something to do—now. There are places to go—now. There are fires to put out—now. These cruel taskmasters keep us...read more
As a pastor, I have faced many challenges. Leadership decisions, sickness, resolving conflict, and a host of other such things are part and parcel of pastoral life. Over time, you learn to how to be effective. There are some things, however, that you never seem to...read more
This post was written by a man I have learned from recently. I have heard these same comments about our school and whole-heartedly agree that teachers make the difference. I am so excited for every student in our school. They are difference-makers in training who are...read more