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 students and teachers. There are staff and donors, grandparents and supporters.
There is no question that we are a community of scholars; the question is what kind of community will we be? At CLA, we are a community who is formed by the love of Christ, led by gifted members of the body of Christ, governed by the principles of Christ, and are determined to impact the world for Christ.
The love of Christ binds and shapes believers into a compelling community of faith (John 13:34-35). Consequently, Christ’s Legacy Academy truly is a product of divine love. It was love the moved our founders to establish this school, the kind of love described in 2 Cor. 5:14-15, which says, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
It was this compulsion, this drive, which moved the original board, faculty, and staff to take the necessary steps to begin this ministry. Thus, it is our happy responsibility to ensure it continues to function as a community of love.
Yet, this will not happen on its own. We are not evolutionists; thus, we do not believe that a community of love will naturally develop without steady, godly leadership. If we are to be a healthy community of learners, we must be led by gifted people.
I believe a Christian school can give a powerful and tangible example of a precious biblical truth; namely, believers are designed to function as part of the body of Christ (Romans 12: 4-6; 1 Cor 12:12-31).
Just as the human body has many members who are different with different functions, so also the body of Christ has different members with different gifts given for edification. These gifted people lead us in the educational enterprise.
This image reminds us that in a Christian school we have an opportunity to benefit from the unique way God has gifted brothers and sisters in the body of Christ to bless the next generation. It also teaches us that in a Christian community there is a place for everyone, which means we strive to be an inclusive community where every member is valued. This community, thus, becomes a training ground where each person learns essential, biblical relational skills, equipping them to work effectively, efficiently, and productively with people.
Why should we be concerned with creating a healthy and reproducible community?
One very important reason is a moral one. Our community, our circle of friends, has a tremendous shaping impact on our lives. Proverbs 22:24-25 teaches us, “Make no friendship with a man given to anger nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” Proverbs 13:20 teaches us, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 asserts, “Do not be deceived: bad company ruins good morals.”
What all of these verses makes clear is that our community has a powerful shaping influence on the people we are becoming. Realizing this, CLA intentionally seeks to build a robust and healthy community of faith.
Therefore, we pray our students will experience such a vibrant and healthy Christian community that they will be gripped with a passion to start and spread healthy Christian communities in both large and small ways as part of their ongoing legacy.