Many schools put on a Spiritual Emphasis Week to help challenge and invigorate their students. I love it. I think you should do one the start of each semester. But as with all things Christian Schools do, I think it can done better. I have lots of ideas to really make Spiritual Emphasis Week … Continue reading Best Advice for Spiritual Emphasis Week
As I sat in my first class of the day my Senior year, a TV was rolled in and we watched the plane hit the second tower. None of us understood the full scale of what we were dealing with, but we knew to do a few things. We knew to pray. We knew how … Continue reading Remembering 9/11 and What It Should Remind Us to Do
When I begin investigating Christian Schools I subconsciously put them into 4 categories: 1 - Neglect - They might still have Christian in their name or heritage but they're basically just a prep school. 2 - Naive - They think they're doing a good job discipling but they have arbitrary reasons for why they think … Continue reading 4 Categories I Put Christian Schools In
This past summer I took students to Rome, the Vatican, Athens, and Corinth. These are places where the larger than life figures like the Apostles Paul and Peter actually walked and preached. Bringing students to see such places talked about in the Bible brings a tangibility that cannot be created any other way. We think … Continue reading Travel to Biblically Historical Places
One thing we require at our school is for each student to complete 20 hours of Christian service each semester. It's not meant to be burdensome at just a couple hours a week, and it keeps them involved in their churches and communities. However, in recent years, we have noticed a decline in participation. Instead … Continue reading Do It Together!
I had a sobering reminder this week that many students don't have any kind of spiritual support at home. Just because parents are sending students to a Christian school doesn't mean they are modeling Christianity at home. When we identify a student that fits that mold, I think there's a few things you can do … Continue reading Some Students Have No Spiritual Support at Home
Schedule those who absolutely killed it last year. They'll start to understand your culture and they begin connecting with your students Invite faculty and staff members who SHOULD speak in chapel. A lot of people CAN speak in chapel but not everyone necessarily should. Connect with speakers who your students already love. Maybe there's a … Continue reading Finding Good Chapel Speakers
Discipleship is kind of a squirrelly thing to measure. Most churches and schools just assume they are doing a good job and use anecdotal evidence at best to justify that belief. We here at Discipleship in Education measures four objective criteria: Biblical Knowledge Christian Worldview Spiritual Disciplines and Practical Discipleship Individually, they fall far short of … Continue reading How Do We Measure “Discipleship”?