Striving for Excellence

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(Part One)

I recently met the proud parents of two Calvary Christian School Alumni—one is a senior at Chapman University and the other a sophomore at University of San Diego—both are thriving academically and spiritually.  These loving parents were excited to report that their children are involved in a local church and are having an impact on their respective campuses.  They attribute their children’s successes of heart and mind to mentor relationships they had with Calvary teachers.

This story reminds me of the importance of our work here at CCS.  Our theme for the year, “Striving for Excellence,” applies to how we go about our work and is rooted in Paul’s charge from Colossians: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”  The best definition I’ve found for excellence comes from the Classical Greek word diaphoroteros.  It is defined as “better” or “things that differ.”  At CCS, we desire to be a school that “differs” from others; not only in our academic achievement, but also in the way we go about our work of teaching and learning.  When we work for the Lord, and not men, our priorities are developed through His lens. This makes all the difference.  Over the next months, I will share examples that the CCS faculty and staff are pursuing, as we strive to be a “School of Excellence.”  Our hope is for you, our community, to join us in these pursuits.

The first, and arguably most important pursuit, is striving for excellence in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We seek to be disciplined about tending to our personal time with God and recognize that Christ himself modeled the need to spend time in prayer (Luke 5:16) before ministering to others.  Likewise, we must be filled by the Spirit prior to leading our students to Christ. As C.S. Lewis describes in The Screwtape Letters, “…although [Satan] might not be able to get the typical churchgoer to worship him, he can make him busy enough not to pray.” We realize that our biggest enemy is “busyness,” but by seeking a life that is covered in prayer and time spent studying the scriptures, our teaching will reflect a Christian worldview.  As teachers at CCS, we see all subjects through a Biblical lens.  By teaching from this perspective, we intentionally pass a Christian Worldview on to our students.

As Christian educator and author Bruce Lockerbie eloquently writes: “…as we grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding…we begin to see the connections among interwoven threads that make up the tapestry of what we are learning…We come to rejoice in the reality of an integrated life rather than experience a life marked by fragmentation and disintegration. Most of all, we begin to exult in the fact that some of our students are beginning to see through the lens of faith in Jesus Christ.”

As we seek Christ in our lives personally, we are better equipped to pass on a Christian education to our children.  In God’s view, this is “Striving for Excellence.”

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—Ben Roberson, CCS Head of School

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