“Passionately pursuing Christ by providing families with a Christ-centered education” is the mission statement of Baptist Christian School. As a ministry of First Baptist Church, our mission statement falls under the overall ministry mission statement which reads, “We are a church family passionately pursuing the knowledge of Christ, the love of Christ, and the proclamation of Christ, for the glory and pleasure of God.”
So how does our school mission statement show itself in our school ministry? Recently our teaching staff discussed this very question and they came up with specific examples of how we live out our mission.
Our mission statement is what we do all day long! It is reflected in all aspects of our teaching, as Christ is central in all we do. The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:18 that “He (Christ) is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” In our entire curriculum, Christ is central. Everything that is taught and all extra-curricular activities are done from a biblical, Christ-centered perspective.
Christ is central in our training of students in “real life” situations which is seen in the way we disciple and discipline. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Sometimes encouragement is what is needed. Sometimes correction is necessary. A relevant question can always be asked, “What would Jesus do?”
Our staff is passionate about Christ. Our faculty and staff model Christ both in the classroom as well as when they are not in school. All are actively involved in church ministry. They also model what “family” really is as they care for each student and regularly pray for our students and their families.
We see our mission statement lived out when we see Christ-like actions among our students. It is a blessing to see students sharing their faith on field trips and at local outreach events. It is a blessing to see students sacrifice to provide for the needs of others. It is a blessing to hear of graduates who are serving Christ, many in full-time ministry and many more in leadership positions in their local church. That is what it really is all about … passionately pursuing Christ!