Integrating the Faith for Curriculum in Christian Schools: LCMS
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Christian Schools proclaim Jesus Christ. Teaching Jesus Christ is the real difference. Teaching Jesus Christ, then is the real difference between Christian Schools and Public Schools. In Christian schools teachers and students witness personally and publicly to their faith in Jesus Christ. Students study the Bible and worship God daily. Teachers relate Jesus Christ to all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers and students share Christian love and forgiveness.
In Christian schools, Christ permeates all subjects and activities. Religion is not limited to one hour or one class. Teachers seek opportunities to witness in every class and to relate God’s Word to all aspects of life.
As educators of Christian schools we cannot be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good. Crawling into seclusion to escape the world is not what God calls us to do as His people. God calls people to be a light to the world and salt to the earth. To be light and salt means to make an active, positive difference in the world by living in it and interacting with it in such a way as to impart God’s message of Salvation to it by our words and actions. Seclusion would defeat God’s purpose for Christians in this world. Salt cannot be season if isolated from food. Light hidden under a basket or behind walls can never shine brightly. Christians live in the real world and need not hide from it.
Education, which happens daily in all subjects will be culturally diverse, using secular and Christian curriculum. We will use many different sources of information and experiences, all with a focus on God’s Word and how it impacts lives. All subjects help to develop disciples who will live to make a contribution to others and society in the name of Jesus Christ.
Synodically trained teachers, from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Colleges, teach culturally diverse curriculum while integrating the Christian faith which helps to prepare children as they encounter these topics outside the classroom environment. Within the classroom environment, students are taught a culturally diverse education while integrating the Christian faith into each lesson.
Non-synodically trained teachers also teach a diverse curriculum while maintaining the foundation of what our school believes, which is based on the doctrine of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
We teach our children values and the ability to defend their faith. We do not shelter our children from this learning process. Parents have a responsibility to integrate the faith into the curriculum as they partner with the school. We cannot really separate our spiritual lives from our secular lives and we cannot really accomplish our school’s objectives unless the spiritual dimensions of our students’ lives permeate all they do. For this to happen, we need to integrate the Christian faith into all subjects that we teach our students.
In summary, ministry in a Christian school suggest that all energies expended in the educational process lead each child to a closer relationship with the Savior and with other members of the Christian community.
Integrating The Faith-LCMS (Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis,1997)