A Year of Evidence: Part 1
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9-15-2010
Dr. Dennis Demuth

A Year of Evidence: Part 1
Dr. Dennis Demuth
Superintendent
This is to be a year of evidence.
Romans 12:1,2 says, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this work: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
The transforming process begins through the renewing of the mind. The mind is the location where we deal with ideas and thoughts, and the place where thinking takes place.
God is Looking for Evidence
Most actions are preceded by thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Renewing of the mind means realigning our thoughts with God’s kingdom ideals. When a person follows the Word of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit, they will find themselves walking into the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.  Acting on His will provides proof or evidence that the mind has been renewed. God is looking for evidence of a renewed mind.
Principals are Looking for Evidence
School administrators are looking for evidence that leads them to conclude that a teacher’s professional performance and spiritual example are acceptable, good, and  perfect.

When faced with a decision whether or not to watch double header football games on Sunday, after completing a weekend of hubby-to-do lists, and knowing of an early meeting on Monday morning, which would prevent them from working on lesson plans, a teacher must have an understanding of the expectations of their administrator and the staff handbook. The knowledge of the expectations of a teacher at Victory to have their lesson plans posted on the internet by 10 a.m., provides the foundation for the renewing of the mind (thinking process), leading to a mindset to complete their professional responsibility before indulging in a pleasurable pastime.
Teachers are Looking for Evidence
Teachers are always looking for evidence. They may consider asking questions to determine whether or not a student is paying attention. The teacher may give a quiz or test to confirm if learning has taken place. The response of the student provides the evidence of listening or learning. The performance of the student is rated by the teacher, which generally includes a letter grade of “D” as “acceptable,”  “C-B” indicating “good” and A+ as “perfect.” The score becomes the evidence that leads the teacher to conclude that the student’s mind has been renewed to the ideals and expectations of the teacher.
Parents are Looking for Evidence   
Parents are looking for proof that the decision they made to send their child (ren) to Victory Christian School was the right decision. They are looking to determine whether or not their increased financial sacrifice and investment will be worth it. One of your responsibilities as staff is to provide this evidence.
During the lesson preparation process, ask yourself the question, “What type of evidence am I going to present this week to my students and their parents, that provides poof that placing their child(ren) in Victory Christian School was well worth the financial sacrifice that is being required?” The Holy Spirit working inside of you will help you to identify proof of placement.