A Year of Evidence: Part 2
Dr. Dennis Demuth
This is to be a year of evidence.
Administrators are looking for evidence produced by teachers to verify professional performance and spiritual example. Teachers are looking for evidence to determine if their instructional and ministry efforts are paying off. Finally, 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. Evidence in its broadest sense includes everything that is used to determine or demonstrate the truth of an assertion.
A teacher asked her students to draw a picture of a cow eating grass. The teacher goes over to look at Johnny’s picture and only sees an illustration of a cow and no grass. Where is the grass? Well, it’s simple, the cow ate it!
Such reasoning, although humorous, would not satisfy the parent who enrolls his or her child(ren) in Victory with expectations based on what the school and ministry have published. In addition to our school brochures, Videos, radio and TV advertising, Website content, the primary source of expectation is found in our Parent Handbook. There needs to be consistent evidence presented in departments and divisions that reinforces what we claim. Where there is a gap between what parents expect and what they receive, dissatisfaction is born. As this dissatisfaction continues to grow, parents begin to question their sacrifice and investment.
Our mission statement becomes our foundational expectation for all students who attend VCS. This statement reads, “It is the mission of our school to help each student become as much like Jesus Christ as possible.” This means that each student will be trained spiritually, academically, and physically in an excellent manner.
A Strong Spiritual Focus
Training students to be like Jesus includes three aspects: training them to live by the Word of God, to be led by the Spirit of God, and reach out to others with the love of God. Embedded with this strong spiritual focus are the following areas of evidence.
1. A personal relationship with Jesus and making Him Lord and Savior.
2. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and empowerment to be a bold witness for Christ.
3. Strong Bible classes that help students know and live by the Word of God where the Word of God is being held up to the students as the guide for all of life.
4. Weekly scripture memorization at all grade levels – putting the word of God in the minds and hearts of our students and encouraging obedience to the Word – being a doer and not just a hearer.
5. Chapels directed toward praise and worship that points students toward loving God with all their heart, soul, and mind; teaching that nurtures students to grow to full maturity in spirit, soul, and body.
6. Prayer integrated into classrooms and student activities and the encouragement to set aside a daily time of prayer.
7. Ministry opportunities which allow release of the love of God to friends, relatives, and to the world, the release of the Gifts of the Spirit.
8. Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit.
9. Equipping students to do the work of the ministry and to be servants.
10. Training students to be conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus, to think like Him and to act like Him. God is looking for evidence of fulfillment of the vision.