It's In The Why
First of all, I want to say that God is amazing in how he knits the hearts of those in community. Almost two months ago I began as the new Head Of School for what will be the 59th year of San Jose Christian School. I can only image as I think of the school starting in 1959, the amount of changes that the San Jose area has seen moving from the once agricultural community to the heart of technology. What has been the same, is why SJCS exists. The founders of our school felt a sense of responsibility to God, to engage in a sacred agreement or covenant with Him. These beginning parents wanted to "train up their children in the way they should go" (Prov. 22:6), engaging in spiritual formation together.
That responsibility is still alive and felt on this campus today. During our faculty and staff orientation, we were all asked WHY? Why do we do what we do, here at SJCS. I would like to share just a few of the responses.
“We teach at SJCS not just because we get paid to do it but because God has called us to further His kingdom here.”
“I want to model empathy (in class) not because the world says to do it, but because God shows me empathy.”
“I read a Bible with my students not just because I have to read a book but because I want them to know about Jesus’s love.”
“I use technology in the classroom not because we’re keeping up in the Silicon Valley, but because it increases my students’ ability to engage and transform culture for Jesus Christ.”
“I serve preschool students not just because it’s my job but because I think we provide them with a solid foundation and love of learning.”
“I admit my failures/talk about my mistakes with students not just because it’s a story to tell, but because I want to model vulnerability.”
We still view our partnership with our families a sacred trust to help give our children a Love for God, a Desire to Learn, and a Commitment to Serve.