In my recent opportunities to attend seminars and conferences, I have been inundated with statistics. Here are just two. The Barna Group reports that three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15. However, they further report that 94% of professed Christians make a decision to follow Christ prior to age 18. As a Christian educator, these statistics both excite and alarm me. They also confirm the strong need for Christian education, one that looks particularly like the fully integrated Biblical education that SJCS students receive each day.
Christian education at SJCS is NOT simply a matter of building a transcript to make it into your next educational milestone. We are so much more than that, because we are not just filling our students heads with facts, we are building spiritual strength of mind and heart as well. Mastery of facts is not a complete education. We do not compartmentalize education; we fully integrate it into all aspects of a full life. Rod Dreher, author, recently said that, “If faith is going to survive within churches and communities, then Christians are going to have to become far more serious and intentional about education. It is important to learn how to translate the conversion experience with their intellectual knowledge of the faith into a Christian way of living.”
This is the mission of SJCS. We are advancing God’s kingdom through a fully integrated, Biblical education. Our students will engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ. We are serious about what God has called us to do, and it is with a true partnership that we can build a strong spiritual foundation in each student. Thank you for your commitment to this great Christian school!