The Kingdom Educator


The following Distinctives and Principles should guide the ministry of each staff member at Cambridge Christian School during their time of service. Staff should understand that they fully embrace the ideals and ministry of CCS, and, in so doing, believe this is a ministry and partnership to and with families.

Distinctive #1: Classroom Instruction

Classroom instruction at Cambridge Christian School will be modeled after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught with authority of truth through scripture (Matthew 7:29). Biblical truths permeate the classroom through the instructional process and programs.

CCS classrooms will present the plan of salvation, provide discipleship, develop a biblical worldview, and equip students for spreading the gospel by assisting in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary for God’s unique plan for their lives.

Principles:

An educator at CCS will:

  • Hold Christ as pre-eminent through all of life. (Colossian 1:18)
  • Teach sound doctrine: salvation, absolute truth, integrity, etc. (Titus)
  • Acknowledge God as Creator. (John 1:1)
  • Teach from a Biblical Worldview. (I Corinthians 1:18-25)
  • Address all learning styles. (Psalm 139)
  • Develop classroom instruction that assists students in achieving desired outcomes. (Proverbs 1:1-6)
  • Commit to the Lord their instructional plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
  • Create a climate of honor and diligence. (Colossians 3:23)
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the unique development of each individual in order for them to achieve God’s goal for their life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • Encourage students in leadership and equip them to live a life of service for Him. (2 Timothy 1:14)
  • Strive to provide educational excellence for every student. (Luke 2:40)
  • Measure learning according to the guidelines and expectations of CCS. (Hebrews 13:17)
  • Understand that each child is created in the image of the Creator and treat them with respect and dignity. (Psalm 139:14)
  • Plan and implement a clear, sequential lesson, with defined goals and objectives according to the curriculum of the school. (Jeremiah 3:15)

Distinctive #2: Professionalism

A Kingdom Eucucator should strive for excellence in all areas of life. Professional life of a Kingdom Educator should be well maintained through submission to God, appropriate authorities, upholding quality peer relations, and developing oneself in one’s field of study.

Principles:

And educator at CCS will:

1. Appear professional by:

  • Dressing appropriately and functionally. (I Timothy 2:9)
  • Maintaining proper personal hygiene.
  • Displaying the hope of glory, Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:27)

2. Relate professionally by:

  • Recognizing his or her role and the role of others in the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:16)
  • Resolving conflict biblically. (Matthew 18:15)
  • Guarding his or her conversation. (James 1:26)
  • Encouraging others. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-12)
  • Submitting to and respecting the established pattern of authority. (Hebrews 13:17)
  • Maintaining peer, student, and parent relationships in a God-honoring manner. (Mathew 5:43-44)

3. Grow professionally by:

  • Studying his or her subject matter to fulfill required continue professional development. (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Engaging in dialogue with other experts in their field of study.
  • Submitting to God’s call on his or her life to serve Him above all else. (Colossians 3:24)

Distinctive #3: Discipleship

A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40

The Kingdom Educator’s commitment to a life of discipleship is essential in effectively relating to the lives of students. The educator should consider themselves a disciple of Jesus and demonstrate a life characteristic of passing the baton to those who sit in their classroom. Much like Paul passed the baton to Timothy, so should the educator desire to disciple and mentor students. There are key principles that a CCS educator must exhibit to establish a life of discipleship.

Principles:

An educator at CCS will:

1. Model discipleship:

  • Be prepared to lead a child to Christ.
  • Model a strong, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Recognize his or her responsibility to disciple each student to know, grow, and go for Christ.
  • Be an active participant in a local church.
  • Have a spiritual development plan.
  • Be a leader with a servant’s heart. (Mark 10:35)
  • Establish, develop, and maintain a Bible-based, Christ-centered home life. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Act in a manner that would not cause others to stumble. (Romans 14:13)

2. Develop strong relationships with students:

  • Establish a positive rapport with each student. (Matthew 18:50)
  • Meet the student at his or her point of need. (John 4)
  • Not be a respecter of persons. (James 2:1-2)
  • See students as God sees them with love and acceptance. (Psalm 139)
  • Pray for and with his or her students. (Galatians 6:2)

3. Create a safe environment for learning:

  • Set a standard of excellence in all things.
  • Create a peaceful environment. (Psalm 23:2)
  • Instill respect for authority. (Hebrews 13:17)
  • Be a trustworthy advisor and friend. (John 15:31)
  • Maintain relationships that are above reproach.
  • Disciple in love. (Psalm 23:4)

Distinctive #4: Partner with Families

CCS recognizes the parent-educator relationship as the interaction between the leaders of the home and leaders of the classroom. We consider this relationship a vital component in the educational process, but secondary to the biblical principle that the education of the children and youth is the primary responsibility of the parents.

We recognize the parent as the primary educator and will focus our goals and methods to help parents understand and fulfill their God-given responsibilities. We understand that we have been delegated authority by the parent through God’s divine calling, to assist in developing a biblically-based worldview and pass truth to the next generation.

Principles:

An educator at CCS will:

  • Honor the parents.
  • Recognize the parent as the primary educator. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9)
  • Develop a relationship with the parent to form a partnership in assisting them to reach their goals for their student. (Galatians 6:9-10)
  • Communicate with parents in an effective and timely manner.
  • Communicate with parents about academic, social, and spiritual goals as well as objectives for the classroom.
  • Handle all communication in a biblical and professional manner.
  • Maintain boundaries of confidentiality.
  • Encourage and support all parent volunteers.
  • Build a sense of community among faculty and staff.
  • Accept the delegated responsibility of the parents to teach their children.
  • Communicate through various methods that he or she is praying for the parent and their students realizing that the teachers’ sincerity will show through their acts of love, concern, and through their relationship with the student.

Distinctive #5: Christian Lifestyle

Educators at CCS will model Christ in their personal lives, and they will teach with their actions as well as their words. A Kingdom educators’ personal life will be a life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process, maturing in a relationship with Christ in order to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life characterized by love, trust, and obedience to Christ.

Principles:

1. A Kingdom educator answers the call.

An educator at CCS will:

  • Be obedient to Christ’s command to engage in daily devotion and be led by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 6:33)
  • Surrender his or her life daily. (Galatians 2:20)
  • Be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. (James 1:22)
  • Have a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:12-14)
  • Be prepared to give an account for the hope that is within him/her. (1 Peter 3:15)

2. A Kingdom educator honors truth.

An educator at CCS will:

  • Focus his or her worship, walk, and witness on Him. (2 Corinthians 4:5)
  • Allow the truth of God’s Word to direct words and actions in personal time. (James 3:9-10)
  • Display the fruit of the Spirit in his or her life. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Do everything for the glory of God, (Colossians 3:23)

3. A Kingdom educator lives in hope.

An educator at CCS will:

  • Not get overwhelmed by life’s pressures, but trust in the Lord and lean on Him every day. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Learn to rejoice in our struggles and suffering. (Romans 5:3-4)
  • Pray for God’s enlightenment and strength daily. (Hebrews 1:11)