Why Christian Education?

At Valley Fellowship Christian Academy, our foundational worldview is based on the inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible is true, that all truth is God's truth, that God reveals Himself through His creation, the Bible and through His Son Jesus Christ. God the creator is sovereign, therefore, the world and all creation is subject to Him. Because of this truth, we believe every teachable subject should be taught with the understanding that God is the source of all knowledge. Col 2:8 (NIV) states “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”  We study every subject with the understanding that God is the source and has revealed Himself and what He desires for us to know about His creation.

According to Biblical principles, we believe a child’s education should be Bible-centered and God-centered. Parents are given the primary responsibility to instruct their children according to Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 .  They are to take the responsibility of guiding and influencing their child’s view of God and the world.  Ephesians 6:4 instructs fathers “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  Throughout scripture, there are many examples of believing parents teaching and training their children.  Proverbs 1:7, tells parents and Christian educators that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  It is VFCA’s strong belief that we exist to be a partner to parents in the educational process of their children.  We are seeking to partner with Christian parents to raise Godly leaders that will one day mature to be men and women who will take their place in the world and in the Body of Christ. 

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) states “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  We believe that this truth reveals the immeasurable value of educating children in the love of Christ, through His Word. Teaching a child to know and honor God is a beautiful foundation and learning is a life-long process. We believe that Christian education should influence and saturate everything a child is taught throughout their entire life. VFCA believes the spiritual and formal education of children should be based on Biblical truths, a Biblical worldview and supported from their home, church and school. 

The teachers, the  written curriculum, the environment and the social atmosphere greatly impact a student’s learning process.  Luke 6:40 tells us that "everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher."  VFCA has sought out teachers who are called, educated, and are able to provide Godly role models for our students.  They are born again, professional educators that love God and want to serve Him through the ministry of Christian education.  The teachers make known their belief in the Authority of Scripture and aim to model this for their students.The written curriculum that is used at VFCA is Biblically based and Biblically integrated.  VFCA students are engaged in rigorous and scripture-based curriculum that challenges them to live and think from a Christian worldview. The environment is one that is charged with a love for Christ.  VFCA believes that children should be taught in an environment where the truth of the Word is known.  Our school’s environment is permeated with God’s truth. The friendships and relationships in each child’s life are so important, therefore, VFCA encourages Godly standards in relationships and friendships.             

 

Biblical Reasons for Sending Children to a Christian School

Dr. Wayne Grudem has provided a wonderfully concise understanding of Christian education. In his article, "Biblical Reasons for Sending Children to a Christian School," he goes beyond modern viewpoints and culturally accepted perspectives to point out the timeless perspective of the Bible. Dr. Grudem’s outline clarifies how deeply we rely upon God and His holy word in every decision we make at Valley Fellowship Christian Academy:

All of a child's education should be Bible-centered and God-centered. "Parents do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4) 

Education should be positive and truthful. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Pr. 22:6) 

Peer influences should be positive and Christ-like. Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." (1 Cor. 15:33) Children in a Christian school may not always behave in a Christ-like manner, but we have Biblical principles and concerned Christian teachers to prune and instruct in the ways of righteousness. 

Every teacher's pattern of life should be worthy of imitation. "Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40) 

Only God-centered education gives true wisdom. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Psalm 111:10) 

Christian Schooling is the best hope for a transforming society. "You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world." (Matt. 5:13-14)

To further communicate the need for Christian Education, VFCA has adopted the following points as specific benefits of having children trained in a Christian School such as ours:

1. Student Commitment to Christ 

A quote from George Barna of Barna Research (1994) helps us to realize the importance of bringing up our children in the faith and knowledge of the Lord. "Most of the people who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior do so at a young age. The median is age 16. In total, six out of ten people say they made their decision to accept Christ before age 18. At the other end of the age spectrum, only 8% of those 50 years or older claim to have made a decision to embrace Christ as their Savior after their 50th birthday." Valley Fellowship Christian Academy understands the importance of leading students to accept Christ as their Savior while they are young. The cost of Christian education is an investment in the eternal destiny of our children that pays rich dividends. 

2. Lifelong Impact of Education 

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Americans understand well the impact that education has on every area of our life from occupation and economic success to social status and quality of life. However, we often fail to realize the impact it has on eternal destiny. Martin Luther said, "I am afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of Hell unless they diligently labor to explain the Holy Scriptures, engraving them on the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt." 

3. Partnership 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 "A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart." Valley Fellowship Christian Academy builds partnerships between parents, churches and the school. They reinforce the Biblical principles and values which families are teaching at home. This three-fold partnership provides education for the whole person. 

4. Academics 

On standardized achievement tests, Valley Fellowship Christian Academy’s overall scores have been consistently and significantly higher than the national average. There is a commitment to academic excellence and grades are earned, not given. Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios are conducive to students getting more personal attention. Faculty turnover is low, lending stability and continuity to the educational process. 

5. Christian Teachers 

In the classroom, academics are taught from a Christian perspective and teachers faithfully mentor students to become responsible stewards. Valley Fellowship Christian Academy provides a nurturing environment that encourages pupils to recognize their gifts and develop their potential for service to God and their community. Teachers spend more hours per five day week with a child than a parent does. Students will retain in their long term memory who their teachers were as Christians. They will remember their teacher's concern and love for them, their prayers and understanding of Scripture. 

6. Friendships 

Friendships affect character building. In a Christian learning environment the positive aspect is emphasized. Truthfulness, good sportsmanship, obedience, fairness, a clean mind and tongue, respect for others and their property, compassion and help, self control - all of these bring out the best in students relating to each other. Friendships formed at this age have an impact on students for the rest of their lives.